Robert Mettin: abstract VDP

Bifurcation structure of the driven van der Pol oscillator

R. Mettin, U. Parlitz, and W. Lauterborn,

Institut für Angewandte Physik, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt,
Schloßgartenstraße 7, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany


The bifurcation set in the three-dimensional parameter space of the periodically driven van der Pol oscillator has been investigated by continuation of local bifurcation curves. The two regions in which the driving frequency $\omega$ is greater or less than the limit cycle frequency $\omega_0$ of the non-driven oscillator are considered separately. For the case $\omega > \omega_0$, the subharmonic region, the extent and location of the largest Arnol'd tongues are shown, as well as the period-doubling cascades and chaotic attractors that appear within most of them. Special attention is paid to the pattern of the bifurcation curves in the transitional region between low and large damping that is difficult to approach analytically. In the case $\omega < \omega_0$, the ultraharmonic region, a recurrent pattern of the bifurcation curves is found for small values of the damping $d$. At medium damping the structure of the bifurcation curves becomes involved. Period-doubling sequences and chaotic attractors occur.

Int. J. Bifurcation and Chaos, 3(6), 1529-1555 (1993).

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