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  1. Relative Lyapunov Center Bifurcations

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    Wulff, Claudia; Schilder, Frank

    2014-01-01

    Relative equilibria (REs) and relative periodic orbits (RPOs) are ubiquitous in symmetric Hamiltonian systems and occur, for example, in celestial mechanics, molecular dynamics, and rigid body motion. REs are equilibria, and RPOs are periodic orbits of the symmetry reduced system. Relative Lyapunov...... center bifurcations are bifurcations of RPOs from REs corresponding to Lyapunov center bifurcations of the symmetry reduced dynamics. In this paper we first prove a relative Lyapunov center theorem by combining recent results on the persistence of RPOs in Hamiltonian systems with a symmetric Lyapunov...... center theorem of Montaldi, Roberts, and Stewart. We then develop numerical methods for the detection of relative Lyapunov center bifurcations along branches of RPOs and for their computation. We apply our methods to Lagrangian REs of the N-body problem....

  2. Graphene induced bifurcation of energy levels at low input power

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    Li, Rujiang; Lin, Shisheng; Liu, Xu; Chen, Hongsheng

    2015-01-01

    We study analytically the energy states in the waveguide system of graphene coated dielectric nanowire based on the explicit form of nonlinear surface conductivity of graphene. The energy levels of different plasmonic modes can be tuned by the input power at the order of a few tenths of mW. The self-focusing behavior and self-defocusing behavior are exhibited in the lower and upper bifurcation branches, respectively, which are separated by a saturation of input power. Moreover, due to the nonlinearity of graphene, the dispersion relations for different input powers evolve to an energy band which is in sharp contrast with the discrete energy level in the limit of zero power input.

  3. Numerical bifurcation of Hamiltonian relative periodic orbits

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    Wulff, Claudia; Schilder, Frank

    2009-01-01

    Relative periodic orbits (RPOs) are ubiquitous in symmetric Hamiltonian systems and occur, for example, in celestial mechanics, molecular dynamics, and the motion of rigid bodies. RPOs are solutions which are periodic orbits of the symmetry-reduced system. In this paper we analyze certain symmetry...

  4. Bifurcation diagrams in relation to synchronization in chaotic systems

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    Debabrata Dutta; Sagar Chakraborty

    2010-06-01

    We numerically study some of the three-dimensional dynamical systems which exhibit complete synchronization as well as generalized synchronization to show that these systems can be conveniently partitioned into equivalent classes facilitating the study of bifurcation diagrams within each class. We demonstrate how bifurcation diagrams may be helpful in predicting the nature of the driven system by knowing the bifurcation diagram of driving system and vice versa. The study is extended to include the possible generalized synchronization between elements of two different equivalent classes by taking the Rössler-driven-Lorenz-system as an example.

  5. Bifurcation and chaos analysis of a nonlinear electromechanical coupling relative rotation system

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    Hopf bifurcation and chaos of a nonlinear electromechanical coupling relative rotation system are studied in this paper. Considering the energy in air-gap field of AC motor, the dynamical equation of nonlinear electromechanical coupling relative rotation system is deduced by using the dissipation Lagrange equation. Choosing the electromagnetic stiffness as a bifurcation parameter, the necessary and sufficient conditions of Hopf bifurcation are given, and the bifurcation characteristics are studied. The mechanism and conditions of system parameters for chaotic motions are investigated rigorously based on the Silnikov method, and the homoclinic orbit is found by using the undetermined coefficient method. Therefore, Smale horseshoe chaos occurs when electromagnetic stiffness changes. Numerical simulations are also given, which confirm the analytical results. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  6. Hopf bifurcation control for a coupled nonlinear relative rotation system with time-delay feedbacks

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    Liu, Shuang; Li, Xue; Tan, Shu-Xian; Li, Hai-Bin

    2014-10-01

    This paper investigates the Hopf bifurcations resulting from time delay in a coupled relative-rotation system with time-delay feedbacks. Firstly, considering external excitation, the dynamical equation of relative rotation nonlinear dynamical system with primary resonance and 1:1 internal resonance under time-delay feedbacks is deduced. Secondly, the averaging equation is obtained by the multiple scales method. The periodic solution in a closed form is presented by a perturbation approach. At last, numerical simulations confirm that time-delay theoretical analyses have influence on the Hopf bifurcation point and the stability of periodic solution.

  7. Stability and bifurcations of relative equilibria of a pendulum suspended on the equator

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    Burov, A. A.; Kosenko, I. I.

    2013-05-01

    The problem of equilibria of a pendulum suspended at an equatorial point relative to the rotating Earth is considered. An altitude is determined at which the degree of instability of the inverted pendulum changes from two to unity. Relative equilibria are investigated that bifurcate from the radial one when its degree of instability changes. Their stability properties are studied.

  8. Simple or Complex Stenting for Bifurcation Coronary Lesions: A Patient-Level Pooled-Analysis of the Nordic Bifurcation Study and the British Bifurcation Coronary Study

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    Behan, Miles W; Holm, Niels Ramsing; Curzen, Nicholas P;

    2011-01-01

    crush, 118 culotte, and 59 T-stenting techniques. A composite end point at 9 months of all-cause death, myocardial infarction, and target vessel revascularization occurred in 10.1% of the simple versus 17.3% of the complex group (hazard ratio 1.84 [95% confidence interval 1.28 to 2.66], P=0.......001). Procedure duration, contrast, and x-ray dose favored the simple approach. Subgroup analysis revealed similar composite end point results for true bifurcations (n=657, simple 9.2% versus complex 17.3%; hazard ratio 1.90 [95% confidence interval 1.22 to 2.94], P=0.004), wide-angled bifurcations >60 to 70° (n......=217, simple 9.6% versus complex 15.7%; hazard ratio 1.67 [ 95% confidence interval 0.78 to 3.62], P=0.186), large (=2.75 mm) diameter side branches (n=281, simple 10.4% versus complex 20.7%; hazard ratio 2.42 [ 95% confidence interval 1.22 to 4.80], P=0.011), longer length (>5 mm) ostial side branch...

  9. Bifurcation and nonlinear dynamic analysis of a flexible rotor supported by relative short gas journal bearings

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    This paper studies the bifurcation and nonlinear behaviors of a flexible rotor supported by relative short gas film bearings. A time-dependent mathematical model for gas journal bearings is presented. The finite difference method with successive over relation method is employed to solve the Reynolds' equation. The system state trajectory, Poincare maps, power spectra, and bifurcation diagrams are used to analyze the dynamic behavior of the rotor and journal center in the horizontal and vertical directions under different operating conditions. The analysis reveals a complex dynamic behavior comprising periodic and subharmonic response of the rotor and journal center. This paper shows how the dynamic behavior of this type of system varies with changes in rotor mass and rotational velocity. The results of this study contribute to a further understanding of the nonlinear dynamics of gas film rotor-bearing systems

  10. Bifurcation and nonlinear dynamic analysis of a flexible rotor supported by relative short gas journal bearings

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    Wang, C.-C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Far East College, 49, Hsin-Shih, Tainan 744, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: ccwang@cc.fec.edu.tw; Jang, M.-J. [Department of Automation and Control Engineering, Far East College, Hsin-Shih, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Y.-L. [Department of Automation and Control Engineering, Far East College, Hsin-Shih, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2007-04-15

    This paper studies the bifurcation and nonlinear behaviors of a flexible rotor supported by relative short gas film bearings. A time-dependent mathematical model for gas journal bearings is presented. The finite difference method with successive over relation method is employed to solve the Reynolds' equation. The system state trajectory, Poincare maps, power spectra, and bifurcation diagrams are used to analyze the dynamic behavior of the rotor and journal center in the horizontal and vertical directions under different operating conditions. The analysis reveals a complex dynamic behavior comprising periodic and subharmonic response of the rotor and journal center. This paper shows how the dynamic behavior of this type of system varies with changes in rotor mass and rotational velocity. The results of this study contribute to a further understanding of the nonlinear dynamics of gas film rotor-bearing systems.

  11. Travelling-wave solutions bifurcating from relative periodic orbits in plane Poiseuille flow

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    Rawat, Subhandu; Cossu, Carlo; Rincon, François

    2016-06-01

    Travelling-wave solutions are shown to bifurcate from relative periodic orbits in plane Poiseuille flow at Re = 2000 in a saddle-node infinite-period bifurcation. These solutions consist in self-sustaining sinuous quasi-streamwise streaks and quasi-streamwise vortices located in the bulk of the flow. The lower branch travelling-wave solutions evolve into spanwise localized states when the spanwise size Lz of the domain in which they are computed is increased. On the contrary, the upper branch of travelling-wave solutions develops multiple streaks when Lz is increased. Upper-branch travelling-wave solutions can be continued into coherent solutions to the filtered equations used in large-eddy simulations where they represent turbulent coherent large-scale motions.

  12. Grazing bifurcation analysis of a relative rotation system with backlash non-smooth characteristic

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    Liu, Shuang; Wang, Zhao-Long; Zhao, Shuang-Shuang; Li, Hai-Bin; Li, Jian-Xiong

    2015-07-01

    Grazing bifurcation of a relative rotation system with backlash non-smooth characteristic is studied along with the change of the external excitation in this paper. Considering the oil film, backlash, time-varying stiffness and time-varying error, the dynamical equation of a relative rotation system with a backlash non-smooth characteristic is deduced by applying the elastic hydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) and the Grubin theories. In the process of relative rotation, the occurrence of backlash will lead to the change of dynamic behaviors of the system, and the system will transform from the meshing state to the impact state. Thus, the zero-time discontinuous mapping (ZDM) and the Poincare mapping are deduced to analyze the local dynamic characteristics of the system before as well as after the moment that the backlash appears (i.e., the grazing state). Meanwhile, the grazing bifurcation mechanism is analyzed theoretically by applying the impact and Floquet theories. Numerical simulations are also given, which confirm the analytical results. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61104040), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (Grant No. E2012203090), and the University Innovation Team of Hebei Province Leading Talent Cultivation Project, China (Grant No. LJRC013).

  13. Bifurcation analysis of a relative short spherical aerodynamic journal bearing system

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    This paper studies the nonlinear dynamic behavior and bifurcation of a rigid rotor supported by relative short spherical aerodynamic journal bearings. The modified Reynolds equation is solved by a hybrid numerical method combined with the differential transformation method and the finite difference method. The analytical results reveal a complex dynamic behavior including periodic, sub-harmonic, and quasi-periodic responses of the rotor center. Furthermore, the results reveal the changes which take place in the dynamic behavior of the bearing system as the rotor mass and bearing number increase. The current analytical results are found to be in good agreement with those of other numerical methods. Therefore, the proposed method provides an effective means of gaining insights into the nonlinear dynamics of relative short spherical aerodynamic rotor-bearing systems

  14. Bifurcation analysis of a relative short spherical aerodynamic journal bearing system

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    Wang, C C [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Far East University, No.49, Chung Hua Rd., Hsin-Shih. Tainan County 744, Taiwan (China); Yau, H T [Department of Electrical Engineering, Far East University, No.49, Chung Hua Rd., Hsin-Shih. Tainan County 744, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Y L; Jang, M J [Department of Automation and Control Engineering, Far East University, No.49, Chung Hua Rd., Hsin-Shih. Tainan County 744, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: wccpipn@yahoo.com.tw

    2008-02-15

    This paper studies the nonlinear dynamic behavior and bifurcation of a rigid rotor supported by relative short spherical aerodynamic journal bearings. The modified Reynolds equation is solved by a hybrid numerical method combined with the differential transformation method and the finite difference method. The analytical results reveal a complex dynamic behavior including periodic, sub-harmonic, and quasi-periodic responses of the rotor center. Furthermore, the results reveal the changes which take place in the dynamic behavior of the bearing system as the rotor mass and bearing number increase. The current analytical results are found to be in good agreement with those of other numerical methods. Therefore, the proposed method provides an effective means of gaining insights into the nonlinear dynamics of relative short spherical aerodynamic rotor-bearing systems.

  15. The theory of bifurcated plasma equilibria and its relation to the thermodynamic stability and the disruptive instability

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    The bifurcation theory is the part of the nonlinear analysis which considers the changes in the number of solutions of a system of equations depending continuously on a parameter, as the parameter varies. The present lecture is dedicated to the illustration of the relations between the bifurcation theory and the stability properties of a plasma equilibrium, both from the point of view of the dynamics or of the thermodynamics of the collisionless plasma equilibria. In fact the existence of a bifurcation depends on very general mathematical properties of the system. One should distinguish between the existence of bifurcation in a problem of static plasma equilibrium or in the problem of the dynamical behaviour of the perturbed equilibrium. The two cases coincide for 'adiabatic' perturbations, namely such that the functional form of the distribution function is unchanged. In this case the system is unstable both from the point of view of the dynamical or of the thermodynamical description. However situations occur in which a bifurcation exists in the equilibrium problem while the system is dynamically stable. In this case the equilibrium is still thermodynamically unstable with respect to nondynamical perturbations, namely such that the system is describing a succession of equilibria, as a consequence of an external slow time dependence of the parameters, resulting e.g. from a small amount of dissipation. The existence of the bifurcation then implies a disruption of the old equilibrium and the realisation of a new thermodynamically more favoured equilibrium. The disruption observed in Tokamaks is quite likely related to a process of this kind. (Auth.)

  16. The Newton filtration and d-determination of bifurcation problems related to C0 contact equivalence

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    SU Dan; ZHANG Dunmu

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, from the Newton filtration's point of view, we construct the singular Riemannian metric and use the method in singular theory to study the bifurcation problems, and give the sufficient condition of d-determination of bifurcation problems with respect to C0 contact equivalence. The special cases of the main result in this paper are the results of Sun Weizhi and Zou Jiancheng.

  17. Electron Bifurcation

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    Peters, John W.; Miller, Anne-Frances; Jones, Anne K.; King, Paul W.; Adams, Michael W. W.

    2016-04-01

    Electron bifurcation is the recently recognized third mechanism of biological energy conservation. It simultaneously couples exergonic and endergonic oxidation-reduction reactions to circumvent thermodynamic barriers and minimize free energy loss. Little is known about the details of how electron bifurcating enzymes function, but specifics are beginning to emerge for several bifurcating enzymes. To date, those characterized contain a collection of redox cofactors including flavins and iron-sulfur clusters. Here we discuss the current understanding of bifurcating enzymes and the mechanistic features required to reversibly partition multiple electrons from a single redox site into exergonic and endergonic electron transfer paths.

  18. Numerical Modeling of Bifurcation Evolution in a Sand-bed Braided River

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    De Haas, T.; Schuurman, F.; Kleinhans, M. G.

    2012-12-01

    River bifurcations are key units in a braided river. Although simple bifurcations are well understood and can be analyzed by 1D models (e.g. Bolla Pittaluga et al., 2003 and Kleinhans et al., 2008), predicting the stability and dynamics of multiple interacting bifurcations in a braided river with migrating bars requires understanding of the interaction between braid bars, channel network and bifurcations, in particular the upstream curvature and downstream backwater effects. Our objective is to understand the evolution of bifurcations at migrating bars in a braided river and the effects on bar evolution. We used the 3D numerical morphodynamic model Delft3D to produce a dynamically braiding sand bed river. This model solves the 3D-flow and computes sediment transport and bed level change accounting for effects of transverse bed slope. It includes a simple bank erosion model to reactivate emerged areas. The morphology of mid-channel bars produced by the model was analyzed and the partitioning of water and sediment over the bifurcating channels are compared with a 1D model concept. Next, the evolution of bars is linked to that of the bifurcations, in order to infer relations between bar morphology and bifurcation evolution. We find that upstream bar dynamics have a major effect on the stability of bifurcations. Migration and elongation of bars can close the upstream entrance of a bifurcation channel, independent of the stability of the bifurcation. Moreover, bifurcation angle and upstream curvature can be affected by upstream bar migration and elongation, which steers flow and sediment partitioning at the bifurcation. At the same time, the partitioning of water and sediment over a bifurcation affects bar shape. Sediment eroded at one of the bar sides just downstream of the bifurcation deposits downstream of the braid bar in the form of tail bars. Hence bar shape as observable on imagery contains useful information about the evolution of the upstream bifurcation and

  19. ROE Sea Level Relative

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This point dataset represents changes in relative sea level along U.S. coasts, 1960-2013. Data were provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

  20. Dynamic Bifurcations

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    1991-01-01

    Dynamical Bifurcation Theory is concerned with the phenomena that occur in one parameter families of dynamical systems (usually ordinary differential equations), when the parameter is a slowly varying function of time. During the last decade these phenomena were observed and studied by many mathematicians, both pure and applied, from eastern and western countries, using classical and nonstandard analysis. It is the purpose of this book to give an account of these developments. The first paper, by C. Lobry, is an introduction: the reader will find here an explanation of the problems and some easy examples; this paper also explains the role of each of the other paper within the volume and their relationship to one another. CONTENTS: C. Lobry: Dynamic Bifurcations.- T. Erneux, E.L. Reiss, L.J. Holden, M. Georgiou: Slow Passage through Bifurcation and Limit Points. Asymptotic Theory and Applications.- M. Canalis-Durand: Formal Expansion of van der Pol Equation Canard Solutions are Gevrey.- V. Gautheron, E. Isambe...

  1. Region based level set segmentation of the outer wall of the carotid bifurcation in CTA

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    VUKADINOVIC, D.; Van Walsum, T.; Manniesing, R.; Rozie, S.; van der Lugt, A.; Niessen, W.J.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a level set based method for segmenting the outer vessel wall and plaque components of the carotid artery in CTA. The method employs a GentleBoost classification framework that classifies pixels as calcified region or not, and inside or outside the vessel wall. The combined result of both classifications is used to construct a speed function for level set based segmentation of the outer vessel wall; the segmented lumen is used to initialize the level set. The method has be...

  2. Effect of force-induced mechanical stress at the coronary artery bifurcation stenting: Relation to in-stent restenosis

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    Lee, Cheng-Hung [Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Jhong, Guan-Heng [Graduate Institute of Medical Mechatronics, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Ming-Yi; Wang, Chao-Jan [Department of Medical Imaging and Intervention, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Liu, Shih-Jung, E-mail: shihjung@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Hung, Kuo-Chun [Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China)

    2014-05-28

    The deployment of metallic stents during percutaneous coronary intervention has become common in the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions. However, restenosis occurs mostly at the bifurcation area even in present era of drug-eluting stents. To achieve adequate deployment, physicians may unintentionally apply force to the strut of the stents through balloon, guiding catheters, or other devices. This force may deform the struts and impose excessive mechanical stresses on the arterial vessels, resulting in detrimental outcomes. This study investigated the relationship between the distribution of stress in a stent and bifurcation angle using finite element analysis. The unintentionally applied force following stent implantation was measured using a force sensor that was made in the laboratory. Geometrical information on the coronary arteries of 11 subjects was extracted from contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan data. The numerical results reveal that the application of force by physicians generated significantly higher mechanical stresses in the arterial bifurcation than in the proximal and distal parts of the stent (post hoc P < 0.01). The maximal stress on the vessels was significantly higher at bifurcation angle <70° than at angle ≧70° (P < 0.05). The maximal stress on the vessels was negatively correlated with bifurcation angle (P < 0.01). Stresses at the bifurcation ostium may cause arterial wall injury and restenosis, especially at small bifurcation angles. These finding highlight the effect of force-induced mechanical stress at coronary artery bifurcation stenting, and potential mechanisms of in-stent restenosis, along with their relationship with bifurcation angle.

  3. Region based level set segmentation of the outer wall of the carotid bifurcation in CTA

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    Vukadinovic, D.; van Walsum, T.; Manniesing, R.; Rozie, S.; van der Lugt, A.; Niessen, W. J.

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents a level set based method for segmenting the outer vessel wall and plaque components of the carotid artery in CTA. The method employs a GentleBoost classification framework that classifies pixels as calcified region or not, and inside or outside the vessel wall. The combined result of both classifications is used to construct a speed function for level set based segmentation of the outer vessel wall; the segmented lumen is used to initialize the level set. The method has been optimized on 20 datasets and evaluated on 80 datasets for which manually annotated data was available as reference. The average Dice similarity of the outer vessel wall segmentation was 92%, which compares favorably to previous methods.

  4. Noise induced Hopf bifurcation

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    Shuda, I. A.; Borysov, S S; A.I. Olemskoi

    2008-01-01

    We consider effect of stochastic sources upon self-organization process being initiated with creation of the limit cycle induced by the Hopf bifurcation. General relations obtained are applied to the stochastic Lorenz system to show that departure from equilibrium steady state can destroy the limit cycle in dependence of relation between characteristic scales of temporal variation of principle variables. Noise induced resonance related to the limit cycle is found to appear if the fastest vari...

  5. Multiple Bifurcations in the Periodic Orbit around Eros

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    Ni, Yanshuo; Baoyin, Hexi

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the multiple bifurcations in periodic orbit families in the potential field of a highly irregular-shaped celestial body. Topological cases of periodic orbits and four kinds of basic bifurcations in periodic orbit families are studied. Multiple bifurcations in periodic orbit families consist of four kinds of basic bifurcations. We found both binary period-doubling bifurcations and binary tangent bifurcations in periodic orbit families around asteroid 433 Eros. The periodic orbit family with binary period-doubling bifurcations is nearly circular, with almost zero inclination, and is reversed relative to the body of the asteroid 433 Eros. This implies that there are two stable regions separated by one unstable region for the motion around this asteroid. In addition, we found triple bifurcations which consist of two real saddle bifurcations and one period-doubling bifurcation. A periodic orbit family generated from an equilibrium point of asteroid 433 Eros has five bifurcations, which are one real ...

  6. Energetics and monsoon bifurcations

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    Seshadri, Ashwin K.

    2016-04-01

    Monsoons involve increases in dry static energy (DSE), with primary contributions from increased shortwave radiation and condensation of water vapor, compensated by DSE export via horizontal fluxes in monsoonal circulations. We introduce a simple box-model characterizing evolution of the DSE budget to study nonlinear dynamics of steady-state monsoons. Horizontal fluxes of DSE are stabilizing during monsoons, exporting DSE and hence weakening the monsoonal circulation. By contrast latent heat addition (LHA) due to condensation of water vapor destabilizes, by increasing the DSE budget. These two factors, horizontal DSE fluxes and LHA, are most strongly dependent on the contrast in tropospheric mean temperature between land and ocean. For the steady-state DSE in the box-model to be stable, the DSE flux should depend more strongly on the temperature contrast than LHA; stronger circulation then reduces DSE and thereby restores equilibrium. We present conditions for this to occur. The main focus of the paper is describing conditions for bifurcation behavior of simple models. Previous authors presented a minimal model of abrupt monsoon transitions and argued that such behavior can be related to a positive feedback called the `moisture advection feedback'. However, by accounting for the effect of vertical lapse rate of temperature on the DSE flux, we show that bifurcations are not a generic property of such models despite these fluxes being nonlinear in the temperature contrast. We explain the origin of this behavior and describe conditions for a bifurcation to occur. This is illustrated for the case of the July-mean monsoon over India. The default model with mean parameter estimates does not contain a bifurcation, but the model admits bifurcation as parameters are varied.

  7. Lagrangian relative equilibria for a gyrostat in the three-body problem: bifurcations and stability

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    Guirao, Juan L G; Vera, Juan A, E-mail: juan.garcia@upct.e, E-mail: juanantonio.vera@upct.e [Departamento de Matematica Aplicada y EstadIstica, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Hospital de Marina, 30203 Cartagena, Region de Murcia (Spain)

    2010-05-14

    In this paper we consider the non-canonical Hamiltonian dynamics of a gyrostat in the frame of the three-body problem. Using geometric/mechanic methods we study the approximate dynamics of the truncated Legendre series representation of the potential of an arbitrary order. Working in the reduced problem, we study the existence of relative equilibria that we refer to as Lagrange type following the analogy with the standard techniques. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the linear stability of Lagrangian relative equilibria if the gyrostat morphology form is close to a sphere. Thus, we generalize the classical results on equilibria of the three-body problem and many results on them obtained by the classic approach for the case of rigid bodies.

  8. Multiple bifurcations in the periodic orbit around Eros

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    Ni, Yanshuo; Jiang, Yu; Baoyin, Hexi

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the multiple bifurcations in periodic orbit families in the potential field of a highly irregular-shaped celestial body. Topological cases of periodic orbits and four kinds of basic bifurcations in periodic orbit families are studied. Multiple bifurcations in periodic orbit families consist of four kinds of basic bifurcations. We found both binary period-doubling bifurcations and binary tangent bifurcations in periodic orbit families around asteroid 433 Eros. The periodic orbit family with binary period-doubling bifurcations is nearly circular, with almost zero inclination, and is reversed relative to the body of the asteroid 433 Eros. This implies that there are two stable regions separated by one unstable region for the motion around this asteroid. In addition, we found triple bifurcations which consist of two real saddle bifurcations and one period-doubling bifurcation. A periodic orbit family generated from an equilibrium point of asteroid 433 Eros has five bifurcations, which are one real saddle bifurcation, two tangent bifurcations, and two period-doubling bifurcations.

  9. About Bifurcational Parametric Simplification

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    Gol'dshtein, V; Yablonsky, G

    2015-01-01

    A concept of "critical" simplification was proposed by Yablonsky and Lazman in 1996 for the oxidation of carbon monoxide over a platinum catalyst using a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. The main observation was a simplification of the mechanism at ignition and extinction points. The critical simplification is an example of a much more general phenomenon that we call \\emph{a bifurcational parametric simplification}. Ignition and extinction points are points of equilibrium multiplicity bifurcations, i.e., they are points of a corresponding bifurcation set for parameters. Any bifurcation produces a dependence between system parameters. This is a mathematical explanation and/or justification of the "parametric simplification". It leads us to a conjecture that "maximal bifurcational parametric simplification" corresponds to the "maximal bifurcation complexity." This conjecture can have practical applications for experimental study, because at points of "maximal bifurcation complexity" the number of independent sys...

  10. Grazing Orbits and Related Local Bifurcations of an Oscillator with Continuous and Piecewise-Linear Restoring Force

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    Haiyan Hu

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available One critical case for the motion of a periodically excited oscillator with continuous and piecewise-linear restoring force is that the motion happens to graze a switching plane between two linear regions of the restoring force. This article presents a numerical scheme for locating the periodic grazing orbit first. Then, through a brief analysis, the article shows that the grazing phenomenon turns the stability trend of the periodic orbit so abruptly that it may be impossible to predict an incident local bifurcation with the variation of a control parameter from the concept of smooth dynamic systems. The numerical simulation in the article well supports the scheme and the analysis, and shows an abundance of grazing phenomena in an engineering range of the excitation frequency.

  11. Unfolding the Riddling Bifurcation

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    Maistrenko, Yu.; Popovych, O.; Mosekilde, Erik

    1999-01-01

    We present analytical conditions for the riddling bifurcation in a system of two symmetrically coupled, identical, smooth one-dimensional maps to be soft or hard and describe a generic scenario for the transformations of the basin of attraction following a soft riddling bifurcation.......We present analytical conditions for the riddling bifurcation in a system of two symmetrically coupled, identical, smooth one-dimensional maps to be soft or hard and describe a generic scenario for the transformations of the basin of attraction following a soft riddling bifurcation....

