We consider the motion of a droplet bouncing on a vibrating bath of the same fluid in the presence of a central potential. We formulate a rotation symmetry-reduced description of this system, which allows for the straightforward application of dynamical systems theory tools. As an illustration of the utility of the symmetry reduction, we apply it to a model of the pilot-wave system with a central harmonic force. We begin our analysis by identifying local bifurcations and the onset of chaos. We then describe the emergence of chaotic regions and their merging bifurcations, which lead to the formation of a global attractor. In this final regime, the droplet’s angular momentum spontaneously changes its sign as observed in the experiments of Perrard et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113(10), 104101 (2014)].
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Research Article| January 22 2019
State space geometry of the chaotic pilot-wave hydrodynamics
Nazmi Burak Budanur;
Nazmi Burak Budanur, Marc Fleury; State space geometry of the chaotic pilot-wave hydrodynamics. Chaos 1 January 2019; 29 (1): 013122. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5058279
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