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 that the answer should be no since pink noise exhibits non-trivial long-range correlations that, unlike with brown noise, cannot be explained by the transitivity of short-range correlations. This seems to imply the system must have some form of long-term memory which would require higher dimensions.
Is there a formal proof of this or a counter example? I am primarily interested in physically plausible systems. I am less interested in systems that treat real numbers as infinite bit streams using symbolic computation. The systems should generate approximately pink noise even if the internal state is only stored to finite precision.
I do understand that true pink noise is not physically possible since would exhibit both infra-red and ultraviolet catastrophes.
The question is restricted to time-independent systems to rule out summing the Fourier component contributions as a function of time and to the first order since a higher-order systems are really higher-dimensional systems in disguise.