Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 62, Issue 1–2, pp 273–289 | Cite as

Backbone transitions and invariant tori in forced micromechanical oscillators with optical detection

  • Tuhin Sahai
Original Paper


Micromechanical oscillators often display rich dynamics due to nonlinearities in their response, actuation, and detection. This paper investigates the complicated response of a forced micromechanical oscillator. In particular, we investigate a thermally induced transition in the resonant response of a forced micromechanical oscillator with optical detection; and the branches of invariant tori formed at subsequent bifurcations that occur with increasing laser power. We use perturbation theory and continuation algorithms to investigate and compute these branches of invariant tori. The results of both methods are compared.


Micromechanical oscillators Resonance Softening Hardening Transitions Invariant tori Multiple scales Continuation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Technologies Research CenterEast HartfordUSA

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