The study of nonlinear dynamical systems has been gathering momentum since the late 1950s. It now constitutes one of the major research areas of modern theoretical physics. The twin themes of fractals and chaos, which are linked by attracting sets in chaotic systems that are fractal in structure, are currently generating a great deal of excitement. The degree of structure robustness in the presence of stochastic and quantum noise is thus a topic of interest. Chaos, Noise and Fractals discusses the role of fractals in quantum mechanics, the influence of phase noise in chaos and driven optical systems, and the arithmetic of chaos. The book represents a balanced overview of the field and is a worthy addition to the reading lists of researchers and students interested in any of the varied, and sometimes bizarre, aspects of this intriguing subject.
Table of Contents
Hyperchaos and 1/f spectra in nonlinear dynamics (F T Arecchi). Singular system analysis with application to dynamical systems (D S Broomhead, R Jones, G P King and E R Pike). A review of progress in the kicked rotator problem (G Casati). Fractals in quantum mechanics (B Eckhardt). Ergodic semi-classical quantum mechanics (M Feingold). Cantori and quantum mechanics (T Geisel, G Radons and J Rubner). Influence of phase noise in chaos and driven optical systems (L A Lugiato, M Brambilla, G Strini and L Narducci). Chaos in the micromaser (P Meystre and E M Wright). Chaos in a driven quantum spin system (H J Mikeska and H Frahm). Fixed points and chaotic dynamics of an infinite dimensional map (J V Moloney, H Adachihara, D W McLaughlin and A C Newell). The arithmetic of chaos (F Vivaldi). Limitations of the Rabi model in Rydberg transitions (P L Knight and S J D Phoenix). Quasi-probability distributions in astable dissipative quantum systems (J S Satchell, Sarben Sarkar and H J Carmichael).