Dynamics of flows and maps (continuous and discrete time), including infinite-dimensional dynamics, Hamiltonian dynamics, ergodic theory.

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Importance of Poincaré recurrence theorem? Any example?

Recently I am learning ergodic theory and reading several books about it. Usually Poincaré recurrence theorem is stated and proved before ergodicity and ergodic theorems. But ergodic theorem does not ...
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Poincaré–Bendixson theorem on the torus

I was reading the paper A Generalization of a Poincaré-Bendixson Theorem to Closed Two-Dimensional Manifolds by Arthur J. Schwartz which proves the following theorem: THEOREM. Let $M$ be a ...
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$x_1 = 2$, $x_{n + 1} = {{x_n(x_n + 1)}\over2}$, what can we say about $x_n \text{ mod }2$?

This question was asked on MathStackexchange here, but there was no answer, so I am asking it here. Let$$x_1 = 2, \quad x_{n + 1} = {{x_n(x_n + 1)}\over2}.$$What can we say about the behavior of $x_n ...
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Example of a quasi-Bernoulli measure which is not Gibbs?

Let $X=\{0,1\}^{\mathbb{N}}$. For simplicity I consider measures on $X$ only. A measure $\mu$ is quasi-Bernoulli if there is a constant $C\ge 1$ such that for any finite sequences $i,j$, $$ C^{-1} \...
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Invariance of dynamical system under a transformation

I have come across an interesting property of a dynamical system, being transformed by a map, but i haven't been able to figure out why this is happening (for quite some time now actually). Any help ...
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resampling over Bowen balls

Hello MO World I'm working on a paper involving embedding your favourite measure-preserving transformation into a topological model (think Krieger generator theorem: embedding in a full shift) and ...
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Light rays bouncing in twisted tubes

Imagine a smooth curve $c$ sweeping out a unit-radius disk that is orthogonal to the curve at every point. Call the result a tube. I want to restrict the radius of curvature of $c$ to be at most 1. I ...
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Integrable systems and Arnol'd - Liouville theorem

A system with a $2n$-dimensional phase space is Liouville-integrable if it admits $n$ independent first intgrals in involution. Here integrable means that you can, in some way, solve the equations of ...
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Sequence of translation surfaces and length of saddle connections

A sequence of translation surfaces $(X_n,\omega_n)$ is said to "go to infinity" if it leaves every compact set in the space of translation surfaces as $n$ goes to infinity. I know that this is ...
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Smooth conditional measures for strong stable foliations of Anosov flows

I am trying to prove an analytic result for gesodesic flows on negatively curved manifolds and I encountered the following dynamical-system porblem. Let $B^n$ be $n$-dimensional balls and $h:B^{n-k}\...
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Periodic Orbit property

A topological space $X$ satisfies "Periodic orbit property", briefly POP, if for every continuous map $f:X \to X$, there exist a natural number $n$ and a point $x_{0}\in X$ such that $f^{n}(x_{0})...
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Inverse limits of the interval with a single bonding map below the identity

My question is as follows. QUESTION. Is there a topological description of the class of arc-like continua that arise as inverse limits of $[0,1]$ with a single continuous surjective bonding map $f\...
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A question on invariant measures

Let $(X, \mathcal{B}, T)$ be a topological dynamical system and $M(X, T)$ be the set of all invariant measures. I do not know is there some nice functional characterization of the following set $\{...
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How do these primes jump?

I have several questions regarding the analysis, behaviour, and expression of a simple sieving algorithm which uses associative arrays. The pseudocode below assumes integer addition, string ...
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Measurable isomorphism between two non-totally ergodic systems

Suppose $(X,\mathcal A,\mu,T)$ is a finite measure-preserving system. Then we define a new measure system $(X^{(K)},\mathcal A^{(K)},\mu^{(K)},T^{(K)})$ defined by $X^{(K)}=X\times \{1,2,...,K\}$ for ...
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A certain measure on Banach algebras

According to the comments of Nate Eldredge I did revise the question. In particular I change "$C^{*}$ algebras" to "Banach algebras". Is there a reference who introduce the following measure on ...
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Convergence of Discrete Geodesic

Let $M$ be a Riemmanian manifold, $p\in M$ and $V\in T_p(M)$. Suppose $f^{-1}:U_p \mapsto U$ is a diffeomorphism of a neighborhood of p to an open subset of $\mathbb{R}$ and define the sequence: \...
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When is a limit cycle generated by a Hamiltonian oval stable?

