Chaos in Hamiltonian systems subjected to parameter drift

Dániel Jánosi, Tamás Tél

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Based on the example of a paradigmatic low-dimensional Hamiltonian system subjected to different scenarios of parameter drifts of non-negligible rates, we show that the dynamics of such systems can best be understood by following ensembles of initial conditions corresponding to tori of the initial system. When such ensembles are followed, toruslike objects called snapshot tori are obtained, which change their location and shape. In their center, one finds a time-dependent, snapshot elliptic orbit. After some time, many of the tori break up and spread over large regions of the phase space; however, one may find some smaller tori, which remain as closed curves throughout the whole scenario. We also show that the cause of torus breakup is the collision with a snapshot hyperbolic orbit and the surrounding chaotic sea, which forces the ensemble to adopt chaotic properties. Within this chaotic sea, we demonstrate the existence of a snapshot horseshoe structure and a snapshot saddle. An easily visualizable condition for torus breakup is found in relation to a specific snapshot stable manifold. The average distance of nearby pairs of points initiated on an original torus at first hardly changes in time but crosses over into an exponential growth when the snapshot torus breaks up. This new phase can be characterized by a novel type of a finite-time Lyapunov exponent, which depends both on the torus and on the scenario followed. Tori not broken up are shown to be the analogs of coherent vortices in fluid flows of arbitrary time dependence, and the condition for breakup can also be demonstrated by the so-called polar rotation angle method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121105
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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