The dynamics of a low-order model for the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation
Henk Broer Henk Dijkstra Carles Simó Alef Sterk Renato Vitolo
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2011, 16(1): 73-107 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2011.16.73
Observational and model based studies provide ample evidence for the presence of multidecadal variability in the North Atlantic sea-surface temperature known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). This variability is characterised by a multidecadal time scale, a westward propagation of temperature anomalies, and a phase difference between the anomalous meridional and zonal overturning circulations.
    We study the AMO in a low-order model obtained by projecting a model for thermally driven ocean flows onto a 27-dimensional function space. We study bifurcations of attractors by varying the equator-to-pole temperature gradient ($\Delta T$) and a damping parameter ($\gamma$).
    For $\Delta T = 20^\circ$C and $\gamma = 0$ the low-order model has a stable equilibrium corresponding to a steady ocean flow. By increasing $\gamma$ to 1 a supercritical Hopf bifurcation gives birth to a periodic attractor with the spatio-temporal signature of the AMO. Through a period doubling cascade this periodic orbit gives birth to Hénon-like strange attractors. Finally, we study the effects of annual modulation by introducing a time-periodic forcing. Then the AMO appears through a Hopf-Neĭmark-Sacker bifurcation. For $\Delta T = 24^\circ$C we detected at least 11 quasi-periodic doublings of the invariant torus. After these doublings we find quasi-periodic Hénon-like strange attractors.
keywords: dynamical systems Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation periodic and quasi-periodic dynamics bifurcations.
Periodic orbits and stability islands in chaotic seas created by separatrix crossings in slow-fast systems
Anatoly Neishtadt Carles Simó Dmitry Treschev Alexei Vasiliev
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2008, 10(2&3, September): 621-650 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2008.10.621
We consider a 2 d.o.f. natural Hamiltonian system with one degree of freedom corresponding to fast motion and the other one corresponding to slow motion. The Hamiltonian function is the sum of potential and kinetic energies, the kinetic energy being a weighted sum of squared momenta. The ratio of time derivatives of slow and fast variables is of order $\epsilon $«$ 1$. At frozen values of the slow variables there is a separatrix on the phase plane of the fast variables and there is a region in the phase space (the domain of separatrix crossings) where the projections of phase points onto the plane of the fast variables repeatedly cross the separatrix in the process of evolution of the slow variables. Under a certain symmetry condition we prove the existence of many, of order $1/\epsilon$, stable periodic trajectories in the domain of the separatrix crossings. Each of these trajectories is surrounded by a stability island whose measure is estimated from below by a value of order $\epsilon$. Thus, the total measure of the stability islands is estimated from below by a value independent of $\epsilon$. We find the location of stable periodic trajectories and an asymptotic formula for the number of these trajectories. As an example, we consider the problem of motion of a charged particle in the parabolic model of magnetic field in the Earth magnetotail.
keywords: slow-fast systems stability islands. chaotic seas separatrix crossings
About the unfolding of a Hopf-zero singularity
Freddy Dumortier Santiago Ibáñez Hiroshi Kokubu Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A 2013, 33(10): 4435-4471 doi: 10.3934/dcds.2013.33.4435
We study arbitrary generic unfoldings of a Hopf-zero singularity of codimension two. They can be written in the following normal form: \begin{eqnarray*} \left\{ \begin{array}{l} x'=-y+\mu x-axz+A(x,y,z,\lambda,\mu) \\ y'=x+\mu y-ayz+B(x,y,z,\lambda,\mu) \\ z'=z^2+\lambda+b(x^2+y^2)+C(x,y,z,\lambda,\mu), \end{array} \right. \end{eqnarray*} with $a>0$, $b>0$ and where $A$, $B$, $C$ are $C^\infty$ or $C^\omega$ functions of order $O(\|(x,y,z,\lambda,\mu)\|^3)$.
    Despite that the existence of Shilnikov homoclinic orbits in unfoldings of Hopf-zero singularities has been discussed previously in the literature, no result valid for arbitrary generic unfoldings is available. In this paper we present new techniques to study global bifurcations from Hopf-zero singularities. They allow us to obtain a general criterion for the existence of Shilnikov homoclinic bifurcations and also provide a detailed description of the bifurcation set. Criteria for the existence of Bykov cycles are also provided. Main tools are a blow-up method, including a related invariant theory, and a novel approach to the splitting functions of the invariant manifolds. Theoretical results are applied to the Michelson system and also to the so called extended Michelson system. Paper includes thorough numerical explorations of dynamics for both systems.
keywords: Michelson system. Hopf-zero singularities Shilnikov homoclinic orbits splitting functions Bykov cycles
Non-integrability of the degenerate cases of the Swinging Atwood's Machine using higher order variational equations
Regina Martínez Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A 2011, 29(1): 1-24 doi: 10.3934/dcds.2011.29.1
Non-integrability criteria, based on differential Galois theory and requiring the use of higher order variational equations (VEk), are applied to prove the non-integrability of the Swinging Atwood's Machine for values of the parameter which can not be decided using first order variational equations (VE1).
keywords: differential Galois theory Non-integrability criteria Swinging Atwood Machine higher order variationals.
