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The Lagrange rigid body motion

Tudor RatiuP. van Moerbeke — 1982

Annales de l'institut Fourier

We discuss the motion of the three-dimensional rigid body about a fixed point under the influence of gravity, more specifically from the point of view of its symplectic structures and its constants of the motion. An obvious symmetry reduces the problem to a Hamiltonian flow on a four-dimensional submanifold of s o ( 3 ) × s o ( 3 ) ; they are the customary Euler-Poisson equations. This symplectic manifold can also be regarded as a coadjoint orbit of the Lie algebra of the semi-direct product group S O ( 3 ) × s o ( 3 ) with its natural...

A new Lagrangian dynamic reduction in field theory

François Gay-BalmazTudor S. Ratiu — 2010

Annales de l’institut Fourier

For symmetric classical field theories on principal bundles there are two methods of symmetry reduction: covariant and dynamic. Assume that the classical field theory is given by a symmetric covariant Lagrangian density defined on the first jet bundle of a principal bundle. It is shown that covariant and dynamic reduction lead to equivalent equations of motion. This is achieved by constructing a new Lagrangian defined on an infinite dimensional space which turns out to be gauge group invariant.

Geometry of non-holonomic diffusion

Simon HochgernerTudor S. Ratiu — 2015

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

We study stochastically perturbed non-holonomic systems from a geometric point of view. In this setting, it turns out that the probabilistic properties of the perturbed system are intimately linked to the geometry of the constraint distribution. For G -Chaplygin systems, this yields a stochastic criterion for the existence of a smooth preserved measure. As an application of our results we consider the motion planning problem for the noisy two-wheeled robot and the noisy snakeboard.

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