# structural stability

Given a metric space $(X,d)$ and an homeomorphism^{} $f:X\to X$, we say that $f$ is structurally stable^{} if there is a neighborhood^{} $\mathcal{V}$ of $f$ in $\mathrm{Homeo}(X)$ (the space of all homeomorphisms mapping $X$ to itself endowed with the compact-open topology^{}) such that every element of $\mathcal{V}$ is topologically conjugate^{} to $f$.

If $M$ is a compact^{} smooth manifold^{}, a ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ diffeomorphism $f$ is said to be ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ structurally stable if there is a neighborhood of $f$ in ${\mathrm{Diff}}^{k}(M)$ (the space of all ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ diffeomorphisms from $M$ to itself endowed with the strong ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ topology^{}) in which every element is topologically conjugate to $f$.

If $X$ is a vector field in the smooth manifold $M$, we say that $X$ is ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$-structurally stable if there is a neighborhood of $X$ in ${\mathcal{X}}^{k}(M)$ (the space of all ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ vector fields on $M$ endowed with the strong ${\mathcal{C}}^{k}$ topology) in which every element is topologically equivalent to $X$, i.e. such that every other field $Y$ in that neighborhood generates a flow on $M$ that is topologically equivalent to the flow generated by $X$.

Remark. The concept of structural stability may be generalized to other spaces of functions with other topologies; the general idea is that a function or flow is structurally stable if any other function or flow close enough to it has similar dynamics (from the topological viewpoint), which essentially means that the dynamics will not change under small perturbations.

Title | structural stability |
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Canonical name | StructuralStability |

Date of creation | 2013-03-22 13:48:45 |

Last modified on | 2013-03-22 13:48:45 |

Owner | Koro (127) |

Last modified by | Koro (127) |

Numerical id | 8 |

Author | Koro (127) |

Entry type | Definition |

Classification | msc 37C20 |

Classification | msc 34D30 |

Synonym | structurally stable |