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RETRACTED ARTICLE: Growth properties of Green-Sch potentials at infinity

  • The Retraction Note to this article has been published in Boundary Value Problems 2020 2020:19

Abstract

This paper gives growth properties of Green-Sch potentials at infinity in a cone, which generalizes results obtained by Qiao-Deng. The proof is based on the fact that the estimations of Green-Sch potentials with measures are connected with a kind of densities of the measures modified by the measures.

MSC: 35J10, 35J25.

1 Introduction and main results

Let R and R + be the set of all real numbers and the set of all positive real numbers, respectively. We denote by R n (n2) the n-dimensional Euclidean space. A point in R n is denoted by P=(X, x n ), X=( x 1 , x 2 ,, x n 1 ). The Euclidean distance of two points P and Q in R n is denoted by |PQ|. Also |PO| with the origin O of R n is simply denoted by |P|. The boundary, the closure and the complement of a set S in R n are denoted by S, S ¯ , and  S c , respectively. For P R n and r>0, let B(P,r) denote the open ball with center at P and radius r in R n .

We introduce a system of spherical coordinates (r,Θ), Θ=( θ 1 , θ 2 ,, θ n 1 ), in R n which are related to cartesian coordinates ( x 1 , x 2 ,, x n 1 , x n ) by

x 1 =r ( j = 1 n 1 sin θ j ) (n2), x n =rcos θ 1 ,

and if n3, then

x n m + 1 =r ( j = 1 m 1 sin θ j ) cos θ m (2mn1),

where 0r<+, 1 2 π θ n 1 < 3 2 π, and if n3, then 0 θ j π (1jn2).

The unit sphere and the upper half unit sphere in R n are denoted by S n 1 and S + n 1 , respectively. For simplicity, a point (1,Θ) on S n 1 and the set {Θ;(1,Θ)Ω} for a set Ω, Ω S n 1 , are often identified with Θ and Ω, respectively. For two sets Ξ R + and Ω S n 1 , the set {(r,Θ) R n ;rΞ,(1,Θ)Ω} in R n is simply denoted by Ξ×Ω. In particular, the half space R + × S + n 1 ={(X, x n ) R n ; x n >0} will be denoted by T n .

By C n (Ω), we denote the set R + ×Ω in R n with the domain Ω on S n 1 (n2). We call it a cone. Then T n is a special cone obtained by putting Ω= S + n 1 . We denote the sets I×Ω and I×Ω with an interval on R by C n (Ω;I) and S n (Ω;I). By S n (Ω;r) we denote C n (Ω) S r . By S n (Ω) we denote S n (Ω;(0,+)), which is C n (Ω){O}.

Let C n (Ω) be an arbitrary domain in R n and A a denote the class of nonnegative radial potentials a(P), i.e.0a(P)=a(r), P=(r,Θ) C n (Ω), such that a L loc b ( C n (Ω)) with some b>n/2 if n4 and with b=2 if n=2 or n=3.

If a A a , then the stationary Schrödinger operator

Sc h a =Δ+a(P)I=0,

where Δ is the Laplace operator and I is the identical operator, can be extended in the usual way from the space C 0 ( C n (Ω)) to an essentially self-adjoint operator on L 2 ( C n (Ω)) (see [1], Ch. 13]). We will denote it Sc h a as well. This last one has a Green-Sch function G Ω a (P,Q). Here G Ω a (P,Q) is positive on C n (Ω) and its inner normal derivative G Ω a (P,Q)/ n Q 0, where / n Q denotes the differentiation at Q along the inward normal into C n (Ω). We denote this derivative by P I Ω a (P,Q), which is called the Poisson-Sch kernel with respect to C n (Ω).

We shall say that a set E C n (Ω) has a covering { r j , R j } if there exists a sequence of balls { B j } with centers in C n (Ω) such that E j = 0 B j , where r j is the radius of B j and R j is the distance from the origin to the center of B j .

For positive functions h 1 and h 2 , we say that h 1 h 2 if h 1 M h 2 for some constant M>0. If h 1 h 2 and h 2 h 1 , we say that h 1 h 2 .

Let Ω be a domain on S n 1 with smooth boundary. Consider the Dirichlet problem

( Λ n + λ ) φ = 0 on  Ω , φ = 0 on  Ω ,

where Λ n is the spherical part of the Laplace opera Δ n

Δ n = n 1 r r + 2 r 2 + Λ n r 2 .

