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On the parametric dependences of a class of non-linear singular maps
We discuss a two-parameter family of maps that generalize piecewise linear,
expanding maps of the circle. One parameter measures the effect of a
non-linearity which bends the branches of the linear map. The second
parameter rotates points by a fixed angle. For small values of
the nonlinearity parameter, we compute the invariant measure and show that
it has a singular density to first order in the nonlinearity parameter.
Its Fourier modes have forms similar to the Weierstrass
function. We discuss the consequences of this singularity on the Lyapunov
exponents and on the transport properties of the corresponding multibaker
map. For larger non-linearities, the map becomes non-hyperbolic
and exhibits a series of period-adding bifurcations.