A chaotic pulsating star: The case of R Scuti

J. Robert Buchler, Thierry Serre, Zoltán Kolláth, Janet Mattei

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Observational data of the light curve of the variable star R Scuti are subjected to a powerful recently developed nonlinear dynamics approach. This is the first time it is shown that the irregular pulsations of a star are described by a chaotic dynamics with an embedding dimension of 4. The results are relatively robust with respect to the presmoothing of the observational data, as well as to the parameters of the method (such as the delay and sampling rate). This low dimension suggests that the complex pulsational behavior is a result of the nonlinear interactions between just two vibrational modes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-845
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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