# Poncelet property and quasi-periodicity of the integrable Boltzmann system

Giovanni Felder

Giovanni Felder

**8/8/20**Published in : arXiv:2008.03480

We study the motion of a particle in a plane subject to an attractive central force with inverse-square law on one side of a wall at which it is reflected elastically. This model is a special case of a class of systems considered by Boltzmann which was recently shown by Gallavotti and Jauslin to admit a second integral of motion additionally to the energy. By recording the subsequent positions and momenta of the particle as it hits the wall we obtain a three dimensional discrete-time dynamical system. We show that this system has the Poncelet property: if for given generic values of the integrals one orbit is periodic then all orbits for these values are periodic and have the same period. The reason for this is the same as in the case of the Poncelet theorem: the generic level set of the integrals of motion is an elliptic curve, the Poincaré map is the composition of two involutions with fixed points and is thus the translation by a fixed element. Another consequence of our result is the proof of a conjecture of Gallavotti and Jauslin on the quasi-periodicity of the integrable Boltzmann system, implying the applicability of KAM perturbation theory to the Boltzmann system with weak centrifugal force.