The first part of this paper is devoted to a study of the classical bifurcation problem in a Hilbert space, under the assumption that the operators involved are gradient operators, but not necessarily compact. Our approach to the problem was introduced by Krasnosel'skii, but here we show that his assumption about the compactness of the operators can be replaced by a much weaker Lipschitz type condition, without affecting the generality of his conclusions. The rest of the paper is concerned with the analogous problem when the operator is known to be asymptotically linear rather than Frechet differentiable. Indeed, we show that this question can always be reduced to the first case, after some manipulation. After this manipulation the new operator is found to be a Frechet differentiable gradient operator, and so we can invoke the results of the first part. This manipulation is in the spirit of that of  but is necessarily different.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Section A Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1975|
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