Actions of the Neumann systems via Picard-Fuchs equations

HR Dullin, PH Richter, AP Veselov, H Waalkens

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The Neumann system describing the motion of a particle on an n-dimensional sphere with an anisotropic harmonic potential has been celebrated as one of the best understood integrable systems of classical mechanics. The present paper adds a detailed discussion and the determination of its action integrals, using differential equations rather than standard integral formulas. We show that the actions of the Neumann system satisfy a Picard-Fuchs equation which in suitable coordinates has a rather simple form for arbitrary n. We also present an explicit form of the related Gauss-Manin equations. These formulas are used for the numerical calculation of the actions of the Neumann system. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Translated title of the contributionActions of the Neumann systems via Picard-Fuchs equations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159 - 183
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2001

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Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Other identifier: IDS number 451EE


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