Date of this Version
1990 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
A general geometric approach is given for bifurcation problems with homoclinic orbits to nonhyperbolic equilbrium points of ordinary differential equations. It consists of a special normal form called admissible variables, exponential expansion, strong A-lemma, and Lyapnunov- Schmidt reduction for the Poincare maps under Sil'nikov variables. The method is based on the Center Manifold Theory, the contraction mapping principle, and the Implicit Function Theorem.