Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

William A. Porter


The stability properties of 2-D systems are an important aspect of the design of acoustic, seismic, image and sonar signal processors. This research utilizes the Wave model format to transport 1-D stability techniques to the 2-D setting. The research studies stability through multistep growth bounds on the Wave state. The use of Lyapunov theory is also considered. The research considers also the problem of stabilizing a 2-D system using state and/or output information feedback to interior and/or boundary controls. Finally the problem of observer design for 2-D systems is considered, with the new stability criteria being used to assure observer/system convergence. New results based on symmetrizability are also discussed. The principal results are illustrated by a number of examples. The results are also interpreted in the context of other contemporary local state models.