Harmonic functions for a class of integro-differential operators

Mohammud Foondun*

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We consider the operator LL defined on C2(Rd)C2(Rd) functions by Lf(x)=12∑i,j=1daij(x)∂2f(x)∂xi∂xj+∑i=1dbi(x)∂f(x)∂xi+∫Rd∖{0}[f(x+h)−f(x)−1(|h|≤1)h⋅∇f(x)]n(x,h)dh. Lf(x)=12∑i,j=1daij(x)∂2f(x)∂xi∂xj+∑i=1dbi(x)∂f(x)∂xi+∫Rd∖{0}[f(x+h)−f(x)−1(|h|≤1)h⋅∇f(x)]n(x,h)dh. Under the assumption that the local part of the operator is uniformly elliptic and with suitable conditions on n(x,h), we establish a Harnack inequality for functions that are nonnegative in RdRd and harmonic in a domain. We also show that the Harnack inequality can fail without suitable conditions on n(x,h). A regularity theorem for those nonnegative harmonic functions is also proved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-44
Number of pages24
JournalPotential Analysis
Issue number1
Early online date6 Mar 2009
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • harmonic functions
  • Harnack inequality
  • integro-differential operators
  • jump processes


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