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On the energy distribution in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam lattices

Lubich, Christian
Published in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. 2012, vol. 205, no. 3, p. 993-1029
Abstract For FPU chains with large particle numbers, the formation of a packet of modes with geometrically decaying harmonic energies from an initially excited single low-frequency mode and the metastability of this packet over longer time scales are rigorously studied in this paper. The analysis uses modulated Fourier expansions in time of solutions to the FPU system and exploits the existence of almost-invariant energies in the modulation system. The results and techniques apply to the FPU alpha- and beta-models as well as to higher-order nonlinearities. They are valid in the regime of scaling between particle number and specific energy in which the FPU system can be viewed as a perturbation to a linear system, considered over time scales that go far beyond standard perturbation theory. Weak non-resonance estimates for the almost-resonant frequencies determine the time scales that can be covered by this analysis.
Keywords Fermi-Pasta-Ulam latticeEnergy distributionModulated Fourier expansion
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HAIRER, Ernst, LUBICH, Christian. On the energy distribution in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam lattices. In: Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 2012, vol. 205, n° 3, p. 993-1029. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:22623

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