© 2016 Elsevier Inc. In this paper we study unfoldings of saddle-nodes and their Dulac time. By unfolding a saddle-node, saddles and nodes appear. In the first result (Theorem A) we give a uniform asymptotic expansion of the trajectories arriving at the node. Uniformity is with respect to all parameters including the unfolding parameter bringing the node to a saddle-node and a parameter belonging to a space of functions. In the second part, we apply this first result for proving a regularity result (Theorem B) on the Dulac time (time of Dulac map) of an unfolding of a saddle-node. This result is a building block in the study of bifurcations of critical periods in a neighborhood of a polycycle. Finally, we apply Theorems A and B to the study of critical periods of the Loud family of quadratic centers and we prove that no bifurcation occurs for certain values of the parameters (Theorem C).
|Journal||Journal of Differential Equations|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Dec 2016|
- Asymptotic expansions
- Period function
- Unfolding of a saddle-node