We study the periodic boundary value problem associated with the second order nonlinear equation u''+(λa+(t)−μa−(t))g(u)=0, where g(u) has superlinear growth at zero and sublinear growth at infinity. For λ,μ positive and large, we prove the existence of 3^m−1 positive T-periodic solutions when the weight function a(t) has m positive humps separated by m negative ones (in a T-periodicity interval). As a byproduct of our approach we also provide abundance of positive subharmonic solutions and symbolic dynamics. The proof is based on coincidence degree theory for locally compact operators on open unbounded sets and also applies to Neumann and Dirichlet boundary conditions. Finally, we deal with radially symmetric positive solutions for the Neumann and the Dirichlet problems associated with elliptic PDEs.

PB - American Mathematical Society UR - http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35264 N1 - AMS Subject Classification: 34B15, 34B18, 34C25, 34C28, 47H11. U1 - 35568 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - An application of coincidence degree theory to cyclic feedback type systems associated with nonlinear differential operators JF - Topol. Methods Nonlinear Anal. Y1 - 2017 A1 - Guglielmo Feltrin A1 - Fabio Zanolin PB - Nicolaus Copernicus University, Juliusz P. Schauder Centre for Nonlinear Studies VL - 50 UR - https://doi.org/10.12775/TMNA.2017.038 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Multiplicity of positive periodic solutions in the superlinear indefinite case via coincidence degree JF - Journal of Differential Equations Y1 - 2017 A1 - Guglielmo Feltrin A1 - Fabio Zanolin KW - Coincidence degree KW - Multiplicity results KW - Neumann boundary value problems KW - Positive periodic solutions KW - subharmonic solutions KW - Superlinear indefinite problems AB -We study the periodic boundary value problem associated with the second order nonlinear differential equationu″+cu′+(a+(t)−μa−(t))g(u)=0, where g(u) has superlinear growth at zero and at infinity, a(t) is a periodic sign-changing weight, c∈R and μ>0 is a real parameter. Our model includes (for c=0) the so-called nonlinear Hill's equation. We prove the existence of 2m−1 positive solutions when a(t) has m positive humps separated by m negative ones (in a periodicity interval) and μ is sufficiently large, thus giving a complete solution to a problem raised by G.J. Butler in 1976. The proof is based on Mawhin's coincidence degree defined in open (possibly unbounded) sets and applies also to Neumann boundary conditions. Our method also provides a topological approach to detect subharmonic solutions.

VL - 262 UR - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022039617300219 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Pairs of positive periodic solutions of nonlinear ODEs with indefinite weight: a topological degree approach for the super-sublinear case JF - Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh Sect. A 146 (2016), 449–474. Y1 - 2016 A1 - Alberto Boscaggin A1 - Guglielmo Feltrin A1 - Fabio Zanolin AB -We study the periodic and Neumann boundary value problems associated with the second order nonlinear differential equation u''+cu'+λa(t)g(u)=0, where g:[0,+∞[→[0,+∞[ is a sublinear function at infinity having superlinear growth at zero. We prove the existence of two positive solutions when ∫a(t)dt 0 is sufficiently large. Our approach is based on Mawhin's coincidence degree theory and index computations.

PB - Cambridge University Press UR - http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35262 N1 - AMS Subject Classification: Primary 34B18; 34C25; Secondary 34B15; 47H11; U1 - 35566 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Existence of positive solutions in the superlinear case via coincidence degree: the Neumann and the periodic boundary value problems JF - Adv. Differential Equations 20 (2015), 937–982. Y1 - 2015 A1 - Guglielmo Feltrin A1 - Fabio Zanolin AB -We prove the existence of positive periodic solutions for the second order nonlinear equation u'' + a(x) g(u) = 0, where g(u) has superlinear growth at zero and at infinity. The weight function a(x) is allowed to change its sign. Necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of nontrivial solutions are obtained. The proof is based on Mawhin's coincidence degree and applies also to Neumann boundary conditions. Applications are given to the search of positive solutions for a nonlinear PDE in annular domains and for a periodic problem associated to a non-Hamiltonian equation.

