Routh's procedure for non-Abelian symmetry groups

M. Crampin, T. Mestdag
2008 Journal of Mathematical Physics  
We extend Routh's reduction procedure to an arbitrary Lagrangian system (that is, one whose Lagrangian is not necessarily the difference of kinetic and potential energies) with a symmetry group which is not necessarily Abelian. To do so we analyse the restriction of the Euler-Lagrange field to a level set of momentum in velocity phase space. We present a new method of analysis based on the use of quasi-velocities. We discuss the reconstruction of solutions of the full Euler-Lagrange equations from those of the reduced equations.
doi:10.1063/1.2885077 fatcat:wgzslfndfbbf3bwzuucpy3aqym