Horseshoes of periodically kicked van der Pol oscillators

Brian Ryals, Lai Sang Young

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This paper contains a numerical study of the periodically forced van der Pol system. Our aim is to determine the extent to which chaotic behavior occurs in this system as well as the nature of the chaos. Unlike previous studies, which used continuous forcing, we work with instantaneous kicks, for which the geometry is simpler. Our study covers a range of parameters describing nonlinearity, kick sizes, kick periods. We show that horseshoes are abundant whenever the limit cycle is kicked to a specific region of the phase space offer a geometric explanation for the stretch-and-fold behavior which ensues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043140
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 4 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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