# On Step-Like Contrast Structure of Singularly Perturbed Systems

- Mingkang Ni
^{1}and - Zhiming Wang
^{1}Email author

**Received: **15 April 2009

**Accepted: **14 July 2009

**Published: **23 August 2009

## Abstract

The existence of a step-like contrast structure for a class of high-dimensional singularly perturbed system is shown by a smooth connection method based on the existence of a first integral for an associated system. In the framework of this paper, we not only give the conditions under which there exists an internal transition layer but also determine where an internal transition time is. Meanwhile, the uniformly valid asymptotic expansion of a solution with a step-like contrast structure is presented.

## 1. Introduction

The problem of contrast structures is a singularly perturbed problem whose solutions with both internal transition layers and boundary layers. In recent years, the study of contrast structures is one of the hot research topics in the study of singular perturbation theory. In western society, most works on internal layer solutions concentrate on singularly perturbed parabolic systems by geometric method (see [1] and the references therein). In Russia, the works on singularly perturbed ordinary equations are concerned by boundary function method [2–5]. One of the basic difficulties for such a problem is unknown of where an internal transition layer is in advance.

Butuzov and Vasil'eva initiated the concept of contrast structures in 1987 [6] and studied the following boundary value problem of a second-order semilinear equation with a step-like contrast structure, which is called a monolayer solution in [1]

where is a small parameter and has a desired smooth scalar function on its arguments.

It is shown in [6] that the existence of an internal transition layer for the problem (1.1) is closely related to the existence of a heteroclinic orbit connecting and . The principal value of an internal transition time is determined by an equation as follows:

In [7], Vasil'eva further studied the existence of step-like contrast structures for a class of singularly perturbed equations given by

where and are scalar functions. For (1.5), we may impose either a first class of boundary condition or a second class of boundary condition.

Suppose that there exist two solutions of the reduced equations ; , and are two saddle equilibria in the phase plane of the associated equations given by

satisfy the condition as follows:

If (1.6) is a Hamilton equation, that is, , it implies that . Then, the equation to determine is given by

Geometrically, (1.9) is also a condition for the existence of a heteroclinic orbit connecting and .

Unfortunately, for a high dimensional singularly perturbed system, we cannot always find such an equation like (1.9) to determine at which there exists a heteroclinic orbit. This is one difficulty to further study the problem on step-like contrast structures. On the other hand, we know that the existence of a spike-like or a step-like contrast structure of high dimension is closely related to the existence of a homoclinic or heteroclinic orbit in its corresponding phase space, respectively. However, the existence of a homoclinic or heteroclinic orbit in high dimension space and how to construct such an orbit are themselves open in general in the qualitative analysis (geometric method) theory [8–10]. To explore these high dimensional contrast structure problems, we just start from some particular class of singularly perturbed system and are trying to develop some approach to construct a desired heteroclinic orbit by using a first integral method for such a class of the system and determine its internal transition time .

## 2. Problem Formulation

The class of system (2.1) in question has a strong application background in engineering. For example, in the study of smart materials of variated current of liquid [11, 12], its math model is a kind of such a system like (2.1), where the small parameter indicates a particle. The given boundary condition (2.2) corresponds the stability condition listed later to ensure that there exists a solution for the problem in question.

For our convenience, the system (2.1) can also be written in the following equivalent form,

The following assumptions are fundamental in theory for the problem in question.

Suppose that the functions ( ) are sufficiently smooth on the domain , where are real numbers.

has two isolated solutions on :

Remark 2.1.

it will be studied in the other paper because of more complicated dynamic performance presented.

has two equilibria ( ), where is fixed. They are both hyperbolic saddle points. From [13, Theorem 4.2] (or [5, Theorem 2.4]), it yields that there exists a stable manifold of dimensions and an unstable manifold of one-dimension in a neighborhood of . To get a heteroclinic orbit connecting and in the corresponding phase space, we need some more assumptions as follows.

where is an arbitrary constant and is a smooth function on its arguments.

Let and , be the parametric expressions of orbit passing through the hyperbolic saddle points and , respectively.

Suppose that (2.17) is solvable with respect to and it yields a solution . That is, and .

Remark 2.2.

## 3. Construction of Asymptotic Solution

where , , ; and for , ( ) are coefficients of regular terms; ( ) are coefficients of boundary layer terms at ; ( ) are coefficients of boundary layer terms at ; and ( ) are left and right coefficients of internal transition terms at . Meanwhile, similar definitions are for , , and .

where ( ) are temporarily unknown at the moment and will be determined later.

where ( ) are all constants, independent of , and takes value between and . For example, .

where , ; and are all the known functions depending only on .

