# Simple bifurcation branch point

The general method is exposed in Golubitsky, Martin, David G Schaeffer, and Ian Stewart. **Singularities and Groups in Bifurcation Theory**. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1985, VI.1.d page 295

A simple branch point $(x_0,p_0)$ for the problem $F(x,p)=0$ satisfies $\dim \ker dF(x_0,p_0) = 1$. At such point, we can apply **Lyapunov-Schmidt** reduction to transform the initial problem in large dimensions to a **scalar** polynomial ($\delta p \equiv p-p_0$):

\[a\delta p + z\left(b_1\delta p + \frac{b_2}{2}z + \frac{b_3}{6}z^2\right) = 0 \tag{E}\]

whose solutions give access to all solutions in a neighborhood of $(x,p)$.

More precisely, if $\ker dF(x_0,p_0) = \mathbb R\zeta$, one can show that $x_0+z\zeta$ is close to a solution on a new branch, thus satisfying $F(x_0+z\zeta,p_0+\delta p)\approx 0$.

In the above scalar equation,

- if $a\neq 0$, this is a
*Saddle-Node*bifurcation - if $a=0,b_2\neq 0$, the bifurcation point is a
*Transcritical*one where the bifurcated branch exists on each side of $p$. - if $a=0,b_2=0, b_3\neq 0$, the bifurcation point is a
*Pitchfork*one where the bifurcated branch only exists on one side of $p$. If it exists at smaller values then $p$, this is a*subcritical Pitchfork*bifurcation. In the other case, this is a*supercritical Pitchfork*bifurcation.

## Normal form computation

The reduced equation (E) can be automatically computed as follows

```
get_normal_form(br::ContResult, ind_bif::Int ;
verbose = false, ζs = nothing, lens = getlens(br))
```

where `prob`

is the bifurcation problem. `br`

is a branch computed after a call to `continuation`

with detection of bifurcation points enabled and `ind_bif`

is the index of the bifurcation point on the branch `br`

. The above call returns a point with information needed to compute the bifurcated branch. For more information about the optional parameters, we refer to `get_normal_form`

. The result returns an object of type `BranchPoint`

.

You should not need to call `get_normal_form`

except if you need the full information about the branch point.