Variational Methods in Celestial Mechanics

June 9 to June 14, 2003

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California

organized by

Richard Montgomery and Alain Chenciner

Original Announcement

This workshop The focus of this workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, is variational methods in celestial mechanics, more precisely minimization of the action in the presence of symmetries. Using the direct method a number of new orbits have been established over the last three years. In the workshop we will aim to summarize the state of knowledge to date and pose problems within the N-body problem which may be accessible to variational methods. We shall in particular address the following problem. Is it true that for the planar problem, in contrast to the spatial one, minimizing methods are useful only when groups of bodies have equal masses?

Material from the workshop

A list of participants.

The workshop schedule.

A report on the workshop activities.