Substituting (3.1) into (2.1)-(2.2) and equating separately the terms depending on , , and by the boundary function method, we can obtain the equations to determine ; , and , respectively. The equations to determine the zero-order coefficients of regular terms ( ) are given by

Here the superscript is omitted for the variables and in (3.7) for simplicity in notation. To understand and , we agree that they take when ; while they take when . The terms ( ; ) are expressed in terms of and ( ; ). Also are known functions that take value at , where when and when .

Since (3.7) is an algebraic linear system, the solution ( ; ) is uniquely solvable by .

From , it yields that the equilibrium of the autonomous system (3.10) is a hyperbolic saddle point. Therefore, there exists an unstable one-dimensional manifold . For the existence of a solution of (3.10) satisfying (3.11), we need the following assumption.

Suppose that the hyperplane intersects the manifold in the phase space , where is a parameter.

To ensure that the existence of a solution of (3.14)-(3.15), we need the following assumption.

Suppose that the hypercurve intersects the manifold in the phase space , where is a parameter.

Here it should be emphasized that under the conditions of and , the solutions ( ) not only exist but also decay exponentially [13], or [5].

If the parameter is determined, ( ) are completely known. To determine , it is closely related to the existence of a heteroclinic orbit connecting and in the phase space.

However (3.18) or (3.19) is the one to determine . Then, by [ ], there exists an from (3.18) or (3.19). We can see that the process of determining is the one of a smooth connection. Therefore, all the zero-order terms have now been completely determined by the smooth connection for the zero-order coefficients of the asymptotic solution.

where represent known functions that take value at ; are the known functions that only depend on those asymptotic terms whose subscript is ; and and are all the known functions. Since (3.20) are all linear boundary value problems, it is not difficult to prove the existence of solution and the exponential decaying of solution without imposing any extra condition.

Then, can be solved from (3.21) by . Then, we have so far constructed the asymptotic expansion of a solution with an internal transition layer for the problem (2.1)-(2.2) and the asymptotic expansion of an internal transition time .

## 4. Existence of Step-Like Solution and Its Limit Theorem

We mentioned in Section 2that the solution with a step-like contrast structure can be regarded as a smooth connection by two solutions of pure boundary value problem from left and right, respectively. To this end, we establish the following two associated problems.

where , is a parameter, such a solution of (4.1) and (4.2) exists by [ ]–[ ] [14, 15]. Then, we have , .

where , is still a parameter, the similar reason is for the existence of of (4.3) and (4.4) [14, 15].

We proceed to show that there exists an indeed in the neighborhood of such that the solution of the left associated problem (4.1) and (4.2) and the solution of the right associated problem (4.3) and (4.4) smoothly connect at from which we obtain the desired step-like solution.

From the asymptotic expansion of (4.5) and (4.6), we know that and are the solutions of the reduced system (2.5). In the neighborhood of , the boundary functions and are both exponentially small. Thus, they can be omitted in the neighborhood of .

of the system (4.13) that approaches as .

where can be regarded as for simplicity.

Then, there exists such that by applying the intermediate value theorem to (4.21). This implies in turn that (4.18) holds.

Therefore, we have shown that there exists a step-like contrast structure for the problem (2.1)-(2.2). We summarize it as the following main theorem of this paper.

Theorem 4.1.

Remark 4.2.

Only existence of solution with a step-like contrast structures is guarantied under the conditions of [ ]–[ ]. There may exists a spike-like contrast structure, or the combination of them [16] for the problem (2.1)-(2.2). They need further study.

## 5. Conclusive Remarks

The existence of solution with step-like contrast structures for a class of high-dimensional singular perturbation problem investigated in this paper shows that how to get a heteroclinic orbit connecting saddle equilibria and in the corresponding phase space is a key to find a step-like internal layer solution. Using only one first integral of the associated system, this demands only bit information on solution, is our first try to construct a desired heteroclinic orbit in high-dimensional phase space. It needs surely further study for this interesting connection between the existence of a heteroclinic orbit of high-dimension in qualitative theory and the existence of a step-like contrast structure (internal layer solution) in a high-dimensional singular perturbation boundary value problem of ordinary differential equations. The particular boundary condition we adopt in this paper is just for the corresponding stability condition, which ensures the existence of solution of the problem in this paper. For the other type of boundary condition, we need some different stability condition to ensure the existence of solution of the problem in question, which we also need to study separately. Finally, if we want to construct a higher-order asymptotic expansion, it is similar with obvious modifications in which only more complicated techniques involved.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful for the referee's suggestion that helped to improve the presentation of this paper. This work was supported in part by E-Institutes of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (N.E03004); and in part by the NSFC with Grant no. 10671069. This work was also supported by Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project with Project no. B407.

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