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Gauge theory of the falling cat. (English) Zbl 0787.70020
Enos, Michael J. (ed.), Dynamics and control of mechanical systems. The falling cat and related problems. Papers of the first Fields Institute Workshop held at Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), March 1992. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society. Fields Inst. Commun. 1, 193-218 (1993).
Deformable bodies in free fall with zero angular momentum are represented by \(SO(3)\) groups. The shape space and the configuration space are well suited for gauge groups. The main result is: The differential equations which must be solved to calculate the reorientation induced by any control strategy can be reduced to a single quadrature.
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