Integral manifold

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A set $S_t$ of points of the phase space ($(t,x)$-space) of the system


filled by the integral curves of this system (cf. Integral curve), defined for all $t\in\mathbf R$ and forming a manifold in $(t,x)$-space. The dimension of the section of $S_t$ by the plane $t=\text{const}$ is usually called the dimension of the integral manifold $S_t$. In the definition of an integral manifold, the requirement that it be a manifold is sometimes replaced by the requirement that the set $S_t$ be representable analytically by an equation


with a function $f$ defined for all $t$ in $\mathbf R$ and $C=(C_1,\dots,C_m)$ in some domain $D$ and possessing a specific smoothness in $t$, $C$ for $t,C\in\mathbf R\times D$. The integral manifold is then called $m$-dimensional and of the same smoothness as the function $f$.

Examples. An integral curve of a periodic solution of the system \ref{*}, that is, a periodic integral curve; the family of integral curves of the system \ref{*} formed by a family of quasi-periodic solutions of \ref{*}, filling an $m$-dimensional torus in the $x$-space when $t=0$, that is, an $m$-dimensional toroidal integral manifold; etc.

The integral manifolds that have been most extensively studied are the toroidal manifolds, that is, sets $S_t$ that are tori for any fixed $t\in\mathbf R$. These manifolds are widely encountered in systems of type \ref{*} describing oscillatory processes.


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Nowadays integral manifolds are usually called invariant manifolds. Basic theorems on the permanence of invariant manifolds under perturbations are: 1) Fenichel's theorem, in case the Lyapunov exponents (cf. Lyapunov characteristic exponent) in the directions transversal to the manifold are larger in absolute value than those in directions parallel to the manifold, cf. [a1]; and 2) the Kolmogorov–Arnol'd–Moser theorem on persistence of quasi-periodic solutions in perturbations of integrable Hamiltonian systems (cf. Integrable system; Hamiltonian system; [a2]).


[a1] M.W. Hirsch, C. Pugh, M. Shub, "Invariant manifolds" , Springer (1977) MR0501173 Zbl 0355.58009
[a2] V.I. Arnol'd, "Mathematical methods of classical mechanics" , Springer (1978) pp. Appendix 8 (Translated from Russian) Zbl 0692.70003 Zbl 0572.70001 Zbl 0647.70001
[a3] J. Guckenheimer, P. Holmes, "Non-linear oscillations, dynamical systems, and bifurcations of vector fields" , Springer (1983) MR709768
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This article was adapted from an original article by A.M. Samoilenko (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article