Accession Number : ADA134431

Title :   Morse Type Index Theory for Flows and Periodic Solutions for Hamiltonian Equations.

Descriptive Note : Technical summary rept.,

Corporate Author : WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Conley,Charles ; Zehnder,Eduard

PDF Url : ADA134431

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : This paper has two aims. First, in an expository style an index theory for flows is presented, which extends the classical Morse-theory for gradient flows on manifolds. Secondly this theory is applied in the study of the forced oscillation problem of time dependent (periodic in time) and asymptotically linear Hamiltonian equations. Using the classical variational principle for periodic solutions of Hamiltonian systems a Morse-theory for periodic solutions of such systems is established. In particular a winding number, similar to the Maslov index of a periodic solution is introduced, which is related to the Morse-index of the corresponding critical point. This added structure is useful in the interpretation of the periodic solutions found. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Hamiltonian functions, Variational principles, Flow, Indexes, Theorems, Theory

Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics

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