Uniqueness and nondegeneracy of ground states to nonlinear scalar field equations involving the Sobolev critical exponent in their nonlinearities for high frequencies

Takafumi Akahori, Slim Ibrahim, Norihisa Ikoma, Hiroaki Kikuchi, Hayato Nawa

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The study of the uniqueness and nondegeneracy of ground state solutions to semilinear elliptic equations is of great importance because of the resulting energy landscape and its implications for the various dynamics. In Akahori et al. (Global dynamics above the ground state energy for the combined power-type nonlinear Schrödinger equation with energy-critical growth at low frequencies, preprint), semilinear elliptic equations with combined power-type nonlinearities involving the Sobolev critical exponent are studied. There, it is shown that if the dimension is four or higher, and the frequency is sufficiently small, then the positive radial ground state is unique and nondegenerate. In this paper, we extend these results to the case of high frequencies when the dimension is five and higher. After suitably rescaling the equation, we demonstrate that the main behavior of the solutions is given by the Sobolev critical part for which the ground states are explicit, and their degeneracy is well characterized. Our result is a key step towards the study of the different dynamics of solutions of the corresponding nonlinear Schrödinger and Klein–Gordon equations with energies above the energy of the ground state. Our restriction on the dimension is mainly due to the existence of resonances in dimension three and four.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120
JournalCalculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics

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