A simplified Fermi Accelerator Model under quadratic frictional force

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Tavares, Danila F. [UNESP]
Leonel, Edson Denis [UNESP]

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Sociedade Brasileira de Física


Some dynamical properties for a simplified version of a one-dimensional Fermi Accelerator Model under the action of a small dissipation is studied. The dissipation is introduced via a damping force which is assumed to be proportional to the square particle's velocity. The dynamics of the model is described by using a two-dimensional, nonlinear area contracting mapping for the variables velocity of the particle and time. Our results confirm that the structure of the phase space of the conservative version is replaced by a large number of attracting periodic orbits. For a fixed set of control parameters, we obtain many periodic attractors and show that most of them posses low period. The stable orbits produce a complex structure of basin of attraction whose limit cover almost all phase space, thus suggesting a fractality.



Fermi Accelerator Model, Damping Forces, Fractal Basin Boundary

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Brazilian Journal of Physics. Sociedade Brasileira de Física, v. 38, n. 1, p. 58-61, 2008.