Inserted: 23 jan 2019
The problem of prescribing conformally the scalar curvature of a closed Riemannian manifold as a given Morse function reduces to solving an elliptic partial differential equation with critical Sobolev exponent. Two ways of attacking this problem consist in subcritical approximations or negative pseudo gradient flows. We show under a mild none degeneracy assumption the equivalence of both approaches with respect to zero weak limits, in particular an one to one correspondence of zero weak limit finite energy subcritical blow-up solutions, zero weak limit critical points at infinity of negative type and sets of critical points with negative Laplacian of the function to be prescribed.
Keywords: Conformal geometry, Scalar curvature, Subcritical approximation, Critical points at infinity