Quantum Physics Division
Faculty of PhysicsAdam Mickiewicz University

Synchronization and partial synchronization of linear maps

A. Lipowski1 , M. Droz2

1 Faculty of Physics, A. Mickiewicz University, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
2 Department of Physics, University of Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland

Physica A, 347, 38-50 (2005)


We study synchronization of low-dimensional (d=2,3,4) chaotic piecewise linear maps. For Bernoulli maps we find Lyapunov exponents and locate the synchronization transition, that numerically is found to be discontinuous (despite continuously vanishing Lyapunov exponent(s)). For tent maps, a limit of stability of the synchronized state is used to locate the synchronization transition that numerically is found to be continuous. For nonidentical tent maps at the partial synchronization transition, the probability distribution of the synchronization error is shown to develop highly singular behavior. We suggest that for nonidentical Bernoulli maps (and perhaps some other discontinuous maps) partial synchronization is merely a smooth crossover rather than a well defined transition. More subtle analysis in the d=4 case locates the point where the synchronized state becomes stable. In some cases, however, a riddled basin attractor appears, and synchronized and chaotic behaviors coexist. We also suggest that similar riddling of a basin of attractor might take place in some extended systems where it is known as stable chaos.


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