Localization of Degeneracies in Families of Periodic Solutions to an ODE and their Regularization.
We suggest a new method of localization of degeneracies in families of periodic solutions to an ODE and their regularization, which is based upon the application of variational equations of higher order. For the equation of oscillations of a satellite in the plane of its elliptic orbit (the Beletskiy equation) we study the degeneracies of arbitrary co-dimension in the families of its 2π-periodic solutions. For all known degeneracies in these families which exist when |e|<1 the explicit formulae are given, which allow to localize them with high accuracy. A constructive proof is given to the fact that asymmetric periodic solutions bifurcate from critical symmetric periodic solutions defined by even solutions to the equation in variations.
Mathematical problems and theory of numerical methods