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Abstract

Nonlinear dynamical systems may show irregular time development. Examples are fluids at the transition to turbulence, chemical reactions, the magnetic field of the earth, etc. The frequency spectrum is continuous and thus time correlations decay. Despite deterministic equations of motion the future development cannot be predicted due to instabilities against small disturbances. Some aspects of the motion are pseudo-random. Chaos turns out to be a dynamical quality besides the well-known exponential growth or the approach to a steady state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Grossmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversitätMarburg/LahnDeutschland

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