On domains and their indexes with applications to semilinear elliptic equations
Hwai-Chiuan Wang
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A 2007, 19(2): 447-467 doi: 10.3934/dcds.2007.19.447
Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R}^{N}$, $N\geq1$, and $2^$∗$=\infty$ if $N=1,2$, $2^$∗$=\frac{2N}{N-2}$ if $N>2$, $2 < p < 2^$∗. Consider the semilinear elliptic equation $ -\Delta u+u=|u|^{p-2}u\text{ in }\Omega; u\in H_{0}^{1}(\Omega). $ The existence, the nonexistence, and the multiplicity of positive solutions of the equation are affected by the geometry and the topology of the domain $\Omega$. In the article, we first present various analyses and use them to characterize which domain $\Omega$ is a ground state domain or a non-ground state domain. Secondly, for a $y$-symmetric domain $\Omega$, we study their index $\alpha(\Omega)$ and $y$-symmetric index $\alpha_{s}(\Omega)$. We determine whether $\alpha(\Omega)=\alpha_{s}(\Omega)$ or $\alpha (\Omega)<\alpha_{s}(\Omega)$. In case that $\alpha(\Omega)<\alpha_{s}(\Omega)$ and that both $\alpha(\Omega)$ and $\alpha_{s}(\Omega)$ admits ground state solutions, then we obtain that in $\Omega$, the equation has three positive solutions, of which one is $y$-symmetric and other two are not $y$-symmetric.
keywords: Palais-Smale condition three solutions. ground state domain index ground state solution y-symmetric domain y-symmetric index
Stability and symmetry breaking of solutions of semilinear elliptic equations
Hwai-Chiuan Wang
Conference Publications 2005, 2005(Special): 886-894 doi: 10.3934/proc.2005.2005.886
In this article, we prove that there are three unstable positive solutions of a semilinear elliptic equation in a two bumps domain or in a one hole domain in which one is axially symmetric and the other two are nonaxially symmetric.
keywords: stability index of domain. symmetric breaking semilinear elliptic equation Palais- Smale sequence

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