00823nas a2200097 4500008004300000245007000043210006900113520048500182100002200667856003600689 2006 en_Ud 00aCompactness of solutions to some geometric fourth-order equations0 aCompactness of solutions to some geometric fourthorder equations3 aWe prove compactness of solutions to some fourth order equations with exponential nonlinearities on four manifolds. The proof is based on a refined bubbling analysis, for which the main estimates are given in integral form. Our result is used in a subsequent paper to find critical points (via minimax arguments) of some geometric functional, which give rise to conformal metrics of constant $Q$-curvature. As a byproduct of our method, we also obtain compactness of such metrics.1 aMalchiodi, Andrea uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/2126