  12. Grazing-sliding bifurcations, border collision maps and the curse of dimensionality for piecewise smooth bifurcation theory

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    We show that maps describing border collision bifurcations (continuous but non-differentiable discrete time maps) are subject to a curse of dimensionality: it is impossible to reduce the study of the general case to low dimensions, since in every dimension the bifurcation can produce fundamentally different attractors (contrary to the case of local bifurcations in smooth systems). In particular we show that n-dimensional border collision bifurcations can have invariant sets of dimension k for integer k from 0 to n. We also show that the border collision normal form is related to grazing-sliding bifurcations of switching dynamical systems. This implies that the dynamics of these two apparently distinct bifurcations (one for discrete time dynamics, the other for continuous time dynamics) are closely related and hence that a similar curse of dimensionality holds in grazing-sliding bifurcations. (paper)

  13. Semiclassical interference of bifurcations

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    Schomerus, H

    1997-01-01

    In semiclassical studies of systems with mixed phase space, the neighbourhood of bifurcations of co-dimension two is felt strongly even though such bifurcations are ungeneric in classical mechanics. We discuss a scenario which reveals this fact and derive the correct semiclassical contribution of the bifurcating orbits to the trace of the unitary time evolution operator. That contribution has a certain collective character rather than being additive in the individual periodic orbits involved. The relevance of our observation is demonstrated by a numerical study of the kicked top; the collective contribution derived is found to considerably improve the semiclassical approximation of the trace.

  14. Oscillatory flow in bifurcating tubes

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    Respiratory fluid mechanics is characterized by flow through bifurcating, Y-shaped, tubes. Steady flow through such geometries has been studied in detail by several authors. However, the recent widespread use of high frequency mechanical assistance of ventilation has generated interest in unsteady flows. A symmetric, singly branching pipe has been constructed, with its bifurcation shaped to model pulmonary conditions. The form of the bifurcation is based on CAT scans of human tracheal carinas. Its features include an area change of the parent tube from circular to roughly elliptical near the junction, a pinch-off effect on the parent tube, smoothly curved outer walls at the junction, and a sharp flow divider. Parent and daughter tubes have an l/d ratio of > 50, so that entrance effects are avoided. In order to better understand the effects of unsteadiness, piston driven, laminar, purely oscillatory flow has been established in the pipe for a variety of Womersley numbers. By appropriate choices of flow frequency and amplitude, fluid viscosity, and pipe diameter, tracheal Reynolds and Womersley numbers have been matched for resting breathing (tidal volume of 600 ml to 0.25 Hz), high frequency breathing (50 ml at 5 Hz), and intermediate breathing levels

  15. Codimension Two Bifurcations and Rythms in Neural Mass Models

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    2009-01-01

    Temporal lobe epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorder characterized by the occurrence of spontaneous recurrent seizures which can be observed at the level of populations through electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings. This paper summarizes some preliminary works aimed to understand from a theoretical viewpoint the occurrence of this type of seizures and the origin of the oscillatory activity in some classical cortical column models. We relate these rhythmic activities to the structure of the set of periodic orbits in the models, and therefore to their bifurcations. We will be mainly interested Jansen and Rit model, and study the codimension one, two and a codimension three bifurcations of equilibria and cycles of this model. We can therefore understand the effect of the different biological parameters of the system of the apparition of epileptiform activity and observe the emergence of alpha, delta and theta sleep waves in a certain range of parameter. We then present a very quick stud...

  16. Bifurcation phenomena in control flows

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    Colonius, Fritz; Fabbri, Roberta; Johnson, Russell; Spadini, Marco

    2007-01-01

    We study bifurcation phenomena in control flows and the bifurcation of control sets. A Mel'nikov method and the Conley index together with exponential dichotomy theory and integral manifold theory are used.

  17. Safe, explosive, and dangerous bifurcations in dissipative dynamical systems

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    Thompson, J.M.T. (Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and Its Applications, Civil Engineering Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E6BT (United Kingdom)); Stewart, H.B. (Mathematical Sciences Group, Building 490-A, Department of Applied Science, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States)); Ueda, Y. (Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606 (Japan))

    1994-02-01

    A comprehensive listing of the generic codimension-1 attractor bifurcations of dissipative dynamical systems is presented. It includes local and global bifurcations of regular and chaotic attractors. The bifurcations are classified according to the continuity or discontinuity of the attractor path, which governs the physical outcome that would be observed under a slow control sweep. Related issues of determinacy, hysteresis, basin structure, and intermittency are addressed. Recently discovered chaotic bifurcations are discussed in some detail, with particular reference to the regular or chaotic saddle-type destroyer with which an attractor may collide.

  18. Safe, explosive, and dangerous bifurcations in dissipative dynamical systems

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    A comprehensive listing of the generic codimension-1 attractor bifurcations of dissipative dynamical systems is presented. It includes local and global bifurcations of regular and chaotic attractors. The bifurcations are classified according to the continuity or discontinuity of the attractor path, which governs the physical outcome that would be observed under a slow control sweep. Related issues of determinacy, hysteresis, basin structure, and intermittency are addressed. Recently discovered chaotic bifurcations are discussed in some detail, with particular reference to the regular or chaotic saddle-type destroyer with which an attractor may collide

  19. Views on the Hopf bifurcation with respect to voltage instabilities

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    Roa-Sepulveda, C.A. [Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion (Chile). Dept. de Ingenieria Electrica; Knight, U.G. [Imperial Coll. of Science and Technology, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents a sensitivity study of the Hopf bifurcation phenomenon which can in theory appear in power systems, with reference to the dynamics of the process and the impact of demand characteristics. Conclusions are drawn regarding power levels at which these bifurcations could appear and concern the concept of the imaginary axis as a `hard` limit eigenvalue analyses. (author) 20 refs., 31 figs.

  20. Internal carotid artery bifurcation aneurysms. Surgical experience

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    Internal carotid artery (ICA) bifurcation aneurysms are relatively uncommon and frequently rupture at a younger age compared to other intracranial aneurysms. We have treated a total of 999 patients for intracranial aneurysms, of whom 89 (8.9%) had ICA bifurcation aneurysms, and 42 of the 89 patients were 30 years of age or younger. The present study analyzed the clinical records of 70 patients with ICA bifurcation aneurysms treated from mid 1997 to mid 2003. Multiple aneurysms were present in 15 patients. Digital subtraction angiography films were studied in 55 patients to identify vasospasm and aneurysm projection. The aneurysm projected superiorly in most of these patients (37/55, 67.3%). We preferred to minimize frontal lobe retraction, so widely opened the sylvian fissure to approach the ICA bifurcation and aneurysm neck. Elective temporary clipping was employed before the final dissection and permanent clip application. Vasospasm was present in 24 (43.6%) of 55 patients. Forty-eight (68.6%) of the 70 patients had good outcome, 14 (20%) had poor outcome, and eight (11.4%) died. Patients with ICA bifurcation aneurysms tend to bleed at a much younger age compared to those with other intracranial aneurysms. Wide opening of the sylvian fissure and elective temporary clipping of the ICA reduces the risk of intraoperative rupture and perforator injury. Mortality was mainly due to poor clinical grade and intraoperative premature aneurysm rupture. (author)

  1. Backward bifurcation and control in transmission dynamics of arboviral diseases.

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    Abboubakar, Hamadjam; Claude Kamgang, Jean; Tieudjo, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we derive and analyze a compartmental model for the control of arboviral diseases which takes into account an imperfect vaccine combined with individual protection and some vector control strategies already studied in the literature. After the formulation of the model, a qualitative study based on stability analysis and bifurcation theory reveals that the phenomenon of backward bifurcation may occur. The stable disease-free equilibrium of the model coexists with a stable endemic equilibrium when the reproduction number, R0, is less than unity. Using Lyapunov function theory, we prove that the trivial equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable. When the disease-induced death is not considered, or/and, when the standard incidence is replaced by the mass action incidence, the backward bifurcation does not occur. Under a certain condition, we establish the global asymptotic stability of the disease-free equilibrium of the principal model. Through sensitivity analysis, we determine the relative importance of model parameters for disease transmission. Numerical simulations show that the combination of several control mechanisms would significantly reduce the spread of the disease, if we maintain the level of each control high, and this, over a long period. PMID:27321192

  2. Global Bifurcations With Symmetry

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    Porter, J B

    2001-01-01

    Symmetry is a ubiquitous feature of physical systems with profound implications for their dynamics. This thesis investigates the role of symmetry in global bifurcations. In particular, the structure imposed by symmetry can encourage the formation of complex solutions such as heteroclinic cycles and chaotic invariant sets. The first study focuses on the dynamics of 1:n steady-state mode interactions in the presence of O(2) symmetry. The normal form equations considered are relevant to a variety of physical problems including Rayleigh-Bénard convection with periodic boundary conditions. In open regions of parameter space these equations contain structurally stable heteroclinic cycles composed of connections between standing wave, pure mode, and trivial solutions. These structurally stable cycles exist between two global bifurcations, the second of which involves an additional mixed mode state and creates as many as four distinct kinds of structurally unstable heteroclinic cycles. The various cycles c...

  3. Comments on the Bifurcation Structure of 1D Maps

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    Belykh, V.N.; Mosekilde, Erik

    1997-01-01

    The paper presents a complementary view on some of the phenomena related to the bifurcation structure of unimodal maps. An approximate renormalization theory for the period-doubling cascade is developed, and a mapping procedure is established that accounts directly for the box-within-a-box struct......The paper presents a complementary view on some of the phenomena related to the bifurcation structure of unimodal maps. An approximate renormalization theory for the period-doubling cascade is developed, and a mapping procedure is established that accounts directly for the box......-within-a-box structure of the total bifurcation set. This presents a picture in which the homoclinic orbit bifurcations act as a skeleton for the bifurcational set. At the same time, experimental results on continued subharmonic generation for piezoelectrically amplified sound waves, predating the Feigenbaum theory, are...

  4. Symmetric/asymmetric bifurcation behaviours of a bogie system

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    Xue-jun, Gao; Ying-hui, Li; Yuan, Yue; True, Hans

    2013-02-01

    Based on the bifurcation and stability theory of dynamical systems, the symmetric/asymmetric bifurcation behaviours and chaotic motions of a railway bogie system under a complex nonlinear wheel-rail contact relation are investigated in detail by the 'resultant bifurcation diagram' method with slowly increasing and decreasing speed. It is found that the stationary equilibrium solution and the periodic motions coexist due to the sub-critical Hopf bifurcation in the railway bogie system. It is also found that multiple solutions coexist in many speed ranges. The coexistence of multiple solutions may result in a jump and hysteresis of the oscillating amplitude for different kinds of disturbances. It should be avoided in the normal operation. Furthermore, it is found that symmetry-breaking of the system through a pitchfork bifurcation leads to asymmetric chaotic motions in the railway bogie system. The speed ranges of asymmetric chaotic motions are, however, small.

  5. Hormone levels in radiotherapy treatment related fatigue

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    Radiotherapy is known to cause debilitating treatment related fatigue. Fatigue in general is a conglomeration of psychological, physical, hematological and unknown factors influencing the internal milieu of the cancer patient. Radiotherapy can add stress at the cellular and somatic level to aggravate further fatigue in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Stress related hormones might be mediating in the development of fatigue. This is an ongoing prospective study to evaluate if the hormonal profile related to stress is influenced by radiotherapy treatment related fatigue. The study was conducted from September 2002 onwards in the division of Radiotherapy and Oncology of our Medical School. Previously untreated patients with histopathology proof of malignancy requiring external beam radiotherapy were considered for this study. Selection criteria were applied to exclude other causes of fatigue. Initial fatigue score was obtained using Pipers Fatigue Score questionnaire containing 23 questions, subsequently final fatigue score was obtained at the end of radiotherapy. Blood samples were obtained to estimate the levels of ACTH, TSH, HGH, and cortisol on the final assessment. The hormone levels were compared with resultant post radiotherapy fatigue score. At the time of reporting 50 patients were evaluable for the study. The total significant fatigue score was observed among 12 (24%) patients. The individual debilitating fatigue score were behavioral severity 14 (28%), affective meaning 14(28%), Sensory 13 (26%) and cognitive mood 10 (20%) respectively. From the analysis of hormonal profile, growth hormone level > 1 ng/mL and TSH <0.03 appears to be associated with high fatigue score (though statistically not significant); whereas there was no correlation with ACTH and serum cortisol level. In our prospective study severe radiotherapy treatment related fatigue was found among our patient population. Low levels of TSH and high levels of GH appear to be associated

  6. Colloids related to low level and intermediate level waste

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    A comprehensive research investigation has been undertaken to improve the understanding of the potential role of colloids in the context of disposal and storage of low level and intermediate level waste immobilized in cement. Several topics have been investigated which include: (a) the study of the formation and characteristics of colloids in cement leachates; (b) the effects of the near-field aqueous chemistry on the characteristics of colloids in repository environments; (c) colloid sorption behaviour; (d) interactions of near-field materials with leachates; (e) characteristics of near-field materials in EC repository simulation tests; and (f) colloid migration behaviour. These experimental investigations should provide data and a basis for the development of transport models and leaching mechanisms, and thus relate directly to the part of the Task 3 programme concerned with migration and retention of radionuclides in the near field. 114 Figs.; 39 Tabs.; 12 Refs

  7. Introduction to bifurcation theory

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    Bifurcation theory is a subject with classical mathematical origins. The modern development of the subject starts with Poincare and the qualitative theory of differential equations. In recent years, the theory has undergone a tremendous development with the infusion of new ideas and methods from dynamical systems theory, singularity theory, group theory, and computer-assisted studies of dynamics. As a result, it is difficult to draw the boundaries of the theory with any confidence. In this review, the objects in question will be parameterized families of dynamical systems (vector fields or maps). In the sciences these families commonly arise when one formulates equations of motion to model a physical system. We specifically analyze how the time evolution near an equilibrium can change as parameters are varied; for simplicity we consider the case of a single parameter only

  8. Bifurcations sights, sounds, and mathematics

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    Matsumoto, Takashi; Kokubu, Hiroshi; Tokunaga, Ryuji

    1993-01-01

    Bifurcation originally meant "splitting into two parts. " Namely, a system under­ goes a bifurcation when there is a qualitative change in the behavior of the sys­ tem. Bifurcation in the context of dynamical systems, where the time evolution of systems are involved, has been the subject of research for many scientists and engineers for the past hundred years simply because bifurcations are interesting. A very good way of understanding bifurcations would be to see them first and study theories second. Another way would be to first comprehend the basic concepts and theories and then see what they look like. In any event, it is best to both observe experiments and understand the theories of bifurcations. This book attempts to provide a general audience with both avenues toward understanding bifurcations. Specifically, (1) A variety of concrete experimental results obtained from electronic circuits are given in Chapter 1. All the circuits are very simple, which is crucial in any experiment. The circuits, howev...

  9. Coastal subsidence and relative sea level rise

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    Ingebritsen, Steven E.; Galloway, Devin L.

    2014-01-01

    Subsurface fluid-pressure declines caused by pumping of groundwater or hydrocarbons can lead to aquifer-system compaction and consequent land subsidence. This subsidence can be rapid, as much as 30 cm per year in some instances, and large, totaling more than 13 m in extreme examples. Thus anthropogenic subsidence may be the dominant contributor to relative sea-level rise in coastal environments where subsurface fluids are heavily exploited. Maximum observed rates of human-induced subsidence greatly exceed the rates of natural subsidence of unconsolidated sediments (~0.1–1 cm yr−1) and the estimated rates of ongoing global sea-level rise (~0.3 cm yr−1).

  10. DYNAMIC BIFURCATION OF NONLINEAR EVOLUTION EQUATIONS

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    MA TIAN; WANG SHOUHONG

    2005-01-01

    The authors introduce a notion of dynamic bifurcation for nonlinear evolution equations, which can be called attractor bifurcation. It is proved that as the control parameter crosses certain critical value, the system bifurcates from a trivial steady state solution to an attractor with dimension between m and m + 1, where m + 1 is the number of eigenvalues crossing the imaginary axis. The attractor bifurcation theory presented in this article generalizes the existing steady state bifurcations and the Hopf bifurcations. It provides a unified point of view on dynamic bifurcation and can be applied to many problems in physics and mechanics.

  11. Bifurcation theory for hexagonal agglomeration in economic geography

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    Ikeda, Kiyohiro

    2014-01-01

    This book contributes to an understanding of how bifurcation theory adapts to the analysis of economic geography. It is easily accessible not only to mathematicians and economists, but also to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in nonlinear mathematics. The self-organization of hexagonal agglomeration patterns of industrial regions was first predicted by the central place theory in economic geography based on investigations of southern Germany. The emergence of hexagonal agglomeration in economic geography models was envisaged by Krugman. In this book, after a brief introduction of central place theory and new economic geography, the missing link between them is discovered by elucidating the mechanism of the evolution of bifurcating hexagonal patterns. Pattern formation by such bifurcation is a well-studied topic in nonlinear mathematics, and group-theoretic bifurcation analysis is a well-developed theoretical tool. A finite hexagonal lattice is used to express uniformly distri...

  12. Bifurcations, instabilities, degradation in geomechanics

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    Exadaktylos, George

    2007-01-01

    Leading international researchers and practitioners of bifurcations and instabilities in geomechanics debate the developments and applications which have occurred over the last few decades. The topics covered include modeling of bifurcation, structural failure of geomaterials and geostructures, advanced analytical, numerical and experimental techniques, and application and development of generalised continuum models etc. In addition analytical solutions, numerical methods, experimental techniques, and case histories are presented. Beside fundamental research findings, applications in geotechni

  13. CISM Session on Bifurcation and Stability of Dissipative Systems

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    The first theme concerns the plastic buckling of structures in the spirit of Hill’s classical approach. Non-bifurcation and stability criteria are introduced and post-bifurcation analysis performed by asymptotic development method in relation with Hutchinson’s work. Some recent results on the generalized standard model are given and their connection to Hill’s general formulation is presented. Instability phenomena of inelastic flow processes such as strain localization and necking are discussed. The second theme concerns stability and bifurcation problems in internally damaged or cracked colids. In brittle fracture or brittle damage, the evolution law of crack lengths or damage parameters is time-independent like in plasticity and leads to a similar mathematical description of the quasi-static evolution. Stability and non-bifurcation criteria in the sense of Hill can be again obtained from the discussion of the rate response.

  14. Bursting oscillations, bifurcation and synchronization in neuronal systems

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    Highlights: → We investigate bursting oscillations and related bifurcation in the modified Morris-Lecar neuron. → Two types of fast-slow bursters are analyzed in detail. → We show the properties of some crucial bifurcation points. → Synchronization transition and the neural excitability are explored in the coupled bursters. - Abstract: This paper investigates bursting oscillations and related bifurcation in the modified Morris-Lecar neuron. It is shown that for some appropriate parameters, the modified Morris-Lecar neuron can exhibit two types of fast-slow bursters, that is 'circle/fold cycle' bursting and 'subHopf/homoclinic' bursting with class 1 and class 2 neural excitability, which have different neuro-computational properties. By means of the analysis of fast-slow dynamics and phase plane, we explore bifurcation mechanisms associated with the two types of bursters. Furthermore, the properties of some crucial bifurcation points, which can determine the type of the burster, are studied by the stability and bifurcation theory. In addition, we investigate the influence of the coupling strength on synchronization transition and the neural excitability in two electrically coupled bursters with the same bursting type. More interestingly, the multi-time-scale synchronization transition phenomenon is found as the coupling strength varies.

  15. Effects of Bifurcations on Aft-Fan Engine Nacelle Noise

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    Nark, Douglas M.; Farassat, Fereidoun; Pope, D. Stuart; Vatsa, Veer N.

    2004-01-01

    Aft-fan engine nacelle noise is a significant factor in the increasingly important issue of aircraft community noise. The ability to predict such noise within complex duct geometries is a valuable tool in studying possible noise attenuation methods. A recent example of code development for such predictions is the ducted fan noise propagation and radiation code CDUCT-LaRC. This work focuses on predicting the effects of geometry changes (i.e. bifurcations, pylons) on aft fan noise propagation. Beginning with simplified geometries, calculations show that bifurcations lead to scattering of acoustic energy into higher order modes. In addition, when circumferential mode number and the number of bifurcations are properly commensurate, bifurcations increase the relative importance of the plane wave mode near the exhaust plane of the bypass duct. This is particularly evident when the bypass duct surfaces include acoustic treatment. Calculations involving more complex geometries further illustrate that bifurcations and pylons clearly affect modal content, in both propagation and radiation calculations. Additionally, results show that consideration of acoustic radiation results may provide further insight into acoustic treatment effectiveness for situations in which modal decomposition may not be straightforward. The ability of CDUCT-LaRC to handle complex (non-axisymmetric) multi-block geometries, as well as axially and circumferentially segmented liners, allows investigation into the effects of geometric elements (bifurcations, pylons).

  16. Invariant manifolds and global bifurcations.

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    Guckenheimer, John; Krauskopf, Bernd; Osinga, Hinke M; Sandstede, Björn

    2015-09-01

    Invariant manifolds are key objects in describing how trajectories partition the phase spaces of a dynamical system. Examples include stable, unstable, and center manifolds of equilibria and periodic orbits, quasiperiodic invariant tori, and slow manifolds of systems with multiple timescales. Changes in these objects and their intersections with variation of system parameters give rise to global bifurcations. Bifurcation manifolds in the parameter spaces of multi-parameter families of dynamical systems also play a prominent role in dynamical systems theory. Much progress has been made in developing theory and computational methods for invariant manifolds during the past 25 years. This article highlights some of these achievements and remaining open problems. PMID:26428557

  17. Bifurcations and intermittent magnetic activity

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    The sequence of equilibria of two-dimensional reduced magnetohydrodynamics has been studied as a function of the tearing mode stability parameter Δ'. After a symmetry-breaking bifurcation occurring at Δ' ∼ 0, which originates a state with a small magnetic island, the system undergoes a second bifurcation, of tangent type, at Δ' ∼ 1. Above this value, no stationary solutions with small islands exist. The system rapidly develops an island of macroscopic size. This general property is proposed as a basic ingredient of the intermittent events observed in magnetically confined plasmas. (author)

  18. Bifurcations and intermittent magnetic activity

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    Tebaldi, C.; Ottaviani, M.; Porcelli, F. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking

    1996-04-01

    The sequence of equilibria of two-dimensional reduced magnetohydrodynamics has been studied as a function of the tearing mode stability parameter {Delta}`. After a symmetry-breaking bifurcation occurring at {Delta}` {approx} 0, which originates a state with a small magnetic island, the system undergoes a second bifurcation, of tangent type, at {Delta}` {approx} 1. Above this value, no stationary solutions with small islands exist. The system rapidly develops an island of macroscopic size. This general property is proposed as a basic ingredient of the intermittent events observed in magnetically confined plasmas. (author).

  19. Multiple Bifurcations of a Cylindrical Dynamical System

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    Han Ning; Cao Qingjie

    2016-01-01

    This paper focuses on multiple bifurcations of a cylindrical dynamical system, which is evolved from a rotating pendulum with SD oscillator. The rotating pendulum system exhibits the coupling dynamics property of the bistable state and conventional pendulum with the ho- moclinic orbits of the first and second type. A double Andronov-Hopf bifurcation, two saddle-node bifurcations of periodic orbits and a pair of homoclinic bifurcations are detected by using analytical analysis and nu- merical ...

  20. Bifurcations associated with sub-synchronous resonance

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    Mitani, Yasunori; K. Tsuji; M.Varghese; Wu, F. F.; VARAIYA, P

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes a set of results of detecting nonlinear phenomena appearing in a turbine generator power system with series-capacitor compensation. The analysis was based on the Floquet theory as well as the Hopf bifurcation theorem. After the first Hopf bifurcation, the stable limit cycle bifurcates to a stable torus and an unstable limit cycle which connects to a stable limit cycle by a supercritical torus bifurcation. The stable limit cycle joins with an unstable limit cycle at a cycl...

  1. Bifurcation of steady tearing states

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    We apply the bifurcation theory for compact operators to the problem of the nonlinear solutions of the 3-dimensional incompressible visco-resistive MHD equations. For the plane plasma slab model we compute branches of nonlinear tearing modes, which are stationary for the range of parameters investigated up to now

  2. Colloids related to low level and intermediate level waste

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    A comprehensive investigation has been undertaken to improve the understanding of the potential role of colloids in the context of disposal and storage of low and intermediate level waste immobilised in cement. Several topics have been investigated using a wide range of advanced physico-chemical and analytical techniques. These include: (a) the study of formation and characteristics of colloids in cement leachates, (b) the effects of the near-field aqueous chemistry on the characteristics of colloids in repository environments, (c) colloid sorption behaviour, (d) interactions of near-field materials with leachates, and (e) preliminary assessment of colloid migration behaviour. It has been shown that the generation of colloids in cement leachates can arise from a process of nucleation and growth leading to an amorphous phase which is predominantly calcium silicate hydrate. Such colloidal material has a capacity for association with polyvalent rare earths and actinides and these may be significant in the source term and processes involving radionuclide retention in the near field. It has also been shown that the near-field aqueous chemistry (pH, Ca2+ concentration) has a marked effect on colloid behaviour (deposition and stability). A mechanistic approach to predict colloid sorption affinity has been developed which highlights the importance of colloid characteristics and the nature of the ionic species. (author)

  3. Homoclinic bifurcation in Chua’s circuit

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    S K Dana; S Chakraborty; G Ananthakrishna

    2005-03-01

    We report our experimental observations of the Shil’nikov-type homoclinic chaos in asymmetry-induced Chua’s oscillator. The asymmetry plays a crucial role in the related homoclinic bifurcations. The asymmetry is introduced in the circuit by forcing a DC voltage. For a selected asymmetry, when a system parameter is controlled, we observed transition from large amplitude limit cycle to homoclinic chaos via a sequence of periodic mixed-mode oscillations interspersed by chaotic states. Moreover, we observed two intermediate bursting regimes. Experimental evidences of homoclinic chaos are verified with PSPICE simulations.

  4. Bifurcation Control, Manufacturing Planning and Formation Control

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    Wei Kang; Mumin Song; Ning Xi

    2005-01-01

    The paper consists of three topics on control theory and engineering applications, namely bifurcation control, manufacturing planning, and formation control. For each topic, we summarize the control problem to be addressed and some key ideas used in our recent research. Interested readers are referred to related publications for more details. Each of the three topics in this paper is technically independent from the other ones. However, all three parts together reflect the recent research activities of the first author, jointly with other researchers in different fields.

  5. Public relations work at a regional level

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    Kirchhoff, H.R.

    1982-04-01

    With 'Elektrizitaets-AG Mitteldeutschland (EAM)' (power corporation central Germany) - head office in Kassel and five works maintained in Kassel, Goettingen, Marburg, Dillenburg and Hanau - public relations work has a tradition. It is seen as conscious, planned and continued effort to build up the public understanding: Public relations work is intended to present the enterprise as a community with a multitude of technical, economic and social tasks, which can be carried out with optimal success only if supported by the confidence of society.

  6. Bifurcations analysis of turbulent energy cascade

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    Divitiis, Nicola de, E-mail: n.dedivitiis@gmail.com

    2015-03-15

    This note studies the mechanism of turbulent energy cascade through an opportune bifurcations analysis of the Navier–Stokes equations, and furnishes explanations on the more significant characteristics of the turbulence. A statistical bifurcations property of the Navier–Stokes equations in fully developed turbulence is proposed, and a spatial representation of the bifurcations is presented, which is based on a proper definition of the fixed points of the velocity field. The analysis first shows that the local deformation can be much more rapid than the fluid state variables, then explains the mechanism of energy cascade through the aforementioned property of the bifurcations, and gives reasonable argumentation of the fact that the bifurcations cascade can be expressed in terms of length scales. Furthermore, the study analyzes the characteristic length scales at the transition through global properties of the bifurcations, and estimates the order of magnitude of the critical Taylor-scale Reynolds number and the number of bifurcations at the onset of turbulence.