High-precision computations of divergent asymptotic series and homoclinic phenomena
Vassili Gelfreich Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2008, 10(2&3, September): 511-536 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2008.10.511
We study asymptotic expansions for the exponentially small splitting of separatrices of area preserving maps combining analytical and numerical points of view. Using analytic information, we conjecture the basis of functions of an asymptotic expansion and then extract actual values of the coefficients of the asymptotic series numerically. The computations are performed with high-precision arithmetic, which involves up to several thousands of decimal digits. This approach allows us to obtain information which is usually considered to be out of reach of numerical methods. In particular, we use our results to test that the asymptotic series are Gevrey-1 and to study positions and types of singularities of their Borel transform. Our examples are based on generalisations of the standard and Hénon maps.
keywords: standard map. homoclinic orbit High-precision computation
Stability islands in the vicinity of separatrices of near-integrable symplectic maps
Carles Simó Dmitry Treschev
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2008, 10(2&3, September): 681-698 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2008.10.681
We discuss the problem of existence of elliptic periodic trajectories inside lobes bounded by segments of stable and unstable separatrices of a hyperbolic fixed point. We show that such trajectories generically exist in symplectic maps arbitrary close to integrable ones. Elliptic periodic trajectories as a rule, generate stability islands. The area of such an island is of the same order as the lobe area, but the quotient of areas can be very small. Numerical examples are included.
keywords: lobes defined by invariant manifold area preserving maps separatrix maps. stability islands
On the stability of the Lagrangian homographic solutions in a curved three-body problem on $\mathbb{S}^2$
Regina Martínez Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A 2013, 33(3): 1157-1175 doi: 10.3934/dcds.2013.33.1157
The problem of three bodies with equal masses in $\mathbb{S}^2$ is known to have Lagrangian homographic orbits. We study the linear stability and also a "practical'' (or effective) stability of these orbits on the unit sphere.
keywords: practical stability. Curved 3-body problem homographic orbits stability of solutions
Measuring the total amount of chaos in some Hamiltonian systems
Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A 2014, 34(12): 5135-5164 doi: 10.3934/dcds.2014.34.5135
We consider some simple Hamiltonian systems, variants or generalizations of the Hénon-Heiles system, in two and three degrees of freedom, around a positive definite elliptic point, in resonant and non-resonant cases. After reviewing some theoretical background, we determine a measure of the domain of chaoticity by looking at the frequency of positive Lyapunov exponents in a sample of initial conditions. The question we study is how this measure depends on the energy and parameters and which are the dynamical objects responsible for the observed behaviour.
keywords: Hamiltonian systems Measures of chaos splitting of invariant manifolds.
A collocation method for the numerical Fourier analysis of quasi-periodic functions. I: Numerical tests and examples
Gerard Gómez Josep–Maria Mondelo Carles Simó
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2010, 14(1): 41-74 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2010.14.41
The purpose of this paper is to develop a numerical procedure for the determination of frequencies and amplitudes of a quasi--periodic function, starting from equally-spaced samples of it on a finite time interval. It is based on a collocation method in frequency domain. Strategies for the choice of the collocation harmonics are discussed, in order to ensure good conditioning of the resulting system of equations. The accuracy and robustness of the procedure is checked with several examples. The paper is ended with two applications of its use as a dynamical indicator. The theoretical support for the method presented here is given in a companion paper [21].
keywords: Numerical Fourier analysis quasi-periodic functions. Fast Fourier Transform collocation method
Chaos and quasi-periodicity in diffeomorphisms of the solid torus
Henk W. Broer Carles Simó Renato Vitolo
Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B 2010, 14(3): 871-905 doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2010.14.871
This paper focuses on the parametric abundance and the 'Cantorial' persistence under perturbations of a recently discovered class of strange attractors for diffeomorphisms, the so-called quasi-periodic Hénon-like. Such attractors were first detected in the Poincaré map of a periodically driven model of the atmospheric flow: they were characterised by marked quasi-periodic intermittency and by $\Lambda_1>0,\Lambda_2\approx0$, where $\Lambda_1$ and $\Lambda_2$ are the two largest Lyapunov exponents. It was also conjectured that these attractors coincide with the closure of the unstable manifold of a hyperbolic invariant circle of saddle-type.
    This type of attractor is here investigated in a model map of the solid torus, constructed by a skew coupling of the Hénon family of planar maps with the Arnol$'$d family of circle maps. It is proved that Hénon-like strange attractors occur in certain parameter domains. Numerical evidence is produced, suggesting that quasi-periodic circle attractors and quasi-periodic Hénon-like attractors persist in relatively large subsets of the parameter space. We also discuss two problems in the numerical identification of so-called strange nonchaotic attractors and the persistence of all these classes of attractors under perturbation of the skew product structure.
keywords: normally hyperbolic invariant circles Hénon-like attractors basins of attraction.

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