Drastic facilitation of the onset of global chaos.

Research paper by S M SM Soskin, O M OM Yevtushenko, R R Mannella

Indexed on: 06 Jun '03Published on: 06 Jun '03Published in: Physical review letters


We show that the onset of global chaos in a time periodically perturbed Hamiltonian system may occur at unusually small magnitudes of perturbation if the unperturbed system possesses more than one separatrix. The relevant scenario is the combination of the overlap in the phase space between resonances of the same order and their overlap in energy with chaotic layers associated with separatrices of the unperturbed system. We develop the asymptotic theory and verify it in simulations.