Compact embedding of weighted sobolev spaces in continous functions spaces

Let the weighted sobolev space $M^p_{s,\delta}$ be the completion of $C_0^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)$ in the norm \begin{equation} \sum_{\left\vert\alpha\right\vert\leq s}\left\Vert(1+\left\vert x\right\vert^2)^{(\delta+\left\vert\alpha\right\vert)/2}D^\alpha \varPhi\right\Vert_{L^p}. \end{equation} In dimension $4$ one can state that if $p>1,\delta\in(-\frac{4}{p},\frac{4}{p})$ and we pose $L^p_\delta=M^p_{0,\delta}$ then we have that the operator $\Delta^2$ is an isomorphism from $M^p_{4,\delta}$ into $\Lambda$, where \begin{equation} \Lambda=\left\{f\in L^p_{4+\delta},\int_{\mathbb{R}^4}f\, dx=0\right\}. \end{equation} More precisely, if $p>1,\delta>-\frac{4}{p}$ and $s>\frac{4}{p}$, then $M^p_{s,\delta}$ is compactly embedded in $C_0(\mathbb{R}^4)$.

Question: does anyone know how to prove the compactness of the embedding? Does this result hold also in higher dimension? Thanks

• How do you prove the embedding itself? – timur Sep 3 '13 at 13:56
• Could you add references for your statements? It helps. – András Bátkai Sep 3 '13 at 14:28

Let $B_R\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ denote the $n$-dimensional open ball of radius $R$, centred at the origin. Then we have $$\|\partial^\alpha u\|_{L^p(B_R)} \leq \max\{1,R^{-\delta-s}\} \|\langle x\rangle^{\delta+s}\partial^\alpha u\|_{L^p(\mathbb{R}^n)} \qquad\textrm{for}\quad |\alpha|=s,$$ and $$\|u\|_{L^p(B_R)} \leq \max\{1,R^{-\delta}\}\|\langle x\rangle^{\delta}u\|_{L^p(\mathbb{R}^n)},$$ where $\langle x\rangle=\sqrt{1+x^2}$. Hence, for any $R>0$, the restriction to $B_R$ of any $u\in M^p_{s,\delta}$ is in $W^{s,p}(B_R)$. In other words, the restriction map $J_R:u\mapsto u|_{B_R}$ is well defined and bounded as a map $J_R:M^p_{s,\delta}\to W^{s,p}(B_R)$. By the embedding result for the usual Sobolev spaces, this implies that $M^p_{s,\delta}\subset C(\mathbb{R}^n)$ for $s>\frac np$. Moreover, by a simple scaling argument it is easy to see that $$\|u\|_{L^\infty(A_R)} \leq c \left(R^{-n/p}\|u\|_{L^{p}(A_R)} + R^{s-n/p}|u|_{W^{s,p}(A_R)}\right),$$ for $s>\frac np$, where $A_R=B_{2R}\setminus \overline{B}_R$ is an annulus. On $A_R$ with $R>1$, we have $\langle x\rangle\sim R$, which implies that $$\|u\|_{L^{p}(A_R)} \leq c R^{-\delta}\|u\|_{M^p_{s,\delta}}, \qquad\textrm{and}\qquad |u|_{W^{s,p}(A_R)} \leq c R^{-\delta-s}\|u\|_{M^p_{s,\delta}},$$ for $R>1$, and thus $$\|u\|_{L^\infty(A_R)} \leq c R^{-\delta-n/p}\|u\|_{M^p_{s,\delta}}. \qquad\qquad(*)$$ It shows that if $u\in M^p_{s,\delta}$ with $s>\frac np$ and $\delta>-\frac np$, then $|u(x)|\to0$ uniformly as $x\to\infty$. In particular, we have the continuous embedding $M^p_{s,\delta}\hookrightarrow C_0(\mathbb{R}^n)$.
Let us now discuss the compactness of $M^p_{s,\delta}\hookrightarrow C_0(\mathbb{R}^n)$. By the Rellich-Kondrashov theorem, the restriction map $J_R:M^p_{s,\delta}\to C_b(B_R)$ is compact, with $C_b(B_R)$ denoting the bounded continuous functions on $B_R$ equipped with the uniform norm. Let $\{u_k\}$ be a bounded sequence in $M^p_{s,\delta}$. Then we can extract a subsequence $$u_{11},\ldots,u_{1m},\ldots,$$ such that $\|u_{1m}-u_{1m'}\|_{L^\infty(B_1)}\to0$ as $m,m'\to\infty$. From this subsequence, we can further extract a subsequence $$u_{21},\ldots,u_{2m},\ldots,$$ such that $\|u_{2m}-u_{2m'}\|_{L^\infty(B_2)}\to0$ as $m,m'\to\infty$. We repeat this process to get the doubly-infinite sequence $$\begin{split} u_{11},&\ldots,u_{1m},\ldots,\\ \ldots&\ldots \ldots\\ u_{j1},&\ldots,u_{jm},\ldots,\\ \ldots&\ldots \ldots \end{split} \qquad\qquad(**)$$ which has the property that $\|u_{jm}-u_{jm'}\|_{L^\infty(B_j)}\to0$ as $m,m'\to\infty$. Now as usual, we look at the diagonal $\{u_{jj}\}$. Let $\varepsilon>0$ be given. Then we choose (an integer) $R$ so large that $$\|u_k\|_{L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n\setminus B_R)}\leq\varepsilon,$$ for all $k$. This is possible because of the uniform decay $(*)$. Hence $$\|u_{jj}-u_{mm}\|_{L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)} \leq \|u_{jj}-u_{mm}\|_{L^\infty(B_R)} + \|u_{jj}-u_{mm}\|_{L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n\setminus B_R)} \leq \|u_{jj}-u_{mm}\|_{L^\infty(B_R)} + 2\varepsilon.$$ If $j\geq R$ and $m\geq R$ then both $u_{jj}$ and $u_{mm}$ are elements of the $R$-th row of $(**)$, and since this row is a Cauchy sequence in $L^\infty(B_R)$, we conclude that $\{u_{jj}\}$ is Cauchy in $L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)$.