01580nas a2200157 4500008004100000245009300041210006900134260002800203520103900231100001901270700001901289700002101308700002001329700002201349856005101371 2014 en d00aConformal invariants from nodal sets. I. negative eigenvalues and curvature prescription0 aConformal invariants from nodal sets I negative eigenvalues and bOxford University Press3 aIn this paper, we study conformal invariants that arise from nodal sets and negative eigenvalues of conformally covariant operators; more specifically, the Graham, Jenne, Mason, and Sparling (GJMS) operators, which include the Yamabe and Paneitz operators. We give several applications to curvature prescription problems. We establish a version in conformal geometry of Courant's Nodal Domain Theorem. We also show that on any manifold of dimension n≥3, there exist many metrics for which our invariants are nontrivial. We prove that the Yamabe operator can have an arbitrarily large number of negative eigenvalues on any manifold of dimension n≥3. We obtain similar results for some higher order GJMS operators on some Einstein and Heisenberg manifolds. We describe the invariants arising from the Yamabe and Paneitz operators associated to left-invariant metrics on Heisenberg manifolds. Finally, in Appendix, the second named author and Andrea Malchiodi study the Q-curvature prescription problems for noncritical Q-curvatures.1 aGover, Rod, R.1 aCanzani, Yaiza1 aJakobson, Dmitry1 aPonge, Raphaël1 aMalchiodi, Andrea uhttp://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35128