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of the first and second kinds

The eigen values of the monodromy operator of a canonical equation.

In a complex Hilbert space, equations of the form , where and are self-adjoint operators, and is periodic, are called canonical. In the finite-dimensional case the eigen values of the monodromy operator of this equation are called multipliers. If all solutions of a canonical equation are bounded on the entire real axis (the equation is stable), then the multipliers lie on the unit circle. Consider a canonical equation with a real parameter ; then all multipliers can be divided into two groups: multipliers of the first (second) kind, which move counter-clockwise (clockwise) as increases.

A canonical equation is called strongly stable if it is stable and remains stable under small variations of . For strong stability it is necessary and sufficient that all multipliers be on the unit circle and that there be no coincident multipliers of different kinds.

The theory of multipliers of the first and second kinds allows one to obtain a number of delicate tests for stability and estimates of the zone of stability for canonical equations. The homotopy classification of stable and unstable canonical equations has been given in terms of multipliers.


[1] Yu.L. Daletskii, M.G. Krein, "Stability of solutions of differential equations in Banach space" , Amer. Math. Soc. (1974) (Translated from Russian)
[2] V.A. Yakubovich, V.M. Starzhinskii, "Linear differential equations with periodic coefficients" , Wiley (1975) (Translated from Russian)



[a1] M.G. Krein, "Topics in differential and integral equations and operator theory" , Birkhäuser (1983) (Translated from Russian)
[a2] I. [I. Gokhberg] Gohberg, P. Lancaster, L. Rodman, "Matrices and indefinite scalar products" , Birkhäuser (1983)
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This article was adapted from an original article by S.G. Krein (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article