Pure Maths Colloquium: Variational Methods and Integrable Systems
11 October 2010 17:15 in CM221
The solution curve to a classical techanical system locally minimises an action function, or satisfies a variational principle. The set of globally minimising solutions often conveys a great deal of information about the global phase portrait.
I will discuss some recent developments in this classical theory and how they can be applied to questions about integrable systems.
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