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Lagrangian submanifolds and an application to the reduced Schrödinger equation in central force problems

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In this Letter, a Lagrangian foliation of the zero energy level is constructed for a family of planar central force problems. The dynamics on the leaves are explicitly computed and these dynamics are given a simple interpretation in terms of the dynamics near the singularity of the potential. Lagrangian submanifolds also arise when seeking asymptotic solutions to certain partial differential equations with a large parameter. In determining such solutions, an operator between half densities on the Lagrangian submanifold and half densities on the configuration space is computed. This operator is derived for the given example, and the corresponding first order asymptotic solution to the reduced Schrödinger equation is given.

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Lewis, A.D. Lagrangian submanifolds and an application to the reduced Schrödinger equation in central force problems. Lett Math Phys 25, 189–201 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00406547

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