The authors apply a generalized version of the mountain pass theorem [P. H. Rabinowitz, Minimax methods in critical point theory with applications to differential equations, Reg. Conf. Ser. Math. 65 (1986; Zbl 0609.58002)] for establishing the existence of a nontrivial homoclinic solution for the second-order Hamiltonian systems
where the symmetric-matrix-valued function and satisfy some specific conditions. These conditions are weaker that those considered by other authors in proving the same type of results, namely is not supposed to be uniformly positive definite, and satisfies a superquadratic condition. The authors consider the following standard functional
The generalized mountain pass theorem gives the existence of a critical point of such that . Furthermore, it is shown that , where , and therefore , as . So, is a homoclinic solution of .