We consider perturbations of the harmonic map equation in the case where the target manifold is a closed Riemannian manifold of nonpositive sectional curvature. For any semilinear and, under some extra conditions, quasilinear perturbation, the space of classical solutions within a homotopy class is proved to be compact. An important ingredient for our analysis is a new inequality for maps in a given homotopy class which can be viewed as a version of the Poincaré inequality for such maps.
- Harmonic maps
- Nonpositives sectional curvature
- Short homotopies