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Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2018, Article ID 4526917, 13 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4526917
Research Article

On the Periodic Orbits of Four-Particle Time-Dependent FPU Chains

1School of Mathematics and Statistics, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
2School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences, Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Data Analysis and Computation, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541002, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Qihuai Liu; moc.liamg@uiliauhq

Received 4 December 2017; Accepted 15 March 2018; Published 22 April 2018

Academic Editor: Zhijun Qiao

Copyright © 2018 Hongwu Tang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We study the existence of the periodic orbits for four-particle time-dependent FPU chains. To begin with, taking an orthogonal transformation and dropping two variables, we put the system into a lower dimensional system. In this case, the unperturbed system has the linear spectra and , which are rational independent. Therefore, the classical averaging theory cannot be applied directly, and the existence and multiplicity of periodic orbits for four-particle FPU chains is proved by using a new result from averaging theory by Buică, Francoise, and Llibre.

1. Introduction

The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) system describes an approximate model for the behaviour of a classical solid at low temperatures [1], whose development dates from the first numerical results of FPU by Fermi et al. in 1955 [2]. FPU problem, both ushering in the age of computational science and marking the birth of our own field of nonlinear science [3], has received the widespread attention both in mathematics and in physics, including ergodicity [4, 5], integrability [6, 7], breathers [810], chaos, and stability of motion [1114]. In fact, the FPU problem is much more than a little discovery and will doubtless be challenging scientists and stimulating new research directions for many decades to come [3].

In this paper, we consider the time-dependent Hamiltonian:where denotes the displacement of the th oscillator with respect to its equilibrium position. The coupled equations of motions areand , denoting the coupling potential between the neighboring particles, is given by Here, h.o.t. is the high order term of , and , , , are continuous -periodic functions. If , , , , the chain is called an -chain, and if , , , , it is called a -chain. The FPU model with the time-dependent nonlinear term is used to explore the relation between the thermodynamic entropy change due to irreversible processes and the change of information loss as a chaotic dynamical system [15]. For a recent report, we can refer to [16].

In low frequency modes and the transfer of energy to higher modes, periodic orbits of FPU lattices have been widely studied [17, 18]. In [18], Flach and Ponno discussed the FPU problem including periodic orbits, normal forms, and resonance overlap criteria, compared all these results with each other, and established the similarities and differences. The paper [19] studied weakly nonlinear spatially localized solutions of a FPU model which describe a one-dimensional chain of particles interacting with a number of neighbors depended on the site. When is asymptotically linear with respect to both at origin and at infinity, the existence of nontrivial periodic solutions of system (2) has been proved in [20]. In this paper, we study existence of periodic orbits for four-particle time-dependent FPU chains by using the averaging theory.

The averaging method, an important method of perturbation theory that has played a rather modest role in nonlinear differential system with a small parameter, gives useful approximate solutions of the equations of motion [21]. For instance, the existence of periodic orbits and the stability of system have been studied using averaging method in [2226]. In the previous work [27], we have studied the existence of periodic orbits and their stability by using the classical averaging method for the three-particle time-dependent FPU chains, where the system can be regarded as a perturbation of isochronous system. In this paper, we shall investigate the existence and multiplicity of periodic orbits for four-particle time-dependent FPU chains. In this case, the unperturbed system has the linear spectra and , which are rational independent. Therefore, the classical averaging theory cannot be applied directly. For some specific coefficients being usually used in the physical experiment, we establish the existence and multiplicity of periodic orbits for four-particle time-dependent FPU chains by using the result from Buică et al. [28].

The rest of paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we present our main results on the periodic solutions of the FPU chains and introduce the basic results from averaging theory in Section 3. The detailed proofs for the existence and multiplicity of periodic orbits of four-particle time-dependent FPU chains are given in the last part.

2. Statement of the Results

Consider the time-dependent Hamiltonian:where , , , is a small parameter introduced by a scale transformation and , , , are -periodic smoothness functions. The corresponding Hamiltonian system is given bywhere is defined bywith , , and is a real symmetric and positive semidefinite matrix, which is given by

Taking an orthogonal transformation bysystem (5) transforms intowhere

In system (9), we drop equations of , in the subsequent discussion since these equations are integrable. Only when , are equal to zero, system (9) has periodic solutions. Therefore, system (9) can be expressed as

The unperturbed system of (11) with is given bywhich has a rest point at the origin with eigenvalues , , these last two with multiplicity two. Consequently, this system in the phase space has three planes filled with periodic solutions with the exception of the origin. These periodic solutions have periods or , according to whether they belong to the plane associated with the eigenvectors with eigenvalues or . In this paper, we shall study which of these periodic solutions persist for the perturbed system (11) thereby for FPU system (5), when the parameter is sufficiently small and the perturbed functions for have period either or .

The solution of unperturbed system (12) with initial value is given by

We define the functions as follows: A solution of the algebraic equations such that is called a simple zero of the averaged system associated with (11). Similarly, a solution of the algebraic equations such that is also called a simple zero of the averaged system associated with (11).

