Title: On the regularization of the Kepler problem
Authors: Heckman, Gert * # ×
de Laat, Tim * #
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: International Press
Series Title: Journal of Symplectic Geometry vol:10 issue:3 pages:463-473
Abstract: In 1970, Moser showed that the Hamiltonian flow of the Kepler problem in R^n for a fixed negative energy level is regularized via stereographic projection to the geodesic flow on the punctured cotangent bundle of the unit sphere in R^(n+1), in such a way that the time parameter in the Kepler problem and the arc length for the geodesic flow are related by the Kepler equation. Ligon and Schaaf gave an alternative regularization of the Kepler problem, treating the whole negative energy part of the phase space at once, such that the Kepler flow and the Delaunay flow on the punctured cotangent bundle of the sphere become related by a canonical transformation. The rather elaborate calculations of Ligon and Schaaf were simplified by Cushman and Duistermaat.

In this paper, we derive the Ligon–Schaaf regularization as an almost trivial adaptation of the Moser regularization. As a consequence, the hidden symmetry of the Kepler problem becomes naturally visible.
ISSN: 1527-5256
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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