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Least energy solutions for nonlinear Schrödinger equation involving the fractional Laplacian and critical growth

The second author was supported by National Science Foundation of China(11571040)

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  • In this paper, we study a class of nonlinear Schrödinger equations involving the fractional Laplacian and the nonlinearity term with critical Sobolev exponent. We assume that the potential of the equations includes a parameter $λ$. Moreover, the potential behaves like a potential well when the parameter λ is large. Using variational methods, combining Nehari methods, we prove that the equation has a least energy solution which, as the parameter λ large, localizes near the bottom of the potential well. Moreover, if the zero set int $V^{-1}(0)$ of $V(x)$ includes more than one isolated component, then $u_\lambda (x)$ will be trapped around all the isolated components. However, in Laplacian case when $s=1$, for $\lambda$ large, the corresponding least energy solution will be trapped around only one isolated component and will become arbitrary small in other components of int $V^{-1}(0)$. This is the essential difference with the Laplacian problems since the operator $(-Δ)^{s}$ is nonlocal.

    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 35Q55; Secondary: 35J65.

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