Observing the symmetry of attractors

Jeffrey H. Schenker, James W Swift

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We show how the symmetry of attractors of equivariant dynamical systems can be observed by equivariant projections of the phase space. Equivariant projections have long been used, but they can give misleading results if used improperly and have been considered untrustworthy. We find conditions under which an equivariant projection generically shows the correct symmetry of the attractor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-337
Number of pages23
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1998



  • Bifurcation theory
  • Coupled oscillators
  • Symmetric dynamical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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