Some symmetric boundary value problems and non-symmetric solutions
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Arioli, G.; Koch, H.
We consider the equation −∆u = wf′(u) on a symmetric bounded domain in Rn with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Here w is a positive function or measure that is invariant under the (Euclidean) symmetries of the domain. We focus on solutions u that are positive and/or have a low Morse index. Our results are concerned with the existence of non-symmetric solutions and the non-existence of symmetric solutions. In particular, we construct a solution u for the disk in R2 that has index 2 and whose modulus |u| has only one reflection symmetry.