  7. Bifurcation phenomena near homoclinic systems: A two-parameters analysis

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    The bifurcations of periodic orbits in a class of autonomous three-variable, nonlinear-differential-equation systems possessing a homoclinic orbit associated with a saddle focus with eigenvalues (rho +- iω, lambda), where Vertical Barrho/lambdaVertical Bar<1 (Sil'nikov's condition), are studied in a two-parameters space. The perturbed homoclinic systems undergo a countable set of tangent bifurcation followed by period-doubling bifurcations leading to a periodic orbits which may be attractors if Vertical Barlambda/lVertical Bar<1/2. The accumulation rate of the critical parameter values at the homoclinic system is exp(-2πVertical Barrho/ωVertical Bar). A global mechanism for the onset of homoclinicity in strongly contractive flows is analyzed. Cusp bifurcations with bistability and hysteresis phenomena exist locally near the onset of homoclinicity. A countable set of these cusp bifurcations with scaling properties related to the eigenvalues rho +- iω of the stationary state are shown to occur in infinitely contractive flows. In the two-parameter space, the periodic orbit attractor domain exhibits a spiral structure globally, around the set of homoclinic systems, in which all the different periodic orbits are continuously connected

  8. Full system bifurcation analysis of endocrine bursting models.

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    Tsaneva-Atanasova, Krasimira; Osinga, Hinke M; Riess, Thorsten; Sherman, Arthur

    2010-06-21

    Plateau bursting is typical of many electrically excitable cells, such as endocrine cells that secrete hormones and some types of neurons that secrete neurotransmitters. Although in many of these cell types the bursting patterns are regulated by the interplay between voltage-gated calcium channels and calcium-sensitive potassium channels, they can be very different. We investigate so-called square-wave and pseudo-plateau bursting patterns found in endocrine cell models that are characterized by a super- or subcritical Hopf bifurcation in the fast subsystem, respectively. By using the polynomial model of Hindmarsh and Rose (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 221 (1222) 87-102), which preserves the main properties of the biophysical class of models that we consider, we perform a detailed bifurcation analysis of the full fast-slow system for both bursting patterns. We find that both cases lead to the same possibility of two routes to bursting, that is, the criticality of the Hopf bifurcation is not relevant for characterizing the route to bursting. The actual route depends on the relative location of the full-system's fixed point with respect to a homoclinic bifurcation of the fast subsystem. Our full-system bifurcation analysis reveals properties of endocrine bursting that are not captured by the standard fast-slow analysis. PMID:20307553

  9. Bifurcation and Secondary Bifurcation of Heavy Periodic Hydroelastic Travelling Waves

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    Baldi, Pietro; Toland, John F.

    2008-01-01

    The paper deals with a problem of interaction between hydrodynamics and mechanics of nonlinear elastic bodies. The existence question for two-dimensional symmetric steady waves travelling on the surface of a deep ocean beneath a heavy elastic membrane is analyzed as a problem in bifurcation theory. The behaviour of the two-dimensional cross-section of the membrane is modelled as a thin (unshearable), heavy, hyperelastic Cosserat rod, following Antman's elasticity theory, and the fluid beneath...

  10. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON SEDIMENT DISTRIBUTION AT CHANNEL BIFURCATION

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    G.M. Tarekul ISLAM; M.R. KABIR; Ainun NISHAT

    2002-01-01

    This paper presents the experimental results on the distribution of sediments at channel bifurcation.The experiments have been conducted in a physical model of channel bifurcation. It consists of a straight main channel which bifurcates into two branch channels of different widths. The test rig is a mobile bed with fixed bank. Four different noses have been used to study the phenomenon. For each nose, three upstream discharges viz. 20 l/s, 30 l/s and 40 l/s have been employed. From the measured data, discharges and sediment transport ratios per unit width are calculated in the downstream branches.These data have been set to the general nodal point relation and a set of equations has been developed to describe the distribution of sediments to the downstream branches for different nose angles.

  11. Level of Work Related Stress among Teachers in Elementary Schools

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    Teuta Agai–Demjaha

    2015-07-01

    CONCLUSION: Our findings confirm that the majority of interviewed teachers perceived their work-related stress as high or very high. In terms of the relationship between the level of teachers’ stress and certain demographic and job characteristics, according to our results, the level of work-related stress has shown significantly high relation to gender, age, levels of grades taught as well as working experience, and significant relation to the level of education.

  12. Bifurcation analysis of a forest-grassland ecosystem

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    Russo, Lucia; Spiliotis, Konstantinos G.

    2016-06-01

    The nonlinear analysis of a forest-grassland ecosystem is performed as the main system parameters are changed. The model consists of a couple of nonlinear ordinary differential equations which include dynamically the human perceptions of forest/grassland value. The system displays multiple steady states corresponding to different forest densities as well as periodic regimes characterized by oscillations in time. We performed the bifurcation analysis of the system as the parameter relative to the human opinions influence is changed. We found that the main mechanisms which regulate the transitions occurring between different states or the appearance of new steady and dynamic regimes are transcritical, saddle/node and Hopf bifurcations.

  13. Tibial hemimelia and femoral bifurcation.

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    Ugras, Ali Akin; Sungur, Ibrahim; Akyildiz, Mustafa Fehmi; Ercin, Ersin

    2010-02-01

    Femoral bifurcation and tibial agenesis are rare anomalies and have been described in both the Gollop-Wolfgang complex and tibial agenesis-ectrodactyly syndrome. This article presents a case of Gollop-Wolfgang complex without hand ectrodactyly. Tibial agenesis-ectrodactyly syndrome and Gollop-Wolfgang complex are variants of tibial field defect, which includes distal femoral duplication, tibial aplasia, oligo-ectrodactylous toe defects, and preaxial polydactyly, occasionally associated with hand ectrodactyly.This article describes the case of a patient with bilateral tibial hemimelia and left femoral bifurcation. The proximal tibial anlage had not been identified in the patient's left leg. After failed fibular transfer procedure, the knee was disarticulated. The other leg was treated with tibiofibular synostosis and centralization of fibula to os calcis. At 7-year follow-up, the patient ambulates with an above-knee prosthesis and uses an orthopedic boot for ankle stability.In patients with a congenital absence of the tibia, accurate diagnosis is of the utmost importance in planning future treatment. In the absence of proximal tibial anlage, especially in patients with femoral bifurcation, the knee should be disarticulated. Tibiofibular synostosis is a good choice in the presence of a proximal tibial anlage and good quadriceps function. PMID:20192156

  14. Inversion of hematocrit partition at microfluidic bifurcations

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    Shen, Zaiyi; Kaoui, Badr; Polack, Benoît; Harting, Jens; Misbah, Chaouqi; Podgorski, Thomas

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    Partitioning of red blood cells (RBCs) at the level of bifurcations in the microcirculatory system affects many physiological functions yet it remains poorly understood. We address this problem by using T-shaped microfluidic bifurcations as a model. Our computer simulations and in vitro experiments reveal that the hematocrit ($\\phi_0$) partition depends strongly on RBC deformability, as long as $\\phi_0 <20$% (within the normal range in microcirculation), and can even lead to complete deprivation of RBCs in a child branch. Furthermore, we discover a deviation from the Zweifach-Fung effect which states that the child branch with lower flow rate recruits less RBCs than the higher flow rate child branch. At small enough $\\phi_0$, we get the inverse scenario, and the hematocrit in the lower flow rate child branch is even higher than in the parent vessel. We explain this result by an intricate up-stream RBC organization and we highlight the extreme dependence of RBC transport on geometrical and cell mechanical p...

  15. Level of Work Related Stress among Teachers in Elementary Schools

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    Teuta Agai–Demjaha; Jovanka Karadzinska Bislimovska; Dragan Mijakoski

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    BACKGROUND: Teaching is considered a highly stressful occupation, with work-related stress levels among teachers being among the highest compared to other professions. Unfortunately there are very few studies regarding the levels of work-related stress among teachers in the Republic of Macedonia. AIM: To identify the level of self-perceived work-related stress among teachers in elementary schools and its relationship to gender, age, position in the workplace, the level of education and wo...

  16. BIFURCATIONS OF AIRFOIL IN INCOMPRESSIBLE FLOW

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    LiuFei; YangYiren

    2005-01-01

    Bifurcations of an airfoil with nonlinear pitching stiffness in incompressible flow are investigated. The pitching spring is regarded as a spring with cubic stiffness. The motion equations of the airfoil are written as the four dimensional one order differential equations. Taking air speed and the linear part of pitching stiffness as the parameters, the analytic solutions of the critical boundaries of pitchfork bifurcations and Hopf bifurcations are obtained in 2 dimensional parameter plane. The stabilities of the equilibrium points and the limit cycles in different regions of 2 dimensional parameter plane are analyzed. By means of harmonic balance method, the approximate critical boundaries of 2-multiple semi-stable limit cycle bifurcations are obtained, and the bifurcation points of supercritical or subcritical Hopf bifurcation are found. Some numerical simulation results are given.

  17. Bifurcation Structures in a Family of 1D Discontinuous Linear-Hyperbolic Invertible Maps

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    Makrooni, Roya; Gardini, Laura; Sushko, Iryna

    2015-12-01

    We consider a family of one-dimensional discontinuous invertible maps from an application in engineering. It is defined by a linear function and by a hyperbolic function with real exponent. The presence of vertical and horizontal asymptotes of the hyperbolic branch leads to particular codimension-two border collision bifurcation (BCB) such that if the parameter point approaches the bifurcation value from one side then the related cycle undergoes a regular BCB, while if the same bifurcation value is approached from the other side then a nonregular BCB occurs, involving periodic points at infinity, related to the asymptotes of the map. We investigate the bifurcation structure in the parameter space. Depending on the exponent of the hyperbolic branch, different period incrementing structures can be observed, where the boundaries of a periodicity region are related either to subcritical, or supercritical, or degenerate flip bifurcations of the related cycle, as well as to a regular or nonregular BCB. In particular, if the exponent is positive and smaller than one, then the period incrementing structure with bistability regions is observed and the corresponding flip bifurcations are subcritical, while if the exponent is larger than one, then the related flip bifurcations are supercritical and, thus, also the regions associated with cycles of double period are involved into the incrementing structure.

  18. Einstein's Field Equations as a Fold Bifurcation

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    2016-01-01

    It is shown that Einstein's field equations for \\emph{all} perfect-fluid $k=0$ FLRW cosmologies have the same form as the topological normal form of a fold bifurcation. In particular, we assume that the cosmological constant is a bifurcation parameter, and as such, fold bifurcation behaviour is shown to occur in a neighbourhood of Minkowski spacetime in the phase space. We show that as this cosmological constant parameter is varied, an expanding and contracting de Sitter universe \\emph{emerge} via this bifurcation.

  19. Abstracts of the Mini-Symposium on Stability and Bifurcation in Fluid Motions September 9-10, 1994, Tokai, Japan

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    This is the abstracts of the Mini-Symposium on Stability and Bifurcation in Fluid Motions held on September 9-10, 1994 at the Tokai Establishment of JAERI and the Tokai Kaikan. Sixteen talks were given on various important subjects related with stability and bifurcation phenomena in fluids. All of them are theoretical and numerical analyses involving linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear analysis, bifurcation analysis, and direct computation of nonlinearly equilibrium solutions. (author)

  20. Abstracts of the Mini-Symposium on Stability and Bifurcation in Fluid Motions September 9-10, 1994, Tokai, Japan

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    Fujimura, Kaoru [ed.] [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1995-01-01

    This is the abstracts of the Mini-Symposium on Stability and Bifurcation in Fluid Motions held on September 9-10, 1994 at the Tokai Establishment of JAERI and the Tokai Kaikan. Sixteen talks were given on various important subjects related with stability and bifurcation phenomena in fluids. All of them are theoretical and numerical analyses involving linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear analysis, bifurcation analysis, and direct computation of nonlinearly equilibrium solutions. (author).

  1. A novel method combining cellular neural networks and the coupled nonlinear oscillators' paradigm involving a related bifurcation analysis for robust image contrast enhancement in dynamically changing difficult visual environments

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    It is well known that a machine vision-based analysis of a dynamic scene, for example in the context of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), does require real-time processing capabilities. Therefore, the system used must be capable of performing both robust and ultrafast analyses. Machine vision in ADAS must fulfil the above requirements when dealing with a dynamically changing visual context (i.e. driving in darkness or in a foggy environment, etc). Among the various challenges related to the analysis of a dynamic scene, this paper focuses on contrast enhancement, which is a well-known basic operation to improve the visual quality of an image (dynamic or static) suffering from poor illumination. The key objective is to develop a systematic and fundamental concept for image contrast enhancement that should be robust despite a dynamic environment and that should fulfil the real-time constraints by ensuring an ultrafast analysis. It is demonstrated that the new approach developed in this paper is capable of fulfilling the expected requirements. The proposed approach combines the good features of the 'coupled oscillators'-based signal processing paradigm with the good features of the 'cellular neural network (CNN)'-based one. The first paradigm in this combination is the 'master system' and consists of a set of coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs) that are (a) the so-called 'van der Pol oscillator' and (b) the so-called 'Duffing oscillator'. It is then implemented or realized on top of a 'slave system' platform consisting of a CNN-processors platform. An offline bifurcation analysis is used to find out, a priori, the windows of parameter settings in which the coupled oscillator system exhibits the best and most appropriate behaviours of interest for an optimal resulting image processing quality. In the frame of the extensive bifurcation analysis carried out, analytical formulae have been derived, which are capable of determining the various

  2. Coronary bifurcation lesions treated with simple or complex stenting

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    Behan, Miles W; Holm, Niels R; de Belder, Adam J;

    2016-01-01

    from two large bifurcation coronary stenting trials with similar methodology: the Nordic Bifurcation Study (NORDIC I) and the British Bifurcation Coronary Study: old, new, and evolving strategies (BBC ONE). METHODS AND RESULTS: Both multicentre randomized trials compared simple (provisional T...

  3. A theory of biological relativity: no privileged level of causation.

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    Noble, Denis

    2012-02-01

    Must higher level biological processes always be derivable from lower level data and mechanisms, as assumed by the idea that an organism is completely defined by its genome? Or are higher level properties necessarily also causes of lower level behaviour, involving actions and interactions both ways? This article uses modelling of the heart, and its experimental basis, to show that downward causation is necessary and that this form of causation can be represented as the influences of initial and boundary conditions on the solutions of the differential equations used to represent the lower level processes. These insights are then generalized. A priori, there is no privileged level of causation. The relations between this form of 'biological relativity' and forms of relativity in physics are discussed. Biological relativity can be seen as an extension of the relativity principle by avoiding the assumption that there is a privileged scale at which biological functions are determined. PMID:23386960

  4. School Management Related Knowledge Levels of Primary School Teachers

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    Ugurlu, Celal Teyyar

    2013-01-01

    The knowledge levels of the teachers affect the qualifications of operations and transactions in schools. School management related knowledge of the teachers is an essential tool to reach the targets of the school. The objective of this study was to determine the school management related knowledge levels of the teachers. Qualitative and…

  5. Bifurcation of the spin-wave equations

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    We study the bifurcations of the spin-wave equations that describe the parametric pumping of collective modes in magnetic media. Mechanisms describing the following dynamical phenomena are proposed: (i) sequential excitation of modes via zero eigenvalue bifurcations; (ii) Hopf bifurcations followed (or not) by Feingenbaum cascades of period doubling; (iii) local and global homoclinic phenomena. Two new organizing center for routes to chaos are identified; in the classification given by Guckenheimer and Holmes [GH], one is a codimension-two local bifurcation, with one pair of imaginary eigenvalues and a zero eigenvalue, to which many dynamical consequences are known; secondly, global homoclinic bifurcations associated to splitting of separatrices, in the limit where the system can be considered a Hamiltonian subjected to weak dissipation and forcing. We outline what further numerical and algebraic work is necessary for the detailed study following this program. (author)

  6. Voltage stability, bifurcation parameters and continuation methods

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    Alvarado, F.L. [Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI (United States)

    1994-12-31

    This paper considers the importance of the choice of bifurcation parameter in the determination of the voltage stability limit and the maximum power load ability of a system. When the bifurcation parameter is power demand, the two limits are equivalent. However, when other types of load models and bifurcation parameters are considered, the two concepts differ. The continuation method is considered as a method for determination of voltage stability margins. Three variants of the continuation method are described: the continuation parameter is the bifurcation parameter the continuation parameter is initially the bifurcation parameter, but is free to change, and the continuation parameter is a new `arc length` parameter. Implementations of voltage stability software using continuation methods are described. (author) 23 refs., 9 figs.

  7. Dynamics near manifolds of equilibria of codimension one and bifurcation without parameters

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    Stefan Liebscher

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the breakdown of normal hyperbolicity of a manifold of equilibria of a flow. In contrast to classical bifurcation theory we assume the absence of any flow-invariant foliation at the singularity transverse to the manifold of equilibria. We call this setting bifurcation without parameters. We provide a description of general systems with a manifold of equilibria of codimension one as a first step towards a classification of bifurcations without parameters. This is done by relating the problem to singularity theory of maps.

  8. Analysis of the magnetohydrodynamic equations and study of the nonlinear solution bifurcations

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    The nonlinear problems related to the plasma magnetohydrodynamic instabilities are studied. A bifurcation theory is applied and a general magnetohydrodynamic equation is proposed. Scalar functions, a steady magnetic field and a new equation for the velocity field are taken into account. A method allowing the obtention of suitable reduced equations for the instabilities study is described. Toroidal and cylindrical configuration plasmas are studied. In the cylindrical configuration case, analytical calculations are performed and two steady bifurcated solutions are found. In the toroidal configuration case, a suitable reduced equation system is obtained; a qualitative approach of a steady solution bifurcation on a toroidal Kink type geometry is carried out

  9. Effect of magnetized electron cooling on a Hopf bifurcation

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    We have observed longitudinal limit cycle oscillations of a proton beam when a critical threshold in the relative velocity between the proton beam and the cooling electrons has been exceeded. The threshold for the bifurcation of a fixed point into a limit cycle, also known as a Hopf bifurcation, was found to be asymmetric with respect to the relative velocity. Further experiments were performed to verify that the asymmetry was related to electron beam alignment with respect to the stored proton beam. The measured amplitudes of the ensuing limit cycle were used to determine the cooling drag force, which exhibits the essential characteristics of the magnetized cooling, where the limit cycle attractor can coexist with a damping-free region and/or a fixed point attractor. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  10. Bifurcation diagram globally underpinning neuronal firing behaviors modified by SK conductance

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    Neurons in the brain utilize various firing trains to encode the input signals they have received. Firing behavior of one single neuron is thoroughly explained by using a bifurcation diagram from polarized resting to firing, and then to depolarized resting. This explanation provides an important theoretical principle for understanding neuronal biophysical behaviors. This paper reports the novel experimental and modeling results of the modification of such a bifurcation diagram by adjusting small conductance potassium (SK) channel. In experiments, changes in excitability and depolarization block in nucleus accumbens shell and medium-spiny projection neurons are explored by increasing the intensity of injected current and blocking the SK channels by apamin. A shift of bifurcation points is observed. Then, a Hodgkin—Huxley type model including the main electrophysiological processes of such neurons is developed to reproduce the experimental results. The reduction of SK channel conductance also shifts the bifurcations, which is in consistence with experiment. A global bifurcation paradigm of this shift is obtained by adjusting two parameters, intensity of injected current and SK channel conductance. This work reveals the dynamics underpinning modulation of neuronal firing behaviors by biologically important ionic conductance. The results indicate that small ionic conductance other than that responsible for spike generation can modify bifurcation points and shift the bifurcation diagram and, thus, change neuronal excitability and adaptation. (interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  11. Nonlinear stability control and λ-bifurcation

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    Passive techniques for nonlinear stability control are presented for a model of fluidelastic instability. They employ the phenomena of λ-bifurcation and a generalization of it. λ-bifurcation occurs when a branch of flutter solutions bifurcates supercritically from a basic solution and terminates with an infinite period orbit at a branch of divergence solutions which bifurcates subcritically from the basic solution. The shape of the bifurcation diagram then resembles the greek letter λ. When the system parameters are in the range where flutter occurs by λ-bifurcation, then as the flow velocity increase the flutter amplitude also increases, but the frequencies of the oscillations decrease to zero. This diminishes the damaging effects of structural fatigue by flutter, and permits the flow speed to exceed the critical flutter speed. If generalized λ-bifurcation occurs, then there is a jump transition from the flutter states to a divergence state with a substantially smaller amplitude, when the flow speed is sufficiently larger than the critical flutter speed

  12. Probabilistic surface reconstruction of relative sea-level rise

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    Choblet, Gael; Husson, Laurent; Bodin, Thomas; Capdeville, Yann

    2013-04-01

    Relative sea level is shaped by multiple processes (mantle dynamic topography, plate tectonics, glacio-isostatic adjustment, present day melting of continental ice, anthropogenic causes…), most of which induce spatial gradients in relative sea level fluctuations. The evaluation of the global mean sea level rise is a also a key variable to decipher sea level evolution. Tide gauges represent the only mean to monitor sea-level rise on the scale of the 20th century, while the high quality satellite altimetry era is too short to be immune from short-term fluctuations. Tide gauge data compiled by the Permanent Service for the Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) converts into local estimates of sea level rise. Classically, these in situ observations are averaged spatially in order to infer the global mean sea level trend. However, the strongly heterogeneous distribution of tide gauges (e.g. very sparse in the Southern hemisphere) makes this approach relatively prone to uncertainties, given that sea level rise strongly varies geographically. Last, the societal consequences for coastal communities raise the prominent need for local (rather than global) sea level estimates. An alternative is therefore to provide a global surface reconstruction of relative sea level leading to both local variations and a better constrained global average. Here, we propose such a model from tide gauge records using a probabilistic scheme based on the reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm (as described by Bodin et al., JGR, 2012 for the example of the Australian Moho). This method allows to infer both model and parameter space so that not only the functions within the model but also the number of functions itself are free to vary. This is particulalry relevant to the case of tide gauges that are unevenly distributed on the surface of the Earth and whose record lengths are strongly variable. In addition, Bayesian statistics leads to a probabilistic representation (rather than a best fitting

  13. Learning Class-Level Bayes Nets for Relational Data

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    Schulte, Oliver; Khosravi, Hassan; Moser, Flavia; Ester, Martin

    2008-01-01

    Many databases store data in relational format, with different types of entities and information about links between the entities. The field of statistical-relational learning (SRL) has developed a number of new statistical models for such data. In this paper we focus on learning class-level or first-order dependencies, which model the general database statistics over attributes of linked objects and links (e.g., the percentage of A grades given in computer science classes). Class-level stati...

  14. Bifurcations of non-smooth systems

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    Angulo, Fabiola; Olivar, Gerard; Osorio, Gustavo A.; Escobar, Carlos M.; Ferreira, Jocirei D.; Redondo, Johan M.

    2012-12-01

    Non-smooth systems (namely piecewise-smooth systems) have received much attention in the last decade. Many contributions in this area show that theory and applications (to electronic circuits, mechanical systems, …) are relevant to problems in science and engineering. Specially, new bifurcations have been reported in the literature, and this was the topic of this minisymposium. Thus both bifurcation theory and its applications were included. Several contributions from different fields show that non-smooth bifurcations are a hot topic in research. Thus in this paper the reader can find contributions from electronics, energy markets and population dynamics. Also, a carefully-written specific algebraic software tool is presented.

  15. Backward Bifurcation in Simple SIS Model

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    Zhan-wei Wang

    2009-01-01

    We describe and analyze a simple SIS model with treatment.In particular,we give a completely qualitative analysis by means of the theory of asymptotically autonomous system.It is found that a backward bifurcation occurs if the adequate contact rate or the capacity is small.It is also found that there exists bistable endemic equilibria.In the case of disease-induced death,it is shown that the backward bifurcation also occurs.Moreover,there is no limit cycle under some conditions,and the subcritical Hopf bifurcation occurs under another conditions.

  16. Bifurcations of Periodic Orbits and Uniform Approximations

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    Schomerus, H; Schomerus, Henning; Sieber, Martin

    1997-01-01

    We derive uniform approximations for contributions to Gutzwiller's periodic-orbit sum for the spectral density which are valid close to bifurcations of periodic orbits in systems with mixed phase space. There, orbits lie close together and give collective contributions, while the individual contributions of Gutzwiller's type would diverge at the bifurcation. New results for the tangent, the period doubling and the period tripling bifurcation are given. They are obtained by going beyond the local approximation and including higher order terms in the normal form of the action. The uniform approximations obtained are tested on the kicked top and are found to be in excellent agreement with exact quantum results.

  17. Cellular Cell Bifurcation of Cylindrical Detonations

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    HAN Gui-Lai; JIANG Zong-Lin; WANG Chun; ZHANG Fan

    2008-01-01

    Cellular cell pattern evolution of cylindrically-diverging detonations is numerically simulated successfully by solving two-dimensional Euler equations implemented with an improved two-step chemical kinetic model. From the simulation, three cell bifurcation modes are observed during the evolution and referred to as concave front focusing, kinked and wrinkled wave front instability, and self-merging of cellular cells. Numerical research demonstrates that the wave front expansion resulted from detonation front diverging plays a major role in the cellular cell bifurcation, which can disturb the nonlinearly self-sustained mechanism of detonations and finally lead to cell bifurcations.

  18. Tree level relations in a composite electroweak theory

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    We work out simple tree level relations in a top condensate model with dynamical electroweak symmetry breaking. We find that in this picture the mass of the composite Higgs boson at tree level is given by $m_H^2=\\frac{m_t^2}{2}$ where $m_t$ is the mass of the top quark.

  19. Bifurcations and Crises in a Shape Memory Oscillator

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The remarkable properties of shape memory alloys have been motivating the interest in applications in different areas varying from biomedical to aerospace hardware. The dynamical response of systems composed by shape memory actuators presents nonlinear characteristics and a very rich behavior, showing periodic, quasi-periodic and chaotic responses. This contribution analyses some aspects related to bifurcation phenomenon in a shape memory oscillator where the restitution force is described by a polynomial constitutive model. The term bifurcation is used to describe qualitative changes that occur in the orbit structure of a system, as a consequence of parameter changes, being related to chaos. Numerical simulations show that the response of the shape memory oscillator presents period doubling cascades, direct and reverse, and crises.

  20. Two Different Bifurcation Scenarios in Neural Firing Rhythms Discovered in Biological Experiments by Adjusting Two Parameters

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    WV Xiao-Bo; MO Juan; YANG Ming-Hao; ZHENG Qiao-Hua; GU Hua-Guang; HEN Wei

    2008-01-01

    @@ Two different bifurcation scenarios, one is novel and the other is relatively simpler, in the transition procedures of neural firing patterns are studied in biological experiments on a neural pacemaker by adjusting two parameters. The experimental observations are simulated with a relevant theoretical model neuron. The deterministic non-periodic firing pattern lying within the novel bifurcation scenario is suggested to be a new case of chaos, which has not been observed in previous neurodynamical experiments.

  1. Coexistence of periods in a bifurcation

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    Highlights: ► The bifurcation of the Varley–Gradwell–Hassell population model is revisited. ► The structure of the attractor mediating the bifurcation to chaos is studied. ► Geometric arguments are given for the coexistence of periods in the attractor. ► An algebraic method for the localization of these bifurcations is provided. - Abstract: A particular type of order-to-chaos transition mediated by an infinite set of coexisting neutrally stable limit cycles of different periods is studied in the Varley–Gradwell–Hassell population model. We prove by an algebraic method that this kind of transition can only happen for a particular bifurcation parameter value. Previous results on the structure of the attractor at the transition point are here simplified and extended.

  2. Continuation and Bifurcation software in MATLAB

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    Ravnås, Eirik

    2008-01-01

    This article contains discussions of the algorithms used for the construction of the continuation software implemented in this thesis. The aim of the continuation was to be able to perform continuation of equilibria and periodic solutions originating from a Hopf bifurcation point. Algorithms for detection of simple branch points, folds, and Hopf bifurcation points have also been implemented. Some considerations are made with regard to optimization, and two schemes for mesh adaptation of perio...