Since scale transformation is used to the change of variables for all , the transformed system (9) and the original system (5) have the same topological structure. In the following, we state our main results.

Theorem 1. Assume that , , , , , and , are periodic functions with the same period . Then, for sufficiently small, the following statements hold:(a)if , system (5) has at least two -periodic solutions, such that (b)if , system (5) has at least one -periodic solutions, such that

Theorem 2. Assume that , , , and the functions , are of class and -periodic. For sufficiently small, if , system (5) has at least four -periodic solutions: such thator

3. Some Results from Averaging Theory

In this section, we present the basic result from the averaging theory that we apply to prove our main results.

We consider the problem of the bifurcation of -periodic solutions from differential systems of the following form:with being sufficiently small, where and are smoothness and -periodic in , and is an open subset of . When , the unperturbed system is given byand we assume that it has a submanifold of periodic solutions. Using the classical averaging theory, the existence of -periodic solutions of system (27) can be established with nondegenerate equilibrium points of the associated averaged system. We can refer to [29] for details.

Denote the linearization of the unperturbed system (28) along bywhere is the periodic solution of the system (28) such that . For simplicity, we assume that is a fundamental matrix of the linear differential system (29), and , is the projection of onto its first coordinates, that is, .

In the following, we state a new averaging theorem by Buică et al. in [28].

Theorem 3 (see [28]). Let be a function, where is an open and bounded subset of . We assume that(i) and that for each the solution of (28) is -periodic;(ii)for each there is a fundamental matrix of (29) such that the matrix has in the upper right corner the zero matrix, and in the lower right corner a matrix with . We consider the function :If there exists with and , then there is a -periodic solution of system (27) such that as .

4. Proofs of Theorems 1 and 2

In this section, we will show how to apply Theorem 3 given in Section 3 to prove our main theorems. The key step is to find a bounded and open set , where there exist simple zeroes of the associated averaged system. We firstly prove the existence and multiplicity of periodic solutions for system (11), thereby for system (9), and then using the orthogonal transformation (8) return periodic solutions to the desired FPU system (5).

4.1. The Proof of Theorem 1

In order to apply Theorem 3, we rewrite system (11) in the following form:where

For the particular case of the differential system (27), we describe the different conditions which appear in the statement of Theorem 3. Therefore, we have that , , and the set . Let be arbitrarily small and let be arbitrarily large. Define an open and bounded subset on the projection plane by The function is taken by . Obviously, is of class . We define the set by As the origin is a periodic solution with arbitrary period of the unperturbed system, the aim of defining is to exclude the equilibrium point . Obviously, for each and , the solution of (31) with the initial value is -periodic with respect to . In fact, every solution of (31) with starting from can be written by coordinates as , where

Along the periodic solution , the variational equation of the unperturbed system is given bywhere is a matrix function. Now we present the linearization matrix of the unperturbed system along the periodic solution byThe fundamental matrix of the variational equation (36), where is the identity matrix, adopts the simple following form: with Notice that does not depend on the initial value of periodic solution . Therefore, we drop the subscript and reset . Computing the matrix , we get This matrix has in the upper right corner null matrix and in the lower right corner a matrix satisfying Therefore, the assumption (ii) of Theorem 3 holds.

Following the notations of Theorem 3, we have In the following, we will calculate the following function:Let , with and , be periodic function with the period . Then it follows that is a -periodic function only depending on and , which is not associated with the functions and .

Therefore, we obtain

Finally, we shall find the simple zeroes of the function in the open and bounded subset . A straightforward computation shows that the solutions of in are given bywhenever the radical expressions of (45) are well defined. We leave out of account the solution , since it may be corresponding to the trivial periodic solution, zero solution. Notice that are well defined provided ; while are well defined provided . The Jacobian determinants are given by which means that if , or . Therefore, are simple zeroes of the function . By Theorem 3, there exist -periodic solutions of system (31) in different cases such that

Note that, in our setting in Section 2, we have already put . Taking the inverse transformation of (8), we have Therefore, we get that, for , and, for , Thus we complete the proof of Theorem 1.

4.2. The Proof of Theorem 2

Let Then system (11) has the following form:Following the notations in Theorem 3, we have that , , and the set . Let be arbitrarily small and let be arbitrarily large. Define an open and bounded subset on the projection plane by The function is taken by . Consequently, we define the set by Obviously, for each and , the solution of (52) with the initial value is -periodic with respect to . In fact, every solution of (52) with starting from is given by

Accordingly, the variational equation of the unperturbed system, along the periodic solution , is given bywhere is a matrix function. The fundamental matrix of (57), which satisfies that is the identity matrix, adopts the simple following form: with Note that does not depend on the initial value of periodic solution . Therefore, we drop the subscript and reset . With a direct calculation, we get We observe that the matrix has in the upper right corner the null matrix and in the lower right corner a matrix satisfying Therefore, assumptions (i) and (ii) of Theorem 3 hold.

Following the notation of Theorem 3, let us define the projection by Since the functions ,, , , , are all -periodic and of class , we know that are also -periodic functions which only depends on and . By a straightforward computation, we obtain that