Stability analysis of the breathing circle billiard

Xiaoming Zhang, Jianhua Xie, Denghui Li*, Zhenbang Cao, Celso Grebogi

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Stability is a fundamental problem in time dependent billiards. In this work, we prove that the breathing circle billiard has invariant tori near infinity preventing the unboundedness of energy when the motion of boundary is regular enough. The proof also implies the boundedness of the energy of all solutions for a new class of Fermi-Ulam model with one of the walls replaced by a potential which is growing to infinity as the position coordinate approaches to the origin. When the motion of boundary is piecewise smooth, the dynamics near infinity is either elliptic or hyperbolic depending on an explicit parameter, which is similar to the results in [11] for the piecewise smooth Fermi-Ulam model. Moreover, we show the existence of unbounded orbits when this parameter is within some intervals. The numerical simulations are supported by our mathematical analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111643
Number of pages12
JournalChaos, Solitons and Fractals
Early online date29 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to the anonymous referees for a careful reading and suggestions that led to an improvement of the paper. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 12172306 , 11732014 ).


  • Breathing circle billiard
  • Fermi acceleration
  • KAM Theory


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