We denote the least positive eigenvalue of this boundary value problem by λ and the normalized positive eigenfunction corresponding to λ by φ(Θ), Ω φ 2 (Θ)d S 1 =1. In order to ensure the existence of λ and a smooth φ(Θ). We put a rather strong assumption on Ω: if n3, then Ω is a C 2 , α -domain (0<α<1) on S n 1 surrounded by a finite number of mutually disjoint closed hypersurfaces (e.g. see [2], pp.88-89] for the definition of C 2 , α -domain).

For any (1,Θ)Ω, we have (see [3], pp.7-8])

φ(Θ)dist ( ( 1 , Θ ) , C n ( Ω ) ) ,

which yields

δ(P)rφ(Θ),
(1.1)

where P=(r,Θ) C n (Ω) and δ(P)=dist(P, C n (Ω)).

Solutions of an ordinary differential equation

Q (r) n 1 r Q (r)+ ( λ r 2 + a ( r ) ) Q(r)=0,0<r<.
(1.2)

It is well known (see, for example, [4]) that if the potential a A a , then (1.2) has a fundamental system of positive solutions {V,W} such that V is nondecreasing with (see [5]–[8])

0V(0+)V(r)as r+,

and W is monotonically decreasing with

+=W(0+)>W(r)0as r+.

We will also consider the class B a , consisting of the potentials a A a such that there exists the finite limit lim r r 2 a(r)=k[0,), and moreover, r 1 | r 2 a(r)k|L(1,). If a B a , then the (sub)superfunctions are continuous (see [9]).

In the rest of paper, we assume that a B a and we shall suppress this assumption for simplicity.

Denote

ι k ± = 2 n ± ( n 2 ) 2 + 4 ( k + λ ) 2 ,

then the solutions to (1.2) have the asymptotic (see [10])

V(r) r ι k + ,W(r) r ι k as r.
(1.3)

We denote the Green-Sch potential with a positive measure v on C n (Ω) by

G Ω a ν(P)= C n ( Ω ) G Ω a (P,Q)dν(Q).

Let ν be any positive measure C n (Ω) such that G Ω a ν(P)+ (resp. G Ω 0 ν(P)+) for P C n (Ω). The positive measure ν (rep. ν ) on R n is defined by

d ν ( Q ) = { W ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d ν ( Q ) , Q = ( t , Φ ) C n ( Ω ; ( 1 , + ) ) , 0 , Q R n C n ( Ω ; ( 1 , + ) ) . ( d ν ( Q ) = { t ι 0 φ ( Φ ) d ν ( Q ) , Q = ( t , Φ ) C n ( Ω ; ( 1 , + ) ) , 0 , Q R n C n ( Ω ; ( 1 , + ) ) . )

Let ϵ>0, 0α<n, and λ be any positive measure on R n having finite total mass. For each P=(r,Θ) R n {O}, the maximal function M(P;λ,α) is defined by (see [11])

M(P;λ,α)= sup 0 < ρ < r 2 λ ( B ( P , ρ ) ) V(ρ)W(ρ) ρ α 2 .

The set

{ P = ( r , Θ ) R n { O } ; M ( P ; λ , α ) V 1 ( r ) W 1 ( r ) r 2 α > ϵ }

is denoted by E(ϵ;λ,α).

Remark 1

If λ({P})>0 (PO), then M(P;λ,α)=+ for any positive number β. So we can find {P R n {O};λ({P})>0}E(ϵ;λ,α).

About the growth properties of Green potentials at infinity in a cone, Qiao-Deng (see [12], Theorem 1]) has proved the following result.

Theorem A

Let ν be a positive measure on C n (Ω)such that G Ω 0 ν(P)+for anyP=(r,Θ) C n (Ω). Then there exists a covering{ r j , R j }ofF(ϵ; ν ,α) ( C n (Ω)) satisfying

j = 0 ( r j R j ) n α <,

such that

lim r , P C n ( Ω ) F ( ϵ ; ν , α ) r ι 0 + φ α 1 (Θ) G Ω 0 ν(P)=0,

where

H ( P ; ν , α ) = sup 0 < ρ < r 2 ν ( B ( P , ρ ) ) ρ n α

and

F ( ϵ ; ν , α ) = { P = ( r , Θ ) R n { O } ; H ( P ; ν , α ) r n α > ϵ } .

Now we state our first result.

