Electron. J. Diff. Equ., Vol. 2010(2010), No. 106, pp. 1-20.

Connecting fast-slow systems and Conley Index theory via transversality

Christian Kuehn

Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory (GSPT) and Conley Index Theory are two powerful techniques to analyze dynamical systems. Conley already realized that using his index is easier for singular perturbation problems. In this paper, we will revisit Conley's results and prove that the GSPT technique of Fenichel Normal Form can be used to simplify the application of Conley index techniques even further. We also hope that our results provide a better bridge between the different fields. Furthermore we show how to interpret Conley's conditions in terms of averaging. The result are illustrated by the two-dimensional van der Pol equation and by a three-dimensional Morris-Lecar model.

Submitted May 19, 2010. Published August 4, 2010.
Math Subject Classifications: 34C26, 34E15, 37B30, 34A26, 34C45.
Key Words: Fast-slow system; Conley index; Fenichel normal form; transversality.

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Christian Kuehn
Center for Applied Mathematics
657 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
email: ck274@cornell.edu

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