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Singular perturbation analysis of boundary-value problems for differential-difference equations. V: Small shifts with layer behavior. (English) Zbl 0796.34049

The authors study the two systems (1) εy '' (x;ε)+a(x)y ' (x-δ(ε);ε)+b(x)y(x;ε)=f(x), on 0<x<1, 0<ε1, and 0δ(ε)1, subject to the interval and boundary conditions y(x;ε)=ϕ(x) on -δ(ε)x0, y(1;ε)=γ, respectively, where a(x), b(x), f(x), δ(ε), and ϕ(x) are smooth functions and γ is a constant, and (2) ε 2 y '' (x;ε)+α(x)y(x-δ(ε);ε)+ω(x)y(x;ε)+β(x)y(x+η(ε);ε)=f(x), (note the coefficient of y '' is ε 2 and not ε as in (1)) on 0<x<1, 0<ε1, 0δ(ε)1, and 0η(ε)1, subject to the interval conditions y(x;ε)=ϕ(x) on -δ(ε)x0, y(x;ε)=ψ(x) on 1x1+η(ε), where α(x), ω(x), β(x), f(x), δ(ε), η(ε), ϕ(x), ψ(x) are smooth functions. They examine the solutions when the shifts are not zero and determine when the shifts can be ignored to leading order and what their sizes are when they begin to influence the qualitative features of the solutions. Also they study layer behavior using Laplace transform which in turn requires values of the roots of several exponential polynomials. Some details of that is given in the paper.

[For part IV, see Stud. Appl. Math. 84, No. 3, 231-273 (1991; Zbl 0725.34064), for part VI, see the review below (Zbl 0796.34050)].

Reviewer: H.S.Nur (Fresno)

MSC:
34K10Boundary value problems for functional-differential equations
34K25Asymptotic theory of functional-differential equations
44A10Laplace transform
30C15Zeros of polynomials, etc. (one complex variable)
92C20Neural biology