  3. Stability and bifurcation of mutual system with time delay

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    In this paper, we study the stability and bifurcation in a mutual model with a delay τ, where τ is regarded as a parameter. It is found that there are stability switches, and Hopf bifurcation occur when the delay τ passes through a sequence of critical values. A formula for determining the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and the stability of bifurcating periodic solutions in the first bifurcation value is given using the normal form method and center manifold theorem

  4. Bifurcation Analysis of the Wound Rotor Induction Motor

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    Salas-Cabrera, R.; Hernandez-Colin, A.; Roman-Flores, J.; Salas-Cabrera, N.

    This work deals with the bifurcation phenomena that occur during the open-loop operation of a single-fed three-phase wound rotor induction motor. This paper demonstrates the occurrence of saddle-node bifurcation, hysteresis, supercritical saddle-node bifurcation, cusp and Hopf bifurcation during the individual operation of this electromechanical system. Some experimental results associated with the bifurcation phenomena are presented.

  5. Coherence-Resonance-Induced Neuronal Firing near a Saddle-Node and Homoclinic Bifurcation Corresponding to Type-I Excitability

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    JIA Bing; GU Hua-Guang; LI Yu-Ye

    2011-01-01

    @@ Excitability is an essential characteristic of excitable media such as nervous and cardiac systems.Different types of neuronal excitability are related to different bifurcation structures.We simulate the coherence resonance effect near a saddle-node and homoclinic bifurcation corresponding to type-I excitability in a theoretical neuron model,and recognize the obvious features of the corresponding firing pattern.Similar firing patterns are discovered in rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons.The results are not only helpful for understanding the dynamics of the saddle-node bifurcation and type-I excitability in a realistic nervous system,but also provide a practical indicator to identify types of excitability and bifurcation.%Excitability is an essential characteristic of excitable media such as nervous and cardiac systems. Different types of neuronal excitability are related to different bifurcation structures. We simulate the coherence resonance effect near a saddle-node and homoclinic bifurcation corresponding to type-I excitability in a theoretical neuron model, and recognize the obvious features of the corresponding firing pattern. Similar firing patterns are discovered in rat hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons. The results are not only helpful for understanding the dynamics of the saddle-node bifurcation and type-I excitability in a realistic nervous system, but also provide a practical indicator to identify types of excitability and bifurcation.

  6. Morphological Transitions of Sliding Drops -- Dynamics and Bifurcations

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    Engelnkemper, Sebastian; Gurevich, Svetlana V; Thiele, Uwe

    2016-01-01

    We study fully three-dimensional droplets that slide down an incline employing a thin-film equation that accounts for capillarity, wettability and a lateral driving force in small-gradient (or long-wave) approximation. In particular, we focus on qualitative changes in the morphology and behavior of stationary sliding drops. We employ the inclination angle of the substrate as control parameter and use continuation techniques to analyze for several fixed droplet sizes the bifurcation diagram of stationary droplets, their linear stability and relevant eigenmodes. The obtained predictions on existence ranges and instabilities are tested via direct numerical simulations that are also used to investigate a branch of time-periodic behavior (corresponding to pearling-coalescence cycles) which emerges at a global instability, the related hysteresis in behavior and a period-doubling cascade. The non-trivial oscillatory behavior close to a Hopf bifurcation of drops with a finite-length tail is also studied. Finally, it ...

  7. Crystalline undulator radiation and sub-harmonic bifurcation of system

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    Luo Xiao-Hua; He Wei; Wu Mu-Ying; Shao Ming-Zhu; Luo Shi-Yu

    2013-01-01

    Looking for new light sources,especially short wavelength laser light sources has attracted widespread attention.This paper analytically describes the radiation of a crystalline undulator field by the sine-squared potential.In the classical mechanics and the dipole approximation,the motion equation of a particle is reduced to a generalized pendulum equation with a damping term and a forcing term.The bifurcation behavior of periodic orbits is analyzed by using the Melnikov method and the numerical method,and the stability of the system is discussed.The results show that,in principle,the stability of the system relates to its parameters,and only by adjusting these parameters appropriately can the occurrence of bifurcation be avoided or suppressed.

  8. STABILITY, BIFURCATIONS AND CHAOS IN UNEMPLOYMENT NON-LINEAR DYNAMICS

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    Pagliari Carmen

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The traditional analysis of unemployment in relation to real output dynamics is based on some empirical evidences deducted from Okun’s studies. In particular the so called Okun’s Law is expressed in a linear mathematical formulation, which cannot explain the fluctuation of the variables involved. Linearity is an heavy limit for macroeconomic analysis and especially for every economic growth study which would consider the unemployment rate among the endogenous variables. This paper deals with an introductive study about the role of non-linearity in the investigation of unemployment dynamics. The main idea is the existence of a non-linear relation between the unemployment rate and the gap of GDP growth rate from its trend. The macroeconomic motivation of this idea moves from the consideration of two concatenate effects caused by a variation of the unemployment rate on the real output growth rate. These two effects are concatenate because there is a first effect that generates a secondary one on the same variable. When the unemployment rate changes, the first effect is the variation in the level of production in consequence of the variation in the level of such an important factor as labour force; the secondary effect is a consecutive variation in the level of production caused by the variation in the aggregate demand in consequence of the change of the individual disposal income originated by the previous variation of production itself. In this paper the analysis of unemployment dynamics is carried out by the use of the logistic map and the conditions for the existence of bifurcations (cycles are determined. The study also allows to find the range of variability of some characteristic parameters that might be avoided for not having an absolute unpredictability of unemployment dynamics (deterministic chaos: unpredictability is equivalent to uncontrollability because of the total absence of information about the future value of the variable to

  9. The selection pressures induced non-smooth infectious disease model and bifurcation analysis

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    Highlights: • A non-smooth infectious disease model to describe selection pressure is developed. • The effect of selection pressure on infectious disease transmission is addressed. • The key factors which are related to the threshold value are determined. • The stabilities and bifurcations of model have been revealed in more detail. • Strategies for the prevention of emerging infectious disease are proposed. - Abstract: Mathematical models can assist in the design strategies to control emerging infectious disease. This paper deduces a non-smooth infectious disease model induced by selection pressures. Analysis of this model reveals rich dynamics including local, global stability of equilibria and local sliding bifurcations. Model solutions ultimately stabilize at either one real equilibrium or the pseudo-equilibrium on the switching surface of the present model, depending on the threshold value determined by some related parameters. Our main results show that reducing the threshold value to a appropriate level could contribute to the efficacy on prevention and treatment of emerging infectious disease, which indicates that the selection pressures can be beneficial to prevent the emerging infectious disease under medical resource limitation

  10. Carotid bifurcation calcium and correlation with percent stenosis of the internal carotid artery on CT angiography

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    McKinney, Alexander M.; Casey, Sean O.; Teksam, Mehmet; Truwit, Charles L.; Kieffer, Stephen [University of Minnesota Medical School, Departments of Radiology, Minneapolis, MN (United States); Lucato, Leandro T. [Clinics Hospital, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Smith, Maurice [Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Baltimore, MD (United States)

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this paper was to determine the correlation between calcium burden (expressed as a volume) and extent of stenosis of the origin of the internal carotid artery (ICA) by CT angiography (CTA). Previous studies have shown that calcification in the coronary arteries correlates with significant vessel stenosis, and severe calcification (measured by CT) in the carotid siphon correlates with significant (greater than 50% stenosis) as determined angiographically. Sixty-one patients (age range 50-85 years) underwent CT of the neck with intravenous administration of iodinated contrast for a variety of conditions. Images were obtained with a helical multidetector array CT scanner and reviewed on a three-dimensional workstation. A single observer manipulated window and level to segment calcified plaque from vascular enhancement in order to quantify vascular calcium volume (cc) in the region of the bifurcation of the common carotid artery/ICA origin, and to measure the extent of ICA stenosis near the origin. A total of 117 common carotid artery bifurcations were reviewed. A ''significant'' stenosis was defined arbitrarily as >40% (to detect lesions before they become hemodynamically significant) of luminal diameter on CTA using NASCET-like criteria. All ''significant'' stenoses (21 out of 117 carotid bifurcations) had measurable calcium. We found a relatively strong correlation between percent stenosis and the calcium volume (Pearson's r= 0.65, P<0.0001). We also found that there was an even stronger correlation between the square root of the calcium volume and the percent stenosis as measured by CTA (r= 0.77, P<0.0001). Calcium volumes of 0.01, 0.03, 0.06, 0.09 and 0.12 cc were used as thresholds to evaluate for a ''significant'' stenosis. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve demonstrated that thresholds of 0.06 cc (sensitivity 88%, specificity 87%) and 0.03 cc (sensitivity 94%, specificity

  11. Carotid bifurcation calcium and correlation with percent stenosis of the internal carotid artery on CT angiography

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    The aim of this paper was to determine the correlation between calcium burden (expressed as a volume) and extent of stenosis of the origin of the internal carotid artery (ICA) by CT angiography (CTA). Previous studies have shown that calcification in the coronary arteries correlates with significant vessel stenosis, and severe calcification (measured by CT) in the carotid siphon correlates with significant (greater than 50% stenosis) as determined angiographically. Sixty-one patients (age range 50-85 years) underwent CT of the neck with intravenous administration of iodinated contrast for a variety of conditions. Images were obtained with a helical multidetector array CT scanner and reviewed on a three-dimensional workstation. A single observer manipulated window and level to segment calcified plaque from vascular enhancement in order to quantify vascular calcium volume (cc) in the region of the bifurcation of the common carotid artery/ICA origin, and to measure the extent of ICA stenosis near the origin. A total of 117 common carotid artery bifurcations were reviewed. A ''significant'' stenosis was defined arbitrarily as >40% (to detect lesions before they become hemodynamically significant) of luminal diameter on CTA using NASCET-like criteria. All ''significant'' stenoses (21 out of 117 carotid bifurcations) had measurable calcium. We found a relatively strong correlation between percent stenosis and the calcium volume (Pearson's r= 0.65, P<0.0001). We also found that there was an even stronger correlation between the square root of the calcium volume and the percent stenosis as measured by CTA (r= 0.77, P<0.0001). Calcium volumes of 0.01, 0.03, 0.06, 0.09 and 0.12 cc were used as thresholds to evaluate for a ''significant'' stenosis. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve demonstrated that thresholds of 0.06 cc (sensitivity 88%, specificity 87%) and 0.03 cc (sensitivity 94%, specificity 76%) generated the best combinations of sensitivity and

  12. Homoclinic connections and subcritical Neimark bifurcation in a duopoly model with adaptively adjusted productions

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    Agliari, Anna [Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Emilia Parmense, 84, 29100 Piacenza (Italy)]. E-mail: anna.agliari@unicatt.it

    2006-08-15

    In this paper we study some global bifurcations arising in the Puu's oligopoly model when we assume that the producers do not adjust to the best reply but use an adaptive process to obtain at each step the new production. Such bifurcations cause the appearance of a pair of closed invariant curves, one attracting and one repelling, this latter being involved in the subcritical Neimark bifurcation of the Cournot equilibrium point. The aim of the paper is to highlight the relationship between the global bifurcations causing the appearance/disappearance of two invariant closed curves and the homoclinic connections of some saddle cycle, already conjectured in [Agliari A, Gardini L, Puu T. Some global bifurcations related to the appearance of closed invariant curves. Comput Math Simul 2005;68:201-19]. We refine the results obtained in such a paper, showing that the appearance/disappearance of closed invariant curves is not necessarily related to the existence of an attracting cycle. The characterization of the periodicity tongues (i.e. a region of the parameter space in which an attracting cycle exists) associated with a subcritical Neimark bifurcation is also discussed.

  13. Homoclinic connections and subcritical Neimark bifurcation in a duopoly model with adaptively adjusted productions

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    In this paper we study some global bifurcations arising in the Puu's oligopoly model when we assume that the producers do not adjust to the best reply but use an adaptive process to obtain at each step the new production. Such bifurcations cause the appearance of a pair of closed invariant curves, one attracting and one repelling, this latter being involved in the subcritical Neimark bifurcation of the Cournot equilibrium point. The aim of the paper is to highlight the relationship between the global bifurcations causing the appearance/disappearance of two invariant closed curves and the homoclinic connections of some saddle cycle, already conjectured in [Agliari A, Gardini L, Puu T. Some global bifurcations related to the appearance of closed invariant curves. Comput Math Simul 2005;68:201-19]. We refine the results obtained in such a paper, showing that the appearance/disappearance of closed invariant curves is not necessarily related to the existence of an attracting cycle. The characterization of the periodicity tongues (i.e. a region of the parameter space in which an attracting cycle exists) associated with a subcritical Neimark bifurcation is also discussed

  14. Explaining trends and variability in coastal relative sea level

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    Frederikse, Thomas; Riva, Riccardo

    2016-04-01

    Comprehensive understanding of trends and variability in coastal mean sea level is vital for protecting shores under a changing climate. To understand the behavior of coastal relative sea level (RSL), it is crucial to identify all relevant processes. We combine data from various geophysical models and observations to determine whether the trends and decadal variability observed in relative sea level at tide gauges can be explained by the sum of all known contributors. A key contributor to RSL is vertical land motion, which is caused by glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA), solid earth response to surface loading, tectonics, and local effects. We explicitly model low-frequency loading effects to correct GPS records, which leads to a more consistent trend than only using GIA models. Secondly, we create sea level fingerprints based on estimates of ice melt and changes in land hydrology, which provide the RSL contribution due to large-scale mass transport. Since coastal areas are often located on shallow continental shelves, steric effects will generally be small, and a large fraction of the decadal sea level variability will have a remote steric origin. Therefore, we determine a relation between coastal sea level and deep sea steric variability. For the period 1950-2012, we find that for many locations, including the European coast, the observed and modeled RSL time series agree well on decadal and secular scales.

  15. University students' understanding level about words related to nuclear power

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    The authors conducted a survey of university students' understanding level about words related to nuclear power before and after Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant accident, and analyzed the difference between before and after the accident. The results show that university students' understanding level improved after the accident, especially in the case of reported words by mass media. Understanding level of some nuclear power security words which were not reported so much by mass media also improved. That may be caused by rising of people's concern about nuclear power generation after the accident, and there is a possibility that the accident motivated people to access such words via internet, journals, etc. (author)

  16. Extraction of Children's Friendship Relation from Activity Level

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    Kono, Aki; Shintani, Kimio; Katsuki, Takuya; Kihara, Shin'ya; Ueda, Mari; Kaneda, Shigeo; Haga, Hirohide

    Children learn to fit into society through living in a group, and it's greatly influenced by their friend relations. Although preschool teachers need to observe them to assist in the growth of children's social progress and support the development each child's personality, only experienced teachers can watch over children while providing high-quality guidance. To resolve the problem, this paper proposes a mathematical and objective method that assists teachers with observation. It uses numerical data of activity level recorded by pedometers, and we make tree diagram called dendrogram based on hierarchical clustering with recorded activity level. Also, we calculate children's ``breadth'' and ``depth'' of friend relations by using more than one dendrogram. When we record children's activity level in a certain kindergarten for two months and evaluated the proposed method, the results usually coincide with remarks of teachers about the children.

  17. Studies on the Existence of Unstable Oscillatory Patterns Bifurcating from Hopf Bifurcations in a Turing Model

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    Yan Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We revisit a homogeneous reaction-diffusion Turing model subject to the Neumann boundary conditions in the one-dimensional spatial domain. With the help of the Hopf bifurcation theory applicable to the reaction-diffusion equations, we are capable of proving the existence of Hopf bifurcations, which suggests the existence of spatially homogeneous and nonhomogeneous periodic solutions of this particular system. In particular, we also prove that the spatial homogeneous periodic solutions bifurcating from the smallest Hopf bifurcation point of the system are always unstable. This together with the instability results of the spatially nonhomogeneous periodic solutions by Yi et al., 2009, indicates that, in this model, all the oscillatory patterns from Hopf bifurcations are unstable.

  18. Controlling the onset of Hopf bifurcation in the Hodgkin-Huxley model

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    Xie, Yong; Chen, Luonan; Kang, Yan Mei; Aihara, Kazuyuki

    2008-06-01

    It is a challenging problem to establish safe and simple therapeutic methods for various complicated diseases of the nervous system, particularly dynamical diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. From the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamical systems, a dynamical disease can be considered to be caused by a bifurcation induced by a change in the values of one or more regulating parameter. Therefore, the theory of bifurcation control may have potential applications in the diagnosis and therapy of dynamical diseases. In this study, we employ a washout filter-aided dynamic feedback controller to control the onset of Hopf bifurcation in the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) model. Specifically, by the control scheme, we can move the Hopf bifurcation to a desired point irrespective of whether the corresponding steady state is stable or unstable. In other words, we are able to advance or delay the Hopf bifurcation, so as to prevent it from occurring in a certain range of the externally applied current. Moreover, we can control the criticality of the bifurcation and regulate the oscillation amplitude of the bifurcated limit cycle. In the controller, there are only two terms: the linear term and the nonlinear cubic term. We show that while the former determines the location of the Hopf bifurcation, the latter regulates the criticality of the Hopf bifurcation. According to the conditions of the occurrence of Hopf bifurcation and the bifurcation stability coefficient, we can analytically deduce the linear term and the nonlinear cubic term, respectively. In addition, we also show that mixed-mode oscillations (MMOs), featuring slow action potential generation, which are frequently observed in both experiments and models of chemical and biological systems, appear in the controlled HH model. It is well known that slow firing rates in single neuron models could be achieved only by type-I neurons. However, the controlled HH model is still classified as a type

  19. Bifurcation readout of a Josephson phase qubit

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    The standard method to read out a Josephson phase qubit is using a dc-SQUID to measure the state-dependent magnetic flux of the qubit by switching to the non-superconducting state. This process generates heat directly on the qubit chip and quasi-particles in the circuitry. Both effects require a relatively long cool-down time after each switching event. This, together with the time needed to ramp up the bias current of the SQUID limits the repetition rate of the experiment. In our ongoing experiments we replace the standard readout scheme by a SQUID shunted by a capacitor. This nonlinear resonator is operated close to its bifurcation point between two oscillating states which depend on the qubit flux. The measurement is done by detecting either the resonance amplitude or phase shift of the reflected probe signal. We verified that our SQUID resonator works as linear resonator for low excitation powers and observed the periodic dependence of the resonance frequency on the externally applied magnetic flux. For higher excitation powers the device shows a hysteretic behavior between the two oscillating states. Current experiments are focused on a pulsed rf-readout to measure coherent evolution of the qubit states. We hope to achieve longer coherence times, perform faster measurements, and test non-destructive measurement schemes with Josephson phase qubits.

  20. Lung cancer in relation to airborne radiation levels

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    A 1986 aeroradiometric survey of the eastern two-thirds of Washington County, Maryland provided and opportunity to study lung cancers in relation to gamma radiation levels. In the first approach, lung cancer deaths between 1963 and 1975 in four areas of the county categorized as low, moderately low, moderately high, and high showed relative risks of 1.00, 0.93, 1.01, and 1.43, respectively, after adjustment of sex, age, and smoking. A second approach used lung cancer cases diagnosed between 1975 and 1989, controls matched to cases by race, sex, and age, and aerometric radiation readings above the individual residences. In four levels of increasing gamma radiation, odds ratios adjusted for smoking were 1.00, 0.84, 0.90, and 0.92, respectively. No differences were statistically significant

  1. TAXONOMIC FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL RELATIONS OF SUBJECTS MAKRO LEVEL

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    Kuzenko, A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the taxonomic analysis of the financial security of financial relations macro level. In economics sometimes difficult to conduct research statistical methods, which are based on the distribution of the multidimensional space of random variables, as the number of available observations, which are in the data set, not great. This problem can solve application taxonomic analysis in diagnosing the state of financial security.Rozrahunky carried out in accordance ...

  2. COLLEGE-LEVEL INSTRUCTION: DERIVED RELATIONS AND PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION

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    Fienup, Daniel M; Hamelin, Jeffery; Reyes-Giordano, Kimberly; Falcomata, Terry S

    2011-01-01

    Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of programmed instruction that integrates derived relations to teach college-level academic material. This method has been demonstrated to be effective and economical in the teaching of complex mathematics and biology concepts. Although this approach may have potential applications with other domains of college learning, more studies are needed to evaluate important technological variables. Studies that employ programmed instruction are discu...

  3. Changes in Holocene relative sea-level and coastal morphology

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    Hede, Mikkel Ulfeldt; Sander, Lasse; Clemmensen, Lars B;

    2015-01-01

    Changes in relative sea-level (RSL) during the Holocene are reconstructed based on ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data collected across a raised beach ridge system on the island of Samsø, Denmark. The internal architecture of the beach ridge and swale deposits is divided into characteristic radar...... facies. We identify downlap points interpreted to mark the transition from the beachface to the upper shoreface and, thus, sea-level at the time of deposition. This new data set shows that beach steps can be preserved and resolved in GPR reflection data. This is important, as downlap points identified at...... the base of the beach steps should be corrected for beach step height in order to be used as a marker of sea-level. Identification of beach steps in combination with observed changes in dips of the interpreted beachface reflections can give information about changes in the morphodynamic conditions of...

  4. Oxygen transfer in human carotid artery bifurcation

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    Z.G.Zhang; Y.B.Fan; X.Y.Deng

    2007-01-01

    Arterial bifurcations are places where blood flow may be disturbed and slow recirculation flow may occur.To reveal the correlation between local oxygen transfer and atherogenesis, a finite element method was employed to simulate the blood flow and the oxygen transfer in the human carotid artery bifurcation. Under steady-state flow conditions, the numerical simulation demonstrated a variation in local oxygen transfer at the bifurcation, showing that the convective condition in the disturbed flow region may produce uneven local oxygen transfer at the blood/wall interface.The disturbed blood flow with formation of slow eddies in the carotid sinus resulted in a depression in oxygen supply to the arterial wall at the entry of the sinus, which in turn may lead to an atherogenic response of the arterial wall, and contribute to the development of atherosclerotic stenosis there.

  5. Crisis bifurcations in plane Poiseuille flow

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    Zammert, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Direct numerical simulations of transitional plane Poiseuille flow in a mirror-symmetric subspace reveal several interior and exterior crisis bifurcations. They appear in the upper branch that emerges in a saddle-node bifurcation near $Re_{SN}=641$ and then undergoes several bifurcations into a chaotic attractor. Near $Re_{XC}=785.95$ the attractor collides with the lower-branch state and turns into a chaotic saddle in a exterior crisis, with a characteristic $(Re-Re_{XC})^{-\\delta}$ variation in lifetimes. For intermediate Reynolds numbers, the attractor undergoes several interior crises, in which new states appear and intermittent behavior can be observed. They contribute to increasing the complexity of the dynamics and to a more dense coverage of state space. The exterior crisis marks the onset of transient turbulence in this subspace of plane Poiseuille flow.

  6. Emergence of Network Bifurcation Triggered by Entanglement

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    Yong, Xi; Gao, Xun; Li, Angsheng

    2016-01-01

    In many non-linear systems, such as plasma oscillation, boson condensation, chemical reaction, and even predatory-prey oscillation, the coarse-grained dynamics are governed by an equation containing anti-symmetric transitions, known as the anti-symmetric Lotka-Volterra (ALV) equations. In this work, we prove the existence of a novel bifurcation mechanism for the ALV equations, where the equilibrium state can be drastically changed by flipping the stability of a pair of fixed points. As an application, we focus on the implications of the bifurcation mechanism for evolutionary networks; we found that the bifurcation point can be determined quantitatively by the quantum entanglement in the microscopic interactions. The equilibrium state can be critically changed from one type of global demographic condensation to another state that supports global cooperation for homogeneous networks. In other words, our results indicate that there exist a class of many-body systems where the macroscopic properties are, to some ...

  7. Mangrove sedimentation and response to relative sea-level rise

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    Woodroffe, CD; Rogers, K.; Mckee, Karen L.; Lovelock, CE; Mendelssohn, IA; Saintilan, N.

    2016-01-01

    Mangroves occur on upper intertidal shorelines in the tropics and subtropics. Complex hydrodynamic and salinity conditions influence mangrove distributions, primarily related to elevation and hydroperiod; this review considers how these adjust through time. Accumulation rates of allochthonous and autochthonous sediment, both inorganic and organic, vary between and within different settings. Abundant terrigenous sediment can form dynamic mudbanks; tides redistribute sediment, contrasting with mangrove peat in sediment-starved carbonate settings. Sediments underlying mangroves sequester carbon, but also contain paleoenvironmental records of adjustments to past sea-level changes. Radiometric dating indicates long-term sedimentation, whereas Surface Elevation Table-Marker Horizon measurements (SET-MH) provide shorter perspectives, indicating shallow subsurface processes of root growth and substrate autocompaction. Many tropical deltas also experience deep subsidence, which augments relative sea-level rise. The persistence of mangroves implies an ability to cope with moderately high rates of relative sea-level rise. However, many human pressures threaten mangroves, resulting in continuing decline in their extent throughout the tropics.

  8. Mangrove Sedimentation and Response to Relative Sea-Level Rise

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    Woodroffe, C. D.; Rogers, K.; McKee, K. L.; Lovelock, C. E.; Mendelssohn, I. A.; Saintilan, N.

    2016-01-01

    Mangroves occur on upper intertidal shorelines in the tropics and subtropics. Complex hydrodynamic and salinity conditions, related primarily to elevation and hydroperiod, influence mangrove distributions; this review considers how these distributions change over time. Accumulation rates of allochthonous and autochthonous sediment, both inorganic and organic, vary between and within different settings. Abundant terrigenous sediment can form dynamic mudbanks, and tides redistribute sediment, contrasting with mangrove peat in sediment-starved carbonate settings. Sediments underlying mangroves sequester carbon but also contain paleoenvironmental records of adjustments to past sea-level changes. Radiometric dating indicates long-term sedimentation, whereas measurements made using surface elevation tables and marker horizons provide shorter perspectives, indicating shallow subsurface processes of root growth and substrate autocompaction. Many tropical deltas also experience deep subsidence, which augments relative sea-level rise. The persistence of mangroves implies an ability to cope with moderately high rates of relative sea-level rise. However, many human pressures threaten mangroves, resulting in a continuing decline in their extent throughout the tropics. *

  9. Percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary bifurcation disease: 11th consensus document from the European Bifurcation Club.

