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CPAA

We consider nonnegative solutions of $-\Delta_p u=f(x,u)$, where
$p>1$ and $\Delta_p$ is the $p$-Laplace operator, in a
smooth bounded domain of $\mathbb R^N$ with zero Dirichlet boundary
conditions. We introduce the notion of semi-stability for a solution
(perhaps unbounded). We prove that certain minimizers, or one-sided
minimizers, of the energy are semi-stable, and study the properties
of this class of solutions.

Under some assumptions on $f$ that make its growth comparable to $u^m$, we prove that every semi-stable solution is bounded if $m < m_{c s}$. Here, $m_{c s}=m_{c s}(N,p)$ is an explicit exponent which is optimal for the boundedness of semi-stable solutions. In particular, it is bigger than the critical Sobolev exponent $p^\star-1$.

We also study a type of semi-stable solutions called extremal solutions, for which we establish optimal $L^\infty$ estimates. Moreover, we characterize singular extremal solutions by their semi-stability property when the domain is a ball and $1 < p < 2$.

Under some assumptions on $f$ that make its growth comparable to $u^m$, we prove that every semi-stable solution is bounded if $m < m_{c s}$. Here, $m_{c s}=m_{c s}(N,p)$ is an explicit exponent which is optimal for the boundedness of semi-stable solutions. In particular, it is bigger than the critical Sobolev exponent $p^\star-1$.

We also study a type of semi-stable solutions called extremal solutions, for which we establish optimal $L^\infty$ estimates. Moreover, we characterize singular extremal solutions by their semi-stability property when the domain is a ball and $1 < p < 2$.

DCDS

We consider positive semistable solutions $u$ of $Lu+f(u)=0$ with zero Dirichlet boundary
condition, where $L$ is a uniformly elliptic operator and $f\in C^2$ is a positive,
nondecreasing, and convex nonlinearity which is superlinear at infinity.
Under these assumptions, the boundedness of all semistable solutions
is expected up to dimension $n\leq 9$, but only established for $n\leq 4$.

In this paper we prove the $L^\infty$ bound up to dimension $n=5$ under the following further assumption on $f$: for every $\varepsilon>0$, there exist $T=T(\varepsilon)$ and $C=C(\varepsilon)$ such that $f'(t)\leq Cf(t)^{1+\varepsilon}$ for all $t>T$. This bound will follow from a $L^p$-estimate for $f'(u)$ for every $p<3$ (and for all $n\geq 2$). Under a similar but more restrictive assumption on $f$, we also prove the $L^\infty$ estimate when $n=6$. We remark that our results do not assume any lower bound on $f'$.

In this paper we prove the $L^\infty$ bound up to dimension $n=5$ under the following further assumption on $f$: for every $\varepsilon>0$, there exist $T=T(\varepsilon)$ and $C=C(\varepsilon)$ such that $f'(t)\leq Cf(t)^{1+\varepsilon}$ for all $t>T$. This bound will follow from a $L^p$-estimate for $f'(u)$ for every $p<3$ (and for all $n\geq 2$). Under a similar but more restrictive assumption on $f$, we also prove the $L^\infty$ estimate when $n=6$. We remark that our results do not assume any lower bound on $f'$.

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