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Title: Singularity theory and geometry in the motion of a top
Author: Britt, Jonathan Peregrine
ISNI:       0000 0001 3480 5745
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 1982
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The aim of this thesis is to examine the spinning top from the point of view of the Smale programme for studying mechanical systems with symmetry. This programme consists of finding the global topological structure of the map E x J : TM -. R x P * where E is the total energy of the system, J its momentum mapping, which in our case is just its angular momentum. TM is the phase space and Q * is the P dual of the Lie algebra of the Lie group G which acts on the configuration space M producing the symmetry. We are here concerned with examining the nature and configuration of the singularities of this and related maps using the machinery of ){ and .q equivalence and of finite determinacy. We are able to interpret various types of motion of the top in terms of singularities and their unfoldings. Of particular importance isthe subset of TM corresponding. to steady precession whose corresponding geometry in the cotangent bundle we exhibit explicitly.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Pure mathematics