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A Semilinear Problem for the Heisenberg Laplacian on Unbounded Domains


Published:20051201
Printed: Dec 2005
Abstract
We study the semilinear equation
\begin{equation*}
\Delta_{\mathbb H} u(\eta) + u(\eta) = f(\eta,
u(\eta)),\quad
u \in \So(\Omega),
\end{equation*}
where $\Omega$ is an unbounded domain of the Heisenberg
group $\mathbb H^N$, $N\ge 1$. The space $\So(\Omega)$ is the
Heisenberg analogue of the Sobolev space $W_0^{1,2}(\Omega)$.
The function $f\colon \overline{\Omega}\times
\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ is supposed to be odd in $u$,
continuous and satisfy some (superlinear but subcritical) growth
conditions. The operator $\Delta_{\mathbb H}$ is
the subelliptic Laplacian on the Heisenberg group. We
give a condition on $\Omega$ which implies the existence of
infinitely many solutions of the above equation. In the proof we
rewrite the equation as a variational problem, and show that the
corresponding functional satisfies the PalaisSmale
condition. This might be quite surprising since we deal with
domains which are far from bounded. The technique we use rests on
a compactness argument and the maximum principle.