An Effective Contraction Estimate in the Stable Subspaces of Phase Points in Hard Ball Systems

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  • In this paper we prove the following result, useful and often needed in the study of the ergodic properties of hard ball systems: In any such system, for any phase point x with a non-singular forward trajectory and infinitely many connected collision graphs on that forward orbit, it is true that for any small number epsilon there is a stable tangent vector w of x and a large enough time t>>1 so that the vector w undergoes a contraction by a factor of less than epsilon in time t. Of course, the Multiplicative Ergodic Theorem of Oseledets provides a much stronger conclusion, but at the expense of an unspecified zero-measured exceptional set of phase points, and this is not sufficient in the sophisticated studies the ergodic properties of such flows. Here the exceptional set of phase points is a dynamically characterized set, so that it suffices for the proofs showing how global ergodicity follows from the localone.
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  • math.DS, math.DS, 37D50; 34D05
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  • Simanyi N