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Lifting a Diffeomorphism to the Cotangent Bundle

Both Abraham-Marsden and Da Silva seem to imply that given a symplectomorphism $g:T^\ast X\to T^\ast X$ which preserves the tautological $1$-form $\alpha$, it must be that $g$ is fibre preserving. ...
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Computation with the Legendre Transform

Let $M$ be a manifold and fix a Lagrangian $L\in C^\infty(T M )$. Let $x_1,\dots x_n$ be local coordinates for $M$ and equip the tangent bundle and cotangent bundle with standard coordinates ...
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Is it true that a nondegenerate minimizing periodic orbit of mechanical Hamiltonian system is hyperbolic

Consider mechanical Hamiltonian system of the form $$H(p,q)=\dfrac{\Vert p\Vert^2}{2}+V(q),\quad (q,p)\in T^*\mathbb T^n.$$ Here we suppose the periodic orbit $\gamma$ minimizes the Lagrangian ...
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An algebraic Hamiltonian vector field with a finite number of periodic orbits

Edit: There is an interesting complete answer for the second part(see the answer by Thomas Kragh). I search for an answer for the first part. 1.Is there a polynomial Hamiltonian ...
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are there natural examples of classical mechanics that happens on a symplectic manifold that isn't a cotangent bundle?

I'm curious about just how far the abstraction to a symplectic formalism can be justified by appeal to actual physical examples. There's good motivation, for example, for working over an arbitrary ...
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About a letter by Richard Palais of 1965.

In Cushman and Bates, Global Aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, 1997, I have read In a widely circulated but unpublished letter in 1965, Palais explained the symplectic formulation of ...