August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 (Montreal/EST time) Zoom meeting
N-body choreographies are periodic solutions to the N-body equations in which equal masses chase each other around a fixed closed curve. In this talk I will present a systematic approach for proving the existence of spatial choreographies in the gravitational body problem with the help of the digital computer. These arise from the polygonal system of bodies in a rotating frame of reference. In rotating coordinates, after exploiting the symmetries, the equation of a choreographic configuration is reduced to a delay differential equation (DDE) describing the position and velocity of a single body. We prove that a dense set of Lyapunov orbits, with frequencies satisfying a Diophantine equation, correspond to choreographies.