Author : Massimiliano Berti (auth.)
Description:Many partial differential equations (PDEs) that arise in physics can be viewed as infinite-dimensional Hamiltonian systems. This monograph presents recent existence results of nonlinear oscillations of Hamiltonian PDEs, particularly of periodic solutions for completely resonant nonlinear wave equations.After introducing the reader to classical finite-dimensional dynamical system theory, including the WeinsteinMoser and FadellRabinowitz resonant center theorems, the author develops the analogous theory for completely resonant nonlinear wave equations. Within this theory, both problems of small divisors and infinite bifurcation phenomena occur, requiring the use of NashMoser theory as well as minimax variational methods. These techniques are presented in a self-contained manner together with other basic notions of Hamiltonian PDEs and number theory.This text serves as an introduction to research in this fascinating and rapidly growing field. Graduate students and researchers interested in nonlinear variational techniques as well in small divisors problems applied to Hamiltonian PDEs will find inspiration in the book.