Chaotic behaviour of a quartic oscillator system given byH l/2(p12+p22)+ (1/12)(1 -α) (q14+q24)+1/2q12q22 is studied. Though the Riemannian curvature is positive the system is nonintegrable except when S/B α = 0. Calculation of maximal Lyapunov exponents indicates a direct correlation between chaos and negative curvature of the potential boundary.
Volume 93 | Issue 6
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