Advances in Differential Equations

Principal eigenvalues for some quasilinear elliptic equations on $\mathbb{R}^N$

J. Fleckinger, R. F. Manásevich, N. M. Stavrakakis, and F. de Thélin

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We improve some previous results for the principal eigenvalue of the $p$-Laplacian defined on $\mathbb{R}^N,$ study regularity of the corresponding eigenfunctions and give an existence result of the type below the first eigenvalue (or between the first eigenvalues) for a certain perturbed problem. Based on our approach for the equation we deduce existence, uniqueness and simplicity of positive principal eigenvalues for the $p$-Laplacian system $$ \begin{align} &{-\Delta}_{p} u = \lambda a(x) |u|^{p-2}u + \lambda b(x) |u|^{\alpha - 1} u |v|^{\beta +1}, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^N, \\ &{-\Delta}_{q} v = \lambda b(x) |u|^{\alpha + 1} |v|^{\beta -1}v + \lambda d(x) |v|^{q - 2}v, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^N, \\ & 0 <u, 0<v, \text{ in } \quad \mathbb{R}^N, \lim_{|x| \rightarrow +\infty} u(x) = \lim_{|x| \rightarrow +\infty} v(x) = 0. \end{align} $$ We also establish the regularity of the corresponding eigenfunctions.

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Adv. Differential Equations Volume 2, Number 6 (1997), 981-1003.

First available in Project Euclid: 22 April 2013

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Primary: 35J65: Nonlinear boundary value problems for linear elliptic equations
Secondary: 35B05: Oscillation, zeros of solutions, mean value theorems, etc. 35P15: Estimation of eigenvalues, upper and lower bounds


Fleckinger, J.; Manásevich, R. F.; Stavrakakis, N. M.; de Thélin, F. Principal eigenvalues for some quasilinear elliptic equations on $\mathbb{R}^N$. Adv. Differential Equations 2 (1997), no. 6, 981--1003.

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