Consider a real polynomial $H$ of degree $n+1$ in the plane. A closed, connected component of a level curve $H=t$ is denoted by $\gamma(t)$ and called an oval of $H$. Let $\omega$ be a real 1-form ...
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Time averages and differentiability

Let $\varphi_t : M \rightarrow M$ be a smooth flow on a smooth manifold $M$. We may assume (although I'm not sure if this is important) that the flow preserves a smooth volume form on $M$. Given a ...
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Counting limit cycles via curvature in Riemannian geometry

In this post we would like to give a possible new approach to the second part of the Hilbert 16th problem First we give a short introduction: A quadratic system is a polynomial vector field on ...
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Are the theorems of Ergodic Theory valid for non-probability spaces?

The theorems in Ergodic Theory have assumed a probability measure, always. I am interested to know if they hold even when the space is not equipped with a probability measure. In other words, if my ...
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Normalization in Birkhoff's theorem and its failure in infinite measure spaces

I have two questions, somehow related. The first one, has to do with the Birkhoff's ergodic theorem. In its classical formulation, it states that if we have a probability space $(X,\mathcal{B},\mu)$ ...
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What is an integrable system

What is an integrable system, and what is the significance of such systems? (Maybe it is easier to explain what a non-integrable system is.) In particular, is there a dichotomy between "integrable" ...
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Generalizing an expected increase in autocorrelation near a bifurcation point to a system of ODE

Near a bifurcation point, a stochastically forced dynamical system should show an increase in autocorrelation and variance. This is due to critical slowing (a loss in resilience to perturbations). ...
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The error in Petrovski and Landis' proof of the 16th Hilbert problem

What was the main error in the proof of the second part of the 16th Hilbert problem by Petrovski and Landis? Please see this related post and also the following post. Added : According to their ...
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Stability of a linear system and spectrum of the product of two matrices

Let us consider an invertible matrix $\mathbf{A}\in GL_d(\mathbb{R})$ such that all its diagonal entries $\mathbf{A}_{ii}=-1 \; \forall \, i$. My question is the following: Does it always exists a ...
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Maximizing entropy under constraints

This question is about an extension of the variational principle in thermodynamical formalism when one adds linear constraints to the measures. Consider the one-sided shift $\sigma:\mathcal{A}^\...
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If $f$ is dynamically coherent, is there a unique invariant foliation tangent to $E^{c}$?

Let $f$ be a diffeomorphism of a closed manifold $M$ such that $f$ is partially hyperbolic if the tanget bundle of $M$, $TM$ splits into three invariant sub-bunbles $$ TM = E^{s} \oplus E^{c} \oplus ...
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On the $\omega$-limit set of a trajectory converging to a submanifold

Let $X$ be a $C^1$ vector field on $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $S$ be a compact submanifold of dimension $s(<n)$. Suppose $S$ is invariant under the flow of $X$ and that we know everything about the ...
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Does 53 diverge to infinity in this Collatz-like sequence?

This function has been explored a bit at MSE (over the past week): \begin{eqnarray} f(n) &=& (n-1)^2 \; \textrm{if} \; (n \bmod 4) = 1\\ f(n) &=& \lfloor n/4 \rfloor \; \textrm{...
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Gaussian Integrals and Pseudo-Anosov Maps

The hep-th section of arXiv if often filled with beautiful semi-rigorous computations on Mathematics. However sometimes it is very difficult to understand what is being stated. Here I take from: ...
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horocycle flow and the prime number theorem

Looking at Zagier's Eisenstein Series and the Riemann Zeta Function, we get a proof of the prime number theorem using horocycles. I would really love it if there were a geometric proof like this. ...
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Interior periodic points of area preserving homeomorphisms of a pair of pants

A celebrated result of Franks shows that any area preserving homeomorphism of the closed annulus $A$ with at least one periodic point (possibly along the boundary) has infinitely many interior ...
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IFS maps on circle

