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The classification of bifurcations with hidden symmetries

By Míriam Manoel and Ian Stewart


We set up a singularity-theoretic framework for classifying one-parameter steady-state bifurcations with hidden symmetries. This framework also permits a non-trivial linearization at the bifurcation point. Many problems can be reduced to this situation; for instance, the bifurcation of steady or periodic solutions to certain elliptic partial differential equations with Neumann or Dirichlet boundary conditions. We formulate an appropriate equivalence relation with its associated tangent spaces, so that the usual methods of singularity theory become applicable. We also present an alternative method for computing those matrix-valued germs that appear in the equivalence relations employed in the classification of equivariant bifurcation problems. This result is motivated by hidden symmetries appearing in a class of partial differential equations defined on an N-dimensional rectangle under Neumann boundary conditions

Topics: QA
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:836

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