Decay of correlations for normally hyperbolic trapping

Maciej Zworski
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

We show that for evolution problems with normally hyperbolic trapping in phase space, correlations decay exponentially in time. Normal hyperbolic trapping means that the trapped set is smooth and symplectic and that the flow is hyperbolic in directions transversal to it. Flows with this structure include contact Anosov flows, classical flows in molecular dynamics, and null geodesic flows for black holes metrics. The decay of correlations is a consequence of the existence of resonance free strips for Green's functions (cut-off resolvents) and polynomial bounds on the growth of those functions in the semiclassical parameter. The talk is based on joint work with S Nonnenmacher.

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