### Abstract

Particle-decay processes in a nonhyperbolic Hamiltonian system are typically characterized by algebraic laws. That is, for a fixed set of parameter values, if one initializes a particle in a chaotic region near some Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser (KAM) tori, the probability for this particle to remain in the region at time t decays with time algebraically: P(t) is similar to t-z, where z is the decay exponent. As a system parameter varies, the numerically calculated exponent z exhibits rather large fluctuations. In this paper we examine the dynamical origin of such fluctuations using a model system which exhibits unbounded chaotic dynamics (i.e., chaotic scattering). Our results indicate that the fluctuating behavior of z, as a function of the parameter, can be attributed to the breakup of KAM surfaces in phase space. A particularly interesting finding is that, when the outermost KAM surfaces enclosing some central island transform from absolute barriers to partial barriers (Cantori), as the parameter varies, the survival probability P(t) displays two different regions of scaling behavior with different decay exponents. The time scale where this crossover takes place is found to coincide with the typical time for a particle to penetrate the newly created Cantori.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 4661-4669 |

Number of pages | 9 |

Journal | Physical Review A |

Volume | 46 |

Issue number | 8 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 15 Oct 1992 |

### Keywords

- Markov-tree model
- long-time tails
- chaotic scattering
- transport
- maps

### Cite this

*Physical Review A*,

*46*(8), 4661-4669. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.46.4661

**Algebraic decay and fluctuations of the decay exponent in Hamiltonian systems.** / Lai, Ying-Cheng; Ding, Mingzhou; Grebogi, Celso; Blümel, Reinhold.

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*Physical Review A*, vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 4661-4669. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.46.4661

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Algebraic decay and fluctuations of the decay exponent in Hamiltonian systems

AU - Lai, Ying-Cheng

AU - Ding, Mingzhou

AU - Grebogi, Celso

AU - Blümel, Reinhold

PY - 1992/10/15

Y1 - 1992/10/15

N2 - Particle-decay processes in a nonhyperbolic Hamiltonian system are typically characterized by algebraic laws. That is, for a fixed set of parameter values, if one initializes a particle in a chaotic region near some Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser (KAM) tori, the probability for this particle to remain in the region at time t decays with time algebraically: P(t) is similar to t-z, where z is the decay exponent. As a system parameter varies, the numerically calculated exponent z exhibits rather large fluctuations. In this paper we examine the dynamical origin of such fluctuations using a model system which exhibits unbounded chaotic dynamics (i.e., chaotic scattering). Our results indicate that the fluctuating behavior of z, as a function of the parameter, can be attributed to the breakup of KAM surfaces in phase space. A particularly interesting finding is that, when the outermost KAM surfaces enclosing some central island transform from absolute barriers to partial barriers (Cantori), as the parameter varies, the survival probability P(t) displays two different regions of scaling behavior with different decay exponents. The time scale where this crossover takes place is found to coincide with the typical time for a particle to penetrate the newly created Cantori.

AB - Particle-decay processes in a nonhyperbolic Hamiltonian system are typically characterized by algebraic laws. That is, for a fixed set of parameter values, if one initializes a particle in a chaotic region near some Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser (KAM) tori, the probability for this particle to remain in the region at time t decays with time algebraically: P(t) is similar to t-z, where z is the decay exponent. As a system parameter varies, the numerically calculated exponent z exhibits rather large fluctuations. In this paper we examine the dynamical origin of such fluctuations using a model system which exhibits unbounded chaotic dynamics (i.e., chaotic scattering). Our results indicate that the fluctuating behavior of z, as a function of the parameter, can be attributed to the breakup of KAM surfaces in phase space. A particularly interesting finding is that, when the outermost KAM surfaces enclosing some central island transform from absolute barriers to partial barriers (Cantori), as the parameter varies, the survival probability P(t) displays two different regions of scaling behavior with different decay exponents. The time scale where this crossover takes place is found to coincide with the typical time for a particle to penetrate the newly created Cantori.

KW - Markov-tree model

KW - long-time tails

KW - chaotic scattering

KW - transport

KW - maps

U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevA.46.4661

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevA.46.4661

M3 - Article

VL - 46

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JO - Physical Review A

JF - Physical Review A

SN - 1050-2947

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