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University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > Trinity Mathematical Society > Elliptical billiards and Poncelet trajectories

## Elliptical billiards and Poncelet trajectoriesAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Professor Pelham Wilson (DPMMS)
- Monday 04 March 2019, 20:30-21:30
- Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact . Given an elliptical billiard table, to any ball trajectory which doesn’t cross the line segment joining the two foci, there is an associated smaller confocal ellipse inscribed in the trajectory. A Poncelet trajectory is one which is closed after a finite number of bounces. We’ll see that if there is one such closed trajectory with n segments, then starting from every point on the outer ellipse, there is a similar closed trajectory with n segments and the same inscribed ellipse, and indeed all these trajectories have the same length Analogous geometric properties hold more generally for any pair of conics in the plane, and in modern terminology the existence of analogous Poncelet polygons is related to the torsion points on an associated elliptic curve. This talk is part of the Trinity Mathematical Society series. ## This talk is included in these lists:Note that ex-directory lists are not shown. |
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