The application of Newton's method to simple bifurcation and turning point problems.

  • G. Moore

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


This thesis investigates the solution of equations of the form G(Lambda,chi)=0, G: R chi X > X, where X is a real Banach space. Such equations are often called non-linear eigenvalue problems. If (Lambda,chi) is a solution for which Gx(Lambda,chi) is invertible, there are well-known existence and uniqueness results for solutions near (Lambda,chi), which are easily made constructive. However, in this thesis, we are interested in solutions (Lambda,chi) for which Gx(Lambda,chi) is not invertible, and specifically in the case when Gx(Lambda,chi) has only a l-dimensional null-space. Our approach is to apply the Newton-Kantorovich theorem, first to determine these so-called singular points, and second to compute nearby solutions. In the former case we modify the equations to avoid singular systems, and in the latter case we obtain accurate starting values which compensate for the near-singularity of Gx(Lambda,chi). Hence the advantages of a quadratically convergent method are retained. Chapter 1 contains a brief, general introduction to non-linear eigenvalue problems in which we distinguish between the two important types of singular point, turning points and bifurcation points. In Chapter 2 we consider the common case G-(Lambda,O) = O for arbitrary Lambda. Thus (Lambda,o) is a solution, the singular points (Lambda,O) can be computed by standard methods, and the major difficulty is to determine solutions (Lambda,chi), near (Lambda,O), with non-zero chi-component. Turning points are the subject of Chapter 3, where we show how to compute both the points themselves and the solutions beyond them. In Chapter 4 we consider the problem of bifurcation points in a similar way and, finally, the stability of such points under small perturbations is discussed in Chapter 5.
Date of Award1979
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath

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