*Published Paper*

**Inserted:** 7 jul 2022

**Last Updated:** 7 jul 2022

**Journal:** J. Differential Equations

**Volume:** 260

**Number:** 7

**Pages:** 5627-5644

**Year:** 2016

**Doi:** 10.1016/j.jde.2015.12.030

**Abstract:**

We investigate the existence of multiple bound states of prescribed mass for the nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation on a noncompact metric graph. The main feature is that the nonlinearity is localized only in a compact part of the graph. Our main result states that for every integer k, the equation possesses at least k solutions of prescribed mass, provided that the mass is large enough. These solutions arise as constrained critical points of the NLS energy functional. Estimates for the energy of the solutions are also established.