Chaotic hysteresis in an adiabatically oscillating double well

Nils Berglund and Hervé Kunz
Phys. Rev. Letters 78, 1691-1694 (1997)

We consider the motion of a damped particle in a potential oscillating slowly between a simple and a double well. The system displays hysteresis effects which can be of periodic or chaotic type. We explain this behaviour by computing an analytic expression of a Poincaré map.


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