# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

doi: 10.3934/dcds.2018117

## Regularity and classification of solutions to static Hartree equations involving fractional Laplacians

 1 School of Mathematics and Systems Science, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing 100083, China 2 School of Mathematics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China 3 School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, 2522, NSW, Australia

* Corresponding author: Wei Dai at weidai@buaa.edu.cn

Received  May 2017 Revised  November 2017 Published  April 2018

Fund Project: The first author was supported by the NNSF of China (No. 11501021), the second author was supported by the NNSF of China (No. 11301166)

In this paper, we are concerned with the fractional order equations (1) with Hartree type $\dot{H}^{\frac{α}{2}}$-critical nonlinearity and its equivalent integral equations (3). We first prove a regularity result which indicates that weak solutions are smooth (Theorem 1.2). Then, by applying the method of moving planes in integral forms, we prove that positive solutions $u$ to (1) and (3) are radially symmetric about some point $x_{0}∈\mathbb{R}^{d}$ and derive the explicit forms for $u$ (Theorem 1.3 and Corollary 1). As a consequence, we also derive the best constants and extremal functions in the corresponding Hardy-Littlewood-Sobolev inequalities (Corollary 2).

Citation: Wei Dai, Jiahui Huang, Yu Qin, Bo Wang, Yanqin Fang. Regularity and classification of solutions to static Hartree equations involving fractional Laplacians. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, doi: 10.3934/dcds.2018117
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Zhao, Classification of positive solitary solutions of the nonlinear Choquard equation, Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., 195 (2010), 455-467. doi: 10.1007/s00205-008-0208-3. [35] C. Miao, G. Xu and L. Zhao, Global wellposedness and scattering for the focusing energy-critical nonlinear Schrödinger equations of fourth order in the radial case, J. Diff. Equations, 246 (2009), 3715-3749. doi: 10.1016/j.jde.2008.11.011. [36] C. Miao, G. Xu and L. Zhao, Global well-posedness, scattering and blow-up for the energy-critical, focusing Hartree equation in the radial case, Colloq. Math., 114 (2009), 213-236. doi: 10.4064/cm114-2-5. [37] V. Moroz and J. Van Schaftingen, Groundstates of nonlinear Choquard equations: Existence, qualitative properties and decay asymptotics, J. Funct. Anal., 265 (2013), 153-184. doi: 10.1016/j.jfa.2013.04.007. [38] B. Ou, A Remark on a singular integral equation, Houston J. Math., 25 (1999), 181-184. [39] J. Serrin, A symmetry problem in potential theory, Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., 43 (1971), 304-318. [40] E. M. Stein, Singular Integrals and Differentiability Properties of Functions, Princeton Landmarks in Mathematics, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1970. [41] J. Wei and X. Xu, Classification of solutions of higher order conformally invariant equations, Math. Ann., 313 (1999), 207-228. doi: 10.1007/s002080050258. [42] D. Xu and Y. Lei, Classification of positive solutions for a static Schrödinger-Maxwell equation with fractional Laplacian, Applied Math. Letters, 43 (2015), 85-89. doi: 10.1016/j.aml.2014.12.007.
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