Nonlinear noncoercive Neumann problems with a reaction concave near the origin

Pasquale Candito, Giuseppina D'Aguì, Nikolaos S. Papageorgiou


We consider a nonlinear Neumann problem driven by the $p$-Laplacian with a concave parametric reaction term and an asymptotically linear perturbation. We prove a multiplicity theorem producing five nontrivial solutions all with sign information when the parameter is small. For the semilinear case $(p=2)$ we produce six solutions, but we are unable to determine the sign of the sixth solution. Our approach uses critical point theory, truncation and comparison techniques, and Morse theory.


Concave term;, constant sign solutions; nodal solutions; nonlinear regularity; critical groups

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