The Nehari solutions and asymmetric minimizers. (English) Zbl 1381.34044

Authors’ abstract: We consider the boundary value problem \(x'' = -q(t,h) x^3,\) \(x(-1)=x(1)=0\) which exhibits bifurcation of the Nehari solutions. The Nehari solution of the problem is a solution which minimizes certain functional. We show that for \(h\) small there is exactly one Nehari solution. Then under the increase of \(h\) there appear two Nehari solutions which supply the functional smaller value than the remaining symmetrical solution does. So the bifurcation of the Nehari solutions is observed and the previously studied in the literature phenomenon of asymmetrical Nehari solutions is confirmed.


34B18 Positive solutions to nonlinear boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations
34B15 Nonlinear boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations
49K05 Optimality conditions for free problems in one independent variable
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