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A Capacity Approach to the Poincaré Inequality and Sobolev Imbeddings in Variable Exponent Sobolev Spaces

Petteri HARJULEHTO and Peter HÄSTÖ
Department of Mathematics
P.O. Box 4 (Yliopistonkatu 5)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki Finland

Received: May 7, 2003
Accepted: September 10, 2003

We study the Poincaré inequality in Sobolev spaces with variable exponent. Under a rather mild and sharp condition on the exponent p we show that the inequality holds. This condition is satisfied e.g. if the exponent p is continuous in the closure of a convex domain. We also give an essentially sharp condition for the exponent p as to when there exists an imbedding from the Sobolev space to the space of bounded functions.

Key words: Sobolev spaces, variable exponent, Poincaré inequality, Sobolev imbedding, continuity.
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