The restricted three-body problem and holomorphic curves

2018/09/03 Mon 13:30 - 15:30
2018/09/05 Wed 10:00 - 12:00
2018/09/05 Wed 12:30 - 15:30
2018/09/06 Thu 10:00 - 12:00
2018/09/07 Fri 10:00 - 12:00
Urs Frauenfelder
Augsburg University

The restricted three-body problem describes the dynamics of a massless particle attracted by two masses. For example the massless particle could be the moon and the masses earth and sun, or a satellite attracted by the earth and moon, or a planet attracted by two stars in a double star system. Different from the two-body problem which is completely integrable the dynamics of the restricted three-body problem has chaotic behaviour.

A global surface of section reduces the complexity of the dynamics by one dimension. More than hundred years ago Birkhoff made a conjecture about the existence of a global surface of section for the restricted three-body problem. Although the question about existence of a global surface of section is a question about all orbits, holomorphic curves allow to reduce the Birkhoff conjecture to questions involving periodic orbits only.

In the lecture I explain the theory of holomorphic finite energy planes, what they imply for the Birkhoff conjecture, and what challenges remain to be done to prove the conjecture.

*Lecture on Tuesday, September 4 has been cancelled due to approaching typhoon "Jebi", and two lectures will take place instead on Wednesday, September 5.

[NOTE] This series of lectures will be video-recorded and made available online.
Please note that anyone in the front rows of the room can be captured by a video camera.