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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 337-340
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Equation of the fixed membrane in the n-dimensional space: some remarks on the maxima of the eigenfunctions subjected to various norms

Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, Ithaca 14850, New York, USA

Received 15 March 1979

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We show in this paper that the sequence {max|uk|}, where the uk are the eigenfunctions of the problem Δu+λu=0 in DRn and u=0 on D, is not bounded generally if one imposes the norm Du2p(x)dx=1, p=(1),2,3,. The same holds with the norm D|gradu|2pdx=1 when n>4p1. On the other hand, if DR2, resp. R3 the norm D|gradu|2dx=1 implies max|uk|k0, resp. max|uk|=0(1).