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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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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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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Linearity of quantum mechanics and nonlinearity of macroscopic physics

We live in a world where almost all macroscopic physical phenomena are non-linear, while the description of microscopic phenomena is based on quantum mechanics which is linear by definition. What are ...
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Highly nonlinear equations

I understand the concept of non-linear equations. I was recently having a conversation with a colleague and he used the term "highly non-linear" equation. This got me thinking, how do we classify ...
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Is the universe non-linear?

First of all, I've read this other question Is the universe linear? If so, why? and I'm aiming at a different kind of answer. Theories like General Relativity or QFT, which are believed to be quite ...
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Why is the computer useful if a chaotic system is sensitive to numeric error?

In every textbook on chaos, there are a lot of numerical simulations. A typical example is the Poincare section. But why is numerical simulation still meaningful if the system is very sensitive to ...
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Non-linear systems in classical mechanics

In general, what is meant by non-linear system in classical mechanics? Does it always concern the differential equations one ends up with (any examples would be greatly appreciated)? If so, is it ...
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Could the Schrödinger equation be nonlinear?

Is there any specific reasons why so few consider the possibility that there might be something underlying the Schrödinger equation which is nonlinear? For instance, can't quantum gravity (QG) be ...
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A good, concrete example of using “chaos theory” to solve an easily understood engineering problem? [closed]

Can anyone suggest a good, concrete example of using "chaos theory" to solve an easily understood engineering problem? I'm wondering if there is a an answer of the following sort: "We have a high ...
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Poincaré maps and interpretation

What are Poincaré maps and how to understand them? Wikipedia says: In mathematics, particularly in dynamical systems, a first recurrence map or Poincaré map, named after Henri Poincaré, is the ...
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What quantum phenomena violate the superposition principle in electromagnetism?

On page 11 of the 3rd edition of Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell and David J. Morin it says: "we know of quantum phenomena in the electromagnetic field that represents a failure of ...
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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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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 ...
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Ljapunov exponent of driven damped pendulum

I have written a computer simulation of the driven damped pendulum, pretty much as the one shown here, only that I did it Python. Next, I have found some parameters for which the pendulum behaves ...
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Chaos is predictable?

I'm reading a book of computational physics [1] where the driven nonlinear pendulum is studied in depth. This is the equation derived in the book: $$ \frac{d^2\theta}{dt^2} = -\frac{g}{l}\sin\theta - ...
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Current scope of Chaos theory and non-linear dynamics? [closed]

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 ...
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warp drive with gravitational waves in the nonlinear regime

gravitational waves are strictly transversal (in the linear regime at least), also their amplitudes are tiny even for cosmic scale events like supernovas or binary black holes (at least far away, ...
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Anharmonic oscillators: why is $F=-k x-k' x^3$, with no quadratic terms?

The equation of motion of a general anharmonic oscillator includes a position-dependent force that can be expanded in a Taylor series as $$m\ddot{x}+2\mu\dot{x}+k_0+k_1x+k_2x^2+k_3x^3\ldots=F.$$ I ...
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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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Nonlinear dynamics beneath quantum mechanics?

Yesterday I asked whether the Schroedinger Equation could possibly be nonlinear, after reviewing the answers and material given to me in that thread I feel like my question were adequately answered. ...
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Deviation from power law distribution of earthquakes

One of the most accepted frameworks for the relationship between the magnitude and frequency of an earthquake is that of the critical phenomena. In this framework, the magnitude of events must be ...
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Nonlinear stability question

I am looking for a simple example where a system is linearly unstable, but nonlinearly unstable or stable, depending on the sign of the initial perturbation. For instance, assume the linear normal ...
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Non-SHM oscillatory motion

How to solve these kind of questions , where $|F| \propto x^2$? How to find time period and velocity type related things to the oscillatory motion? $$m\dfrac{d^2x}{dt^2}=F=-\dfrac{dU}{dx}=-3kx|x|.$$ ...
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How and why can random matrices answer physical problems?

