Generalised Darboux-Koenigs metrics and 3-dimensional superintegrable systems. (English) Zbl 1420.37038

Summary: The Darboux-Koenigs metrics in 2D are an important class of conformally flat, non-constant curvature metrics with a single Killing vector and a pair of quadratic Killing tensors. In [arXiv:1804.06904] it was shown how to derive these by using the conformal symmetries of the 2D Euclidean metric. In this paper we consider the conformal symmetries of the 3D Euclidean metric and similarly derive a large family of conformally flat metrics possessing between 1 and 3 Killing vectors (and therefore not constant curvature), together with a number of quadratic Killing tensors. We refer to these as generalised Darboux-Koenigs metrics. We thus construct multi-parameter families of super-integrable systems in 3 degrees of freedom. Restricting the parameters increases the isometry algebra, which enables us to fully determine the Poisson algebra of first integrals. This larger algebra of isometries is then used to reduce from 3 to 2 degrees of freedom, obtaining Darboux-Koenigs kinetic energies with potential functions, which are specific cases of the known super-integrable potentials.


37J35 Completely integrable finite-dimensional Hamiltonian systems, integration methods, integrability tests
37J15 Symmetries, invariants, invariant manifolds, momentum maps, reduction (MSC2010)
70G45 Differential geometric methods (tensors, connections, symplectic, Poisson, contact, Riemannian, nonholonomic, etc.) for problems in mechanics
70G65 Symmetries, Lie group and Lie algebra methods for problems in mechanics
70H06 Completely integrable systems and methods of integration for problems in Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics
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