Thierry Combot

6 avenue Alain Savary 21000 Dijon
University of Burgundy


Andrade J., Boatto S., Combot T., Duarte G., Stuchi T. J.
The formulation of the dynamics of $N$-bodies on the surface of an infinite cylinder is considered. We have chosen such a surface to be able to study the impact of the surface’s topology in the particle’s dynamics. For this purpose we need to make a choice of how to generalize the notion of gravitational potential on a general manifold. Following Boatto, Dritschel and Schaefer [5], we define a gravitational potential as an attractive central force which obeys Maxwell’s like formulas.
As a result of our theoretical differential Galois theory and numerical study — Poincaré sections, we prove that the two-body dynamics is not integrable. Moreover, for very low energies, when the bodies are restricted to a small region, the topological signature of the cylinder is still present in the dynamics. A perturbative expansion is derived for the force between the two bodies. Such a force can be viewed as the planar limit plus the topological perturbation. Finally, a polygonal configuration of identical masses (identical charges or identical vortices) is proved to be an unstable relative equilibrium for all $N >2$.
Keywords: $N$-body problem, Hodge decomposition, central forces on manifolds, topology and integrability, differential Galois theory, Poincaré sections, stability of relative equilibria
Citation: Andrade J., Boatto S., Combot T., Duarte G., Stuchi T. J.,  $N$-body Dynamics on an Infinite Cylinder: the Topological Signature in the Dynamics, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2020, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 78-110
Combot T.
We consider a lattice $\mathcal{L}\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and a trigonometric potential $V$ with frequencies $k\in\mathcal{L}$. We then prove a strong rational integrability condition on $V$, using the support of its Fourier transform. We then use this condition to prove that a real trigonometric polynomial potential is rationally integrable if and only if it separates up to rotation of the coordinates. Removing the real condition, we also make a classification of rationally integrable potentials in dimension 2 and 3, and recover several integrable cases. These potentials after a complex variable change become real, and correspond to generalized Toda integrable potentials. Moreover, along the proof, some of them with high degree first integrals are explicitly integrated.
Keywords: trigonometric polynomials, differential Galois theory, integrability, Toda lattice
Citation: Combot T.,  Rational Integrability of Trigonometric Polynomial Potentials on the Flat Torus, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2017, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 386-407
Combot T.
We consider the motion of a triaxial Riemann ellipsoid of a homogeneous liquid without angular momentum. We prove that it does not admit an additional first integral which is meromorphic in position, impulsions, and elliptic integrals which appear in the potential. This proves that the system is not integrable in the Liouville sense; we actually show that even its restriction to a fixed energy hypersurface is not integrable.
Keywords: Morales–Ramis theory, elliptic functions, monodromy, differential Galois theory, Riemann surfaces
Citation: Combot T.,  Non-integrability of a Self-gravitating Riemann Liquid Ellipsoid, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2013, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 497-507

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