Does anyone know anything about applications of the h-cobordism theorem to dynamical systems?

  • $\begingroup$ via Morse theory, there's a really well-known application you might say going the other way, see e.g.: scholarpedia.org/article/… and cited references $\endgroup$ – j.c. Aug 24 '11 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ For me, as a not-at-all expert on this, it would be nice if the question was more detailed. While of course I still could not give an answer, I might learn something from reading it. $\endgroup$ – user9072 Aug 24 '11 at 17:51

You might want to look at John Franks's 1982 CBMS monograph (#49) Homology and Dynamical Systems. The $h$-cobordism theorem appears on page 13. It is used in connection with gradient-like flows on manifolds of dimension greater than 5.


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