I am a physics undergrad interested in stuff like dynamical systems, chaos theory etc. Is there ongoing research in these fields? I am talking about pure research and not applications to things like weather etc? I hope this question is appropriate for Physics SE. I asked this question, because I browsed through the websites of the physics departments of a few renowned universities (MIT, Princeton, Caltech) etc, but nowhere it mentioned research in these areas.
Yes, there is investigation.
Some random names on the field (more on the physics side, NO specific order): Carl Dettmann, Tamás Tél, Ott, Ying-Cheng Lai, Adilson Motter, Celso Grebogi, Holger Kantz, Alessandro Moura, Eduardo G. Altmann, etc, etc, etc.
A quick search on some of these names should help you to find some recent papers on what is being done (not restricted to!).
Some specific topics on the subject with some activity:
Billiards, Transient chaos, Hamiltonian systems, quantum chaos, control theory.
Do not be biased by this information, use it has a shortcut to search more and more. It is not meant to represent anything in terms of importance, quantity or quality of the research.
There is of course research going on. For example the field of billiards is still very active. People study e.g. billiards with non-trivial reflection rules.
In general this is done in Math departments rather than Physics, although there are a lot of physicists working there.
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