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Oscillator and thermostat

• We study the problem of a potential interaction of a finite- dimensional Lagrangian system (an oscillator) with a linear infinite-dimensional one (a thermostat). In spite of the energy preservation and the Lagrangian (Hamiltonian) nature of the total system, under some natural assumptions the final dynamics of the finite-dimensional component turns out to be simple while the thermostat produces an effective dissipation.
Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 37K; Secondary: 70H.

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