By Ivar Ekeland (auth.)

In the case of thoroughly integrable structures, periodic suggestions are discovered through inspection. For nonintegrable structures, equivalent to the three-body challenge in celestial mechanics, they're chanced on through perturbation concept: there's a small parameter € within the challenge, the mass of the perturbing physique for example, and for € = zero the approach turns into thoroughly integrable. One then attempts to teach that its periodic suggestions will subsist for € -# zero sufficiently small. Poincare additionally brought worldwide tools, counting on the topological houses of the circulation, and the truth that it preserves the 2-form L~=l dPi 1\ dqi' the main celebrated outcome he got during this path is his final geometric theorem, which states that an area-preserving map of the annulus which rotates the internal circle and the outer circle in contrary instructions should have fastened issues. And now one other historic subject seem: the least motion precept. It states that the periodic recommendations of a Hamiltonian approach are extremals of an appropriate necessary over closed curves. In different phrases, the matter is variational. This truth was once identified to Fermat, and Maupertuis placed it within the Hamiltonian formalism. inspite of its nice aesthetic allure, the least motion precept has had little impression in Hamiltonian mechanics. there's, after all, one exception, Emmy Noether's theorem, which relates integrals ofthe movement to symmetries of the equations. yet until eventually lately, no periodic resolution had ever been came upon by means of variational methods.

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We now pause to note that the theory developped in Section 4, can easily be extended to other eigenvalues than 1. We define an instant s to be wo-conjugate to 0 if the boundary-value problem in

I=l Fix some point 0' > O. For the sake of convenience, we set ia = K. This means that there is some 0" > 0' such that is = K for all s in the interval I := (0',0"). By Lemma 10, we may assume that I contains no point conjugate to 0, so that for every s E I, we have Vs = 0, and the K first eigenvalues of qs are negative: (47) 1- sX: < 0 for 1 ~ i ~ K . Fix i ~ K. By the preceding inequality, Ai ;:::: 1/ s > 1/0" so that the Ai are bounded away from zero for s E I. Because of the orthonormality relation I.

If w k = 1, this is coherent with definition (31): we have extended the functions of E'T from (0, T) to (0, kT) in the obvious way. Note that if x E E'T: QlT(X, x) (34) ="211kT [(Ji:, x) + (B(t)Ji:, Ji:)] dt 0 =~ k-l L 1 T (ww)m m=O [(Ji:, x) + (B(t)Ji:, Ji:)] dt 0 = kQ'T(x, x) so that we may use Ql T or Q'T indifferently on E'T. Lemma 2. Let k ;::: 1 be given. Then the E'T, for w k = 1, are orthogonal subspace of E~T' both for the standard Hilbert structure and for QlT' and E~T splits into a direct sum: (35) E~T E9 E'T.