Route to hyperchaos in a system of coupled oscillators with multistability

NJ McCullen, P. Moresco

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This work presents the results of a detailed experimental study into the transition between synchronized, low-dimensional, and unsynchronized, high-dimensional dynamics using a system of coupled electronic chaotic oscillators. Novel data analysis techniques have been employed to reveal that a hyperchaotic attractor can arise from the amalgamation of two nonattracting sets. These originate from initially multistable low-dimensional attractors which experience a smooth transition from low- to high-dimensional chaotic behavior, losing stability through a bubbling bifurcation. Numerical techniques were also employed to verify and expand on the experimental results, giving evidence on the locally unstable invariant sets contained within the globally stable hyperchaotic attractor. This particular route to hyperchaos also results in the possibility of phenomena (such as unstable dimension variability) that can be a major obstruction to shadowing and predictability in chaotic systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number046212
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review E (PRE)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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