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    Lassen, Jens Flensted; Holm, Niels Ramsing; Banning, Adrian; Burzotta, Francesco; Lefèvre, Thierry; Chieffo, Alaide; Hildick-Smith, David; Louvard, Yves; Stankovic, Goran

    2016-05-17

    Coronary bifurcations are involved in 15-20% of all percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and remain one of the most challenging lesions in interventional cardiology in terms of procedural success rate as well as long-term cardiac events. The optimal management of bifurcation lesions is, despite a fast growing body of scientific literature, the subject of considerable debate. The European Bifurcation Club (EBC) was initiated in 2004 to support a continuous overview of the field, and aims to facilitate a scientific discussion and an exchange of ideas on the management of bifurcation disease. The EBC hosts an annual, compact meeting, dedicated to bifurcations, which brings together physicians, engineers, biologists, physicists, epidemiologists and statisticians for detailed discussions. Every meeting is finalised with a consensus statement which reflects the unique opportunity of combining the opinions of interventional cardiologists with the opinions of a large variety of other scientists on bifurcation management. The present 11th EBC consensus document represents the summary of the up-to-date EBC consensus and recommendations. It points to the fact that there is a multitude of strategies and approaches to bifurcation stenting within the provisional strategy and in the different two-stent strategies. The main EBC recommendation for PCI of bifurcation lesions remains to use main vessel (MV) stenting with a proximal optimisation technique (POT) and provisional side branch (SB) stenting as a preferred approach. The consensus document covers a moving target. Much more scientific work is needed in non-left main (LM) and LM bifurcation lesions for continuous improvement of the outcome of our patients. PMID:27173860

  10. Linking the levels: network and relational perspectives for community psychology.

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    Neal, Jennifer Watling; Christens, Brian D

    2014-06-01

    In this article, we assert that relationships and networks are of paramount importance for understanding and improving settings, neighborhoods, communities, and larger social systems. Despite previous acknowledgements of their relevance, relational and social network perspectives and analyses remain underrepresented in community psychological research and action. Here, we claim that network and relational perspectives can provide conceptual and empirical 'links' between levels of analysis, more fully reflecting a transactional view. We also describe some of the sophisticated methodologies that can be employed in empirical studies drawing on these perspectives. Additionally, we contend that core concepts in community psychology such as health promotion, empowerment, coalition building, and dissemination and implementation can be better understood when employing relational and network perspectives. As an introduction to this special issue of American Journal of Community Psychology, we draw out themes and key points from the articles in the issue, and offer recommendations for future advancement of these perspectives in the field. PMID:24752731

  11. CAVITATION BIFURCATION FOR COMPRESSIBLE ANISOTROPIC HYPERELASTIC MATERIALS

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    ChengChangjun; RenJiusheng

    2004-01-01

    The effect of material anisotropy on the bifurcation for void tormation in anisotropic compressible hyperelastic materials is examined. Numerical solutions are obtained in an anisotropic sphere, whose material is transversely isotropic in the radial direction. It is shown that the bifurcation may occur either to the right or to the left, depending on the degree of material anisotropy. The deformation and stress contribution in the sphere before cavitation are different from those after cavitation. The stability of solutions is discussed through a comparison of energy.

  12. Bifurcation of Jovian magnetotail current sheet

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    P. L. Israelevich

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Multiple crossings of the magnetotail current sheet by a single spacecraft give the possibility to distinguish between two types of electric current density distribution: single-peaked (Harris type current layer and double-peaked (bifurcated current sheet. Magnetic field measurements in the Jovian magnetic tail by Voyager-2 reveal bifurcation of the tail current sheet. The electric current density possesses a minimum at the point of the Bx-component reversal and two maxima at the distance where the magnetic field strength reaches 50% of its value in the tail lobe.

  13. Hopf Bifurcation in a Nonlinear Wave System

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    HE Kai-Fen

    2004-01-01

    @@ Bifurcation behaviour of a nonlinear wave system is studied by utilizing the data in solving the nonlinear wave equation. By shifting to the steady wave frame and taking into account the Doppler effect, the nonlinear wave can be transformed into a set of coupled oscillators with its (stable or unstable) steady wave as the fixed point.It is found that in the chosen parameter regime, both mode amplitudes and phases of the wave can bifurcate to limit cycles attributed to the Hopf instability. It is emphasized that the investigation is carried out in a pure nonlinear wave framework, and the method can be used for the further exploring routes to turbulence.

  14. Physical exercise intensity can be related to plasma glutathione levels.

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    Gambelunghe, C; Rossi, R; Micheletti, A; Mariucci, G; Rufini, S

    2001-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of different kinds of physical exercise on plasma glutathione levels. Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: In walking group (W; n=6), rats were trained to walk 0.8 m/min for 45 min; slow running group (SR; n=6) were trained to run 4 m/min for 45 min; fast running group (FR; n=6) ran 8m/min for 60 min and control rats (C; n=6) remained in their home cages. All animals were sacrificed after exercise and the levels of reduced glutathione (GSH) in plasma samples determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with a fluorescent detector. Compared to controls, exercise did not change GSH plasma levels of the W group. A tendency to decrease blood GSH was observed in plasma samples of the SR group and in the FR group, physical exercise resulted in a dramatic decrease in GSH plasma levels. These data suggest that during light physical exercise there is a low production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) with a low request for antioxidant defence such as oxidation of GSH. The dramatic decrease observed in GSH levels in FR rats would indicate the presence of oxidative stress able to modify blood antioxidant profiles. Our results suggest that GSH plays a central antioxidant role in blood during intensive physical exercise and that its modifications are closely related to exercise intensity. PMID:11579999

  15. Bifurcations of a class of singular biological economic models

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    This paper studies systematically a prey-predator singular biological economic model with time delay. It shows that this model exhibits two bifurcation phenomena when the economic profit is zero. One is transcritical bifurcation which changes the stability of the system, and the other is singular induced bifurcation which indicates that zero economic profit brings impulse, i.e., rapid expansion of the population in biological explanation. On the other hand, if the economic profit is positive, at a critical value of bifurcation parameter, the system undergoes a Hopf bifurcation, i.e., the increase of delay destabilizes the system and bifurcates into small amplitude periodic solution. Finally, by using Matlab software, numerical simulations illustrate the effectiveness of the results obtained here. In addition, we study numerically that the system undergoes a saddle-node bifurcation when the bifurcation parameter goes through critical value of positive economic profit.

  16. Codimension-2 bifurcations of the Kaldor model of business cycle

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    Research highlights: → The conditions are given such that the characteristic equation may have purely imaginary roots and double zero roots. → Purely imaginary roots lead us to study Hopf and Bautin bifurcations and to calculate the first and second Lyapunov coefficients. → Double zero roots lead us to study Bogdanov-Takens (BT) bifurcation. → Bifurcation diagrams for Bautin and BT bifurcations are obtained by using the normal form theory. - Abstract: In this paper, complete analysis is presented to study codimension-2 bifurcations for the nonlinear Kaldor model of business cycle. Sufficient conditions are given for the model to demonstrate Bautin and Bogdanov-Takens (BT) bifurcations. By computing the first and second Lyapunov coefficients and performing nonlinear transformation, the normal forms are derived to obtain the bifurcation diagrams such as Hopf, homoclinic and double limit cycle bifurcations. Some examples are given to confirm the theoretical results.

  17. Bifurcation Analysis of a Discrete Logistic System with Feedback Control

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    WU Dai-yong

    2015-01-01

    The paper studies the dynamical behaviors of a discrete Logistic system with feedback control. The system undergoes Flip bifurcation and Hopf bifurcation by using the center manifold theorem and the bifurcation theory. Numerical simulations not only illustrate our results, but also exhibit the complex dynamical behaviors of the system, such as the period-doubling bifurcation in periods 2, 4, 8 and 16, and quasi-periodic orbits and chaotic sets.

  18. Delay-induced multistability near a global bifurcation

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    Hizanidis, J.; Aust, R.; Schoell, E.

    2007-01-01

    We study the effect of a time-delayed feedback within a generic model for a saddle-node bifurcation on a limit cycle. Without delay the only attractor below this global bifurcation is a stable node. Delay renders the phase space infinite-dimensional and creates multistability of periodic orbits and the fixed point. Homoclinic bifurcations, period-doubling and saddle-node bifurcations of limit cycles are found in accordance with Shilnikov's theorems.

  19. Symmetry breaking and bifurcations in the periodic orbit theory. 2. Spheroidal cavity

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    We derive a semiclassical trace formula for the level density of a three-dimensional spheroidal cavity. To overcome the divergences and discontinuities occurring at bifurcation points and in the spherical limit, the trace integrals over the action-angle variables are performed using an improved stationary phase method. The resulting semiclassical level density oscillations and shell energies are in good agreement with quantum-mechanical results. We find that the births of three-dimensional orbits through the bifurcations of planar orbits in the equatorial plane lead to considerable enhancement of the shell effect for superdeformed shapes. (author)

  20. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation in the Watt Governor System

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    Sotomayor, Jorge; Mello, Luis Fernando; Braga, Denis de Carvalho

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we study the Lyapunov stability and Hopf bifurcation in a system coupling a Watt-centrifugal-governor with a steam-engine. Sufficient conditions for the stability of the equilibrium state in terms of the physical parameters and of the bifurcating periodic orbit at most critical parameters on the bifurcation surface are given.

  1. The Bifurcations of Traveling Wave Solutions of the Kundu Equation

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    Yating Yi; Zhengrong Liu

    2013-01-01

    We use the bifurcation method of dynamical systems to study the bifurcations of traveling wave solutions for the Kundu equation. Various explicit traveling wave solutions and their bifurcations are obtained. Via some special phase orbits, we obtain some new explicit traveling wave solutions. Our work extends some previous results.

  2. Bifurcation structure of a model of bursting pancreatic cells

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    Mosekilde, Erik; Lading, B.; Yanchuk, S.; Maistrenko, Y.

    One- and two-dimensional bifurcation studies of a prototypic model of bursting oscillations in pancreatic P-cells reveal a squid-formed area of chaotic dynamics in the parameter plane, with period-doubling bifurcations on one side of the arms and saddle-node bifurcations on the other. The...

  3. Singular limit cycle bifurcations to closed orbits and invariant tori

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    This paper investigates singular limit cycle bifurcations for a singularly perturbed system. Based on a series of transformations (the modified curvilinear coordinate, blow-up, and near-identity transformation) and bifurcation theory of periodic orbits and invariant tori, the bifurcations of closed orbits and invariant tori near singular limit cycles are discussed

  4. Singular limit cycle bifurcations to closed orbits and invariant tori

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    Ye Zhiyong [Department of Mathematics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Department of Mathematics, Chongqing Institute of Technology, Chongqing 400050 (China); E-mail: yezhiyong@sjtu.edu.cn; Han Maoan [Department of Mathematics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); E-mail: mahan@sjtu.edu.cn

    2006-02-01

    This paper investigates singular limit cycle bifurcations for a singularly perturbed system. Based on a series of transformations (the modified curvilinear coordinate, blow-up, and near-identity transformation) and bifurcation theory of periodic orbits and invariant tori, the bifurcations of closed orbits and invariant tori near singular limit cycles are discussed.

  5. NUMERICAL HOPF BIFURCATION OF DELAY-DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

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    2006-01-01

    In this paper we consider the numerical solution of some delay differential equations undergoing a Hopf bifurcation. We prove that if the delay differential equations have a Hopf bifurcation point atλ=λ*, then the numerical solution of the equation also has a Hopf bifurcation point atλh =λ* + O(h).

  6. Hopf bifurcation analysis for a dissipative system with asymmetric interaction: Analytical explanation of a specific property of highway traffic.

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    Nomura, Yasuyuki; Saito, Satoshi; Ishiwata, Ryosuke; Sugiyama, Yuki

    2016-01-01

    A dissipative system with asymmetric interaction, the optimal velocity model, shows a Hopf bifurcation concerned with the transition from a homogeneous motion to the formation of a moving cluster, such as the emergence of a traffic jam. We investigate the properties of Hopf bifurcation depending on the particle density, using the dynamical system for the traveling cluster solution of the continuum system derived from the original discrete system of particles. The Hopf bifurcation is revealed as a subcritical one, and the property explains well the specific phenomena in highway traffic: the metastability of jamming transition and the hysteresis effect in the relation of car density and flow rate. PMID:26871081

  7. Digital subtraction angiography of carotid bifurcation

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    This study demonstrates the reliability of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) by means of intra- and interobserver investigations as well as indicating the possibility of substituting catheterangiography by DSA in the diagnosis of carotid bifurcation. Whenever insufficient information is obtained from the combination of non-invasive investigation and DSA, a catheterangiogram will be necessary. (Auth.)

  8. HOMOCLINIC TWIST BIFURCATIONS WITH Z(2) SYMMETRY

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    ARONSON, DG; VANGILS, SA; KRUPA, M

    1994-01-01

    We analyze bifurcations occurring in the vicinity of a homoclinic twist point for a generic two-parameter family of Z2 equivariant ODEs in four dimensions. The results are compared with numerical results for a system of two coupled Josephson junctions with pure capacitive load.

  9. Bifurcation structure of successive torus doubling

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    Sekikawa, Munehisa [Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University (Japan)]. E-mail: muse@aihara.jst.go.jp; Inaba, Naohiko [Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University (Japan)]. E-mail: inaba@is.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp; Yoshinaga, Tetsuya [Department of Radiologic Science and Engineering, School of Health Sciences, The University of Tokushima (Japan)]. E-mail: yosinaga@medsci.tokushima-u.ac.jp; Tsubouchi, Takashi [Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Systems, University of Tsukuba (Japan)]. E-mail: tsubo@esys.tsukuba.ac.jp

    2006-01-02

    The authors discuss the 'embryology' of successive torus doubling via the bifurcation theory, and assert that the coupled map of a logistic map and a circle map has a structure capable of generating infinite number of torus doublings.

  10. Stability and Hopf bifurcation for a business cycle model with expectation and delay

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    Liu, Xiangdong; Cai, Wenli; Lu, Jiajun; Wang, Yangyang

    2015-08-01

    According to rational expectation hypothesis, the government will take into account the future capital stock in the process of investment decision. By introducing anticipated capital stock into an economic model with investment delay, we construct a mixed functional differential system including delay and advanced variables. The system is converted to the one containing only delay by variable substitution. The equilibrium point of the system is obtained and its dynamical characteristics such as stability, Hopf bifurcation and its stability and direction are investigated by using the related theories of nonlinear dynamics. We carry out some numerical simulations to confirm these theoretical conclusions. The results indicate that both capital stock's anticipation and investment lag are the certain factors leading to the occurrence of cyclical fluctuations in the macroeconomic system. Moreover, the level of economic fluctuation can be dampened to some extent if investment decisions are made by the reasonable short-term forecast on capital stock.

  11. Hyperhomocysteinemia in ulcerative colitis is related to folate levels

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    Petros Zezos; Georgia Papaioannou; Nikolaos Nikolaidis; Themistoclis Vasiliadis; Olga Giouleme; Nikolaos Evgenidis

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To study the prevalence and clinical significance of hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcys), an independent factor for arterial and venous thrombosis, in a group of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC).METHODS: Fasting homocysteine (Hcys), folate, and vitamin B12 serum levels were measured in 40 UC patients and 50 healthy controls. Clinical data regarding UC were gathered.RESULTS: Median serum Hcys levels in UC patients were similar to those in controls (12.26 μmol/L vs 12.32 μmol/L), but the prevalence of hHcys was higher in UC patients than in controls (30% vs 10%, P= 0.028). UC significantly increased the risk of hHcys (adjusted odds ratio: 4.125;95% CI: 1.26-13.44). Multivariate regression analysis showed that male sex, folate and vitamin B12 deficiency or lower serum values were significant independent predictors of higher Hcys levels in UC patients (r2 = 0.4; P<0.001).CONCLUSION: hHcys is common in UC patients and it is related to folate and vitamin B12 deficiency or lower serum values. It would be reasonable for patients with UC to receive folate and vitamin B complex supplements as a prophylactic measure.

  12. Three levels of understanding physical relativity: Galileo's relativity, Up-to-date Galileo's relativity and Einstein's relativity: A historical survey

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    Rothenstein, Bernhard; Nafornita, Corina

    2004-01-01

    We present a way of teaching Einstein's special relativity. It starts with Galileo's relativity, the learners know from previous lectures. The lecture underlines that we can have three transformation equations for the space-time coordinates of the same event, which lead to absolute clock readings, time intervals and lengths (Galileo's relativity), to absolute clock readings but to relative time intervals and lengths (up-to-date Galileo transformations) and to relative clock readings time inte...

  13. Bifurcation of a nonlinear Schrödinger equation with a symmetrical double well

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    The bifurcation of a one-dimensional Gross–Pitaevskii-type equation with a symmetrical double well is investigated. A general relation for the critical power, above which a kind of bifurcation transition from a supercritical pitchfork to a subcritical pitchfork occurs, is presented in terms of the ratio of the nonlinear tunneling to the nonlinear interaction. When the nonlinearity is very weak, our relation reduces to a universal power law; when the nonlinearity is strong, this universal critical power depends on the nonlinearity, the shape of the trap and even the dimension. By means of a numerical calculation, a possible bifurcation transition induced by nonlinearity is predicted for both the ground state and the first excited state. (paper)

  14. A codimension-2 bifurcation controlling endogenous bursting activity and pulse-triggered responses of a neuron model.

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    William H Barnett

    Full Text Available The dynamics of individual neurons are crucial for producing functional activity in neuronal networks. An open question is how temporal characteristics can be controlled in bursting activity and in transient neuronal responses to synaptic input. Bifurcation theory provides a framework to discover generic mechanisms addressing this question. We present a family of mechanisms organized around a global codimension-2 bifurcation. The cornerstone bifurcation is located at the intersection of the border between bursting and spiking and the border between bursting and silence. These borders correspond to the blue sky catastrophe bifurcation and the saddle-node bifurcation on an invariant circle (SNIC curves, respectively. The cornerstone bifurcation satisfies the conditions for both the blue sky catastrophe and SNIC. The burst duration and interburst interval increase as the inverse of the square root of the difference between the corresponding bifurcation parameter and its bifurcation value. For a given set of burst duration and interburst interval, one can find the parameter values supporting these temporal characteristics. The cornerstone bifurcation also determines the responses of silent and spiking neurons. In a silent neuron with parameters close to the SNIC, a pulse of current triggers a single burst. In a spiking neuron with parameters close to the blue sky catastrophe, a pulse of current temporarily silences the neuron. These responses are stereotypical: the durations of the transient intervals-the duration of the burst and the duration of latency to spiking-are governed by the inverse-square-root laws. The mechanisms described here could be used to coordinate neuromuscular control in central pattern generators. As proof of principle, we construct small networks that control metachronal-wave motor pattern exhibited in locomotion. This pattern is determined by the phase relations of bursting neurons in a simple central pattern generator

  15. Stable 3-level leapfrog integration in numerical relativity

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    New, K C B; Misner, Charles William; Centrella, J M; New, Kimberly C. B.; Watt, Keith; Misner, Charles W.; Centrella, Joan M.

    1998-01-01

    The 3-level leapfrog time integration algorithm is an attractive choice for numerical relativity simulations since it is time-symmetric and avoids non-physical damping. In Newtonian problems without velocity dependent forces, this method enjoys the advantage of long term stability. However, for more general differential equations, whether ordinary or partial, delayed onset numerical instabilities can arise and destroy the solution. A known cure for such instabilities appears to have been overlooked in many application areas. We give an improved cure ("deloused leapfrog") that both reduces memory demands (important for 3+1 dimensional wave equations) and allows for the use of adaptive timesteps without a loss in accuracy. We show both that the instability arises and that the cure we propose works in highly relativistic problems such as tightly bound geodesics, spatially homogeneous spacetimes, and strong gravitational waves. In the gravitational wave test case (polarized waves in a Gowdy spacetime) the delouse...

  16. BIFURCATION ANALYSIS OF EQUILIBRIUM POINT IN TWO NODE POWER SYSTEM

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    Halima Aloui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a study of bifurcation in a dynamic power system model. It becomes one of the major precautions for electricity suppliers and these systems must maintain a steady state in the neighborhood of the operating points. We study in this study the dynamic stability of two node power systems theory and the stability of limit cycles emerging from a subcritical or supercritical Hopf bifurcation by computing the first Lyapunov coefficient. The MATCONT package of MATLAB was used for this study and detailed numerical simulations presented to illustrate the types of dynamic behavior. Results have proved the analyses for the model exhibit dynamical bifurcations, including Hopf bifurcations, Limit point bifurcations, Zero Hopf bifurcations and Bagdanov-taknes bifurcations.

  17. Correlation analysis of the North Equatorial Current bifurcation and the Indonesian Throughflow

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    ZHAO Yunxia; WEI Zexun; WANG Yonggang; XU Tengfei; FENG Ying

    2015-01-01

    Based on monthly mean Simple Ocean Data Assimilation (SODA) products from 1958 to 2007, this study analyzes the seasonal and interannual variability of the North Equatorial Current (NEC) bifurcation latitude and the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) volume transport. Further, Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) method and lag-correlation analysis are employed to reveal the relationships between the NEC bifurcation location, NEC and ITF volume transport and ENSO events. The analysis results of the seasonal variability show that the annual mean location of NEC bifurcation in upper layer occurs at 14.33°N and ITF volume transport has a maximum value in summer, a minimum value in winter and an annual mean transport of 7.75×106 m3/s. The interannual variability analysis indicates that the variability of NEC bifurcation location can be treated as a precursor of El Niño. The correlation coefficient between the two reaches the maximum of 0.53 with a time lag of 2 months. The ITF volume transport is positively related with El Niño events with a maximum coefficient of 0.60 by 3 months. The NEC bifurcation location is positively correlated with the ITF volume transport with a correlation coefficient of 0.43.

  18. Does the principle of minimum work apply at the carotid bifurcation: a retrospective cohort study

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    There is recent interest in the role of carotid bifurcation anatomy, geometry and hemodynamic factors in the pathogenesis of carotid artery atherosclerosis. Certain anatomical and geometric configurations at the carotid bifurcation have been linked to disturbed flow. It has been proposed that vascular dimensions are selected to minimize energy required to maintain blood flow, and that this occurs when an exponent of 3 relates the radii of parent and daughter arteries. We evaluate whether the dimensions of bifurcation of the extracranial carotid artery follow this principle of minimum work. This study involved subjects who had computed tomographic angiography (CTA) at our institution between 2006 and 2007. Radii of the common, internal and external carotid arteries were determined. The exponent was determined for individual bifurcations using numerical methods and for the sample using nonlinear regression. Mean age for 45 participants was 56.9 ± 16.5 years with 26 males. Prevalence of vascular risk factors was: hypertension-48%, smoking-23%, diabetes-16.7%, hyperlipidemia-51%, ischemic heart disease-18.7%. The value of the exponent ranged from 1.3 to 1.6, depending on estimation methodology. The principle of minimum work (defined by an exponent of 3) may not apply at the carotid bifurcation. Additional factors may play a role in the relationship between the radii of the parent and daughter vessels

  19. Overcoming Bifurcation Instability in High-Repetition-Rate Ho:YLF Regenerative Amplifiers

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    Kroetz, Peter; Ruehl, Axel; Chatterjee, Gourab; Calendron, Anne-Laure; Murari, Krishna; Cankaya, Huseyin; LI Peng; Kaertner, Franz X.; Hartl, Ingmar; Miller, R. J. Dwayne

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier (RA) overcoming bifurcation instability and consequently achieving high extraction energies of 6.9 mJ at a repetition rate of 1 kHz with pulse-to-pulse fluctuations of 1.1%. Measurements of the output pulse energy, corroborated by numerical simulations, identify an operation point that allows high-energy pulse extraction at a minimum noise level. Complete suppression of the onset of bifurcation was achieved by gain saturation after each pumping c...

  20. Bifurcation and neck formation as a precursor to ductile fracture during high rate extension

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    Freund, L.B.; Soerensen, N.J. [Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States)

    1997-12-31

    A block of ductile material, typically a segment of a plate or shell, being deformed homogeneously in simple plane strain extension commonly undergoes a bifurcation in deformation mode to nonuniform straining in the advanced stages of plastic flow. The focus here is on the influence of material inertia on the bifurcation process, particularly on the formation of diffuse necks as precursors to dynamic ductile fracture. The issue is considered from two points of view, first within the context of the theory of bifurcation of rate-independent, incrementally linear materials and then in terms of the complete numerical solution of a boundary value problem for an elastic-viscoplastic material. It is found that inertia favors the formation of relatively short wavelength necks as observed in shaped charge break-up and dynamic fragmentation.

  1. Quelques problèmes de stabilité et de bifurcation des solides visqueux

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    ABED-MERAIM, Farid

    1999-01-01

    This PhD thesis is composed essentially of two main parts, of unequal sizes, which are summarized as follows: Part I: It is concerned with stability and bifurcation issues relating to strain-rate-independent solids and structures (i.e., elastic or elasto-plastic). A thorough and comprehensive review of the various investigations in this field allowed us to propose an original and compact presentation of the theory of stability and bifurcation. An illustration of this theory is then shown thro...

  2. Parametric Controller Design of Hopf Bifurcation System

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    Jinbo Lu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A general parametric controller design method is proposed for Hopf bifurcation of nonlinear dynamic system. This method does not increase the dimension of the system. Compared with the existing methods, the controller designed by this method has a lower controller order and a simpler structure, and it does not contain equilibrium points. The method keeps equilibrium of the origin system unchanged. Symbolic computation is used to deduce the constraints of controller, and cylindrical algebraic decomposition is used to find the stability parameter regions in parameter space of controller. The method is then employed for Hopf bifurcation control. Taking Lorenz system as an example, the controller design steps of the method and numerical simulations are discussed. Computer simulation results are presented to confirm the analytical predictions.

  3. Periodic orbits near a bifurcating slow manifold

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    Kristiansen, Kristian Uldall

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies a class of $1\\frac12$-degree-of-freedom Hamiltonian systems with a slowly varying phase that unfolds a Hamiltonian pitchfork bifurcation. The main result of the paper is that there exists an order of $\\ln^2\\epsilon^{-1}$-many periodic orbits that all stay within an $\\mathcal O......(\\epsilon^{1/3})$-distance from the union of the normally elliptic slow manifolds that occur as a result of the bifurcation. Here $\\epsilon\\ll 1$ measures the time scale separation. These periodic orbits are predominantly unstable. The proof is based on averaging of two blowup systems, allowing one to estimate...... the effect of the singularity, combined with results on asymptotics of the second Painleve equation. The stable orbits of smallest amplitude that are {persistently} obtained by these methods remain slightly further away from the slow manifold being distant by an order $\\mathcal O(\\epsilon^{1/3}\\ln^{1...

  4. Sex differences in intracranial arterial bifurcations

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    Lindekleiv, Haakon M; Valen-Sendstad, Kristian; Morgan, Michael K; Mardal, Kent-Andre; Faulder, Kenneth; Magnus, Jeanette H; Waterloo, Knut; Romner, Bertil; Ingebrigtsen, Tor

    2010-01-01

    Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a serious condition, occurring more frequently in females than in males. SAH is mainly caused by rupture of an intracranial aneurysm, which is formed by localized dilation of the intracranial arterial vessel wall, usually at the apex of the arterial bifurcation. T...... female preponderance is usually explained by systemic factors (hormonal influences and intrinsic wall weakness); however, the uneven sex distribution of intracranial aneurysms suggests a possible physiologic factor-a local sex difference in the intracranial arteries....

  5. Shape optimization of the carotid artery bifurcation

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    Bressloff, N. W.; Forrester, A.I.J.; Banks, J.; Bhaskar, K.V.

    2004-01-01

    A parametric CAD model of the human carotid artery bifurcation is employed in an initial exploration of the response of shear stress to the variation of the angle of the internal carotid artery and the width of the sinus bulb. Design of experiment and response surface technologies are harnessed for the first time in such an application with the aim of developing a better understanding of the relationship between geometry (anatomy) and sites of arterial disease.

  6. Bifurcated Helical Core Equilibrium States in Tokamaks

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    Full text: Tokamaks with weak to moderate reversed central magnetic shear in which the minimum of the inverse rotational transform qmin is in the neighbourhood of unity can trigger bifurcated MagnetoHydroDynamic (MHD) equilibrium states. In addition to the standard axisymmetric branch that can be obtained with standard Grad-Shafranov solvers, a novel branch with a three-dimensional (3D) helical core has been computed with the ANIMEC code, an anisotropic pressure extension of the VMEC code. The solutions have imposed nested magnetic flux surfaces and are similar to saturated ideal internal kink modes. The difference in energy between both possible branches is very small. Plasma elongation, current and β enhance the susceptibility for bifurcations to occur. An initial value nonlinear ideal MHD evolution of the axisymmetric branch compares favourably with the helical core equilibrium structures calculated. Peaked prescribed pressure profiles reproduce the 'snake' structures observed in many tokamaks which has led to a new explanation of the snake as a bifurcated helical equilibrium state that results from a saturated ideal internal kink in which pellets or impurities induce a hollow current profile. Snake equilibrium structures are computed in free boundary TCV tokamak simulations. Magnetic field ripple and resonant magnetic perturbations in MAST free boundary calculations do not alter the helical core deformation in a significant manner when qmin is near unity. These bifurcated solutions constitute a paradigm shift that motivates the application of tools developed for stellarator research in tokamak physics investigations. The examination of fast ion confinement in this class of equilibria is performed with the VENUS code in which a coordinate independent noncanonical phase-space Lagrangian formulation of guiding centre drift orbit theory has been implemented. (author)

  7. Torus bifurcations in multilevel converter systems

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    Zhusubaliyev, Zhanybai T.; Mosekilde, Erik; Yanochkina, Olga O.

