Hamiltonian Chaos - Demo 1

2D Circle Map: Dissipative ......

The 2D Circle Map is defined by the equations

xn+1 = xn + c - yn+1/2
yn+1 = b yn - a sin(2xn)

For b=0.5 the map is dissipative. We are interested in the breakdown of the single attractor corresponding to an invariant torus as the nonlinearity is increased. In the following 3 demonstrations click on the running plot to start from a new initial condition: since a transient of length 100 is not plotted, you should see the dynamics returns to the same attractor.

For a=0.8.....

.....the curve is smooth.

As a increases the curve crinkles, e.g. for a=1.0 .....:

For a=1.2 .....

.....the curve has become a fractal, as you can see by enlarging portions of the plot or calculating dimensions, and the motion is chaotic.

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Michael Cross