Let M be smooth n-dimensional manifold, fibered over a k-dimensional submanifold B as π M→B, and v∈Λk (M); one can consider the functional on sections φ of the bundle π defined by ∫Dφ*(v), with D a domain in B. We show that for k=n-2 the variational principle based on this functional identifies a unique (up to multiplication by a smooth function) nontrivial vector field in M, i.e., a system of ODEs. Conversely, any vector field X on M satisfying X d v =0 for some v∈Λn-2(M) admits such a variational characterization. We consider the general case, and also the particular case M=P× R where one of the variables (the time) has a distinguished role; in this case our results imply that any Liouville (volume-preserving) vector field on the phase space P admits a variational principle of the kind considered here.

Maximal degree variational principles and Liouville dynamics / G. Gaeta, P. Morando. - In: DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY AND ITS APPLICATIONS. - ISSN 0926-2245. - 21:1(2004 Jul), pp. 27-40.

Maximal degree variational principles and Liouville dynamics

G. Gaeta
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P. Morando
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2004

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Let M be smooth n-dimensional manifold, fibered over a k-dimensional submanifold B as π M→B, and v∈Λk (M); one can consider the functional on sections φ of the bundle π defined by ∫Dφ*(v), with D a domain in B. We show that for k=n-2 the variational principle based on this functional identifies a unique (up to multiplication by a smooth function) nontrivial vector field in M, i.e., a system of ODEs. Conversely, any vector field X on M satisfying X d v =0 for some v∈Λn-2(M) admits such a variational characterization. We consider the general case, and also the particular case M=P× R where one of the variables (the time) has a distinguished role; in this case our results imply that any Liouville (volume-preserving) vector field on the phase space P admits a variational principle of the kind considered here.
Exterior differential systems; Variational principles; Volume-preserving dynamics
Settore MAT/07 - Fisica Matematica
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