(INVITED) Homoclinic puzzles and chaos in a nonlinear laser model

K. Pusuluri, H.G.E. Meijer, A.L. Shilnikov*

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We present a case study elaborating on the multiplicity and self-similarity of homoclinic and heteroclinic bifurcation structures in the 2D and 3D parameter spaces of a nonlinear laser model with a Lorenz-like chaotic attractor. In a symbiotic approach combining the traditional parameter continuation methods using MatCont and a newly developed technique called the Deterministic Chaos Prospector (DCP) utilizing symbolic dynamics on fast parallel computing hardware with graphics processing units (GPUs), we exhibit how specific codimension-two bifurcations originate and pattern regions of chaotic and simple dynamics in this classical model. We show detailed computational reconstructions of key bifurcation structures such as Bykov T-point spirals and inclination flips in 2D parameter space, as well as the spatial organization and 3D embedding of bifurcation surfaces, parametric saddles, and isolated closed curves (isolas).
Original languageEnglish
Article number105503
Number of pages32
JournalCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Early online date26 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


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