Billiards in ellipses revisited

A. Akopyan, R. Schwartz, S. Tabachnikov, European Journal of Mathematics (2020).


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Akopyan, ArseniyIST Austria; Schwartz, Richard; Tabachnikov, Serge
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We prove some recent experimental observations of Dan Reznik concerning periodic billiard orbits in ellipses. For example, the sum of cosines of the angles of a periodic billiard polygon remains constant in the 1-parameter family of such polygons (that exist due to the Poncelet porism). In our proofs, we use geometric and complex analytic methods.
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2020-09-09
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European Journal of Mathematics
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This paper would not be written if not for Dan Reznik’s curiosity and persistence; we are very grateful to him. We also thank R. Garcia and J. Koiller for interesting discussions. It is a pleasure to thank the Mathematical Institute of the University of Heidelberg for its stimulating atmosphere. ST thanks M. Bialy for interesting discussions and the Tel Aviv University for its invariable hospitality. AA was supported by European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 78818 Alpha). RS is supported by NSF Grant DMS-1807320. ST was supported by NSF grant DMS-1510055 and SFB/TRR 191.
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Akopyan A, Schwartz R, Tabachnikov S. Billiards in ellipses revisited. European Journal of Mathematics. 2020. doi:10.1007/s40879-020-00426-9
Akopyan, A., Schwartz, R., & Tabachnikov, S. (2020). Billiards in ellipses revisited. European Journal of Mathematics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40879-020-00426-9
Akopyan, Arseniy, Richard Schwartz, and Serge Tabachnikov. “Billiards in Ellipses Revisited.” European Journal of Mathematics, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40879-020-00426-9.
A. Akopyan, R. Schwartz, and S. Tabachnikov, “Billiards in ellipses revisited,” European Journal of Mathematics, 2020.
Akopyan A, Schwartz R, Tabachnikov S. 2020. Billiards in ellipses revisited. European Journal of Mathematics.
Akopyan, Arseniy, et al. “Billiards in Ellipses Revisited.” European Journal of Mathematics, Springer Nature, 2020, doi:10.1007/s40879-020-00426-9.
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