Theorem 1

Let ν be a positive measure on C n (Ω) such that

G Ω a ν(P)+ ( P = ( r , Θ ) C n ( Ω ) ) .
(1.4)

Then there exists a covering{ r j , R j }ofE(ϵ; ν ,α) ( C n (Ω)) satisfying

j = 0 ( r j R j ) 2 α V ( R j ) W ( R j ) V ( r j ) W ( r j ) <,
(1.5)

such that

lim r , P C n ( Ω ) E ( ϵ ; ν , α ) V 1 (r) φ α 1 (Θ) G Ω a ν(P)=0.
(1.6)

Remark 2

By comparison the condition (1.4) is fairly briefer and easily applied. Moreover, E(ϵ; ν ,1) is a set of 1-finite view in the sense of [13], [14] (see [13], Definition 2.1] for the definition of 1-finite view). In the case a=0, Theorem 1 (1.6) is just the result of Theorem A.

Corollary 1

Let ν be a positive measure on C n (Ω)such that (1.4) holds. Then for a sufficiently large L and a sufficiently small ϵ we have

{ P C n ( Ω ; ( L , + ) ) ; G Ω a ν ( P ) V ( r ) φ 1 α ( Θ ) } E ( ϵ ; μ , α ) .

2 Some lemmas

Lemma 1

(see [15], [16])

G Ω a (P,Q)V(t)W(r)φ(Θ)φ(Φ)
(2.1)
( resp.  G Ω a ( P , Q ) V ( r ) W ( t ) φ ( Θ ) φ ( Φ ) ) ,
(2.2)

for anyP=(r,Θ) C n (Ω)and anyQ=(t,Φ) C n (Ω)satisfying0< t r 4 5 (resp. 0< r t 4 5 );

Further, for anyP=(r,Θ) C n (Ω)and anyQ=(t,Φ) C n (Ω;( 4 5 r, 5 4 r)), we have

G Ω 0 (P,Q) φ ( Θ ) φ ( Φ ) t n 2 + Π Ω (P,Q),
(2.3)

where

Π Ω (P,Q)=min { 1 | P Q | n 2 , r t φ ( Θ ) φ ( Φ ) | P Q | n } .

Lemma 2

Let ν be a positive measure on C n (Ω)such that there is a sequence of points P i =( r i , Θ i ) C n (Ω), r i + (i+) satisfying G Ω a ν( P i )<+ (i=1,2, ; Q C n (Ω)). Then, for a positive number l,

C n ( Ω ; ( l , + ) ) W(t)φ(Φ)dν(Q)<+
(2.4)

and

lim R + W ( R ) V ( R ) C n ( Ω ; ( 0 , R ) ) V(t)φ(Φ)dν(Q)=0.
(2.5)

Proof

Take a positive number l satisfying P 1 =( r 1 , Θ 1 ) C n (Ω), r 1 4 5 l. Then from (2.2), we have

V( r 1 )φ( Θ 1 ) S n ( Ω ; ( l , + ) ) W(t)φ(Φ)dμ(Q) S n ( Ω ) G Ω a (P,Q)dμ(Q)<+,

which gives (2.4). For any positive number ϵ, from (2.4), we can take a number R ϵ such that

S n ( Ω ; ( R ϵ , + ) ) W(t)φ(Φ)dμ(Q)< ϵ 2 .

If we take a point P i =( r i , Θ i ) C n (Ω), r i 5 4 R ϵ , then we have from (2.1)

W( r i )φ( Θ i ) S n ( Ω ; ( 0 , R ϵ ] ) V(t)φ(Φ)dμ(Q) S n ( Ω ) G Ω a (P,Q)dμ(Q)<+.

If R (R> R ϵ ) is sufficiently large, then

W ( R ) V ( R ) S n ( Ω ; ( 0 , R ) ) V ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d μ ( Q ) W ( R ) V ( R ) S n ( Ω ; ( 0 , R ϵ ] ) V ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d μ ( Q ) + S n ( Ω ; ( R ϵ , R ) ) W ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d μ ( Q ) W ( R ) V ( R ) S n ( Ω ; ( 0 , R ϵ ] ) V ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d μ ( Q ) + S n ( Ω ; ( R ϵ , + ) ) W ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d μ ( Q ) ϵ ,

which gives (2.5). □

Lemma 3

Let λ be any positive measure on R n having finite total mass. ThenE(ϵ;λ,α)has a covering{ r j , R j } (j=1,2,) satisfying

j = 1 ( r j R j ) 2 α V ( R j ) W ( R j ) V ( r j ) W ( r j ) <.

Proof

Set

E j (ϵ;λ,β)= { P = ( r , Θ ) E ( ϵ ; λ , β ) : 2 j r < 2 j + 1 } (j=2,3,4,).

