Manuscripta Mathematica

, Volume 139, Issue 1–2, pp 237–248 | Cite as

Continuity of solutions to n-harmonic equations

  • Renjin Jiang
  • Pekka Koskela
  • Dachun Yang


In this paper, we study the nonhomogeneous n-harmonic equation
$$-{\rm div}\,(|{\nabla} u|^{n-2}{\nabla} u)=f$$
in domains \({\Omega\subset {\mathbb {R}^n}}\) (n ≥ 2), where \({f\in W^{-1,\frac{n}{n-1}}(\Omega)}\). We derive a sharp condition to guarantee the continuity of solutions u. In particular, we show that when n ≥ 3, the condition that, for some \({\epsilon >0 ,}\) f belongs to
$${\mathfrak{L}}({\rm log}\,{\mathfrak{L}})^{n-1}({\rm log}\,{\rm log}\,{\mathfrak{L}})^{n-2}\cdots({\rm log}\cdots{\rm log}\,{\mathfrak{L}})^{n-2}({\rm log}\cdots{\rm log}\,{\mathfrak{L}})^{n-2+\epsilon}(\Omega)$$
is sufficient for continuity of u, but not for \({\epsilon=0}\).

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

Primary 35J60 Secondary 31B35 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesBeijing Normal University, Laboratory of Mathematics and Complex Systems, Ministry of EducationBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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