Chaos in driven Alfvén systems

T. Hada, C. F. Kennel, B. Buti, E. Mjølhus

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    The chaos in a one-dimensional system, which would be nonlinear stationary Alfvén waves in the absence of an external driver, is characterized. The evolution equations are numerically integrated for the transverse wave magnetic field amplitude and phase using the derivative nonlinear Schrödinger equation (DNLS), including resistive wave damping and a long-wavelength monochromatic, circularly polarized driver. A Poincaré map analysis shows that, for the nondissipative (Hamiltonian) case, the solutions near the phase space (soliton) separatrices of this system become chaotic as the driver amplitude increases, and "strong" chaos appears when the driver amplitude is large. The dissipative system exhibits a wealth of dynamical behavior, including quasiperiodic orbits, period-doubling bifurcations leading to chaos, sudden transitions to chaos, and several types of strange attractors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2581-2590
    Number of pages10
    JournalPhysics of Fluids B
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Computational Mechanics
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • General Physics and Astronomy
    • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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