Hyperbolic decoupling of tangent space and effective dimension of dissipative systems

Kazumasa A. Takeuchi, Hong-liu Yang, Francesco Ginelli, Guenter Radons, Hugues Chate

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We show, using covariant Lyapunov vectors, that the tangent space of spatially extended dissipative systems is split into two hyperbolically decoupled subspaces: one comprising a finite number of frequently entangled "physical" modes, which carry the physically relevant information of the trajectory, and a residual set of strongly decaying "spurious" modes. The decoupling of the physical and spurious subspaces is defined by the absence of tangencies between them and found to take place generally; we find evidence in partial differential equations in one and two spatial dimensions and even in lattices of coupled maps or oscillators. We conjecture that the physical modes may constitute a local linear description of the inertial manifold at any point in the global attractor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046214
Number of pages19
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2011


  • Ginzburg-Landau equation
  • Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation
  • inertial manifolds
  • characteristic exponents
  • dynamical-systems
  • attractors
  • turbulence
  • subspaces
  • behavior
  • angles


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