When nonlinear, reversible fourth order Hamiltonian systems have a saddle-focus at a hyperbolic equilibrium of zero energy, geometric conditions on the Hamiltonian are given to ensure the existence of a symmetric homoclinic orbit which is the limit of certain specific zero-energy periodic orbits uniformly on compact time intervals. When the equilibrium is a centre. the existence of a large amplitude, zero-energy, periodic orbit which is not given by Lyapunov’s Centre Theorem is proved.
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- Applied Mathematics