Thursday, July 19, 2012

1207.4319 (Michele Bartuccelli et al.)

Attractiveness of periodic orbits in parametrically forced systemswith
time-increasing friction

Michele Bartuccelli, Jonathan Deane, Guido Gentile
We consider dissipative one-dimensional systems subject to a periodic force and study numerically how a time-varying friction affects the dynamics. As a model system, particularly suited for numerical analysis, we investigate the driven cubic oscillator in the presence of friction. We find that, if the damping coefficient increases in time up to a final constant value, then the basins of attraction of the leading resonances are larger than they would have been if the coefficient had been fixed at that value since the beginning. From a quantitative point of view, the scenario depends both on the final value and the growth rate of the damping coefficient. The relevance of the results for the spin-orbit model are discussed in some detail.
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