01450nas a2200121 4500008004300000245006400043210006400107260000900171520106500180100002301245700002401268856003601292 2000 en_Ud 00aRegular Synthesis and Sufficiency Conditions for Optimality0 aRegular Synthesis and Sufficiency Conditions for Optimality bSIAM3 aWe propose a definition of \\\"regular synthesis\\\" that is more general than those suggested by other authors such as Boltyanskii and Brunovsky, and an even more general notion of \\\"regular presynthesis.\\\" We give a complete proof of the corresponding sufficiency theorem, a slightly weaker version of which had been stated in an earlier article, with only a rough outline of the proof. We illustrate the strength of our result by showing that the optimal synthesis for the famous Fuller problem satisfies our hypotheses. We also compare our concept of synthesis with the simpler notion of a \\\"family of solutions of the closed-loop equation arising from an optimal feedback law,\\\" and show by means of examples why the latter is inadequate, and why the difficulty cannot be resolved byusing other concepts of solution--such as Filippov solutions, or the limits of sample-and-hold solutions recently proposed as feedback solutions by Clarke, Ledyaev, Subbotin and Sontag -for equations with a non-Lipschitz and possibly discontinuous right-hand side.1 aPiccoli, Benedetto1 aSussmann, Hector J. uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/3213