A systems $<f_0,f_1>$ is minimal if the set $\{h(x): h=f_{i_n}\circ f_{i_{n-1}}\circ...\circ f_{i_1}, i_k \in \{0,1\},n>0\}$ is dense in $S^1$, for every $x\in S^1$. Consider $f:S^1 \to S^1, ...
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Differential inequalities for a strictly diagonal dominant system of linear ODEs

Let $A$ be a real $d\times d$ matrix. The diagonal elements are strictly negative ($a_{ii}<0$) and the off-diagonal elements are non-negative ($a_{ij}\geq 0$ for $i\neq j$). $A$ is strictly column ...
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The “Rolle theorem” for sections of a vector bundle

1) Assume that $E\to M$ is a smooth real vector bundle and $\nabla$ is a connection. (We do not assume any metric compatibility since we do not fix a metric on $E$). Assume that ...
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The integral of torsion

I found the following * exercise (exercise *9) in page 407 of the book of do Carmo "Differential geometry of curves and surfaces". This problem is a classical theorem which is referenced in the book ...
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Is there a matrix that converts the gradient of every possible function to gradient of other function?

I have already asked this question on math.stackexchange.com http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1789476/is-there-a-matrix-that-converts-the-gradient-of-any-function-to-gradient-of-othe Now I ...
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Uniform approximation of a continuous flow by a $\mathcal{C}^1$ flow

Setup: Consider a (smooth) compact Riemannian manifold $M$, whose distance is denoted by $d$. Let $\Phi$ be a continuous flow, namely a continuous application from $\mathbb{R} \times M $ to $M$ ...
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What interesting information can be deduced from knowledge of how deep a geodesic ventures into the cusp

First of all I have to apologise as I am not a geometer and my knowledge of geometry is poor. Let $M$ be the modular surface and $\gamma$ to denote a geodesic in $M$. In the the following paper by ...
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Surfaces filled densely by a geodesic

Which smooth, closed surfaces $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ have no single geodesic $\gamma$ that fills $S$ densely? Say a geodesic $\gamma$ "fills $S$ densely" if the closure of the set of points ...
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Group actions on principal groupoids

Suppose that $\mathcal{G}$ is etale principal groupoid and that $G$ is a discrete (or finite) group acting freely on the locally compact unit space $\mathcal{G}^0$ (or assuming compactness, if ...
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On the density of the sequence $\{n \{n \xi \} \}_n$

I have a question that I can't manage to answer myself. It comes from some work in PDE theory, but it is related to analytic number theory. Let us say that we have an irrational number $\xi$. The ...
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Ball ricochetting from a plane of close-packed spheres

Suppose the lower $z \le 0$ halfspace of $\mathbb{R}^3$ is filled with a rigid close-packing of unit-radius spheres. (I don't think it matters much for my purposes if it is an FCC or an HCP packing.)...
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Is there a complete Riemannian manifold with infinite volume whose the time-one map of the geosesic flow is recurrent?

Let M be complete Riemannian manifold M with infinite volume, it is know that the geodesic flow, $\varphi^t:T^1M \rightarrow T^1M$ preserves the Liouville measure $\mu$, that is, $\mu(\varphi^t(A)) = ...
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Periodic orbits in the plane

Consider a vector field $F:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ of the following form $F(y_1,y_2)=(y_2,\mu(y_1))$, where $\mu\in\mathscr{C}^1(\mathbb{R})$ has appropriate growth so that the solutions ...
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Hyperbolic PDE from total derivative?

Given a density function $p(t, \boldsymbol{x})$, where $t$ is time and the vector $\boldsymbol{x}$ represents a point in $n$ dimensional space, a hyperbolic PDE describing the time evolution of the ...
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Can we trap light in a polygonal room?

Suppose we have a polygonal path $P$ on the plane resulting from removal of an one of a convex polygon's edges and a ray of light "coming from infinity" (that is, if we were to trace the path ...
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Existence and uniqueness of solutions for a system of first order PDEs [closed]

Which results can be applied and which conditions are needed, to ensure the existence and uniqueness of the solutions of the first order of PDEs: A$\dfrac{\partial}{\partial t}\pmb{v}(t,x)=B(t,x,\pmb{...
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Nuclear operators/spaces and transfer operators

While studying for my thesis (in dynamical systems) I've encountered multiple times with the concept of nuclear operators and nuclear spaces, often linked with the works of Grothendieck. For example, ...