# The Relative Capacity

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## Abstract

The purpose of this article is to introduce the relative $p$-capacity $\Cap_{p,\Omega}$ with respect to an open set $\Omega$ in $\IR^N$. It is a Choquet capacity on the closure of $\Omega$ and extends the classical $p$-capacity $\Cap_p$ in the sense that $\Cap_{p,\Omega}=\Cap_p$ if $\Omega=\IR^N$. The importance of the relative $p$-capacity stems from the fact that a large class of Sobolev functions defined on a 'bad domain' admit a trace on the boundary $\partial\Omega$ which is then unique up to $\Cap_{p,\Omega}$-polar set. As an application we prove a characterization of $W^{1,p}_0(\Omega)$ for open sets $\Omega\subset\IR^N$.

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