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From Celestial Mechanics to Fluid Dynamics: Contact structures with singularities

Hamiltonian systems, from topology to applications through analysis II November 26, 2018 - November 30, 2018

November 28, 2018 (11:00 AM PST - 12:00 PM PST)
Speaker(s): Eva Miranda (Polytechnical University of Cataluña (Barcelona))
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
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Taking as starting point several examples from Celestial mechanics where regularization techniques bring singularities in, we will introduce the geometry of contact structures where the regularity of the contact 1-form is relaxed. Contact structures also show up modelling problems in Fluid Dynamics and singularities also appear naturally in this context (ongoing joint work with Robert Cardona and Daniel Peralta-Salas).  

Two main geometrical problems will be addressed in this talk: The existence problem of contact structures with singularities on a given manifold and the study of its Reeb Dynamics, in particular, the existence of periodic orbits (Weinstein conjecture).

This is joint work with Cédric Oms.

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