In this paper we introduce an α-flow for the Yang-Mills functional in vector bundles over four dimensional Riemannian manifolds, and establish global existence of a unique smooth solution to the α-flow with smooth initial value. We prove that the limit of the solutions of the α-flow as α → 1 is a weak solution to the Yang-Mills flow. By an application of the α-flow, we then follow the idea of Sacks and Uhlenbeck  to prove some existence results for Yang-Mills connections and improve the minimizing result of the Yang-Mills functional of Sedlacek .
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sacks-Uhlenbeck functional
- Yang-Mills flow