Approximation Dynamics and the Stability of Invariant Sets

Victor A. Pliss, George R. Sell

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We introduce the concept of a weakly, normally hyperbolic set for a system of ordinary differential equations. This concept includes the notion of a hyperbolic flow, as well as that of a normally hyperbolic invariant manifold. Moreover, it has the property that it is closed under finite set products. Consequently, the theory presented here can be used for the study of perturbations of the dynamics of coupled systems of weakly, normally hyperbolic sets. Our main objective is to show that under a smallC1-perturbation, a weakly, normally hyperbolic setKis preserved by a homeomorphism, where the imageKYis a compact invariant set, with a related hyperbolic structure, for the perturbed equation. In addition, the homeomorphism is close to the identity inC0,1and the perturbed dynamics onKYare close to the original dynamics onK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-51
Number of pages51
JournalJournal of Differential Equations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 10 1998

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Funding Information:
* This research was supported in part by grants from the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Studies, the National Science Foundation, and the Army Research Office.


  • Approximation dynamics; approximate inertial manifolds; Bubnov-Galerkin approximations; hyperbolic structures; invariant set; lower semicontinuity; multigrid methods; normal hyperbolicity; small perturbations; upper semicontinuity

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