# Singular exponents

of a linear system of ordinary differential equations

The quantities defined by:

$$\Omega ^ {0} ( A) = \overline{\lim\limits}\; _ {\theta - \tau \rightarrow + \infty } \ \frac{1}{\theta - \tau } \mathop{\rm ln} \| X( \theta , \tau ) \|$$

(the upper singular exponent) and

$$\omega ^ {0} ( A) = \lim\limits _ {\theta - \overline{ {\tau \rightarrow + }}\; \infty } \ \frac{1}{\tau - \theta } \mathop{\rm ln} \| X( \tau , \theta ) \|$$

(the lower singular exponent), where $X( \theta , \tau )$ is the Cauchy operator (i.e. the fundamental solution or principal solution) of the system

$$\tag{1 } \dot{x} = A( t) x,\ x \in \mathbf R ^ {n} ,$$

where $A( \cdot )$ is a mapping $\mathbf R ^ {+} \rightarrow \mathop{\rm Hom} ( \mathbf R ^ {n} , \mathbf R ^ {n} )$ that is summable on every interval.

The singular exponents can be equal to $\pm \infty$; if for a certain $T > 0$,

$$\tag{1'} \sup _ {t \in \mathbf R ^ {+} } \int\limits _ { t } ^ { t+ } T \| A( \tau ) \| d \tau < + \infty ,$$

then the singular exponents are numbers.

For a system (1) with constant coefficients $( A( t) \equiv A( 0))$, the singular exponents $\Omega ^ {0} ( A)$ and $\omega ^ {0} ( A)$ are equal to, respectively, the maximum and minimum of the real parts of the eigenvalues of the operator $A( 0)$. For a system (1) with periodic coefficients ( $A( t+ T) = A( t)$ for all $t \in \mathbf R$ for a certain $T > 0$), the singular exponents $\Omega ^ {0} ( A)$ and $\omega ^ {0} ( A)$ are equal to, respectively, the maximum and minimum of the logarithms of the absolute values of the multipliers, divided by the period $T$. The singular exponents are sometimes also called general exponents (see ).

The following definitions are equivalent to those mentioned above if (1'}) holds for a certain $T > 0$: The singular exponent $\Omega ^ {0} ( A)$ is equal to the greatest lower bound of the set of those numbers $\alpha$ for each of which there is a number $C _ \alpha > 0$ such that for any solution $x( t) \neq 0$ of the system (1) the inequality

$$| x( \theta ) | \leq C _ \alpha e ^ {\alpha ( \theta - \tau ) } | x( \tau ) | \ \textrm{ for } \textrm{ all } \theta \geq \tau \geq 0$$

is fulfilled; the singular exponent $\omega ^ {0} ( A)$ is equal to the least upper bound of the set of those numbers $\beta$ for each of which a number $C _ \beta > 0$ exists such that for every solution $x( t) \neq 0$ of the system (1) the inequality

$$| x( \theta ) | \geq C _ \beta e ^ {\beta ( \theta - \tau ) } | x( \tau ) | \ \textrm{ for } \textrm{ all } \theta \geq \tau \geq 0$$

is fulfilled.

For the singular exponents and for the Lyapunov characteristic exponents (cf. Lyapunov characteristic exponent), for each $T > 0$ the inequalities

$$\sup _ {t \in \mathbf R ^ {+} } \frac{1}{T} \int\limits _ { t } ^ { t+ } T \| A( \tau ) \| d \tau \geq \Omega ^ {0} ( A) \geq \lambda _ {1} ( A) \geq \dots$$

$$\dots \geq \lambda _ {n} ( A) \geq \omega ^ {0} ( A) \ \geq - \sup _ {t \in \mathbf R ^ {+} } \frac{1}{T} \int\limits _ { t } ^ { t+ } T \| A( \tau ) \| d \tau$$

hold. For linear systems with constant or periodic coefficients,

$$\Omega ^ {0} ( A) = \lambda _ {1} ( A),\ \omega ^ {0} ( A) = \lambda _ {n} ( A),$$

but there exist systems for which the corresponding inequalities are strict (see Uniform stability).

The singular exponent $\Omega ^ {0} ( A)$( respectively, $\omega ^ {0} ( A)$), as a function on the space of all systems of the form (1) with bounded continuous coefficients (the mapping $A( \cdot )$ is continuous and $\sup _ {t \in \mathbf R ^ {+} } \| A( t) \| < + \infty$) provided with the metric

$$d( A, B) = \sup _ {t \in \mathbf R ^ {+} } \| A( t) - B( t) \| ,$$

is semi-continuous from above (respectively, from below) but is not continuous everywhere.

If the mapping $A : \mathbf R \rightarrow \mathop{\rm Hom} ( \mathbf R ^ {n} , \mathbf R ^ {n} )$ is uniformly continuous and

$$\sup _ {t \in \mathbf R } \| A( t) \| < + \infty ,$$

then the shift dynamical system $( S = \mathop{\rm Hom} ( \mathbf R ^ {n} , \mathbf R ^ {n} ))$ has invariant normalized measures $\mu _ {1}$ and $\mu _ {2}$ concentrated on the closure of the trajectory of the point $A$ such that, for almost all $\widetilde{A}$( in the sense of the measure $\mu _ {1}$), the upper singular exponent of the system

$$\tag{2 } \dot{x} = \widetilde{A} ( t) x$$

is equal to its largest (leading) Lyapunov characteristic exponent,

$$\Omega ^ {0} ( \widetilde{A} ) = \lambda _ {1} ( \widetilde{A} ) ,$$

and for almost all $\widetilde{A}$( in the sense of the measure $\mu _ {2}$), the lower singular exponent of the system (2) is equal to its smallest Lyapunov characteristic exponent,

$$\omega ^ {0} ( \widetilde{A} ) = \lambda _ {n} ( \widetilde{A} ) .$$

For almost-periodic mappings $A( \cdot )$( see Linear system of differential equations with almost-periodic coefficients) the measures $\mu _ {1}$ and $\mu _ {2}$ are identical and coincide with the unique normalized invariant measure concentrated on the restriction of the shift dynamical system to the closure of the trajectory of the point $A$, which in this case exists.

Let a dynamical system on a smooth, closed $n$- dimensional manifold $V ^ {n}$ be defined by a smooth vector field. Then there exist normalized invariant measures $\mu _ {1}$ and $\mu _ {2}$ for this system such that for almost every point $x \in V ^ {n}$( in the sense of the measure $\mu _ {1}$) the upper singular exponent and the leading Lyapunov characteristic exponent of the system of variational equations (equations in variations, linearized equations) along the trajectory of the point $x$ coincide, and for almost every point $x \in V ^ {n}$( in the sense of the measure $\mu _ {2}$) the lower singular exponent and the smallest Lyapunov characteristic exponent of the system of variational equations along the trajectory of the point $x$ coincide. The definitions of singular exponents, Lyapunov characteristic exponents, etc., retain their meaning for systems of variational equations of smooth dynamical systems defined on arbitrary smooth manifolds. The system of variational equations of such a dynamical system along the trajectory of a point $x$ can be written in the form (1) by using, for example, that basis in the tangent space to $V ^ {n}$ at every point of the trajectory of $x$ which is obtained by a parallel transfer along this trajectory (in the sense of the Riemannian connection induced by the smooth Riemannian metric) of some basis of the tangent space of $V ^ {n}$ at $x$.

How to Cite This Entry:
Singular exponents. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Singular_exponents&oldid=48717
This article was adapted from an original article by V.M. Millionshchikov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article