The term non-linear or nonlinear has several definitions but is generally used to describe a system that cannot be approximated by a superposition principle or perturbative approach.

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Wave vector relation in nonlinear material

A light wave ($k_1,\omega_1$) travels in a medium of refractive index $n_1$ and then encounters a nonlinear medium ($n_2$) under the angle $\theta_1$. Snell's law tells us the wave's direction in the ...
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Why do materials show plastic behaviour for large stress?

As the stress is increased, the strain increases proportionally up to elastic limit and the material regains its original dimension within elastic limit. When the stress is increased further the ...
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Do all equillibrium points of a discrete mapping show up on the bifurcation diagram?

The question in the title is perhaps vaguely posed, so I'll include the concrete example which is bugging me. Suppose we have a mapping given by $$N_{t+1}=N_t\cdot ...
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How to do linear stability analysis on this system of PDEs?

I was reading this paper. The model as in the paper is given below. Is it possible to do a linear stability analysis on this system? If so can someone help me?
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What explanation can we give for the generation of spiral waves in a excitable medium?

I was thinking about the reason for the generation of spiral waves (a.k.a scroll waves) like in BZ reactions and Fitzhugh-Nagumo systems. Can someone give me some explanation or references ?
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Non-Linear Behavior of Iterated Functional Maps

The universal behavior of certain iterated nonlinear function maps (ie period doubling bifurcation route to chaos): $$x_{i+1}=f(x_i)$$ have been known since Feigenbaum: (see ...
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Can a dynamical system have an infinite critical points? [closed]

I have studied the cosmological evolution of dark energy modeled as a scalar field. I want to make an extension to link and I have arrived at a system of differential equations on the following form ...
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Turbulent spacetime from Einstein equation?

It is well known that the fluid equations (Euler equation, Navier-Stokes, ...), being non-linear, may have highly turbulent solutions. Of course, these solutions are non-analytical. The laminar flow ...
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Pink noise in low-dimensional systems

Pink noise (1/f) is often cited as a signature of complex or critical systems. Is it possible for a low-dimensional time-independent first-order system to generate pink noise? Intuitively it seems ...
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Why trajectories approach to origin tangent to the slower direction?

I am reading non-linear dynamics from Strogartz. Suppose, I have two solutions of a non linear system: $x(t) = x_0e^{at}$ and $y(t) = y_0e^{-t}$, where $a\in \mathbb{R}$. Now it is clear that,for ...
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Given force as function of position, find the total energy as function of time [closed]

Given that the force for a non-linear spring connected to a mass $m$ sitting on a table is $$f(x) = -kx -ax^3,$$ Find the total energy as a function of time $E(t)$. I have no clue where to ...
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Attractors in Duffing equation

The Duffing equation in its full form is $$\ddot{x} + \delta \dot{x} -ax + \beta x^3 = \gamma \cos(\omega t)$$ Now for specific values of the parameters several attractors exist (or not). Let's ...
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solutions of wave equation with cubic term

Does the following equation $$ \nabla^\mu \nabla_\mu \psi + a \psi^3 = b \psi $$ where $\psi$ is a real function, $a$ and $b$ are real constants, have other solutions that extend beyond a one ...
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integrability and area-preservation property of dynamical systems

Suppose we have a map defined on a plane, $x_{1}=f(x_{0})$, where $x \in \mathbb{R}^{2}$. Assume it is integable: there exists a function $I$ of the phase space variable $x$ such that $I(x)=I(f(x))$. ...
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Analytic proof that Lyapunov exponents in Hamiltonian systems pairwise sum to zero

I have read that in Hamiltonian systems, Lyapunov exponents come in pairs $(\lambda_i, \lambda_{2N-i+1})$ such that their sum is equal to zero. Is there a way of proving this analytically? EDIT: ...
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What is input to state stability practically speaking

I am styuding non linear systems control and went through the input to state stability definition.Unfortunately, all I could find was some mathematical definitions. Can somebody help me to understand ...
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Second harmonic generation - how does SHG spectrum and pulse differ from the fundamental?

I'm trying to learn about second harmonic generation (SHG) in nonlinear optics but can't seem to find a conclusive answer to the following questions. 1) If generating SHG using a pulsed laser source, ...
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Why do spiral waves annihilate each other when 2 wavefronts collide?

I was reading about Fitzhugh-Nagumo model. And in a 2D space the simulations a Reaction-Diffusion process associated with FitzHugh system look like this. But intuitively I could not satisfy myself ...
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In reaction-diffusion processes what is the difference between oscillatory media and excitable media?

What is the basic differences between oscillatory media and excitable media? I know that both comes under reaction-diffusion processes. Where do Turing patterns come in the picture? Can some one give ...
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When is the phase space diagram an ellipse?

For a two dimensional dynamical system, when does the phase space diagram give an ellipse? I know about the examples for damped and undamped harmonic oscillators, but our instructor said that the ...
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Driven Pendulum

If the point of suspension of a pendulum is driven periodically in the vertical direction , we can derive the equation of motion for the suspended mass to be of the form, $\ddot{\theta}(t) + ...
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What are the differences between logistic map, poincaré map, attractor, phase portrait, bifurcation diagram? [closed]

What are the differences between Logistic map, Poincaré map, Attractor, Phase portrait, Bifurcation diagram Currently I became interested in chaos theory and non-linear dynamics. While ...
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Is there any book about chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics? [duplicate]

I'm interested in chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics. I learned some knowledge about phase space, attractors, bifurcation diagram, etc from Wikipedia. But I want to study more comprehensive about ...
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Lagrangian of non-linear 3 mass, 2 spring system

Given 3 masses connected by 2 springs with the angle of intersection constant, but the springs themselves bending. Young's modulus, which is a variation of Hook's Law, applies to the flexing that ...
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what is the source of nonlinear behaviour of semiconductor transistor?

