It is shown that for an appropriate class of dissipatively perturbed Hamiltonian systems, the number of unstable modes of the dynamics linearized at a nondegenerate equilibrium is determined solely by the index of the equilibrium regarded as a critical point of the Hamiltonian. In addition, the movement of the associated eigenvalues in the limit of vanishing dissipation is analyzed. ©1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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