## Advances in Differential Equations

- Adv. Differential Equations
- Volume 1, Number 5 (1996), 857-880.

### The scalar curvature equation on $\mathbb R^n$ and $S^n$

#### Abstract

We study the existence of positive solutions for the equation $\Delta u+ K(x) u^{\frac{n+2}{n-2}}=0$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ ($n \geq 3$) which decay to $0$ at infinity like $|x|^{2-n}$; $K(x)$ is a function which is bounded from above and below by positive constants, and no symmetry assumption on $K$ is made. We find conditions that guarantee existence for a large class of $K$'s. As a consequence one can explicitly show that the set of coefficients for which a solution exists is dense, in $C^1$ norm, in the space of positive bounded $C^1$ functions. These conditions also allow us to display a radial $K$ such that the previous problem has nonradial solutions but no radial solution. Some new results for the corresponding problem on $\Sn$ are also proved.

#### Article information

**Source**

Adv. Differential Equations, Volume 1, Number 5 (1996), 857-880.

**Dates**

First available in Project Euclid: 25 April 2013

**Permanent link to this document**

https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ade/1366896022

**Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)**

MR1392008

**Zentralblatt MATH identifier**

0865.35044

**Subjects**

Primary: 35J60: Nonlinear elliptic equations

Secondary: 53C21: Methods of Riemannian geometry, including PDE methods; curvature restrictions [See also 58J60] 58G30

#### Citation

Bianchi, Gabriele. The scalar curvature equation on $\mathbb R^n$ and $S^n$. Adv. Differential Equations 1 (1996), no. 5, 857--880. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ade/1366896022