Scaling invariance of the diffusion coefficient in a family of two-dimensional Hamiltonian mappings

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2013-06-10

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We consider a family of two-dimensional nonlinear area-preserving mappings that generalize the Chirikov standard map and model a variety of periodically forced systems. The action variable diffuses in increments whose phase is controlled by a negative power of the action and hence effectively uncorrelated for small actions, leading to a chaotic sea in phase space. For larger values of the action the phase space is mixed and contains a family of elliptic islands centered on periodic orbits and invariant Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser (KAM) curves. The transport of particles along the phase space is considered by starting an ensemble of particles with a very low action and letting them evolve in the phase until they reach a certain height h. For chaotic orbits below the periodic islands, the survival probability for the particles to reach h is characterized by an exponential function, well modeled by the solution of the diffusion equation. On the other hand, when h reaches the position of periodic islands, the diffusion slows markedly. We show that the diffusion coefficient is scaling invariant with respect to the control parameter of the mapping when h reaches the position of the lowest KAM island. © 2013 American Physical Society.

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Area-preserving mappings, Chaotic orbits, Control parameters, Diffusion equations, Periodic orbits, Scaling invariance, Survival probabilities, Transport of particles, Hamiltonians, Mapping, Phase space methods, Two dimensional, Diffusion

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Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, v. 87, n. 6, 2013.