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Characterization of Chaotic Instabilities in an Electron-Hole Plasma in Germanium

  • G. A. Held
  • C. D. Jeffries
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 32)

Abstract

Helical instabilities in an electron-hole plasma in Ge in parallel dc electric and magnetic fields are known to exhibit chaotic behavior. By fabricating probe contacts along the length of a Ge crystal we study the spatial structure of these instabilities, finding two types: (i) spatially coherent and temporally chaotic helical density waves characterized by strange attractors of measured fractal dimension d ~ 3, and (ii) beyond the onset of spatial incoherence, instabilities of indeterminately large fractal dimension d ≥ 8. In the first instance, calculations of the fractal dimension provide an effective means of characterizing the observed chaotic instabilities. However, in the second instance, these calculations do not provide a means of determining whether the observed plasma turbulence is of stochastic or of deterministic (i.e., chaotic) origin.

Keywords

Phase Space Fractal Dimension Chaotic System Chaotic Dynamic Strange Attractor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Held
    • 1
  • C. D. Jeffries
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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