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BCANM Preprint 2004.11

Continuation of Quasi-Periodic Invariant Tori

Frank Schilder, Hinke M. Osinga and Werner Vogt


Many systems in science and engineering can be modelled as coupled or forced nonlinear oscillators, which may possess quasi-periodic or phase-locked invariant tori. Since there exist routes to chaos involving the break-down of invariant tori, these phenomena attract considerable attention. This paper presents a new algorithm for the computation and continuation of quasi-periodic invariant tori of ordinary differential equations that is based on a natural parametrisation of such tori. Since this parametrisation is uniquely defined, the proposed method requires neither the computation of a base of a transversal bundle, nor re-meshing during continuation. It is independent of the stability type of the torus and examples of attracting and saddle-type tori are given. The algorithm is robust in the sense that it can compute approximations to weakly resonant tori. The performance of the method is demonstrated with examples.

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