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An example of Arnold diffusion for near-integrable Hamiltonians

Authors: Vadim Kaloshin and Mark Levi
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 45 (2008), 409-427
MSC (2000): Primary 70H08
Published electronically: April 9, 2008
MathSciNet review: 2402948
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Abstract: In this paper, using the ideas of Bessi and Mather, we present a simple mechanical system exhibiting Arnold diffusion. This system of a particle in a small periodic potential can be also interpreted as ray propagation in a periodic optical medium with a near-constant index of refraction. Arnold diffusion in this context manifests itself as an arbitrary finite change of direction for nearly constant index of refraction.

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Vadim Kaloshin
Affiliation: Mathematics 253-37, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125

Mark Levi
Affiliation: Mathematics 253-37, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125

Received by editor(s): March 3, 2007
Received by editor(s) in revised form: September 17, 2007
Published electronically: April 9, 2008
Additional Notes: The first author was partially supported by the Sloan Foundation and NSF grants, DMS-0701271
The second author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-0605878
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