Random matrix theory pops up regularly in the context of dynamical systems. I was, however, so far not able to grasp the basic idea of this formalism. Could someone please provide an instructive ...
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Is closed phase trajectory a necessary feature of any one-dimensional periodic motion?

The phase trajectory of a one-dimensional simple harmonic oscillator is a closed one (In particular, it's an ellipse). Is closed phase trajectory a generic feature of any periodic motion at least in ...
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Is LIGO able to detect the memory effect of gravitational waves?

Recently some articles in popular media1, 2 informed that LIGO will be able to measure the memory effect of gravitational waves described by Demetrios Christodoulou in 1991.3 The measurement method ...
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How to find zero-point oscillations for this system?

Consider the following Hamiltonian which is absolutely relativistic literally: only sensitive to absolute pairwise relative phase space variables of objects for a system of $N$ objects moving in one ...
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Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics?

Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics? Apart from perhaps thermodynamics?
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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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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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Liouville's theorem and conservation of phase space volume

It can be proved that the size of an initial volume element in phase space remain constant in time even for time-dependent Hamiltonians. So I was wondering whether it is still true even when the ...
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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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What is a physical example of a Saddle-Node Bifurcation?

I am doing a presentation on bifurcations and would like physical examples to go along with each type of bifurcation but I am unable to find or think of any good example of a simple Saddle Node ...
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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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Quantizing highly nonlinear field-theories?

I'm wondering how to go about quantizing a classical field theory which looks nothing like a free field theory plus a perturbation term. Suppose for concreteness I have the classical hamiltonian $ \...
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Change of basis in non-linear Schrodinger equation

At the mean-field level, the dynamics of a polariton condensate can be described by a type of nonlinear Schrodinger equation (Gross-Pitaevskii-type), for a classical (complex-number) wavefunction $\...
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Gross-Pitaevskii equation in Bose-Einstein condensates

I was hoping someone might be able to give a approachable explanation of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. All the sources I've been able to find seem to concentrate on the derivation, and I don't have ...
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Trying to solve 2D Toda Lattice Equation with Lax Pair Approach

I am working on this Hamiltonian: $$ H = \frac{p_1^2 + p_2^2}{2m} + e^{q_2-q_1} + e^{q_2} + e^{-q_1} -3 $$ Thank you for the hint that it is a modification of the Toda Lattice Equation. Let me sketch ...
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Viscous Burgers equation physical meaning

The viscous Burgers' equation: $$ q_{t}+q\:q_{x}~=~\nu\:q_{xx}, \mbox{ where } \:\:\nu >0, $$ combines the nonlinear propagation of $q(x,t)$ and the diffusion. What is this equation for? (in ...
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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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Hamiltonian system with velocity singularity

I am studying a classical mechanical system for which Hamilton's equations are the following: $$ \psi' = \frac{p}{\sqrt{1-p^2}},~~~~~p' = -\phi \sin \psi, $$ where $\phi$ is a parameter. If $\phi>...
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Does the logistic map have an attractor for a particular value of the parameter?

Background: Currently I am studying a course on non-linear dynamics. We have been studying about attractors only intuitively, so I do not have a definition for an attractor. Let me give you a couple ...
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Shock Rarefaction Interaction

I am interested to see/know if there exist analytical solutions for shock/rarefaction interaction. A rarefaction wave can catch up to a shock wave from behind. The shock will decay and the motion ...
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Modeling stochastic process with frequency-dependent power spectrum

I'm trying to model of Johnson-Nyquist noise propagation in a nonlinear circuit. An ideal (linear) resistor can be modeled very nicely by the Fokker-Planck equation (equivalently, the drift-diffusion ...
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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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Stability theory [closed]

I'm studying stability theory recently and met a lot of phrases like linear stability and nonlinear instability. After searching on Google, I became more confused. Thus I wonder if there is any ...
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What are some experimental verification of the non-linearity of gravitation?

According to my (limited) knowledge, all experiments to date probe only situations which can be understood using the linearized version of general relativity. For example, measuring gravitational ...
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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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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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Nonlinear waves superposition

Non-linear waves do not superimpose to each other, but why? What characteristics give this property?