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Hartman–Grobman theorem

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In mathematics, in the study of dynamical systems, the Hartman–Grobman theorem or linearisation theorem is a theorem about the local behaviour of dynamical systems in the neighbourhood of a hyperbolic equilibrium point. It asserts that linearisation—a natural simplification of the system—is effective in predicting qualitative patterns of behaviour. The theorem owes its name to Philip Hartman and David M. Grobman.

The theorem states that the behaviour of a dynamical system in a domain near a hyperbolic equilibrium point is qualitatively the same as the behaviour of its linearization near this equilibrium point, where hyperbolicity means that no eigenvalue of the linearization has real part equal to zero. Therefore, when dealing with such dynamical systems one can use the simpler linearization of the system to analyse its behaviour around equilibria.[1]

Main theorem[edit]

Consider a system evolving in time with state that satisfies the differential equation for some smooth map . Now suppose the map has a hyperbolic equilibrium state : that is, and the Jacobian matrix of at state has no eigenvalue with real part equal to zero. Then there exists a neighbourhood of the equilibrium and a homeomorphism , such that and such that in the neighbourhood the flow of is topologically conjugate by the continuous map to the flow of its linearisation .[2][3][4][5] A like result holds for iterated maps, and for fixed points of flows or maps on manifolds.

A mere topological conjugacy does not provide geometric information about the behavior near the equilibrium. Indeed, neighborhoods of any two equilibria are topologically conjugate so long as the dimensions of the contracting directions (negative eigenvalues) match and the dimensions of the expanding directions (positive eigenvalues) match.[6] But the topological conjugacy in this context does provide the full geometric picture. In effect, the nonlinear phase portrait near the equilibrium is a thumbnail of the phase portrait of the linearized system. This is the meaning of the following regularity results, and it is illustrated by the saddle equilibrium in the example below.

Even for infinitely differentiable maps , the homeomorphism need not to be smooth, nor even locally Lipschitz. However, it turns out to be Hölder continuous, with exponent arbitrarily close to 1.[7][8][9][10] Moreover, on a surface, i.e., in dimension 2, the linearizing homeomorphism and its inverse are continuously differentiable (with, as in the example below, the differential at the equilibrium being the identity)[4] but need not be .[11] And in any dimension, if has Hölder continuous derivative, then the linearizing homeomorphism is differentiable at the equilibrium and its differential at the equilibrium is the identity.[12][13]

The Hartman–Grobman theorem has been extended to infinite-dimensional Banach spaces, non-autonomous systems (potentially stochastic), and to cater for the topological differences that occur when there are eigenvalues with zero or near-zero real-part.[10][8][14][15][16][17]


The algebra necessary for this example is easily carried out by a web service that computes normal form coordinate transforms of systems of differential equations, autonomous or non-autonomous, deterministic or stochastic.[18]

Consider the 2D system in variables evolving according to the pair of coupled differential equations

By direct computation it can be seen that the only equilibrium of this system lies at the origin, that is . The coordinate transform, where , given by

is a smooth map between the original and new coordinates, at least near the equilibrium at the origin. In the new coordinates the dynamical system transforms to its linearisation

That is, a distorted version of the linearisation gives the original dynamics in some finite neighbourhood.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrowsmith, D. K.; Place, C. M. (1992). "The Linearization Theorem". Dynamical Systems: Differential Equations, Maps, and Chaotic Behaviour. London: Chapman & Hall. pp. 77–81. ISBN 978-0-412-39080-7.
  2. ^ Grobman, D. M. (1959). "О гомеоморфизме систем дифференциальных уравнений" [Homeomorphisms of systems of differential equations]. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR. 128: 880–881.
  3. ^ Hartman, Philip (August 1960). "A lemma in the theory of structural stability of differential equations". Proc. AMS. 11 (4): 610–620. doi:10.2307/2034720. JSTOR 2034720.
  4. ^ a b Hartman, Philip (1960). "On local homeomorphisms of Euclidean spaces". Bol. Soc. Math. Mexicana. 5: 220–241.
  5. ^ Chicone, C. (2006). Ordinary Differential Equations with Applications. Texts in Applied Mathematics. Vol. 34 (2nd ed.). Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-30769-5.
  6. ^ Katok, Anatole; Hasselblatt, Boris (1995). Introduction to the modern theory of dynamical systems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. p. 262. ISBN 0-521-34187-6.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  7. ^ Belitskii, Genrich; Rayskin, Victoria (2011). "On the Grobman–Hartman theorem in α-Hölder class for Banach spaces" (PDF). Working paper.
  8. ^ a b Barreira, Luis; Valls, Claudia (2007). "Hölder Grobman-Hartman linearization". Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems. Series A. 18 (1): 187–197. doi:10.3934/dcds.2007.18.187.
  9. ^ Zhang, Wenmeng; Zhang, Weinian (2016). "α-Hölder linearization of hyperbolic diffeomorphisms with resonance". Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. 36 (1): 310–334. doi:10.1017/etds.2014.51.
  10. ^ a b Newhouse, Sheldon E. (2017). "On a differentiable linearization theorem of Philip Hartman". Contemp. Math. 692: 209–262. doi:10.1090/conm/692.
  11. ^ Sternberg, Shlomo (1957). "Local contractions and a theorem of Poincaré". American Journal of Mathematics. 79: 809–824. doi:10.2307/2372437.
  12. ^ Guysinsky, Misha; Hasselblatt, Boris; Rayskin, Victoria (2003). "Differentiability of the Hartman-Grobman linearization". Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems. Series A. 9 (4): 979–984. doi:10.3934/dcds.2003.9.979.
  13. ^ Lu, Kening; Zhang, Weinian; Zhang, Wenmeng (2017). "Differentiability of the conjugacy in the Hartman-Grobman theorem". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 369 (7): 4995–5030. doi:10.1090/tran/6810.
  14. ^ Aulbach, B.; Wanner, T. (1996). "Integral manifolds for Caratheodory type differential equations in Banach spaces". In Aulbach, B.; Colonius, F. (eds.). Six Lectures on Dynamical Systems. Singapore: World Scientific. pp. 45–119. ISBN 978-981-02-2548-3.
  15. ^ Aulbach, B.; Wanner, T. (1999). "Invariant Foliations for Carathéodory Type Differential Equations in Banach Spaces". In Lakshmikantham, V.; Martynyuk, A. A. (eds.). Advances in Stability Theory at the End of the 20th Century. Gordon & Breach. CiteSeerX ISBN 978-0-415-26962-9.
  16. ^ Aulbach, B.; Wanner, T. (2000). "The Hartman–Grobman theorem for Caratheodory-type differential equations in Banach spaces". Non-linear Analysis. 40 (1–8): 91–104. doi:10.1016/S0362-546X(00)85006-3.
  17. ^ Roberts, A. J. (2008). "Normal form transforms separate slow and fast modes in stochastic dynamical systems". Physica A. 387 (1): 12–38. arXiv:math/0701623. Bibcode:2008PhyA..387...12R. doi:10.1016/j.physa.2007.08.023. S2CID 13521020.
  18. ^ Roberts, A. J. (2007). "Normal form of stochastic or deterministic multiscale differential equations". Archived from the original on November 9, 2013.

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