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# Zeitschrift für Analysis und ihre Anwendungen

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**Volume 20, Issue 1, 2001, pp. 155–182**

**DOI: 10.4171/ZAA/1008**

Published online: 2001-03-31

On the Fredholm Property of the Stokes Operator in a Layer-Like Domain

Sergei A. Nazarov^{[1]}and K. Pileckas

^{[2]}(1) Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering RAS, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

(2) Vilnius University, Lithuania

The Stokes problem is studied in the domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb R^3$ coinciding with the layer $\Pi = {x = (y,z) : y = (y_1, y_2) \in (0,1)}$ outside some ball. It is shown that the operator of such problem is of Fredholm type; this operator is defined on a certain weighted function space $\mathcal D^l_{\beta} (\Omega$) with norm determined by a stepwise anisotropic distribution of weight factors (the direction of $z$ is distinguished). The smoothness exponent $l$ is allowed to be a positive integer, and the weight exponent $\beta$ is an arbitrary real number except for the integer set $\mathbb Z$ where the Fredholm property is lost. Dimensions of the kernel and cokernel of the operator are calculated in dependence of $\beta$. It turns out that, at any admissible $\beta$, the operator index does not vanish. Based on the generalized Green formula, asymptotic conditions at infinity are imposed to provide the problem with index zero.

*Keywords: *Stokes equations, layer-like domains, Fredholm property, weighted spaces

Nazarov Sergei, Pileckas K.: On the Fredholm Property of the Stokes Operator in a Layer-Like Domain. *Z. Anal. Anwend.* 20 (2001), 155-182. doi: 10.4171/ZAA/1008