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Planar polynomial foliations

Authors: Stephen Schecter and Michael F. Singer
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 79 (1980), 649-656
MSC: Primary 58F18; Secondary 57R30
Addendum: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 83 (1981), 220.
MathSciNet review: 572321
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Abstract: Let $ P(x,y)$ and $ Q(x,y)$ be two real polynomials of degree $ \leqslant n$ with no common real zeros. The solution curves of the vector field $ \dot x = P(x,y),\dot y = Q(x,y)$ give a foliation of the plane. The leaf space $ \mathcal{L}$ of this foliation may not be a hausdorff space: there may be leaves L, $ L' \in \mathcal{L}$ which cannot be separated by open sets. We show that the number of such leaves is at most 2n and construct an example, for each even $ n \geqslant 4$, of a planar polynomial foliation of degree n whose leaf space contains $ 2n - 4$ such leaves.

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Keywords: Planar polynomial vector field, foliation, inseparable leaves
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