09-15 Marian Gidea, Clark Robinson
Obstruction argument for transition chains of tori interspersed with gaps (447K, pdf) Jan 31, 09
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Abstract. We consider a dynamical system whose phase space contains a two-dimensional normally hyperbolic invariant manifold diffeomorphic to an annulus. We assume that the dynamics restricted to the annulus is given by an area preserving monotone twist map. We assume that in the annulus there exist finite sequences of primary invariant Lipschitz tori of dimension $1$, with the property that the unstable manifold of each torus has a topologically crossing intersection with the stable manifold of the next torus in the sequence. We assume that the dynamics along these tori is topologically transitive. We assume that the tori in these sequences, with the exception of the tori at the ends of the sequences, can be $C^0$-approximated from both sides by other primary invariant tori in the annulus. We assume that the region in the annulus between two successive sequences of tori is a Birkhoff zone of instability. We prove the existence of orbits that follow the sequences of invariant tori and cross the Birkhoff zones of instability.

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