    2011-01-01

    embedded one into the other and with their basins of attraction delineated by intervening repelling tori. The paper illustrates the coexistence of three stable tori with different resonance behaviors and shows how reconstruction of these tori takes place across the borders of different dynamical regimes....... The paper also demonstrates how pairs of attracting and repelling tori emerge through border-collision torus-birth and border-collision torus-fold bifurcations. © 2011 World Scientific Publishing Company....

  8. Perturbed period-doubling bifurcation. I. Theory

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    Svensmark, Henrik; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    1990-01-01

    -defined way that is a function of the amplitude and the frequency of the signal. New scaling laws between the amplitude of the signal and the detuning δ are found; these scaling laws apply to a variety of quantities, e.g., to the shift of the bifurcation point. It is also found that the stability and the...... of a microwave-driven Josephson junction confirm the theory. Results should be of interest in parametric-amplification studies....

  9. The relation between oxygen saturation level and retionopathy of prematurity

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    Mohammad Gharavi Fard

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Oxygen therapy used for preterm infant disease might be associated with oxygen toxicity or oxidative stress. The exact oxygen concentration to control and maintain the arterial oxygen saturation balance is not certainly clear. We aimed to compare the efficacy of higher or lower oxygen saturations on the development of severe retinopathy of prematurity which is a major cause of blindness in preterm neonates. Methods: PubMed was searched for obtaining the relevant articles. A total of seven articles were included after studying the titles, abstracts, and the full text of retrieved articles at initial search. Inclusion criteria were all the English language human clinical randomized controlled trials with no time limitation, which studied the efficacy of low versus high oxygen saturation measured by pulse oximetry in preterm infants.Result: It can be suggested that lower limits of oxygen saturations have higher efficacy at postmesetural age of ≤28 weeks in preterm neonates. This relation has been demonstrated in five large clinical trials including three Boost trials, COT, and Support.Discussion: Applying higher concentrations of oxygen supplementations at mesentural age ≥32 weeks reduced the development of retinopathy of prematurity. Lower concentrations of oxygen saturation decreased the incidence and the development of retinopathy of prematurity in preterm neonates while applied soon after the birth.Conclusions: Targeting levels of oxygen saturation in the low or high range should be performed cautiously with attention to the postmesentural age in preterm infants at the time of starting the procedures.

  10. Bifurcation analysis of 3D ocean flows using a parallel fully-implicit ocean model

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    Thies, J.; Wubs, F.W.; Dijkstra, H.A.

    2009-01-01

    To understand the physics and dynamics of the ocean circulation, techniques of numerical bifurcation theory such as continuation methods have proved to be useful. Up to now these techniques have been applied to models with relatively few degrees of freedom such as multi-layer quasi-geostrophic and s

  11. Bifurcations of Eigenvalues of Gyroscopic Systems with Parameters Near Stability Boundaries

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    Seyranian, Alexander P.; Kliem, Wolfhard

    1999-01-01

    shown that the bifurcation (splitting) of double eigenvalues is closely related to the stability, flutter and divergence boundaries in the parameter space. Normal vectors to these boundaries are derived using only information at a boundary point: eigenvalues, eigenvectors and generalized eigenvectors...

  12. (r,s)-STABILITY OF UNFOLDING OF Γ-EQUIVARIANT BIFURCATION PROBLEM

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    Liu Hengxing; Zhang Dunmu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper,the Γ-equivariant (s, t)-equivalence relation and Γ-equivariant infinitesimally (r, s)-stability of Γ-equivariant bifurcation problem are defined. The criterion for Γ-equivariant infinitesimally (r, s)-stability is proven when Γ is a compact finite Lie group . Transversality condition is used to characterize the stability.

  13. First-passage times, mobile traps, and Hopf bifurcations.

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    Tzou, Justin C; Xie, Shuangquan; Kolokolnikov, Theodore

    2014-12-01

    For a random walk on a confined one-dimensional domain, we consider mean first-passage times (MFPT) in the presence of a mobile trap. The question we address is whether a mobile trap can improve capture times over a stationary trap. We consider two scenarios: a randomly moving trap and an oscillating trap. In both cases, we find that a stationary trap actually performs better (in terms of reducing expected capture time) than a very slowly moving trap; however, a trap moving sufficiently fast performs better than a stationary trap. We explicitly compute the thresholds that separate the two regimes. In addition, we find a surprising relation between the oscillating trap problem and a moving-sink problem that describes reduced dynamics of a single spike in a certain regime of the Gray-Scott model. Namely, the above-mentioned threshold corresponds precisely to a Hopf bifurcation that induces oscillatory motion in the location of the spike. We use this correspondence to prove the uniqueness of the Hopf bifurcation. PMID:25615075

  14. Resonances and bifurcations in systems with elliptical equipotentials

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    Marchesiello, Antonella

    2012-01-01

    We present a general analysis of the orbit structure of 2D potentials with self-similar elliptical equipotentials by applying the method of Lie transform normalization. We study the most relevant resonances and related bifurcations. We find that the 1:1 resonance is associated only to the appearance of the loops and leads to the destabilization of either one or the other normal modes, depending on the ellipticity of equipotentials. Inclined orbits are never present and may appear only when the equipotentials are heavily deformed. The 1:2 resonance determines the appearance of bananas and anti-banana orbits: the first family is stable and always appears at a lower energy than the second, which is unstable. The bifurcation sequence also produces the variations in the stability character of the major axis orbit and is modified only by very large deformations of the equipotentials. Higher-order resonances appear at intermediate or higher energies and can be described with good accuracy.

  15. Salt marsh stability modelled in relation to sea level rise

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    Bartholdy, Jesper; Bartholdy, Anders; Kroon, Aart

    2010-01-01

    the model with a constant sea level revealed that balance between the inner and the outer salt marsh deposition can not be achieved within a reasonable time scale. Likewise it is shown that only one specific sea level rise provides equilibrium for a given location on the salt marsh. With a higher sea...... level rise, the marsh at the specific location will eventually drown, whereas - with a sea level rise below this level – it will grow towards the top of the rising tidal frame. The short term variation of salt marsh accretion was found to correlate well with variations in the North Atlantic Oscillation...

  16. Classification of solitary wave bifurcations in generalized nonlinear Schr\\"odinger equations

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    Yang, Jianke

    2012-01-01

    Bifurcations of solitary waves are classified for the generalized nonlinear Schr\\"odinger equations with arbitrary nonlinearities and external potentials in arbitrary spatial dimensions. Analytical conditions are derived for three major types of solitary wave bifurcations, namely saddle-node bifurcations, pitchfork bifurcations and transcritical bifurcations. Shapes of power diagrams near these bifurcations are also obtained. It is shown that for pitchfork and transcritical bifurcations, their power diagrams look differently from their familiar solution-bifurcation diagrams. Numerical examples for these three types of bifurcations are given as well. Of these numerical examples, one shows a transcritical bifurcation, which is the first report of transcritical bifurcations in the generalized nonlinear Schr\\"odinger equations. Another shows a power loop phenomenon which contains several saddle-node bifurcations, and a third example shows double pitchfork bifurcations. These numerical examples are in good agreeme...

  17. The significance of enhanced radionuclide deposition at bronchial bifurcations

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    Experiments were conducted to quantitate deposition patterns of monodisperse aerosols in surrogates of the human upper respiratory tract. Laryngeal casts and most upper airway bifurcations were sites of preferential particle deposition. Highly concentrated deposits were detected at carinal ridges within bifurcation zones. Together with impaired mucociliary clearance at branching sites, this initial deposition pattern results in localized accumulations of radionuclides within bifurcation zones. For inhaled radon progeny radiation doses are calculated for 3 regions of bronchial airways: tubular airway segments, bifurcation zones (including the carina), and carinal ridges. These calculations indicated that enhanced deposition at branching sites leads to significantly higher doses to epithelial cells located at bifurcations than along tubular airway segments. If cell killing is included in the analysis of lung cancer risk, it reduces carcinogenic potential at bifurcation sites, particularly at high doses. (author)

  18. Codimension 2 reversible heteroclinic bifurcations with inclination flips

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    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the heteroclinic bifurcation problem with real eigenvalues and two incli- nation-flips is investigated in a four-dimensional reversible system. We perform a detailed study of this case by using the method originally established in the papers "Problems in Homoclinic Bifurcation with Higher Dimensions" and "Bifurcation of Heteroclinic Loops," and obtain fruitful results, such as the existence and coexistence of R-symmetric homoclinic orbit and R-symmetric heteroclinic loops, R-symmetric homoclinic orbit and R-symmetric periodic orbit. The double R-symmetric homoclinic bifurcation (i.e., two-fold R-symmetric homoclinic bifurcation) for reversible heteroclinic loops is found, and the existence of infinitely many R-symmetric periodic orbits accumulating onto a homoclinic orbit is demonstrated. The relevant bifurcation surfaces and the existence regions are also located.

  19. Nonlinear instability and dynamic bifurcation of a planeinterface during solidification

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    吴金平; 侯安新; 黄定华; 鲍征宇; 高志农; 屈松生

    2001-01-01

    By taking average over the curvature, the temperature and its gradient, the solute con-centration and its gradient at the flange of planar interface perturbed by sinusoidal ripple during solidifi-cation, the nonlinear dynamic equations of the sinusoidal perturbation wave have been set up. Analysisof the nonlinear instability and the behaviors of dynamic bifurcation of the solutions of these equationsshows that (i) the way of dynamic bifurcation of the flat-to-cellular interface transition vades with differ-ent thermal gradients. The quasi-subcritical-lag bifurcation occurs in the small interface thermal gradientscope, the supercritical-lag bifurcation in the medium thermal gradient scope and the supercritical bifur-cation in the large thermal gradient scope. (ii) The transition of cellular-to-flat interface is realizedthrough supercritical inverse bifurcation in the rapid solidification area.

  20. Identification of Bifurcations from Observations of Noisy Biological Oscillators

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    Salvi, Joshua D; Hudspeth, A J

    2016-01-01

    Hair bundles are biological oscillators that actively transduce mechanical stimuli into electrical signals in the auditory, vestibular, and lateral-line systems of vertebrates. A bundle's function can be explained in part by its operation near a particular type of bifurcation, a qualitative change in behavior. By operating near different varieties of bifurcation, the bundle responds best to disparate classes of stimuli. We show how to determine the identity of and proximity to distinct bifurcations despite the presence of substantial environmental noise.

  1. Singularly perturbed bifurcation subsystem and its application in power systems

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    An Yichun; Zhang Qingling; Zhu Yukun; Zhang Yan

    2008-01-01

    The singularly perturbed bifurcation subsystem is described,and the test conditions of subsystem persistence are deduced.By use of fast and slow reduced subsystem model,the result does not require performing nonlinear transformation.Moreover,it is shown and proved that the persistence of the periodic orbits for Hopf bifurcation in the reduced model through center manifold.Van der Pol oscillator circuit is given to illustrate the persistence of bifurcation subsystems with the full dynamic system.

  2. Bifurcation Analysis for Neural Networks in Neutral Form

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    Chen, Hong-Bing; Sun, Xiao-Ke

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, a system of neural networks in neutral form with time delay is investigated. Further, by introducing delay τ as a bifurcation parameter, it is found that Hopf bifurcation occurs when τ is across some critical values. The direction of the Hopf bifurcations and the stability are determined by using normal form method and center manifold theory. Next, the global existence of periodic solution is established by using a global Hopf bifurcation result. Finally, an example is given to support the theoretical predictions.

  3. Periodic solutions and flip bifurcation in a linear impulsive system

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    Jiang Gui-Rong; Yang Qi-Gui

    2008-01-01

    In this paper,the dynamical behaviour of a linear impulsive system is discussed both theoretically and numerically.The existence and the stability of period-one solution are discussed by using a discrete map.The conditions of existence for flip bifurcation are derived by using the centre manifold theorem and bifurcation theorem.The bifurcation analysis shows that chaotic solutions appear via a cascade of period-doubling in some interval of parameters.Moreover,the periodic solutions,the bifurcation diagram,and the chaotic attractor,which show their consistence with the theoretical analyses,are given in an example.中图分类:O547

  4. Housing Electrons: Relating Quantum Numbers, Energy Levels, and Electron Configurations.

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    Garofalo, Anthony

    1997-01-01

    Presents an activity that combines the concepts of quantum numbers and probability locations, energy levels, and electron configurations in a concrete, hands-on way. Uses model houses constructed out of foam board and colored beads to represent electrons. (JRH)

  5. Factors Relating to EFL Writers' Discourse Level Revision Skills

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    Carol Rinnert; Hiroe Kobayashi

    2001-01-01

    This study investigated discourse level revising skills among three groups of Japanese EFL writers and the relationship between these skills and the two factors of English proficiency and writing experience. The three groups of university students (N = 53) differed in terms of their educational level and the amount of writing instruction they had received. Group 1, undergraduates with no writing instruction; Group 2, undergraduates with one year of English writing instruction; and Group 3, gr...

  6. Bifurcation structure of an optical ring cavity

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    Kubstrup, C.; Mosekilde, Erik

    1996-01-01

    One- and two-dimensional continuation techniques are applied to determine the basic bifurcation structure for an optical ring cavity with a nonlinear absorbing element (the Ikeda Map). By virtue of the periodic structure of the map, families of similar solutions develop in parameter space. Within...... the individual family, the organization of the solutions exhibit an infinite number of regulatory arranged domains, the so-called swallow tails. We discuss the origin of this structure which has recently been observed in a variety of other systems as well....

  7. Longitudinal stent deformation during coronary bifurcation stenting.

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    Vijayvergiya, Rajesh; Sharma, Prafull; Gupta, Ankush; Goyal, Praveg; Panda, Prashant

    2016-03-01

    A distortion of implanted coronary stent along its longitudinal axis during coronary intervention is known as longitudinal stent deformation (LSD). LSD is frequently seen with newer drug eluting stents (DES), specifically with PROMUS Element stent. It is usually caused by impact of guide catheter tip, or following passage of catheters like balloon catheter, IVUS catheter, guideliner, etc. We hereby report a case of LSD during coronary bifurcation lesion intervention, using two-stents technique. Patient had acute stent thrombosis as a complication of LSD, which was successfully managed. PMID:26811144

  8. Bifurcation analysis of a preloaded Jeffcott rotor

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    A model of two-degrees-of-freedom Jeffcott rotor system with bearing clearance subjected of an out-of-balance excitation is considered. The influence of preloading and viscous damping of the snubber ring is introduced in the mathematical description. A programme of numerical simulations is conducted to show how the preloading and viscous damping change the dynamics of the rotor system. Bifurcation diagrams and Lyapunov exponents are constructed to explore stability. It is shown that dynamics of the rotor system can be effectively controlled by varying the preloading and the damping both of the rotor and the snubber ring. In the most considered cases preloading stabilises the dynamic responses

  9. Bifurcation analysis of a preloaded Jeffcott rotor

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    Karpenko, Evgueni V.; Pavlovskaia, Ekaterina E.; Wiercigroch, Marian E-mail: m.wiercigroch@eng.abdn.ac.uk

    2003-01-01

    A model of two-degrees-of-freedom Jeffcott rotor system with bearing clearance subjected of an out-of-balance excitation is considered. The influence of preloading and viscous damping of the snubber ring is introduced in the mathematical description. A programme of numerical simulations is conducted to show how the preloading and viscous damping change the dynamics of the rotor system. Bifurcation diagrams and Lyapunov exponents are constructed to explore stability. It is shown that dynamics of the rotor system can be effectively controlled by varying the preloading and the damping both of the rotor and the snubber ring. In the most considered cases preloading stabilises the dynamic responses.

  10. Uniformity pattern and related criteria for two-level factorials

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    FANG; Kaitai; QIN; Hong

    2005-01-01

    In this paper,the study of projection properties of two-level factorials in view of geometry is reported.The concept of uniformity pattern is defined.Based on this new concept,criteria of uniformity resolution and minimum projection uniformity are proposed for comparing two-level factorials.Relationship between minimum projection uniformity and other criteria such as minimum aberration,generalized minimum aberration and orthogonality is made explict.This close relationship raises the hope of improving the connection between uniform design theory and factorial design theory.Our results provide a justification of orthogonality,minimum aberration,and generalized minimum aberration from a natural geometrical interpretation.

  11. Enhancing Sentence Relation Modeling with Auxiliary Character-level Embedding

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    Li, Peng; Huang, Heng

    2016-01-01

    Neural network based approaches for sentence relation modeling automatically generate hidden matching features from raw sentence pairs. However, the quality of matching feature representation may not be satisfied due to complex semantic relations such as entailment or contradiction. To address this challenge, we propose a new deep neural network architecture that jointly leverage pre-trained word embedding and auxiliary character embedding to learn sentence meanings. The two kinds of word seq...

  12. Swept-parameter-induced postponements and noise on the Hopf bifurcation.

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    Fronzoni, L.; Moss, F; McClintock, Peter V. E.

    1987-01-01

    The postponement of Hopf bifurcations driven by a swept bifurcation parameter is demonstrated with an electronic Brusselator. Noise on the swept parameter destroys the postponement and the bifurcation as it is usually defined.

  13. On the application of Newton's and Chord methods to bifurcation problems

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    M. B. M. Elgindi

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the applications of Newton's and chord methods in the computations of the bifurcation solutions in a neighborhood of a simple bifurcation point for prescribed values of the bifurcation parameter.

  14. The Relation between Bullying, Victimization, and Adolescents' Level of Hopelessness

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    Siyahhan, Sinem; Aricak, O. Tolga; Cayirdag-Acar, Nur

    2012-01-01

    In this study, 419 Turkish middle school students (203 girls, 216 boys) were surveyed on their exposure to and engagement in bullying, and their level of hopelessness. Our findings suggest that girls were victims of indirect (e.g. gossiping) bullying more than boys. Boys reported being victims of physical (e.g. damaging property) and verbal (e.g.…

  15. Quaternions in University-Level Physics Considering Special Relativity

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    Horn, M E

    2003-01-01

    As an expansion of complex numbers, the quaternions show close relations to numerous physically fundamental concepts. In spite of that, the didactic potential provided by quaternion interrelationships in formulating physical laws are hardly regarded in the current physics curriculum. In particular, many approaches emerge that are useful in conveying the unity of seemingly distinct theories in a didactically convincing manner. This will be exemplified with the help of special relativity. The diverse examples of spatial and space-time rotations are merged into a didactic whole by introducing quaternion transformations and comparing them to the representation using rotation matrices common in physics books.

  16. Bifurcation sequences in the symmetric 1:1 Hamiltonian resonance

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    Marchesiello, Antonella

    2015-01-01

    We present a general review of the bifurcation sequences of periodic orbits in general position of a family of resonant Hamiltonian normal forms with nearly equal unperturbed frequencies, invariant under $Z_2 \\times Z_2$ symmetry. The rich structure of these classical systems is investigated with geometric methods and the relation with the singularity theory approach is also highlighted. The geometric approach is the most straightforward way to obtain a general picture of the phase-space dynamics of the family as is defined by a complete subset in the space of control parameters complying with the symmetry constraint. It is shown how to find an energy-momentum map describing the phase space structure of each member of the family, a catastrophe map that captures its global features and formal expressions for action-angle variables. Several examples, mainly taken from astrodynamics, are used as applications.

  17. Factors Related to Low Research Productivity at Higher Education Level

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    Muhammad Zafar Iqbal; Azhar Mahmood

    2011-01-01

    Research is vital and necessary part of modern university education; universities are producers of new knowledge. Role of universities is different from the 19th century; demands of the 21st century are enormously higher. The purpose of study was to find out the causes of low research productivity at university level. Population of the study was faculty members working at University. Sample consisting of 232 male and female faculty members was selected through the stratified sampling techniqu...

  18. Free market in practice. Customer loyalty related to service level

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    Sixty percent of the bulk consumers of energy have changed to a different supplier since the liberalization of the market. Newcomers like Vattenfall and EnBW are doing reasonably well, while small (gas) companies like Cogas and Rendo are also performing a lot better than the known big players, especially where it concerns the level of service. These are some of the remarkable results of research conducted by the market research agency Datamonitor

  19. Percutaneous single-stent endovascular treatment of series stenosis at subclavian-vertebral artery bifurcation

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    Objective: to evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous endovascular management with single stent in treating symptomatic series stenosis located at subclavian-vertebral artery bifurcation. Methods: Between February 2009 and April 2010, percutaneous single-stent endovascular treatment was carried out in 7 consecutive patients with symptomatic series stenosis located at subclavian-vertebral artery bifurcation. After implantation of cerebral protection device, percutaneous single-stent endovascular procedure was performed to treat two stenoses at subclavian-vertebral artery bifurcation. All patients were followed up for 3∼15 months. The therapeutic efficacy was evaluated with the observation of clinical symptoms and Doppler ultrasonic examination, the possible occurrence of re-stenosis was checked. Results: Technical success was achieved in all seven patients. After the implantation the residual stenosis of both subclavian and vertebral arteries was less than 10%. No procedure-related complications occurred. During the follow-up period no re-stenosis was observed on Doppler ultrasonography, the clinical symptoms were markedly improved, and no cerebrovascular accident or new cerebral infarction occurred. Conclusion: For the treatment of series stenosis located at subclavian-vertebral artery bifurcation percutaneous single-stent endovascular implantation is a feasible technique. Compared with other methods, this technique carries the advantages of easier manipulation and higher safety for patient although long-term efficacy needs to be further observed. (authors)

  20. Hypercrater Bifurcations, Attractor Coexistence, and Unfolding in a 5D Model of Economic Dynamics

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    Toichiro Asada

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Complex dynamical features are explored in a discrete interregional macrodynamic model proposed by Asada et al., using numerical methods. The model is five-dimensional with four parameters. The results demonstrate patterns of dynamical behaviour, such as bifurcation processes and coexistence of attractors, generated by high-dimensional discrete systems. In three cases of two-dimensional parameter subspaces the stability of equilibrium region is determined and its boundaries, the flip and Neimark-Hopf bifurcation curves, are identified by means of necessary coefficient criteria. In the first case closed invariant curves (CICs are found to occur through 5D-crater-type bifurcations, and for certain ranges of parameter values a stable equilibrium coexists with an unstable CIC associated with the subcritical bifurcation, as well as with an outer stable CIC. A remarkable feature of the second case is the coexistence of two attracting CICs outside the stability region. In both these cases the related hysteresis effects are illustrated by numerical simulations. In the third case a remarkable feature is the apparent unfolding of an attracting CIC before it evolves to a chaotic attractor. Examples of CICs and chaotic attractors are given in subspaces of phase space.

  1. Fast-scale border collision bifurcation in SEPIC power factor pre-regulators

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    In this paper we report a kind of fast-scale instability occurring in the single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC) power factor pre-regulator, which is designed to operate in discontinuous conduction mode. Main results are given by exact cycle-by-cycle computer simulations as well as theoretical analysis. It is found that the instability phenomenon manifests itself as a fast-scale bifurcation at the switching period, which implies the occurrence of border collision bifurcation, or is related to the transition of the regular operating mode of the SEPIC. According to the theoretical analysis and simulation results, the effects of parameters on system stability, and the locations of the bifurcation points are confirmed. Moreover, the effects of such an instability on power factor and switching stress are also discussed. Finally, the occurrence of the asymmetric bifurcation locations is investigated. The results show that this work provides a convenient means of predicting stability boundaries which can facilitate the selection of the practical parameters. (general)

  2. Fast-scale border collision bifurcation in SEPIC power factor pre-regulators

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    Liu Fang

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we report a kind of fast-scale instability occurring in the single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC) power factor pre-regulator, which is designed to operate in discontinuous conduction mode. Main results are given by exact cycle-by-cycle computer simulations as well as theoretical analysis. It is found that the instability phenomenon manifests itself as a fast-scale bifurcation at the switching period, which implies the occurrence of border collision bifurcation, or is related to the transition of the regular operating mode of the SEPIC. According to the theoretical analysis and simulation results, the effects of parameters on system stability, and the locations of the bifurcation points are confirmed. Moreover, the effects of such an instability on power factor and switching stress are also discussed. Finally, the occurrence of the asymmetric bifurcation locations is investigated. The results show that this work provides a convenient means of predicting stability boundaries which can facilitate the selection of the practical parameters.

  3. Bifurcation of the femur with tibial agenesis and additional anomalies

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    van der Smagt, JJ; Bos, CFA; van Haeringen, A; Hogendoorn, PCW; Breuning, MH

    2005-01-01

    Bifurcation of the femur and tibial agenesis are rare anomalies and have been described in both the Gollop-Wolfgang Complex and the tibial agenesis-ectrodactyly syndrome. We report on two patients with bifurcation of the femur and tibial agenesis. Hand ectrodactyly was seen in one of these patients.

  4. Bifurcation Analysis in a Delayed Diffusive Leslie-Gower Model

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    Shuling Yan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate a modified delayed Leslie-Gower model under homogeneous Neumann boundary conditions. We give the stability analysis of the equilibria of the model and show the existence of Hopf bifurcation at the positive equilibrium under some conditions. Furthermore, we investigate the stability and direction of bifurcating periodic orbits by using normal form theorem and the center manifold theorem.

  5. Degenerate Orbit Flip Homoclinic Bifurcations with Higher Dimensions

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    Ran Chao WU; Jian Hua SUN

    2006-01-01

    Bifurcations of a degenerate homoclinic orbit with orbit flip in high dimensional system are existence and uniqueness of 1-homoclinic orbit and 1-periodic orbit are given. Also considered is the existence of 2-homoclinic orbit and 2-periodic orbit. In additon, the corresponding bifurcation surfaces are given.

  6. Hopf Bifurcation in a New Four-Dimensional Hyperchaotic System

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    Li, Xin; Yan, Zhen-Ya

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, the Hopf bifurcation in a new hyperchaotic system is studied. Based on the first Lyapunov coefficient theory and symbolic computation, the conditions of supercritical and subcritical bifurcation in the new hyperchaotic system are obtained. Numerical simulations are used to illustrate some main results. Supported by National Key Bsic Research Program of China under Grant No. 2011CB302400

  7. Sediment discharge division at two tidally influenced river bifurcations

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    Sassi, M.G.; Hoitink, A.J.F.; Vermeulen, B.; Hidayat, H.

    2013-01-01

    [1] We characterize and quantify the sediment discharge division at two tidally influenced river bifurcations in response to mean flow and secondary circulation by employing a boat-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), to survey transects at bifurcating branches during a semidiurnal tida

  8. Non-Gaussian bifurcating models and quasi-likelihood estimation

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    Basawa, I. V.; J. Zhou

    2004-01-01

    A general class of Markovian non-Gaussian bifurcating models for cell lineage data is presented. Examples include bifurcating autoregression, random coefficient autoregression, bivariate exponential, bivariate gamma, and bivariate Poisson models. Quasi-likelihood estimation for the model parameters and large-sample properties of the estimates are discussed.

