We show how multistability arises in nonlinear dynamics and discuss the properties of such a behavior. In particular, we show that most attractors are periodic in multistable systems, meaning that chaotic attractors are rare in such systems. After arguing that multistable systems have the general traits expected from a complex system, we pass to control them. Our controlling complexity ideas allow for both the stabilization and destabilization of any one of the coexisting states. The control of complexity differs from the standard control of chaos approach, an approach that makes use of the unstable periodic orbits embedded in an extended chaotic attractor. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1997|
- multiple steady-states
- chaotic itinerancy
- double crises