Questions tagged [non-linear-systems]

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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Example of non-linear time evolution in quantum mechanics

Preamble: I am a mathematician and not a physicist. From what little I know about quantum mechanics, Schrödinger's equation is a linear PDE that describes the time-evolution of a system. In general ...
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Solving Higher-Order Kinetic Energy Term (Gross-Pitaevskii equation) [closed]

Consider now propagation of non-linear waves in one-dimensional chain of dimers governed by the non-linear Schrödinger equation for the normalized wave envelope $\Psi(x,t)$, $$ i \frac{\partial \Psi}{...
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Graphically, where are the equilibrium points of the Lorenz system?

Given the Lorenz equations $$ \frac{dx}{dt} = \sigma(y-x);\\ \frac{dy}{dt} = x(\rho-z)-y;\\ \frac{dz}{dt} = xy - \beta z $$ It is well known that the equilibrium points are: $(0,0,0)$, $(\pm\sqrt{\...
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Density gradient in a shock wave of Supersonic Aircraft?

Shock waves are basically density gradients. Is the change in density continuous or discrete? By discrete I mean something Because it is a density gradient it must have refractive properties. Does ...
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Why the Lorenz system can't have quasi-periodic trajectories?

The nonlinear dynamics book by Hilborn gives the following argument about the famous Lorenz system: Let $\vec f$ represent the set of time evolution functions for the system. If we consider a set ...
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Beyond Schwinger field strength

What happens to a field theory when it surpasses the Schwinger limit? Can we use the same theory or should we modify it? That is, how is a field theory defined in the "supercritical" regime with ...
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Supercontinoum lasers

In my work I've encountered the phrase "supercontinuoum (CW) laser" quite a bit. After reading the wikipedia page, I'm interested in a more theoretical introductory. I'm mostly interested in ...
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How to popularly describe typical features of a “non-linear system”

To quote Physics.SE tag definition: 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 ...
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No-Cloning and Uncertainty: Connections or Misconception

In chapter 9 of Scott Aaronson's book "Quantum Computing Since Democritus", he make interesting but peculiar claims relating the no-cloning theorem and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP). Here ...
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Why is self-organization related to scale invariance?

A lot of books mention that Scale Invariance is a property of Self-Organized critical processes, but fail to mention why. Why is Scale Invariance a property of Self-Organized processes?
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Nonlinear Saturated Schrodinger Equation in 1D- Physical Models

I'm studying the Nonlinear 1d Schrodinger equation $$i\psi _t + \psi '' + |\psi |^{2p} \psi - \epsilon |\psi | ^{2q} \psi = 0\, , \quad t>0, x\in \mathbb{R}\, ,$$ and specifically, its solitary ...
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Studying dynamic elasticity for finite deformations

this is not a question asking for help with a problem but one asking for help where to begin serious study of elasticity, particularly that applied to dynamic systems. Most textbooks about elasticity ...
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What is a stroboscopic map?

I have an assignment where I'm supposed to generate a "stroboscopic map" of some orbits of a dynamical system. I have a hard time finding information about exactly what this kind of map is on the ...
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Validity of the Lyapunov exponent approximation

I was trying to get the Lyapunov exponent for some dynamical nonlinear systems and found that it is not true (as I had expected) that the distance between two trajectories with slightly different ...
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Solution of Burgers' equation in preshock region

According to Hamilton's & Blackstock's Nonlinear acoustics (Section 4.5.4) the solution of Burgers' equation of the form: $$ \frac{\partial P}{\partial \sigma} - \frac{1}{\Gamma}\frac{\partial^2 ...
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What kind of damping is this $F = -ax|x'|$?

From Applied Mathematics by Logan: A mass hanging on a spring is <...> governed by $$mx'' = -ax|x'| - kx$$ where $-ax|x'|$ is a nonlinear damping force. I looked up "nonlinear damping" and ...
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How to properly use Perturbation Theory in classical systems?

Context: If we consider a particle in upwards motion near the Earth's surface and acted by a quadratic drag we get the non-linear eom: $$\frac{dv}{dt}=-g-\frac{b}{m}v^2.$$ We can solve it ...
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Fermi-Pasta-Ulam for the beam equation

The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam numerical experiment is based upon the discrete wave equation, with a small non-linearity added to the forcing term. Does anybody know of similar research performed on the beam ...
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Question about a Attractors in Non-linear Systems

I've recently been reading up on non-linear dynamics and came across the concept of attractors. I'd like to ask if the concept of attractors can be used for pedestrian egress from a room? Since ...
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Homoclinic orbit and a particle in a double well

The physical set-up is a classical particle in a parabolic double well: Physically, a particle with reasonable amount of potential energy would be able to roll down the slope of the well, roll past ...
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Is there a Bayesian theory of deterministic signal? Prequel and motivation for my previous question

This is a prequel to my question: What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems? Clearly my question looks at the same time fairly ...
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What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems?

In many signal processing calculations, the (prior) probability distribution of the theoretical signal (not the signal + noise) is required. In random signal theory, this distribution is typically a ...
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Failure of Superposition principle at high amplitudes

Why does superposition principle fail at high amplitudes. Please answer with respect to transverse waves. If possible, plane progressive transverse waves at best.
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Is there nonlinear system have both stable and asymptotically stable equilibrium points?

A nonlinear dynamical system can have multiple equilibrium points with different characteristics. I know that a pendulum with friction model $$\dot x_1 = x_2$$ $$\dot x_2 = -\dfrac{Mgl}{I} \sin(...
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Symbolic dynamics of a multidimensional system

Let $x_t = F(x_{t-1})$ be a discrete-time dynamical system in the chaotic regime. Starting from an initial condition $x_0$, we can generate a time series $(x_t)$ where $t =1,2,...,T$ indicates the ...
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Why can some oscillations be modeled by Simple Harmonic Motion, while others cannot?

For some oscillators an increase in the driving amplitude changes the period (frequency) of the oscillation, but the simple harmonic oscillator does not predict this type of behavior. Why?
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Why do vortices scatter at right-angles

I have been taking a course on non-perturbative physics and currently the teacher is away so I cannot ask him. In the lectures, he made the claim that a pair of vortices in the abelian-Higgs model ...
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Poincare-Bendixson Theorem Under Time Reversal

Strogatz's textbook "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos", Chapter 7 presents the Poincare-Bendixson theorem, which gives conditions under which one can conclude the existence of a closed orbit within some ...
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Good textbooks on nonlinear electrodynamics?

Looking for suggestions for a good textbook on nonlinear electrodynamics, not going into optics immediately as most textbooks tend to do but perhaps a rigorous mathematical exposition on the ...
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Question about limit cycles and linear systems

In here http://users.isy.liu.se/en/rt/claal20/SysBio2015/Notes_SysBio_2015_partC.pdf it says: A limit cycle is however an intrinsically nonlinear concept: a linear system cannot have a limit ...
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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 \exp(r(1-N_t-PN_t/(\alpha^2+N_t^2)))...
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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 http://...
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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 $a&...
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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 begin.
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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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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) + (a-b\cos{...
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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?