strange attractor


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strange attractor

n. Physics
An attractor exhibited by some dynamic systems for which the approach to the attractor is chaotic.

strange attractor

n
(Mathematics) maths a type of chaotic dynamical system
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Noun1.strange attractor - an attractor for which the approach to its final point in phase space is chaotic
attracter, attractor - (physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
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podivný atraktor
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The strange attractor separates the static, flat, conforming constant (sixteenth-century Spain, Italy, Algiers, the hidalgo Alonso Quijana) from the peaked, non-conforming projections (Don Quixote's triumphs and defeats) that raise over the constant of the system.
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The force that determines the shape of the boundary is called a "strange attractor," and although a system will never land in the same place twice, it also will never go beyond the pattern set by the strange attractor.
Finally, we may find even more complex behaviour: on the one hand, the behaviour may be completely erratic and generate a deterministic noise; on the other hand, it may be contained within a strange shaped surface, dubbed a 'strange attractor' (Ruelle and Takens 1971), in which case the behaviour is said to be chaotic.
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At a demonstration at the American Physical Society meeting, users could wander and fly around not only Pearsali's landscape but also a crystal lattice, a mathematical structure called a strange attractor, and scanning tunneling microscope images of an integrated circuit and the surface of a garnet crystal.