Generalised Topological Degree and Bifurcation Theory

Welsh, Stewart Chalmers (1985) Generalised Topological Degree and Bifurcation Theory. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The objective of this thesis is to give sufficient conditions for global bifurcation of solutions to the nonlinear eigenvalue problem:F(X,lambda) = 0, where F : X x IR→Y, with X x IR, Y Banach spaces and (x,lambda) ∈ X x IR. F(.,lambda) is assumed to belong to the class of A-proper maps and to be of the non-standard form, an A-proper, linear operator A - lambdaB : X → Y plus a nonlinear mapping R(.,lambda) : X → Y. R(X,lambda) is taken to satisfy a smallness condition in x at the origin in X. Our analysis is based on an extension of known methods, for obtaining global bifurcation results, which have been used successfully when the mappings involved are compact or k-set contractive. Chapter One is an introduction to the concepts used throughout the thesis, including Fredholm maps of index zero, A-proper maps and generalised topological degree. In Chapter Two we state and prove our main global bifurcation theorem in terms of the generalised degree; this result forms the basis for the proofs of all the main theorems in the thesis. Chapters Three and Four contain various global bifurcation theorems, for different sets of hypotheses imposed on the mapping F and the underlying spaces X x IR and Y. Finally, in Chapter Five we apply our results to certain classes of ordinary differential equations and obtain existence results, for periodic solutions in one case and not necessarily periodic solutions in another. The main results are: Theorem 2.10; Theorems 3.3 and 3.13; Theorems 4.7, 4.12, 4.15 and 4.18.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: J R L Webb
Keywords: Theoretical mathematics
Date of Award: 1985
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1985-76430
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 14:31

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