If P=(r,Θ) E j (ϵ;λ,β), then there exists a positive number ρ(P) such that

( ρ ( P ) r ) 2 α V ( r ) W ( R ) V ( ρ ( P ) ) W ( ρ ( P ) ) ( ρ ( P ) r ) n α λ ( B ( P , ρ ( P ) ) ) ϵ .

Since E j (ϵ;λ,β) can be covered by the union of a family of balls {B( P j , i , ρ j , i ): P j , i E k (ϵ;λ,β)} ( ρ j , i =ρ( P j , i )). By the Vitali lemma (see [17]), there exists Λ j E j (ϵ;λ,β), which is at most countable, such that {B( P j , i , ρ j , i ): P j , i Λ j } are disjoint and E j (ϵ;λ,β) P j , i Λ j B( P j , i ,5 ρ j , i ).

So

j = 2 E j (ϵ;λ,β) j = 2 P j , i Λ j B( P j , i ,5 ρ j , i ).

On the other hand, note that

P j , i Λ j B( P j , i , ρ j , i ) { P = ( r , Θ ) : 2 j 1 r < 2 j + 2 } ,

so that

P j , i Λ j ( 5 ρ j , i | P j , i | ) 2 α V ( | P j , i | ) W ( | P j , i | ) V ( ρ j , i ) W ( ρ j , i ) P j , i Λ j ( 5 ρ j , i | P j , i | ) n α 5 n α P j , i Λ j λ ( B ( P j , i , ρ j , i ) ) ϵ 5 n α ϵ λ ( C n ( Ω ; [ 2 j 1 , 2 j + 2 ) ) ) .

Hence we obtain

j = 1 P j , i Λ j ( ρ j , i | P j , i | ) 2 α V ( | P j , i | ) W ( | P j , i | ) V ( ρ j , i ) W ( ρ j , i ) j = 1 P j , i Λ j ( ρ j , i | P j , i | ) n α j = 1 λ ( C n ( Ω ; [ 2 j 1 , 2 j + 2 ) ) ) ϵ 3 λ ( R n ) ϵ .

Since E(ϵ;λ,β){P=(r,Θ) R n ;r4}= j = 2 E j (ϵ;λ,β). Then E(ϵ;λ,β) is finally covered by a sequence of balls {B( P j , i , ρ j , i ),B( P 1 ,6)} (j=2,3, ; i=1,2,) satisfying

j , i ( ρ j , i | P j , i | ) 2 α V ( | P j , i | ) W ( | P j , i | ) V ( ρ j , i ) W ( ρ j , i ) j , i ( ρ j , i | P j , i | ) n α 3 λ ( R n ) ϵ + 6 n α <+,

where B( P 1 ,6) ( P 1 =(1,0,,0) R n ) is the ball which covers {P=(r,Θ) R n ;r<4}. □

3 Proof of Theorem 1

For any point P=(r,Θ) C n (Ω;(R,+))E(ϵ; ν ,α), where R ( 4 5 r) is a sufficiently large number and ϵ is a sufficiently small positive number.

Write

G Ω a ν(P)= G Ω a ν(1)(P)+ G Ω a ν(2)(P)+ G Ω a ν(3)(P),

where

G Ω a ν ( 1 ) ( P ) = C n ( Ω ; ( 0 , 4 5 r ] ) G Ω a ( P , Q ) d ν ( Q ) , G Ω a ν ( 2 ) ( P ) = C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) G Ω a ( P , Q ) d ν ( Q ) ,

and

G Ω a ν(3)(P)= C n ( Ω ; [ 5 4 r , ) ) G Ω a (P,Q)dν(Q).

From (2.1) and (2.2) we obtain the following growth estimates:

G Ω a ν(1)(P)ϵV(r)φ(Θ),
(3.1)
G Ω a ν(3)(P)ϵV(r)φ(Θ).
(3.2)

By (2.3) and (3.1), we have

G Ω a ν(2)(P) G Ω a ν(21)(P)+ G Ω a ν(22)(P),

where

G Ω a ν(21)(P)=φ(Θ) C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) V(t)d ν (Q)

and

G Ω a ν(22)(P)= C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) Π Ω (P,Q)dν(Q).

Then by Lemma 2, we immediately get

G Ω a ν(21)(P)ϵV(r)φ(Θ).
(3.3)

To estimate G Ω a ν(22)(P), take a sufficiently small positive number c independent of P such that

Λ(P)= { ( t , Φ ) C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) ; | ( 1 , Φ ) ( 1 , Θ ) | < c } B ( P , r 2 )
(3.4)

and divide C n (Ω;( 4 5 r, 5 4 r)) into two sets Λ(P) and Λ(P), where

Λ(P)= C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) Λ(P).

