Introduction to Transient Chaos

  • Ying-Cheng Lai
  • Tamás Tél
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 173)


In numerical or experimental investigations one never has infinitely long time intervals at one’s disposal. In fact, what is needed for the observation of chaos is a well-defined separation of time scales. Let t 0 denote the internal characteristic time of the system. In continuous-time problems, t 0 can be the average turnover time of trajectories on a Poincaré map in the phase space. In a driven system, it is the driving period. In discrete-time dynamics, t 0 can be the time step itself.


Lyapunov Exponent Unstable Manifold Chaotic Attractor Homoclinic Orbit Stable Manifold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical Physics Institute of PhysicsEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

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