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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 367921, 22 pages
Research Article

Phase Transition in Dynamical Systems: Defining Classes of Universality for Two-Dimensional Hamiltonian Mappings via Critical Exponents

Departamento de Estatística, Matemática Aplicada e Computação, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av.24A, 1515, Bela Vista, 13506-700, Rio Claro, SP, Brazil

Received 8 April 2009; Accepted 20 July 2009

Academic Editor: Alexander Loskutov

Copyright © 2009 Edson D. Leonel. 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.


A phase transition from integrability to nonintegrability in two-dimensional Hamiltonian mappings is described and characterized in terms of scaling arguments. The mappings considered produce a mixed structure in the phase space in the sense that, depending on the combination of the control parameters and initial conditions, KAM islands which are surrounded by chaotic seas that are limited by invariant tori are observed. Some dynamical properties for the largest component of the chaotic sea are obtained and described in terms of the control parameters. The average value and the deviation of the average value for chaotic components of a dynamical variable are described in terms of scaling laws, therefore critical exponents characterizing a scaling function that describes a phase transition are obtained and then classes of universality are characterized. The three models considered are: The Fermi-Ulam accelerator model, a periodically corrugate waveguide, and variant of the standard nontwist map.