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The html version should be ready soon.**Mirko Degli Esposti, Gianluigi Del Magno and Marco Lenci
An Infinite Step Billiard
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ABSTRACT. A class of non-compact billiards is introduced, namely the infinite step
billiards, i.e., systems of a point particle moving freely in the domain
$\Omega = \bigcup_{n\in\N} [n,n+1] \times [0,p_n]$, with elastic
reflections on the boundary; here $p_0 = 1, p_n > 0$ and $p_n$ vanishes
monotonically.
After describing some generic ergodic features of these dynamical
systems, we turn to a more detailed study of the example $p_n = 2^{-n}$.
What plays an important role in this case are the so called escape
orbits, that is, orbits going to $+\infty$ monotonically in the
X-velocity. A fairly complete description of them is given. This
enables us to prove some results concerning the topology of the
dynamics on the billiard.