PB - Khayyam Publishing UR - http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ade/1435064518 N1 - AMS Subject Classification: 34B18, 34B15, 34C25, 47H11. U1 - 35388 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Multiple positive solutions for a superlinear problem: a topological approach JF - J. Differential Equations 259 (2015), 925–963. Y1 - 2015 A1 - Guglielmo Feltrin A1 - Fabio Zanolin AB -We study the multiplicity of positive solutions for a two-point boundary value problem associated to the nonlinear second order equation u''+f(x,u)=0. We allow x ↦ f(x,s) to change its sign in order to cover the case of scalar equations with indefinite weight. Roughly speaking, our main assumptions require that f(x,s)/s is below λ_1 as s→0^+ and above λ_1 as s→+∞. In particular, we can deal with the situation in which f(x,s) has a superlinear growth at zero and at infinity. We propose a new approach based on the topological degree which provides the multiplicity of solutions. Applications are given for u'' + a(x) g(u) = 0, where we prove the existence of 2^n-1 positive solutions when a(x) has n positive humps and a^-(x) is sufficiently large.

PB - Elsevier UR - http://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/35147 N1 - Work presented at the "Special Session 21" of the "10th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications" (Madrid, July 7-11, 2014). U1 - 35387 U2 - Mathematics U4 - 1 U5 - MAT/05 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Pairs of nodal solutions for a class of nonlinear problems with one-sided growth conditions JF - Advanced Nonlinear Studies Y1 - 2013 A1 - Alberto Boscaggin A1 - Fabio Zanolin PB - Advanced Nonlinear Studies, Inc. VL - 13 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Subharmonic solutions for nonlinear second order equations in presence of lower and upper solutions JF - Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A Y1 - 2013 A1 - Alberto Boscaggin A1 - Fabio Zanolin KW - lower and upper solutions KW - parameter dependent equations KW - Periodic solutions KW - Poincaré-Birkhoff twist theorem KW - subharmonic solutions AB -We study the problem of existence and multiplicity of subharmonic solutions for a second order nonlinear ODE in presence of lower and upper solutions. We show how such additional information can be used to obtain more precise multiplicity results. Applications are given to pendulum type equations and to Ambrosetti-Prodi results for parameter dependent equations.

VL - 33 UR - http://aimsciences.org//article/id/3638a93e-4f3e-4146-a927-3e8a64e6863f ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Pairs of positive periodic solutions of second order nonlinear equations with indefinite weight JF - Journal of Differential Equations Y1 - 2012 A1 - Alberto Boscaggin A1 - Fabio Zanolin KW - Critical points KW - Necessary conditions KW - Pairs of positive solutions KW - Periodic solutions AB -We study the problem of the existence and multiplicity of positive periodic solutions to the scalar ODEu″+λa(t)g(u)=0,λ>0, where g(x) is a positive function on R+, superlinear at zero and sublinear at infinity, and a(t) is a T-periodic and sign indefinite weight with negative mean value. We first show the nonexistence of solutions for some classes of nonlinearities g(x) when λ is small. Then, using critical point theory, we prove the existence of at least two positive T-periodic solutions for λ large. Some examples are also provided.

VL - 252 UR - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022039611003895 ER - TY - JOUR T1 - Positive periodic solutions of second order nonlinear equations with indefinite weight: Multiplicity results and complex dynamics JF - Journal of Differential Equations Y1 - 2012 A1 - Alberto Boscaggin A1 - Fabio Zanolin KW - Complex dynamics KW - Poincaré map KW - Positive periodic solutions KW - Subharmonics AB -We prove the existence of a pair of positive T-periodic solutions as well as the existence of positive subharmonic solutions of any order and the presence of chaotic-like dynamics for the scalar second order ODEu″+aλ,μ(t)g(u)=0, where g(x) is a positive function on R+, superlinear at zero and sublinear at infinity, and aλ,μ(t) is a T-periodic and sign indefinite weight of the form λa+(t)−μa−(t), with λ,μ>0 and large.

VL - 252 UR - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022039611003883 ER -