Generalized Hopf Bifurcation for Planar Vector Fields via the Inverse Integrating Factor



In this paper we study the maximum number of limit cycles that can bifurcate from a focus singular point p 0 of an analytic, autonomous differential system in the real plane under an analytic perturbation. We consider p 0 being a focus singular point of the following three types: non-degenerate, degenerate without characteristic directions and nilpotent. In a neighborhood of p 0 the differential system can always be brought, by means of a change to (generalized) polar coordinates (r, θ), to an equation over a cylinder in which the singular point p 0 corresponds to a limit cycle γ 0. This equation over the cylinder always has an inverse integrating factor which is smooth and non-flat in r in a neighborhood of γ 0. We define the notion of vanishing multiplicity of the inverse integrating factor over γ 0. This vanishing multiplicity determines the maximum number of limit cycles that bifurcate from the singular point p 0 in the non-degenerate case and a lower bound for the cyclicity otherwise. Moreover, we prove the existence of an inverse integrating factor in a neighborhood of many types of singular points, namely for the three types of focus considered in the previous paragraph and for any isolated singular point with at least one non-zero eigenvalue.


Inverse integrating factor Generalized Hopf bifurcation Poincaré map Limit cycle Nilpotent focus 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

37G15 37G10 34C07 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isaac A. García
    • 1
  • Héctor Giacomini
    • 2
  • Maite Grau
    • 1
  1. 1.Departament de MatemàticaUniversitat de LleidaLleidaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique Théorique, C.N.R.S. UMR 6083, Faculté des Sciences et TechniquesUniversité de ToursToursFrance

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