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Journal of Function Spaces and Applications
Volume 2 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 279-321

Quantitative functional calculus in Sobolev spaces

1Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano, L. da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy
2Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Milano, Via C. Saldini 50, I-20133 Milano, Italy
3Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Milano, Italy

Received 1 June 2003

Academic Editor: Jürgen Appell

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In the frame work of Sobolev (Bessel potential) spaces Hn(Rd,RorC), we consider the nonlinear Nemytskij operator sending a function xRdf(x) into a composite function xRdG(f(x),x). Assuming sufficient smoothness for G, we give a “tame” bound on the Hn norm of this composite function in terms of a linear function of the Hn norm of f, with a coefficient depending on G and on the Ha norm of f, for all integers n,a,d with a>d/2. In comparison with previous results on this subject, our bound is fully explicit, allowing to estimate quantitatively the Hn norm of the function xG(f(x),x). When applied to the case G(f(x),x)=f2(x), this bound agrees with a previous result of ours on the pointwise product of functions in Sobolev spaces.