H.E. Lomeli and J.D. Meiss
Resonance Zones and Lobe Volumes for Volume-Preserving Maps
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ABSTRACT. We study exact, volume-preserving diffeomorphisms that have
heteroclinic connections between a pair of normally hyperbolic invariant
manifolds. We develop a general theory of lobes, showing that
the lobe volume is given by an integral of a generating form over the primary intersection,
a subset of the heteroclinic orbits. Our definition reproduces the classical action formula in the planar, twist map case. For perturbations from a heteroclinic connection, the lobe volume is shown to reduce, to lowest order, to a suitable integral of a Melnikov function.