This paper is devoted to the study of mechanical systems subjected to external forces in the framework of symplectic geometry. We obtain Noether's theorem for Lagrangian systems with external forces, among other results regarding symmetries and conserved quantities. We particularize our results for the so-called Rayleigh dissipation, i.e., external forces that are derived from a dissipation function, and illustrate them with some examples. Moreover, we present a theory for the reduction in Lagrangian systems subjected to external forces, which are invariant under the action of a Lie group.
Journal of Mathematical Physics
- Pub Date:
- April 2021
- Mathematical Physics;
- Mathematics - Symplectic Geometry;
- Physics - Classical Physics;
- 29 pages, submitted to J. Math. Phys