Characterization of blowout bifurcation by unstable periodic orbits

Yoshihiko Nagai, Ying Cheng Lai

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Blowout bifurcation in chaotic dynamical systems occurs when a chaotic attractor, lying in some invariant subspace, becomes transversely unstable. We establish quantitative characterization of the blowout bifurcation by unstable periodic orbits embedded in the chaotic attractor. We argue that the bifurcation is mediated by changes in the transverse stability of an infinite number of unstable periodic orbits. There are two distinct groups of periodic orbits: one transversely stable and another transversely unstable. The bifurcation occurs when some properly weighted transverse eigenvalues of these two groups are balanced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1251-R1254
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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