On a Class of Elliptic Systems in R(N)
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We consider a class of variational systems in RN of the form −∆u + a(x)u = Fu(x, u, v) −∆v + b(x)v = Fv(x, u, v) , where a, b : RN → R are continuous functions which are coercive; i.e., a(x) and b(x) approach plus infinity as x approaches plus infinity. Under appropriate growth and regularity conditions on the nonlinearities Fu(.) and Fv(.), the (weak) solutions are precisely the critical points of a related functional defined on a Hilbert space of functions u, v in H1(RN ). By considering a class of potentials F (x, u, v) which are nonquadratic at infinity, we show that a weak version of the Palais-Smale condition holds true and that a nontrivial solution can be obtained by the Generalized Mountain Pass Theorem. Our approach allows situations in which a(.) and b(.) may assume negative values, and the potential F (x, s) may grow either faster of slower than |s|2.