## Abstract

The appearance of elliptic periodic orbits in families of n-dimensional smooth repelling billiard-like potentials that are arbitrarily steep and limit to Sinai billiards is established for any finite n. For typical potentials, the stability regions in the parameter space scale as a power-law in 1/n and in the steepness parameter. Thus, it is shown that even though these systems have a uniformly hyperbolic (albeit singular) limit, the ergodicity of this limit system is destroyed in the more realistic smooth setting. The considered example is highly symmetric and is not directly linked to the smooth many particle problem. Nonetheless, the possibility of explicitly constructing stable motion in smooth n degrees of freedom systems limiting to strictly dispersing billiards is now established.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 497-534 |

Number of pages | 38 |

Journal | Communications in Mathematical Physics |

Volume | 279 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Apr 2008 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics