PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Uncertainty Principle and Traps for Polygonal Billiards
Seminar:Center for Dynamics and Geometry Seminars
Speaker:Gregory Galperin, Eastern Illinois University
A generic billiard trajectory when being reflected from a finite set of disjoint mirror segments on the plane eventually goes to infinity; exceptions, in all known cases, are periodic trajectories. A long-standing question was: Is this the only class of possible exceptions? For example, if the segments are parts of the sides of a simply connected polygon (“polygonal segments”), then only periodic billiard orbits can be trapped by these segments (Galperin, Krueger, Troubetskoy). For such set of segments there is a theorem on finiteness of the orbit types, and some interesting upper bounds can be found. Under some natural restrictions, a uniform upper bound can be established (Delman, Galperin). The former result is based on the so-called Uncertainty Principle for Polygons that will be considered in the talk. The speaker will also show examples of “non-periodic traps” in the case of “non-polygonal mirror segments” on the plane.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:04 / 13 / 2011
Time:03:35pm - 05:30pm