  9. Identification of Bifurcations from Observations of Noisy Biological Oscillators.

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    Salvi, Joshua D; Ó Maoiléidigh, Dáibhid; Hudspeth, A J

    2016-08-23

    Hair bundles are biological oscillators that actively transduce mechanical stimuli into electrical signals in the auditory, vestibular, and lateral-line systems of vertebrates. A bundle's function can be explained in part by its operation near a particular type of bifurcation, a qualitative change in behavior. By operating near different varieties of bifurcation, the bundle responds best to disparate classes of stimuli. We show how to determine the identity of and proximity to distinct bifurcations despite the presence of substantial environmental noise. Using an improved mechanical-load clamp to coerce a hair bundle to traverse different bifurcations, we find that a bundle operates within at least two functional regimes. When coupled to a high-stiffness load, a bundle functions near a supercritical Hopf bifurcation, in which case it responds best to sinusoidal stimuli such as those detected by an auditory organ. When the load stiffness is low, a bundle instead resides close to a subcritical Hopf bifurcation and achieves a graded frequency response-a continuous change in the rate, but not the amplitude, of spiking in response to changes in the offset force-a behavior that is useful in a vestibular organ. The mechanical load in vivo might therefore control a hair bundle's responsiveness for effective operation in a particular receptor organ. Our results provide direct experimental evidence for the existence of distinct bifurcations associated with a noisy biological oscillator, and demonstrate a general strategy for bifurcation analysis based on observations of any noisy system. PMID:27558723

  10. Critical bifurcation surfaces of 3D discrete dynamics

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    Michael Sonis

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the analytical representation of bifurcations of each 3D discrete dynamics depending on the set of bifurcation parameters. The procedure of bifurcation analysis proposed in this paper represents the 3D elaboration and specification of the general algorithm of the n-dimensional linear bifurcation analysis proposed by the author earlier. It is proven that 3D domain of asymptotic stability (attraction of the fixed point for a given 3D discrete dynamics is bounded by three critical bifurcation surfaces: the divergence, flip and flutter surfaces. The analytical construction of these surfaces is achieved with the help of classical Routh–Hurvitz conditions of asymptotic stability. As an application the adjustment process proposed by T. Puu for the Cournot oligopoly model is considered in detail.

  11. Online Activity Levels Are Related to Caffeine Dependency.

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    Phillips, James G; Landhuis, C Erik; Shepherd, Daniel; Ogeil, Rowan P

    2016-05-01

    Online activity could serve in the future as behavioral markers of emotional states for computer systems (i.e., affective computing). Hence, this study considered relationships between self-reported stimulant use and online study patterns. Sixty-two undergraduate psychology students estimated their daily caffeine use, and this was related to study patterns as tracked by their use of a Learning Management System (Blackboard). Caffeine dependency was associated with less time spent online, lower rates of file access, and fewer online activities completed. Reduced breadth or depth of processing during work/study could be used as a behavioral marker of stimulant use. PMID:27096737

  12. Fat free mass and obesity in relation to educational level

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    Rissanen Harri; Knekt Paul; Männistö Satu; Lahti-Koski Marjaana; Seppänen-Nuijten Elina; Aromaa Arpo; Heliövaara Markku

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The aim of the study was to describe the body composition of Finnish adults, especially by education, and to investigate whether fat-free mass (FFM) can explain educational gradients relating to body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). Methods Data for this cross-sectional study were based on data collected in 2000-2001 for the Health 2000 Survey. Of the nationally representative sample of 8,028 Finnish men and women aged 30 years and older, 6,300 (78.5%) were i...

  13. Climate bifurcation during the last deglaciation?

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    T. M. Lenton

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available There were two abrupt warming events during the last deglaciation, at the start of the Bølling-Allerød and at the end of the Younger Dryas, but their underlying dynamics are unclear. Some abrupt climate changes may involve gradual forcing past a bifurcation point, in which a prevailing climate state loses its stability and the climate tips into an alternative state, providing an early warning signal in the form of slowing responses to perturbations, which may be accompanied by increasing variability. Alternatively, short-term stochastic variability in the climate system can trigger abrupt climate changes, without early warning. Previous work has found signals consistent with slowing down during the last deglaciation as a whole, and during the Younger Dryas, but with conflicting results in the run-up to the Bølling-Allerød. Based on this, we hypothesise that a bifurcation point was approached at the end of the Younger Dryas, in which the cold climate state, with weak Atlantic overturning circulation, lost its stability, and the climate tipped irreversibly into a warm interglacial state. To test the bifurcation hypothesis, we analysed two different climate proxies in three Greenland ice cores, from the Last Glacial Maximum to the end of the Younger Dryas. Prior to the Bølling warming, there was a robust increase in climate variability but no consistent slowing down signal, suggesting this abrupt change was probably triggered by a stochastic fluctuation. The transition to the warm Bølling-Allerød state was accompanied by a slowing down in climate dynamics and an increase in climate variability. We suggest that the Bølling warming excited an internal mode of variability in Atlantic meridional overturning circulation strength, causing multi-centennial climate fluctuations. However, the return to the Younger Dryas cold state increased climate stability. We find no consistent evidence for slowing down during the Younger Dryas, or in a longer

  14. Improved tropical cyclone intensity and intensity spread prediction in bifurcation situations

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    Tsai, Hsiao-Chung; Elsberry, Russell L.

    2014-11-01

    Bifurcation or bi-modal tropical cyclone intensity forecasts may arise due to uncertainty in the timing of formation, timing and magnitude of rapid intensification periods, or track forecast uncertainty leading to landfall or non-landfall or leading to interaction with warm- or cold-ocean eddies. An objective technique is developed and tested to detect these intensity bifurcation situations in our weighted-analog intensity (WANI) forecasts that are based on the 10 best historical analogs to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) official track forecasts. About 19% of the overall sample of 1136 WANI forecasts in the western North Pacific during the 2010-2012 seasons met the criteria for a substantial intensity bifurcation situation. Using a hierarchical clustering technique, two clusters of the 10 best analogs are defined and separate WANI forecasts and intensity spreads are calculated for the two clusters. If an always perfect selection of the correct cluster WANI forecast of each bifurcation situation is made, a substantial improvement in the intensity mean absolute errors is achieved relative to the original WANI forecasts based on all 10 of the best analogs. These perfect-cluster selection WANI forecasts have smaller bias errors and are more highly correlated with the verifying intensities at all forecast intervals through 120 h. Without further bias correction and calibration, the cluster WANI intensity spreads are under-determined as the Probability of Detections are smaller than the desired 68%. Four examples of WANI cluster predictions of intensity bifurcation situations are provided to illustrate how a correct choice of the intensity forecast and the intensity spread can be the basis for improved warnings of the threat from western North Pacific tropical cyclones.

  15. The simplest normal form of Hopf bifurcation

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    Yu, P.; Leung, A. Y. T.

    2003-01-01

    Recently, further reduction on normal forms of differential equations leading to the simplest normal forms (SNFs) has received considerable attention. However, the computation of the SNF has been mainly restricted to systems which do not contain perturbation parameters (unfolding), since the computation of the SNF with unfolding is much more complicated than that of the SNF without unfolding. From the practical point of view, only the SNF with perturbation (bifurcation) parameters is useful in analysing physical or engineering problems. It is shown that the SNF with unfolding cannot be obtained using only near-identity transformation. Additional transformations such as time and parameter rescaling need to be introduced. An efficient computational method is presented for computing the algebraic equations that can be used to find the SNF. A physical example is given to show the applicability of the new method.

  16. Chua Corsage Memristor Oscillator via Hopf Bifurcation

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    Mannan, Zubaer Ibna; Choi, Hyuncheol; Kim, Hyongsuk

    This paper demonstrates that the Chua Corsage Memristor, when connected in series with an inductor and a battery, oscillates about a locally-active operating point located on the memristor’s DC V-I curve. On the operating point, a small-signal equivalent circuit is derived via a Taylor series expansion. The small-signal admittance Y (s,V ) is derived from the small-signal equivalent circuit and the value of inductance is determined at a frequency where the real part of the admittance ReY (iω) of the small-signal equivalent circuit of Chua Corsage Memristor is zero. Oscillation of the circuit is analyzed via an in-depth application of the theory of Local Activity, Edge of Chaos and the Hopf-bifurcation.

  17. Bifurcated SEN with Fluid Flow Conditioners

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    F. Rivera-Perez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work evaluates the performance of a novel design for a bifurcated submerged entry nozzle (SEN used for the continuous casting of steel slabs. The proposed design incorporates fluid flow conditioners attached on SEN external wall. The fluid flow conditioners impose a pseudosymmetric pattern in the upper zone of the mold by inhibiting the fluid exchange between the zones created by conditioners. The performance of the SEN with fluid flow conditioners is analyzed through numerical simulations using the CFD technique. Numerical results were validated by means of physical simulations conducted on a scaled cold water model. Numerical and physical simulations confirmed that the performance of the proposed SEN is superior to a traditional one. Fluid flow conditioners reduce the liquid free surface fluctuations and minimize the occurrence of vortexes at the free surface.

  18. Holocene relative sea levels and related prehistoric activity in the Forth lowland, Scotland, United Kingdom

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    Smith, D. E.; Davies, M. H.; Brooks, C. L.; Mighall, T. M.; Dawson, S.; Rea, B. R.; Jordan, J. T.; Holloway, L. K.

    2010-08-01

    Changes in relative sea level (RSL) and their effect on the distribution of human activity in the Forth lowland, Scotland, UK between ca 11,700 and ca 2000 calibrated years before present (BP) are examined. Block uplift of shorelines occurred over a longer period than previously thought, continuing to at least around 4700 BP. New graphs of RSL change, based upon an analysis of previous work and evidence from new sites using standard morphological and stratigraphical analyses, support a fall in RSL in the early Holocene during which buried estuarine surfaces were formed, followed by a marked reversal on a centennial, perhaps even decadal, scale sometime around 9900-9500 BP from a falling sequence to a rising one. There may have been a short-lived fluctuation in the rising RSL ca 8300 BP, and the Holocene Storegga Slide tsunami of ca 8100 BP was widespread in the lowland. The rising RSL culminated at the Main Postglacial Shoreline, reached ca 7800 BP, when Mean High Water Spring Tides (MHWS) lay within the range 14.6-16.5 m British Ordnance Datum (OD) in the western lowland. This is the highest published Holocene RSL in Britain and Ireland. The subsequent fall in RSL stabilised at a second shoreline, the Blairdrummond Shoreline, from which regression was occurring at ca 4700 BP. RSL later fell to a lower shoreline at ca 3900 BP before reaching present levels within the last three millennia. Comparison between the empirical evidence for RSL change in this area and glacial isostatic adjustment models indicates both similarities and differences. Records of archaeological sites and artefacts in the lowland and surrounding areas are discussed. Maps showing the evolution of the estuary are compared with the distribution of Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age activity. Evidence for Mesolithic people indicates the opportunistic use of available resources as RSL rose and the estuary expanded to its maximum extent. Neolithic people were also attracted to the estuary

  19. Evaluation of the impact of carotid artery bifurcation angle on hemodynamics by use of computational fluid dynamics: a simulation and volunteer study.

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    Saho, Tatsunori; Onishi, Hideo

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we evaluated the hemodynamics of carotid artery bifurcation with various geometries using simulated and volunteer models based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was analyzed by use of OpenFOAM. The velocity distribution, streamline, and wall shear stress (WSS) were evaluated in a simulated model with known bifurcation angles (30°, 40°, 50°, 60°, derived from patients' data) and in three-dimensional (3D) healthy volunteer models. Separated flow was observed at the outer side of the bifurcation, and large bifurcation models represented upstream transfer of the point. Local WSS values at the outer bifurcation [both simulated (100 Pa). The bifurcation angle had a significant negative correlation with the WSS value (p<0.05). The results of this study show that the carotid artery bifurcation angle is related to the WSS value. This suggests that hemodynamic stress can be estimated based on the carotid artery geometry. The construction of a clinical database for estimation of developing atherosclerosis is warranted. PMID:27255300

  20. Optimization Design and Application of Underground Reinforced Concrete Bifurcation Pipe

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    Chao Su

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Underground reinforced concrete bifurcation pipe is an important part of conveyance structure. During construction, the workload of excavation and concrete pouring can be significantly decreased according to optimized pipe structure, and the engineering quality can be improved. This paper presents an optimization mathematical model of underground reinforced concrete bifurcation pipe structure according to real working status of several common pipe structures from real cases. Then, an optimization design system was developed based on Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm. Furthermore, take the bifurcation pipe of one hydropower station as an example: optimization analysis was conducted, and accuracy and stability of the optimization design system were verified successfully.

  1. FFT Bifurcation Analysis of Routes to Chaos via Quasiperiodic Solutions

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    L. Borkowski

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The dynamics of a ring of seven unidirectionally coupled nonlinear Duffing oscillators is studied. We show that the FFT analysis presented in form of a bifurcation graph, that is, frequency distribution versus a control parameter, can provide a valuable and helpful complement to the corresponding typical bifurcation diagram and the course of Lyapunov exponents, especially in context of detailed identification of the observed attractors. As an example, bifurcation analysis of routes to chaos via 2-frequency and 3-frequency quasiperiodicity is demonstrated.

  2. Statistical multimoment bifurcations in random-delay coupled swarms

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    Mier-y-Teran-Romero, Luis; Lindley, Brandon; Schwartz, Ira B.

    2012-11-01

    We study the effects of discrete, randomly distributed time delays on the dynamics of a coupled system of self-propelling particles. Bifurcation analysis on a mean field approximation of the system reveals that the system possesses patterns with certain universal characteristics that depend on distinguished moments of the time delay distribution. Specifically, we show both theoretically and numerically that although bifurcations of simple patterns, such as translations, change stability only as a function of the first moment of the time delay distribution, more complex patterns arising from Hopf bifurcations depend on all of the moments.

  3. Arctic melt ponds and bifurcations in the climate system

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    Sudakov, Ivan; Golden, Kenneth M

    2014-01-01

    Understanding how sea ice melts is critical to climate projections. In the Arctic, melt ponds that develop on the surface of sea ice floes during the late spring and summer largely determine their albedo $-$ a key parameter in climate modeling. Here we explore the possibility of a simple sea ice climate model passing through a bifurcation point $-$ an irreversible critical threshold as the system warms, by incorporating geometric information about melt pond evolution. This study is based on a nonlinear phase transition model for melt ponds, and bifurcation analysis of a simple climate model with ice - albedo feedback as the key mechanism driving the system to a potential bifurcation point.

  4. Bifurcations of a parametrically excited oscillator with strong nonlinearity

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    唐驾时; 符文彬; 李克安

    2002-01-01

    A parametrically excited oscillator with strong nonlinearity, including van der Poi and Duffing types, is studied for static bifurcations. The applicable range of the modified Lindstedt-Poincaré method is extended to 1/2 subharmonic resonance systems. The bifurcation equation of a strongly nonlinear oscillator, which is transformed into a small parameter system, is determined by the multiple scales method. On the basis of the singularity theory, the transition set and the bifurcation diagram in various regions of the parameter plane are analysed.

  5. Bifurcation control of nonlinear oscillator in primary and secondary resonance

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    2007-01-01

    A weakly nonlinear oscillator was modeled by a sort of differential equation, a saddle-node bifurcation was found in case of primary and secondary resonance. To control the jumping phenomena and the unstable region of the nonlinear oscillator, feedback controllers were designed. Bifurcation control equations were obtained by using the multiple scales method. And through the numerical analysis, good controller could be obtained by changing the feedback control gain. Then a feasible way of further research of saddle-node bifurcation was provided. Finally, an example shows that the feedback control method applied to the hanging bridge system of gas turbine is doable.

  6. The Relation between Self Esteem Levels and Life Quality Levels of Disabled and Non-Disabled Tennis Sportsmen

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    Civan, Adem

    2015-01-01

    This research was carried out to determine the self-esteem and life quality levels of disabled and non-disabled tennis sportsmen; and also to set forth the relation between their self-esteem and life quality levels. The research group consists of total 44 sportsmen including 22 disabled tennis sportsmen (n[subscript (female)]=9, n[subscript…

  7. Análisis de la variación del flujo sanguíneo en la bifurcación carótida con diferentes grados de estenosamiento, utilizando MEF. // Analysis of the blood flow rate variation at the carotid bifurcation with different stenosis levels, using FEM.

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    G. Vilalta

    2008-05-01

    section of the arteries as a result of lipid deposit in the inner layer of the vessel. Thepresent paper studies the influence of the blood viscosity in the flow at the carotid bifurcation through the numericalmodeling. The study was carried out for three stenosis levels, (SS=30, 60 and 75 % and five viscosity values, (3,5 cP, 7 cP,20 cP, 35 cP, 50 cP.The results obtained show a significant reduction in the blood flow for viscosities increasing up to 7cP. For greater viscosities values the system flow remains constant, which is consistent with the medical practice.Key words: Fluid dynamic, polymer addition, finite element formulation, carotid bifurcation.

  8. Codimension-Two Bifurcation Analysis in Hindmarsh-Rose Model with Two Parameters

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    DUAN Li-Xia; LU Qi-Shao

    2005-01-01

    @@ Bifurcation phenomena in a Hindmarsh-Rose neuron model are investigated. Special attention is paid to the bifurcation structures off two parameters, where codimension-two generalized-Hopf bifurcation and fold-Hopf bifurcation occur. The classification offiring patterns as well as the transition mechanism in different regions on the parameter plane are obtained.

  9. An overview of intrinsic torque and momentum transport bifurcations in toroidal plasmas

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    An overview of the physics of intrinsic torque is presented, with special emphasis on the phenomenology of intrinsic toroidal rotation in tokamaks, its theoretical understanding, and the variety of momentum transport bifurcation dynamics. Ohmic reversals and electron cyclotron heating-driven counter torque are discussed in some detail. Symmetry breaking by lower single null versus upper single null asymmetry is related to the origin of intrinsic torque at the separatrix. (paper)

  10. Vertical distance between umbilicus to aortic bifurcation on coronal view in Korean women

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    Jeong, Joo Yeon; Kim, Yeo Rang; Kim, Ju Yeong; Jee, Byung Chul; Kim, Seok Hyun

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the vertical distance between umbilicus to aortic bifurcation on coronal view in Korean women and their relation with body mass index (BMI) and woman's age. Methods This retrospective study included 257 women who visited emergency center at university-based hospital from January to December 2011. All women underwent abdomino-pelvic computerized tomography (CT) due to various symptoms in a supine position. By using the electronic coronal CT images, the vertical distance b...

  11. Dynamical Analysis of Nonlinear Bifurcation in Current-Controlled Boost Converter

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    Quan-Min Niu; Bo Zhang; Yan-Ling Li

    2007-01-01

    Based on the bifurcation theory in nonlinear dynamics, this paper analyzes quantitatively period solution dynamic characteristic. In particular, the ones of period1 and period2 solutions are deeply studied. From locus of Jacobian matrix eigenvalue, we conclude that the bifurcations between period1 and period2 solutions are pitchfork bifurcations while the bifurcations between period2 and period3 solutions are border collision bifurcations. The double period bifurcation condition is verified from complex plane locus of eigenvalues,furthermore, the necessary condition occurred pitchfork bifurcation is obtained from the cause of border collisionbifurcation.

  12. Supercritical as well as subcritical Hopf bifurcation in nonlinear flutter systems

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    2008-01-01

    The Hopf bifurcations of an airfoil flutter system with a cubic nonlinearity are investigated,with the flow speed as the bifurcation parameter.The center manifold theory and complex normal form method are used to obtain the bifurcation equation.Interestingly,for a certain linear pitching stiffness the Hopf bifurcation is both supercritical and subcritical.It is found,mathematically,this is caused by the fact that one coefficient in the bifurcation equation does not contain the first power of the bifurcation parameter.The solutions of the bifurcation equation are validated by the equivalent linearization method and incremental harmonic balance method.

  13. Bifurcation methods of dynamical systems for handling nonlinear wave equations

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    Dahe Feng; Jibin Li

    2007-05-01

    By using the bifurcation theory and methods of dynamical systems to construct the exact travelling wave solutions for nonlinear wave equations, some new soliton solutions, kink (anti-kink) solutions and periodic solutions with double period are obtained.

  14. Bifurcation dynamics of the tempered fractional Langevin equation

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    Zeng, Caibin; Yang, Qigui; Chen, YangQuan

    2016-08-01

    Tempered fractional processes offer a useful extension for turbulence to include low frequencies. In this paper, we investigate the stochastic phenomenological bifurcation, or stochastic P-bifurcation, of the Langevin equation perturbed by tempered fractional Brownian motion. However, most standard tools from the well-studied framework of random dynamical systems cannot be applied to systems driven by non-Markovian noise, so it is desirable to construct possible approaches in a non-Markovian framework. We first derive the spectral density function of the considered system based on the generalized Parseval's formula and the Wiener-Khinchin theorem. Then we show that it enjoys interesting and diverse bifurcation phenomena exchanging between or among explosive-like, unimodal, and bimodal kurtosis. Therefore, our procedures in this paper are not merely comparable in scope to the existing theory of Markovian systems but also provide a possible approach to discern P-bifurcation dynamics in the non-Markovian settings.

  15. Cardiac Alternans Arising from an Unfolded Border-Collision Bifurcation

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    Zhao, Xiaopeng; Berger, Carolyn M; Krassowska, Wanda; Gauthier, Daniel J

    2007-01-01

    Following an electrical stimulus, the transmembrane voltage of cardiac tissue rises rapidly and remains at a constant value before returning to the resting value, a phenomenon known as an action potential. When the pacing rate of a periodic train of stimuli is increased above a critical value, the action potential undergoes a period-doubling bifurcation, where the resulting alternation of the action potential duration is known as alternans in the medical literature. Existing cardiac models treat alternans either as a smooth or as a border-collision bifurcation. However, recent experiments in paced cardiac tissue reveal that the bifurcation to alternans exhibits hybrid smooth/nonsmooth behaviors, which can be qualitatively described by a model of so-called unfolded border-collision bifurcation. In this paper, we obtain analytical solutions of the unfolded border-collision model and use it to explore the crossover between smooth and nonsmooth behaviors. Our analysis shows that the hybrid smooth/nonsmooth behavi...

  16. Hopf bifurcation in doubly fed induction generator under vector control

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    This paper first presents the Hopf bifurcation phenomena of a vector-controlled doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) which is a competitive choice in wind power industry. Using three-phase back-to-back pulse-width-modulated (PWM) converters, DFIG can keep stator frequency constant under variable rotor speed and provide independent control of active and reactive power output. Main results are illustrated by 'exact' cycle-by-cycle simulations. The detailed mathematical model of the closed-loop system is derived and used to analyze the observed bifurcation phenomena. The loci of the Jacobian's eigenvalues are computed and the analysis shows that the system loses stability via a Hopf bifurcation. Moreover, the boundaries of Hopf bifurcation are also given to facilitate the selection of practical parameters for guaranteeing stable operation.

  17. Grazing bifurcation and chaos in response of rubbing rotor

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    This paper investigates the grazing bifurcation in the nonlinear response of a complex rotor system. For a rotor with overhung disc, step diameter shaft and elastic supports, the motion equations are derived based on the Transition Matrix Method. When the rotor speed increases, the disc will touch the case and lead to rubbing of rotor. When the disc rubs with the case, the elastic force and friction force of the case will make the rotor exhibit nonlinear characteristics. For the piecewise ODEs, the numerical method is applied to obtain its nonlinear response. From the results, the grazing bifurcation, which happens at the moment of touching between disc and case, can be observed frequently. The grazing bifurcation can lead to the jump between periodic orbits. The response can go to chaos from periodic motion under grazing bifurcation. When grazing occurs, response can become quasi-period from period

  18. Bifurcation dynamics of the tempered fractional Langevin equation.

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    Zeng, Caibin; Yang, Qigui; Chen, YangQuan

    2016-08-01

    Tempered fractional processes offer a useful extension for turbulence to include low frequencies. In this paper, we investigate the stochastic phenomenological bifurcation, or stochastic P-bifurcation, of the Langevin equation perturbed by tempered fractional Brownian motion. However, most standard tools from the well-studied framework of random dynamical systems cannot be applied to systems driven by non-Markovian noise, so it is desirable to construct possible approaches in a non-Markovian framework. We first derive the spectral density function of the considered system based on the generalized Parseval's formula and the Wiener-Khinchin theorem. Then we show that it enjoys interesting and diverse bifurcation phenomena exchanging between or among explosive-like, unimodal, and bimodal kurtosis. Therefore, our procedures in this paper are not merely comparable in scope to the existing theory of Markovian systems but also provide a possible approach to discern P-bifurcation dynamics in the non-Markovian settings. PMID:27586627

  19. Bifurcation control of the Hodgkin-Huxley equations

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    Wang Jiang [School of Electrical and Automation Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China)]. E-mail: jiangwang@tju.edu.cn; Chen Liangquan [School of Electrical and Automation Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China); Fei Xianyang [School of Electrical and Automation Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China)

    2007-07-15

    The Hodgkin-Huxley equations (HH) are parameterized by a number of parameters and show a variety of qualitatively different behaviors. This paper finds that when the externally applied current I {sub ext} varies the bifurcation would occur in the HH equations. The HH model's Hopf bifurcation is controlled by permanent or interval Washout filters (WF), which can transform the subcritical bifurcations into supercritical bifurcations, and can make the HH equations stable directly. Simulation results show the validity of those controllers. We choose the membrane voltage V as an input to the washout filter because V can be readily measured, and the controller can be realized easily. The controller designs described here may boost the development of electrical stimulation systems for patients suffering from different neuron-system dysfunctions.

  20. Hopf bifurcation and multistability in a system of phase oscillators

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    Astakhov, Sergey; Fujiwara, Naoya; Gulay, Artem; Tsukamoto, Naofumi; Kurths, Jürgen

    2013-09-01

    We study the phase reduction of two coupled van der Pol oscillators with asymmetric repulsive coupling under an external harmonic force. We show that the system of two phase oscillators undergoes a Hopf bifurcation and possesses multistability on a 2π-periodic phase plane. We describe the bifurcation mechanisms of formation of multistability in the phase-reduced system and show that the Andronov-Hopf bifurcation in the phase-reduced system is not an artifact of the reduction approach but, indeed, has its prototype in the nonreduced system. The bifurcational mechanisms presented in the paper enable one to describe synchronization effects in a wide class of interacting systems with repulsive coupling e.g., genetic oscillators.

  1. 2D bifurcations and Newtonian properties of memristive Chua's circuits

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    Marszalek, W.; Podhaisky, H.

    2016-01-01

    Two interesting properties of Chua's circuits are presented. First, two-parameter bifurcation diagrams of Chua's oscillatory circuits with memristors are presented. To obtain various 2D bifurcation images a substantial numerical effort, possibly with parallel computations, is needed. The numerical algorithm is described first and its numerical code for 2D bifurcation image creation is available for free downloading. Several color 2D images and the corresponding 1D greyscale bifurcation diagrams are included. Secondly, Chua's circuits are linked to Newton's law φ ''= F(t,φ,φ')/m with φ=\\text{flux} , constant m > 0, and the force term F(t,φ,φ') containing memory terms. Finally, the jounce scalar equations for Chua's circuits are also discussed.

