Publication Details MORE
- Published Date: June 3, 2006
- Volume/Issue: 96
- Publisher: Physical Review Letters
A crisis is a global bifurcation in which a chaotic attractor has a discontinuous change in size or suddenly disappears as a scalar parameter of the system is varied. In this Letter, we describe a global bifurcation in three dimensions which can result in a crisis. This bifurcation does not involve a tangency and cannot occur in maps of dimension smaller than 3. We present evidence of unstable dimension variability as a result of the crisis. We then derive a new scaling law describing the density of the new portion of the attractor formed in the crisis. We illustrate this new type of bifurcation with a specific example of a three-dimensional chaotic attractor undergoing a crisis.