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Relative Equilibria in the 3-Dimensional Curved $n$-Body Problem
 
Florin Diacu University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada
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Relative Equilibria in the 3-Dimensional Curved $n$-Body Problem
Florin Diacu University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Available Formats:
Electronic ISBN:  978-1-4704-1483-2
Product Code:  MEMO/228/1071.E
80 pp 
List Price: $71.00
MAA Member Price: $63.90
AMS Member Price: $42.60
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    Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society
    Volume: 2282014
    MSC: Primary 70; Secondary 34; 37;

    The author considers the \(3\)-dimensional gravitational \(n\)-body problem, \(n\ge 2\), in spaces of constant Gaussian curvature \(\kappa\ne 0\), i.e. on spheres \({\mathbb S}_\kappa^3\), for \(\kappa>0\), and on hyperbolic manifolds \({\mathbb H}_\kappa^3\), for \(\kappa<0\). His goal is to define and study relative equilibria, which are orbits whose mutual distances remain constant in time. He also briefly discusses the issue of singularities in order to avoid impossible configurations. He derives the equations of motion and defines six classes of relative equilibria, which follow naturally from the geometric properties of \({\mathbb S}_\kappa^3\) and \({\mathbb H}_\kappa^3\). Then he proves several criteria, each expressing the conditions for the existence of a certain class of relative equilibria, some of which have a simple rotation, whereas others perform a double rotation, and he describes their qualitative behaviour.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. BACKGROUND AND EQUATIONS OF MOTION
    • 3. ISOMETRIES AND RELATIVE EQUILIBRIA
    • 4. CRITERIA AND QUALITATIVE BEHAVIOUR
    • 5. EXAMPLES
    • 6. CONCLUSIONS
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Volume: 2282014
MSC: Primary 70; Secondary 34; 37;

The author considers the \(3\)-dimensional gravitational \(n\)-body problem, \(n\ge 2\), in spaces of constant Gaussian curvature \(\kappa\ne 0\), i.e. on spheres \({\mathbb S}_\kappa^3\), for \(\kappa>0\), and on hyperbolic manifolds \({\mathbb H}_\kappa^3\), for \(\kappa<0\). His goal is to define and study relative equilibria, which are orbits whose mutual distances remain constant in time. He also briefly discusses the issue of singularities in order to avoid impossible configurations. He derives the equations of motion and defines six classes of relative equilibria, which follow naturally from the geometric properties of \({\mathbb S}_\kappa^3\) and \({\mathbb H}_\kappa^3\). Then he proves several criteria, each expressing the conditions for the existence of a certain class of relative equilibria, some of which have a simple rotation, whereas others perform a double rotation, and he describes their qualitative behaviour.

  • Chapters
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. BACKGROUND AND EQUATIONS OF MOTION
  • 3. ISOMETRIES AND RELATIVE EQUILIBRIA
  • 4. CRITERIA AND QUALITATIVE BEHAVIOUR
  • 5. EXAMPLES
  • 6. CONCLUSIONS
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