It is known that semiconductor transistor can be used as a switch as well as amplifier. How does the linear amplifying characteristic and non-linear switching characteristic come in a single system?
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What determines the point of energy spillover to higher modes of a standing wave resonator?

One of the better known physics demonstrations for standing wave resonance is the singing rod . By holding the rod exactly in the middle the demonstrator constrains the first mode of excitation - the ...
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Why is my Lyapunov exponent similar for single and double pendulum?

This is my first question here on stackexchange. I hope that I can be understood. If not, tell me and I will reformulate and fill in with details. I have simulated a single pendulum and a double ...
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Why can't the Navier Stokes equations be derived from first principle physics?

At the 109th UCLA Faculty Research lecture, Seth Putterman gave a talk on Sonoluminescence. During the lecture he emphasized that "The Navier Stokes equations cannot be derived from first principles ...
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Why are non-linear optics called non-linear?

Looking at the wikipedia article on nonlinear optics you can see a huge list of frequency mixing (or multi-photon) processes. What makes these different from single-photon interactions? More ...
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How can we generate a non linear dynamical graph(equation) from nature's pattern?

Recently I was reading the scientific journal " a two dimensional network of Au nanoclusters on water surface" published in journal of nanoscience by American scientific publishers where I read how ...
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Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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What is the mechanism of subharmonic oscillations?

It's clear to me from linear systems theory that energy manifested within a fundamental mode of resonance can saturate with the excess energy spilling over into harmonic frequencies greater than the ...
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To describe crystallity structures of this ferromagnetic material

MOKE microscope picture of the ferromagnetic Material $Co_{40} Fe_{40} B_{20}$ of 20 nm thin film All other pictures look the same, also from different angles: [0,360] by 15 degree separation. I ...
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How to simulate pendulum movement with high amplitude

I need to make a C# simulator for a simple pendulum. I have been searching the web for 3 days and I am stuck. The problem is I have found many equations that would give the angle position as a ...
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Generalized long wave and KdV equation

I have read many papers about benjamin-bona-mahony (BBM) equation or Regularized Long Wave (RLW) equation and found that BBM equation can be derived from KdV equation. from other papers i got others ...
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Origin of chaos in Chua's circuit

I am doing a project on Chua's circuit, but I can't seem to find anything that explains where the chaotic nature of the system comes from. Does anyone know of articles that explain it well on an ...
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Change of variables to apply Melnikov method

Supposing there is a system of non-autonomous non-linear differential equations with small damping and small forcing. The unperturbed system (zero damping and forcing) is Hamiltonian but neither has a ...
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Tangent and Normal accelerations position estimation

How can I derive a particle position given it's last known positions (x,y), velocities in it's components (vx, vy), tangential and centripetal (normal) accelerations? (this is the only available data) ...
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Solitons and its infinite extension

A soliton, for example the KdV equation solution, has the profile proportional to a hyperbolic secant squared ${\text{sech}}^{2}(x-ct)$. And since it is hyperbolic it has an exponential dependence, so ...
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Hysteresis in the Lorenz Equations

I was going through Strogatz's wonderful book on nonlinear dynamics and while reading through one problem he posed at the end of the chapter, I did not really understand what was going on. So I hope ...
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Non-linearity and self-coupling of gravity

I have heard that non-linearity of Einstein's field equations has to do with the fact that gravity self-couples. What does non-linearity have to do with self-coupling?
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Numerical construction of phase space for a dynamical system

Suppose I have a standard, deterministic dynamical system. For concreteness I'll assume it's a two variable system of the form, $$ \dot x_1 = f(x_1,x_2; \theta_1)\\ \dot x_2 = g(x_1,x_2; \theta_2) $$ ...
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Are there nonlinear models of quantum mechanics which forbid superluminal signaling?

What would a nonlinear model of quantum mechanics which forbids superluminal signaling look like? Of course, a nonlinear $\psi$-ontic theory with entangled states could have superluminal effects upon ...
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Why does the non-linearity of the string action prohibit stretching due to strong excitations?

From 't Hooft's String Theory lecture notes on page 8 (paraphrased): To understand hadronic particles as excited states of strings, we have to study the dynamical properties of these strings, and ...
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Non-linearity of energy conversion efficiency

I have a very general question to all of you. I am wondering if there is any basic physics principle that would state that energy conversion efficiency will be always non-linear (for the practical ...
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The universality of the Stuart-Landau equation to describe nonlinear oscillators

I have read numerous papers which boldly suggest that the Stuart-Landau equation can be successfully used to model any weakly nonlinear oscillating system near a Hopf bifurcation. Even thought it has ...
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Data Collection of oscillatory motion

I'd like to study nonlinear oscillatory motion this semester. I plan to build several different mechanical systems (pendula, masses on springs, etc with and without driving forces, large/ small drag, ...
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Definition of “nonlinear” in the context of perturbation of gravity

What exactly is the definition of a nonlinear perturbation when applied to a background spacetime metric? I have seen so called "linear perturbations" which look like $$ds^2 = -(1+2\Phi)dt^2 ...
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What are the equations of motion that model near light speed orbits of a massive body about incredibly massive bodies?

In Kip Thorne's recently published book, The Science of Interstellar, he describes, by means of an illustration, the complex nature of a spacecraft orbiting a massive black hole with velocities ~ ...
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Explanation of the waves on the water planet in the movie Interstellar?

We will ignore some of the more obvious issues with the movie and assume all other things are consistent to have fun with some of these questions. Simple [hopefully] Pre-questions: 1) If the water ...