Chaos in driven Alfvén systems: Boundary and interior crises

Felix A. Borotto, Abraham C.L. Chian, Tohru Hada, Erico L. Rempel

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    Chaotic transitions of nonlinear Alfvén waves via boundary and interior crises are studied. Alfvén crises are characterized using the unstable periodic orbits and their stable and unstable manifolds. In a period-3 periodic window of the bifurcation diagram, we identify a period-9 unstable periodic orbit that is responsible for both boundary and interior crises of two chaotic attractors. We demonstrate that these Alfvén crises arise from a homoclinic tangency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-282
    Number of pages8
    JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2004

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
    • Mathematical Physics
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Applied Mathematics


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