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2007 Local Calculation of Hofer's Metric and Applications to Beam Physics
Bela Erdelyi
J. Geom. Symmetry Phys. 9: 9-31 (2007). DOI: 10.7546/jgsp-9-2007-9-31


Hofer's metric is a very interesting way of measuring distances between compactly supported Hamiltonian symplectic maps. Unfortunately, it is not known yet how to compute it in general, for example for symplectic maps far away from each other. It is known that Hofer's metric is locally flat, and it can be computed by the so-called oscillation norm of the difference between the Poincare generating functions of symplectic maps close to identity. It is shown here that the same result holds for arbitrary extended generating function types and symplectic maps, as long as the respective generating functions are well defined for the given symplectic maps. This result plays a crucial role is formulating and solving the optimal symplectic approximation problem in Hamiltonian nonlinear dynamics. Applications to beam physics are oulined.


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Bela Erdelyi. "Local Calculation of Hofer's Metric and Applications to Beam Physics." J. Geom. Symmetry Phys. 9 9 - 31, 2007.


Published: 2007
First available in Project Euclid: 20 May 2017

zbMATH: 1192.70022
MathSciNet: MR2380012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.7546/jgsp-9-2007-9-31

Rights: Copyright © 2007 Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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