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January  2017, 16(1): 115-130. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2017005

## A complete classification of ground-states for a coupled nonlinear Schrödinger system

 1 School of Mathematics and Statistics & Hubei Key Laboratory of Mathematical Sciences, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, 430079, P.R. China 2 Center for Applied Mathematics, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, P.R.China 3 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University, Logan UT 84322, USA

Received  June 2016 Revised  August 2016 Published  November 2016

In this paper, we establish the existence of nontrivial ground-state solutions for a coupled nonlinear Schrödinger system
 $-\Delta u_j+ u_j=\sum\limits_{i=1}^mb_{ij}u_i^2u_j, \quad\text{in}\ \mathbb{R}^n,\\ u_j(x)\to 0\ \text{as}\ |x|\ \to \infty, \quad j=1,2,\cdots, m,$
where $n=1, 2, 3, m\geq 2$ and $b_{ij}$ are positive constants satisfying $b_{ij}=b_{ji}.$ By nontrivial we mean a solution that has all components non-zero. Due to possible systems collapsing it is important to classify ground state solutions. For $m=3$, we get a complete picture that describes whether nontrivial ground-state solutions exist or not for all possible cases according to some algebraic conditions of the matrix $B = (b_{ij})$. In particular, there is a nontrivial ground-state solution provided that all coupling constants $b_{ij}, i\neq j$ are sufficiently large as opposed to cases in which any ground-state solution has at least a zero component when $b_{ij}, i\neq j$ are all sufficiently small. Moreover, we prove that any ground-state solution is synchronized when matrix $B=(b_{ij})$ is positive semi-definite.
Citation: Chuangye Liu, Zhi-Qiang Wang. A complete classification of ground-states for a coupled nonlinear Schrödinger system. Communications on Pure & Applied Analysis, 2017, 16 (1) : 115-130. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2017005
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The number of non-zero components of ground-state solutions
 case condition 1 condition 2 type 1 $det(B) > 0$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p= 3$ 2 $det(B) > 0$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1$ 3 $det(B) < 0$ $p=1, 2$ 4 $rank(B)=1$ $p=1, 2, 3$ 5 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3=\sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=2, 3$ 6 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3=\sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1, 2$ 7 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1, 2, 3$ 8 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1$
 case condition 1 condition 2 type 1 $det(B) > 0$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p= 3$ 2 $det(B) > 0$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1$ 3 $det(B) < 0$ $p=1, 2$ 4 $rank(B)=1$ $p=1, 2, 3$ 5 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3=\sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=2, 3$ 6 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3=\sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1, 2$ 7 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 > \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 > \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1, 2, 3$ 8 $rank(B)=2$ $\beta_1 < \sqrt{\mu_2\mu_3}, \beta_2 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_3}, \beta_3 < \sqrt{\mu_1\mu_2}$ $p=1$
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