The axisymmetric σk-Nirenberg problem

Yan Yan Li, Luc Nguyen, Bo Wang

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Abstract

We study the problem of prescribing σk-curvature for a conformal metric on the standard sphere Sn with 2≤k<n/2 and n≥5 in axisymmetry. Compactness, non-compactness, existence and non-existence results are proved in terms of the behaviors of the prescribed curvature function K near the north and the south poles. For example, consider the case when the north and the south poles are local maximum points of K of flatness order β∈[2,n). We prove among other things the following statements. (1) When β>n−2k, the solution set is compact, has a nonzero total degree counting and is therefore non-empty. (2) When β=n−2k, there is an explicit positive constant C(K) associated with K. If C(K)>1, the solution set is compact with a nonzero total degree counting and is therefore non-empty. If C(K)<1, the solution set is compact but the total degree counting is 0, and the solution set is sometimes empty and sometimes non-empty. (3) When [Formula presented], the solution set is compact, but the total degree counting is zero, and the solution set is sometimes empty and sometimes non-empty. (4) When [Formula presented], there exists K for which there exists a blow-up sequence of solutions with unbounded energy. In this same range of β, there exists also some K for which the solution set is empty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109198
JournalJournal of Functional Analysis
Volume281
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis

Keywords

  • Axisymmetry
  • Compactness and non-compactness
  • Existence and non-existence
  • σ-curvature

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