Applications of geometrical criteria for transition to Hamiltonian chaos

Yossi Ben Zion, Lawrence Horwitz

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Using a recently developed geometrical method, we study the transition from order to chaos in an important class of Hamiltonian systems. We show agreement between this geometrical method and the surface of section technique applied to detect chaotic behavior. We give, as a particular illustration, detailed results for an important class of potentials obtained from the perturbation of an oscillator Hamiltonian by means of higher-order polynomials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number036209
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 9 Sep 2008


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