Write

G Ω a ν(22)(P)= G Ω a ν(221)(P)+ G Ω a ν(222)(P),

where

G Ω a ν(221)(P)= Λ ( P ) Π Ω (P,Q)dν(Q)

and

G Ω a ν(222)(P)= Λ ( P ) Π Ω (P,Q)dν(Q).

There exists a positive c such that |PQ| c r for any QΛ(P), and hence

G Ω a ν ( 222 ) ( P ) C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , 5 4 r ) ) r t φ ( Θ ) φ ( Φ ) | P Q | n d ν ( Q ) V ( r ) φ ( Θ ) C n ( Ω ; ( 4 5 r , ) ) d ν ( Q ) ϵ V ( r ) φ ( Θ )
(3.5)

from Lemma 2.

Now we estimate G Ω a ν(221)(P). Set

I i (P)= { Q Λ ( P ) ; 2 i 1 δ ( P ) | P Q | < 2 i δ ( P ) } ,

where i=0,±1,±2, .

Since P=(r,Θ)E(ϵ; ν ,α) and hence ν ({P})=0 from Remark 1, we can divide G Ω a ν(221)(P) into

G Ω a ν(221)(P)= G Ω A ν(2211)(P)+ G Ω a ν(2212)(P),

where

G Ω A ν(2211)(P)= i = 1 I i ( P ) Π Ω (P,Q)dν(Q)

and

G Ω a ν(2212)(P)= i = 0 I i ( P ) Π Ω (P,Q)dν(Q).

Since δ(Q)+|PQ|δ(P), we have

t f Ω (Φ)δ(Q) 2 1 δ(P)

for any Q=(t,Φ) I i (p) (i=1,2,). Then by (1.1)

I i ( P ) Π Ω ( P , Q ) d ν ( Q ) I i ( P ) 1 | P Q | n 2 W ( t ) φ ( Φ ) d ν ( Q ) r 2 α W ( r ) φ 1 α ( Θ ) ν ( B ( P , 2 i δ ( P ) ) ) { 2 i δ ( P ) } n α r 2 α W ( r ) φ 1 α ( Θ ) M ( P ; ν , α ) ( i = 1 , 2 , ) .

Since P=(r,Θ)E(ϵ; ν ,α), we obtain

G Ω a ν(2211)(P)ϵV(r) φ 1 α (Θ).
(3.6)

By (3.4), we can take a positive integer i(P) satisfying

2 i ( P ) 1 δ(P) r 2 < 2 i ( P ) δ(P)

and I i (P)= (i=i(P)+1,i(P)+2,).

Since r f Ω (Θ)δ(P) (P=(r,Θ) C n (Ω)), we have

I i ( P ) Π Ω ( P , Q ) d ν ( Q ) r φ ( Θ ) I i ( P ) t | P Q | n W ( t ) d ν ( Q ) r 2 α W ( r ) φ 1 α ( Θ ) ν ( I i ( P ) ) { 2 i δ ( P ) } n α ( i = 0 , 1 , 2 , , i ( P ) ) .

Since P=(r,Θ)E(ϵ; ν ,α), we have

ν ( I i ( P ) ) { 2 i δ ( P ) } n α ν ( B ( P , 2 i δ ( P ) ) ) V ( 2 i δ ( P ) ) W ( 2 i δ ( P ) ) { 2 i δ ( P ) } α 2 M ( P ; ν , α ) ϵ V ( r ) W ( r ) r α 2 ( i = 0 , 1 , 2 , , i ( P ) 1 )

and

ν ( I i ( P ) ) { 2 i δ ( P ) } n α ν ( Λ ( P ) ) V ( r 2 ) W ( r 2 ) ( r 2 ) α 2 ϵV(r)W(r) r α 2 .

Hence we obtain

G Ω a ν(2212)(P)ϵV(r) φ 1 α (Θ).
(3.7)

Combining (3.1)-(3.3) and (3.5)-(3.7), we finally obtain the result that if R is sufficiently large and ϵ is a sufficiently small, then G Ω a ν(P)=o(V(r) φ 1 α (Θ)) as r, where P=(r,Θ) C n (Ω;(R,+))E(ϵ; ν ,α). Finally, there exists an additional finite ball B 0 covering C n (Ω;(0,R]), which together with Lemma 3, gives the conclusion of Theorem 1.

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