  2. Multiple bifurcations and periodic 'bubbling' in a delay population model

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    In this paper, the flip bifurcation and periodic doubling bifurcations of a discrete population model without delay influence is firstly studied and the phenomenon of Feigenbaum's cascade of periodic doublings is also observed. Secondly, we explored the Neimark-Sacker bifurcation in the delay population model (two-dimension discrete dynamical systems) and the unique stable closed invariant curve which bifurcates from the nontrivial fixed point. Finally, a computer-assisted study for the delay population model is also delved into. Our computer simulation shows that the introduction of delay effect in a nonlinear difference equation derived from the logistic map leads to much richer dynamic behavior, such as stable node → stable focus → an lower-dimensional closed invariant curve (quasi-periodic solution, limit cycle) or/and stable periodic solutions → chaotic attractor by cascading bubbles (the combination of potential period doubling and reverse period-doubling) and the sudden change between two different attractors, etc

  3. Overcoming bifurcation instability in high-repetition-rate Ho:YLF regenerative amplifiers.

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    Kroetz, Peter; Ruehl, Axel; Chatterjee, Gourab; Calendron, Anne-Laure; Murari, Krishna; Cankaya, Huseyin; Li, Peng; Kärtner, Franz X; Hartl, Ingmar; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate a Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier (RA) overcoming bifurcation instability and consequently achieving high extraction energies of 6.9 mJ at a repetition rate of 1 kHz with pulse-to-pulse fluctuations of 1.1%. Measurements of the output pulse energy, corroborated by numerical simulations, identify an operation point (OP) that allows high-energy pulse extraction at a minimum noise level. Complete suppression of the onset of bifurcation was achieved by gain saturation after each pumping cycle in the Ho:YLF crystal via lowering the repetition rate and cooling the crystal. Even for moderate cooling, a significant temperature dependence of the Ho:YLF RA performance was observed. PMID:26625017

  4. Overcoming Bifurcation Instability in High-Repetition-Rate Ho:YLF Regenerative Amplifiers

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    Kroetz, Peter; Chatterjee, Gourab; Calendron, Anne-Laure; Murari, Krishna; Cankaya, Huseyin; Li, Peng; Kaertner, Franz X; Hartl, Ingmar; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier (RA) overcoming bifurcation instability and consequently achieving high extraction energies of 6.9 mJ at a repetition rate of 1 kHz with pulse-to-pulse fluctuations of 1.1%. Measurements of the output pulse energy, corroborated by numerical simulations, identify an operation point that allows high-energy pulse extraction at a minimum noise level. Complete suppression of the onset of bifurcation was achieved by gain saturation after each pumping cycle in the Ho:YLF crystal via lowering the repetition rate and cooling the crystal. Even for moderate cooling, a significant temperature dependence of the Ho:YLF RA performance was observed.

  5. Relative outcomes of climate change mitigation related to global temperature versus sea-level rise

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    Meehl, Gerald A.; Hu, Aixue; Tebaldi, Claudia; Arblaster, Julie M.; Washington, Warren M.; Teng, Haiyan; Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Ault, Toby; Strand, Warren G.; White, James B.

    2012-08-01

    There is a common perception that, if human societies make the significant adjustments necessary to substantively cut emissions of greenhouse gases, global temperature increases could be stabilized, and the most dangerous consequences of climate change could be avoided. Here we show results from global coupled climate model simulations with the new representative concentration pathway mitigation scenarios to 2300 to illustrate that, with aggressive mitigation in two of the scenarios, globally averaged temperature increase indeed could be stabilized either below 2 °C or near 3 °C above pre-industrial values. However, even as temperatures stabilize, sea level would continue to rise. With little mitigation, future sea-level rise would be large and continue unabated for centuries. Though sea-level rise cannot be stopped for at least the next several hundred years, with aggressive mitigation it can be slowed down, and this would buy time for adaptation measures to be adopted.

  6. Managing coopetition through horizontal supply chain relations : Linking dyadic and network levels of analysis

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    Wilhelm, Miriam M.

    2011-01-01

    A growing research stream has expanded the level of analysis beyond single buyer-supplier relations to the network, including supplier-supplier relations. These supplier-supplier relations may constitute a missing link between the traditional analysis of the dyadic and the network level of analysis

  7. Subcritical dynamo bifurcation in the Taylor Green flow

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    Ponty, Yannick; Dubrulle, Berengere; Daviaud, François; Pinton, Jean-François

    2007-01-01

    We report direct numerical simulations of dynamo generation for flow generated using a Taylor-Green forcing. We find that the bifurcation is subcritical, and show its bifurcation diagram. We connect the associated hysteretic behavior with hydrodynamics changes induced by the action of the Lorentz force. We show the geometry of the dynamo magnetic field and discuss how the dynamo transition can be induced when an external field is applied to the flow.

  8. Optimization Design and Application of Underground Reinforced Concrete Bifurcation Pipe

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    Chao Su; Zhenxue Zhu; Yangyang Zhang; Niantang Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Underground reinforced concrete bifurcation pipe is an important part of conveyance structure. During construction, the workload of excavation and concrete pouring can be significantly decreased according to optimized pipe structure, and the engineering quality can be improved. This paper presents an optimization mathematical model of underground reinforced concrete bifurcation pipe structure according to real working status of several common pipe structures from real cases. Then, an optimiza...

  9. Bunch lengthening with bifurcation in electron storage rings

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    Kim, Eun-San; Hirata, Kohji [National Lab. for High Energy Physics, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1996-08-01

    The mapping which shows equilibrium particle distribution in synchrotron phase space for electron storage rings is discussed with respect to some localized constant wake function based on the Gaussian approximation. This mapping shows multi-periodic states as well as double bifurcation in dynamical states of the equilibrium bunch length. When moving around parameter space, the system shows a transition/bifurcation which is not always reversible. These results derived by mapping are confirmed by multiparticle tracking. (author)

  10. A Bifurcation Monte Carlo Scheme for Rare Event Simulation

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    Liu, Hongliang

    2016-01-01

    The bifurcation method is a way to do rare event sampling -- to estimate the probability of events that are too rare to be found by direct simulation. We describe the bifurcation method and use it to estimate the transition rate of a double well potential problem. We show that the associated constrained path sampling problem can be addressed by a combination of Crooks-Chandler sampling and parallel tempering and marginalization.

  11. A Weak Bifurcation Theory for Discrete Time Stochastic Dynamical Systems

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    Diks, Cees; Wagener, Florian

    2006-01-01

    This article presents a bifurcation theory of smooth stochastic dynamical systems that are governed by everywhere positive transition densities. The local dependence structure of the unique strictly stationary evolution of such a system can be expressed by the ratio of joint and marginal probability densities; this 'dependence ratio' is a geometric invariant of the system. By introducing a weak equivalence notion of these dependence ratios, we arrive at a bifurcation theory for which in the c...

  12. HIGH BIFURCATION OF THE BRACHIAL ARTERY - A COMMON VARIANT

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available 28 cadavers were dissected for variations in the bifurcation of brachial artery bilaterally {n=56} at the department of anatomy, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, A.P. from 2010 to 2015 . Found variations during routine dissections for first year MBBS students. The findings have thrown light on the common as well as rare variants in the anatomy of brachial artery bifurcation and the course of radial and ulnar arteries in current study

  13. Iterative Controller Tuning for Process with Fold Bifurcations

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    Huusom, Jakob Kjøbsted; Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad; Jørgensen, Sten Bay

    2007-01-01

    Processes involving fold bifurcation are notoriously difficult to control in the vicinity of the fold where most often optimal productivity is achieved . In cases with limited process insight a model based control synthesis is not possible. This paper uses a data driven approach with an improved...... version of iterative feedback tuning to optimizing a closed loop performance criterion, as a systematic tool for tuning process with fold bifurcations....

  14. Dynamics of Bloch oscillating transistor near the bifurcation threshold

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    Sarkar, Jayanta; Puska, Antti; Hassel, Juha; Hakonen, Pertti J.

    2013-01-01

    The tendency to bifurcate can often be utilized to improve performance characteristics of amplifiers or even to build detectors. The Bloch oscillating transistor is such a device. Here, we show that bistable behavior can be approached by tuning the base current and that the critical value depends on the Josephson coupling energy EJ of the device. We demonstrate current-gain enhancement for the device operating near the bifurcation point at small EJ. From our results for the current gains at v...

  15. Subcritical dynamo bifurcation in the Taylor Green flow

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    Ponty, Yannick; Laval, Jean-Phillipe; Dubrulle, Berengere; Daviaud, François; Pinton, Jean-François

    2007-01-01

    4 pages We report direct numerical simulations of dynamo generation for flow generated using a Taylor-Green forcing. We find that the bifurcation is subcritical, and show its bifurcation diagram. We connect the associated hysteretic behavior with hydrodynamics changes induced by the action of the Lorentz force. We show the geometry of the dynamo magnetic field and discuss how the dynamo transition can be induced when an external field is applied to the flow.

  16. Application of Bifurcation Theory to Subsynchronous Resonance in Power Systems

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    Harb, Ahmad M.

    1996-01-01

    A bifurcation analysis is used to investigate the complex dynamics of two heavily loaded single-machine-infinite-busbar power systems modeling the characteristics of the BOARDMAN generator with respect to the rest of the North-Western American Power System and the CHOLLA$#$ generator with respect to the SOWARO station. In the BOARDMAN system, we show that there are three Hopf bifurcations at practical co...

  17. Noise Delays Bifurcation in a Positively Coupled Neural Circuit

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    Gutkin, Boris; Hely, Tim; Jost, Juergen

    2000-01-01

    We report a noise induced delay of bifurcation in a simple pulse-coupled neural circuit. We study the behavior of two neural oscillators, each individually governed by saddle-node dynamics, with reciprocal excitatory synaptic connections. In the deterministic circuit, the synaptic current amplitude acts as a control parameter to move the circuit from a mono-stable regime through a bifurcation into a bistable regime. In this regime stable sustained anti-phase oscillations in both neurons coexi...

  18. Bifurcation suppression of nonlinear systems via dynamic output feedback and its applications to rotating stall control

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    Pengnian CHEN; Huashu QIN; Shengwei MEI

    2005-01-01

    This paper deals with the problems of bifurcation suppression and bifurcation suppression with stability of nonlinear systems. Necessary conditions and sufficient conditions for bifurcation suppression via dynamic output feedback are presented;Sufficient conditions for bifurcation suppression with stability via dynamic output feedback are obtained. As an application, a dynamic compensator, which guarantees that the bifurcation point of rotating stall in axial flow compressors is stably suppressed, is constructed.

  19. Hopf Bifurcation Analysis for a Computer Virus Model with Two Delays

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    Zizhen Zhang; Huizhong Yang

    2013-01-01

    This paper is concerned with a computer virus model with two delays. Its dynamics are studied in terms of local stability and Hopf bifurcation. Sufficient conditions for local stability of the positive equilibrium and existence of the local Hopf bifurcation are obtained by regarding the possible combinations of the two delays as a bifurcation parameter. Furthermore, explicit formulae for determining direction of the Hopf bifurcation and stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are o...

  20. Bifurcation Analysis Using Rigorous Branch and Bound Methods

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    Smith, Andrew P.; Crespo, Luis G.; Munoz, Cesar A.; Lowenberg, Mark H.

    2014-01-01

    For the study of nonlinear dynamic systems, it is important to locate the equilibria and bifurcations occurring within a specified computational domain. This paper proposes a new approach for solving these problems and compares it to the numerical continuation method. The new approach is based upon branch and bound and utilizes rigorous enclosure techniques to yield outer bounding sets of both the equilibrium and local bifurcation manifolds. These sets, which comprise the union of hyper-rectangles, can be made to be as tight as desired. Sufficient conditions for the existence of equilibrium and bifurcation points taking the form of algebraic inequality constraints in the state-parameter space are used to calculate their enclosures directly. The enclosures for the bifurcation sets can be computed independently of the equilibrium manifold, and are guaranteed to contain all solutions within the computational domain. A further advantage of this method is the ability to compute a near-maximally sized hyper-rectangle of high dimension centered at a fixed parameter-state point whose elements are guaranteed to exclude all bifurcation points. This hyper-rectangle, which requires a global description of the bifurcation manifold within the computational domain, cannot be obtained otherwise. A test case, based on the dynamics of a UAV subject to uncertain center of gravity location, is used to illustrate the efficacy of the method by comparing it with numerical continuation and to evaluate its computational complexity.

  1. Stability and bifurcation of quasiparallel Alfven solitons

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    Hamilton, R. L.; Kennel, C. F.; Mjolhus, E.

    1992-01-01

    The inverse scattering transformation (IST) is used to study the one-parameter and two-parameter soliton families of the derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation. The two-parameter soliton family is determined by the discrete complex eigenvalue spectrum of the Kaup-Newell scattering problem and the one-parameter soliton family corresponds to the discrete real eigenvalue spectrum. The structure of the IST is exploited to discuss the existence of discrete real eigenvalues and to prove their structural stability to perturbations of the initial conditions. Also, though the two-parameter soliton is structurally stable in general, it is shown that a perturbation of the initial conditions may change the two-parameter soliton into a degenerate soliton which, in turn, is structurally unstable. This degenerate, or double pole, soliton may bifurcate due to a perturbation of the initial conditions into a pair of one-parameter solitons. If the initial profile is on compact support, then this pair of one-parameter solitons must be compressive and rarefactive respectively. Finally, the Gelfand-Levitan equations appropriate for the double pole soliton are solved.

  2. Prolegomena to a theory of bifurcating universes

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    We outline a framework for describing the bifurcation of the universe into disconnected pieces, and formulate criteria for a system in which such phenomena occur, to describe local quantum physics in a single connected universe. The formalism is a four-dimensional analog of string field theory which we call Universal Field Theory (UFT). We argue that local dynamics in a single universe is a good approximation to UFT if the universal field is classical and if the vertex for emission of a new connected component of the universe is concentrated on universes of small volume. We show that classical UFT is equivalent to a Wheeler-DeWitt equation for a single connected universe plus a set of nonlocal gap equations for the couplings in the spacetime lagrangian. The effective action must be stationary with respect to the couplings. Nonlocality shows up only at short distances. We solve the equation for the low-energy cosmological constant and show that if the universe undergoes substantial inflation then the cosmological constant is determined to be negative and very small. Its precise value may depend on the fate of nonrelativistic matter in the very late stages of universal expansion. Finally, we argue that corrections to the classical UFT are nonlocal and must be suppressed if the theory is to make sense. This may be the reason that supersymmetric vacua of string theory are not realized in nature. (orig.)

  3. Attractors, bifurcations, & chaos nonlinear phenomena in economics

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    Puu, Tönu

    2003-01-01

    The present book relies on various editions of my earlier book "Nonlinear Economic Dynamics", first published in 1989 in the Springer series "Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems", and republished in three more, successively revised and expanded editions, as a Springer monograph, in 1991, 1993, and 1997, and in a Russian translation as "Nelineynaia Economicheskaia Dinamica". The first three editions were focused on applications. The last was differ­ ent, as it also included some chapters with mathematical background mate­ rial -ordinary differential equations and iterated maps -so as to make the book self-contained and suitable as a textbook for economics students of dynamical systems. To the same pedagogical purpose, the number of illus­ trations were expanded. The book published in 2000, with the title "A ttractors, Bifurcations, and Chaos -Nonlinear Phenomena in Economics", was so much changed, that the author felt it reasonable to give it a new title. There were two new math­ ematics ch...

  4. Super Persistent Chaotic Transients And Catastrophic Bifurcation From Riddled To Fractal Basins

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    Andrade, V A

    2002-01-01

    This dissertation treats two related problems in chaotic dynamics: (1) super persistent chaotic transients in physical systems, and (2) catastrophic bifurcation from riddled to fractal basins. For the first problem, we investigate super persistent chaotic transient by studying the effect of noise on phase synchronization of coupled chaotic oscillators. A super persistent chaotic transient is typically induced by an unstable-unstable pair bifurcation in which two unstable periodic orbits of the same period coalesce and disappear as a system parameter is changed through a critical value. So far examples illustrating this type of transient chaos utilize discrete-time maps. We present a class of continuous-time dynamical systems that exhibit super persistent chaotic transients in parameter regimes of positive measure. In particular, we examine the effect of noise on phase synchronization of coupled chaotic oscillators. It is found that additive white noise can induce phase slips in integer multi...

  5. Bifurcation analysis of the behavior of partially wetting liquids on a rotating cylinder

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    Lin, Te-Sheng; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Thiele, Uwe

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the behavior of partially wetting liquids on a rotating cylinder using the model of Thiele [J. Fluid Mech. 671, 121-136 (2011)] that takes into account the effects of gravity, viscosity, rotation, surface tension and wettability. Such a system can be considered as a prototype for many other systems where the interplay of spatial heterogeneity and a lateral driving force in the proximity of a first- or second-order phase transition results in intricate behaviour. So does a partially wetting drop on a rotating cylinder undergo a depinning transition as the rotation speed is increased, whereas for ideally wetting liquids the behavior changes monotonically. We analyze in detail the transition in the bifurcation behavior for partially wetting liquids as the wettability of the liquid decreases, and, in particular, how the global bifurcation related to the depinning of drops is created when increasing the contact angle. We employ various numerical continuation techniques that allow us to track stable/unst...

  6. Hemodynamics of Stent Implantation Procedures in Coronary Bifurcations: an in vitro study

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    Brindise, Melissa C; Burzotta, Francesco; Migliavacca, Francesco; Vlachos, Pavlos P

    2016-01-01

    Stent implantation in coronary bifurcations presents unique challenges and currently there is no universally accepted stent deployment approach. Despite clinical and computational studies, to date, the effect of each stent implantation method on the coronary artery hemodynamics is not well understood. In this study the hemodynamics of stented coronary bifurcations under pulsatile flow conditions were investigated experimentally. Three implantation methods, provisional side branch (PSB), culotte (CUL), and crush (CRU), were investigated using time-resolved particle image velocimetry (PIV) to measure the velocity fields. Subsequently, hemodynamic parameters including wall shear stress (WSS), oscillatory shear index (OSI), and relative residence time (RRT) were calculated and the pressure field through the vessel was non-invasively quantified. The effects of each stented case were evaluated and compared against an un-stented case. CRU provided the lowest compliance mismatch, but demonstrated detrimental stent in...

  7. Hopf-Bifurcations and Van der Pol Oscillator Models of the Mammalian Cochlea

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    Duifhuis, Hendrikus

    2011-11-01

    The successful modeling of the non-linear behavior in stiffness properties of hair bundles of auditory hair cells in sub-mammals and in vitro preparations of mammalian hair cells has stimulated several investigators to propose far-reaching similarity of the functioning of the mammalian organ of Corti. Models have been proposed that share the common background of a Hopf-bifurcation and its relation to a newly defined class of critical oscillators. Some of the proposals are rather similar to the classical line of nonlinear cochlea models whereas others start with assumptions that put them in a different class. It can be shown that the Hopf-bifurcation and the Van der Pol oscillator belong to the same class of nonlinear models. Differences between the models arise at the physical definition of the parameters, and at the question: how to account for individual SOAE patterns.

  8. Takens-Bogdanov bifurcation of travelling wave solutions in pipe flow

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    Mellibovsky, F

    2010-01-01

    The appearance of travelling-wave-type solutions in pipe Poiseuille flow that are disconnected from the basic parabolic profile is numerically studied in detail. We focus on solutions in the 2-fold azimuthally-periodic subspace because of their special stability properties, but relate our findings to other solutions as well. Using time-stepping, an adapted Krylov-Newton method and Arnoldi iteration for the computation and stability analysis of relative equilibria, and a robust pseudo-arclength continuation scheme we unfold a double-zero (Takens-Bogdanov) bifurcating scenario as a function of Reynolds number (Re) and wavenumber (k). This scenario is extended, by the inclusion of higher order terms in the normal form, to account for the appearance of supercritical modulated waves emanating from the upper branch of solutions at a degenerate Hopf bifurcation. These waves are expected to disappear in saddle-loop bifurcations upon collision with lower-branch solutions, thereby leaving stable upper-branch solutions ...

  9. Quasi-Periodicity and Border-Collision Bifurcations in a DC-DC Converter with Pulsewidth Modulation

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    Zhusubalaliyev, Zh. T.; Soukhoterin, E.A.; Mosekilde, Erik

    2003-01-01

    border-collision bifurcations (BCB) on a two-dimensional torus. The arrangement of the resonance domains within the parameter plane is related to the Farey series, and their internal structure is described. It is shown that transitions to chaos mainly occur through finite sequences of BCB. Some other...

  10. Event-related potentials reveal the relations between feature representations at different levels of abstraction.

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    Hannah, Samuel D; Shedden, Judith M; Brooks, Lee R; Grundy, John G

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we use behavioural methods and event-related potentials (ERPs) to explore the relations between informational and instantiated features, as well as the relation between feature abstraction and rule type. Participants are trained to categorize two species of fictitious animals and then identify perceptually novel exemplars. Critically, two groups are given a perfectly predictive counting rule that, according to Hannah and Brooks (2009. Featuring familiarity: How a familiar feature instantiation influences categorization. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue Canadienne de Psychologie Expérimentale, 63, 263-275. Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.1037/a0017919), should orient them to using abstract informational features when categorizing the novel transfer items. A third group is taught a feature list rule, which should orient them to using detailed instantiated features. One counting-rule group were taught their rule before any exposure to the actual stimuli, and the other immediately after training, having learned the instantiations first. The feature-list group were also taught their rule after training. The ERP results suggest that at test, the two counting-rule groups processed items differently, despite their identical rule. This not only supports the distinction that informational and instantiated features are qualitatively different feature representations, but also implies that rules can readily operate over concrete inputs, in contradiction to traditional approaches that assume that rules necessarily act on abstract inputs. PMID:26513169

  11. Numerical Bifurcation Analysis of Physiologically Structured Populations: Consumer-Resource, Cannibalistic and Trophic Models.

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    Sánchez Sanz, Julia; Getto, Philipp

    2016-07-01

    With the aim of applying numerical methods, we develop a formalism for physiologically structured population models in a new generality that includes consumer-resource, cannibalism and trophic models. The dynamics at the population level are formulated as a system of Volterra functional equations coupled to ODE. For this general class, we develop numerical methods to continue equilibria with respect to a parameter, detect transcritical and saddle-node bifurcations and compute curves in parameter planes along which these bifurcations occur. The methods combine curve continuation, ODE solvers and test functions. Finally, we apply the methods to the above models using existing data for Daphnia magna consuming Algae and for Perca fluviatilis feeding on Daphnia magna. In particular, we validate the methods by deriving expressions for equilibria and bifurcations with respect to which we compute errors, and by comparing the obtained curves with curves that were computed earlier with other methods. We also present new curves to show how the methods can easily be applied to derive new biological insight. Schemes of algorithms are included. PMID:27484496

  12. Climate tipping as a noisy bifurcation: a predictive technique

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    Thompson, J M T

    2010-01-01

    It is often known, from modelling studies, that a certain mode of climate tipping (of the oceanic thermohaline circulation, for example) is governed by an underlying fold bifurcation. For such a case we present a scheme of analysis that determines the best stochastic fit to the existing data. This provides the evolution rate of the effective control parameter, the variation of the stability coefficient, the path itself and its tipping point. By assessing the actual effective level of noise in the available time series, we are then able to make probability estimates of the time of tipping. This new technique is applied, first, to the output of a computer simulation for the end of greenhouse Earth about 34 million years ago when the climate tipped from a tropical state into an icehouse state with ice caps. Second, we use the algorithms to give probabilistic tipping estimates for the end of the most recent glaciation of the Earth using actual archaeological ice-core data.

  13. Latest updates in global flood modelling: channel bifurcation and global river width database

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    Yamazaki, D.; Kanae, S.; Hirabayashi, Y.; O'Loughlin, F.; Trigg, M. A.; Bates, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Global flood modelling is a relatively new framework in earth system studies, and there still exist many rooms for improving model physics. A typical grid size of global models (generally >5 km) is coarser than the scale of the topography of river channels and floodplains, therefore flood dynamics in global flood models is represented by sub-grid parameterization. Here, we introduce two latest updates in flood dynamics parameterization, i.e. channel bifurcation scheme and global river width database. The upstream-downstream relationship of model grids is prescribed (i.e. parameterized) by a river network map, where each grid has been assumed to have only one downstream grid. We abandoned this "only one downstream" assumption, and succeeded to represent channel bifurcation in a global flood model. The new bifurcation scheme was tested in the Mekong River, and showed the importance of channel bifurcation in mega-delta hydrodynamics. Channel cross-sectional shape has been parameterized using an empirical equation of discharge (or drainage area), and it is a major source of uncertainties in global flood modelling. We recently developed a fully-automated algorithm to calculate river width from satellite water mask. By applying this algorithm to SRTM Water Body Data, the Global Width Database for Large Rivers (GWD-LR) was constructed. The difference between the satellite-based width and empirically-estimated width is very large, suggesting the difficulty of river width parameterization by an empirical equation. Improvement in flood dynamics parameterization reduces uncertainties in global flood simulations. This enables advanced validation/calibration of global flood models, such as direct comparison against satellite altimeters. A future strategy for advanced model validation/calibration will be mentioned in the conference presentation.

  14. Reduced order models, inertial manifolds, and global bifurcations: searching instability boundaries in nuclear power systems

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    Suarez-Antola, Roberto, E-mail: roberto.suarez@miem.gub.u, E-mail: rsuarez@ucu.edu.u [Universidad Catolica del Uruguay, Montevideo (Uruguay). Fac. de Ingenieria y Tecnologias. Dept. de Matematica; Ministerio de Industria, Energia y Mineria, Montevideo (Uruguay). Direccion General de Secretaria

    2011-07-01

    One of the goals of nuclear power systems design and operation is to restrict the possible states of certain critical subsystems to remain inside a certain bounded set of admissible states and state variations. In the framework of an analytic or numerical modeling process of a BWR power plant, this could imply first to find a suitable approximation to the solution manifold of the differential equations describing the stability behavior, and then a classification of the different solution types concerning their relation with the operational safety of the power plant. Inertial manifold theory gives a foundation for the construction and use of reduced order models (ROM's) of reactor dynamics to discover and characterize meaningful bifurcations that may pass unnoticed during digital simulations done with full scale computer codes of the nuclear power plant. The March-Leuba's BWR ROM is generalized and used to exemplify the analytical approach developed here. A nonlinear integral-differential equation in the logarithmic power is derived. Introducing a KBM Ansatz, a coupled set of two nonlinear ordinary differential equations is obtained. Analytical formulae are derived for the frequency of oscillation and the parameters that determine the stability of the steady states, including sub- and supercritical PAH bifurcations. A Bautin's bifurcation scenario seems possible on the power-flow plane: near the boundary of stability, a region where stable steady states are surrounded by unstable limit cycles surrounded at their turn by stable limit cycles. The analytical results are compared with recent digital simulations and applications of semi-analytical bifurcation theory done with reduced order models of BWR. (author)

  15. Stent implantation for the treatment of wide-necked aneurysms located at internal carotid artery bifurcation

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    Objective: To preliminarily evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of stent placement for the treatment of wide-necked aneurysms located at internal carotid artery bifurcation. Methods: Eleven patients with wide-necked aneurysms located at internal carotid artery bifurcation, who were encountered during the period from Jan. 2004 to Dec. 2010 in hospital, were collected. A total of 16 intracranial aneurysms were detected, of which 11 were wide-necked and were located at internal carotid artery bifurcation. The diameters of the aneurysms ranged from 2.5 mm to 18 mm. Individual stent type and stenting technique was employed for each patient. Follow-up at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the procedure was conducted. Results: A total of 11 different stents were successfully deployed in the eleven patients. The stents included balloon expandable stent (n=1) and self-expanding stent (n=10). According to Raymond grading for the immediate occlusion of the aneurysm, grade Ⅰ (complete obliteration) was obtained in 4, grade Ⅱ (residual neck) in 2 and grade Ⅲ (residual aneurysm) in 5 cases. No procedure-related complications occurred. At the time of discharge, the modified Rankin score was 0-1 in the eleven patients. During the follow-up period lasting for 1-108 months, all the patients were in stable condition and no newly-developed neurological dysfunction or bleeding observed. Follow-up examination with angiography (1-48 months) showed that the aneurysms were cured (no visualization) in 4 cases, improved in 2 cases and in stable condition in one case. Conclusion: For the treatment of wide-necked aneurysms located at internal carotid artery bifurcation, stent implantation is clinically feasible, safe and effective. Further studies are required to evaluate its long-term efficacy. (authors)

  16. Inflow/Outflow Boundary Conditions for Particle-Based Blood Flow Simulations: Application to Arterial Bifurcations and Trees.

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    Kirill Lykov

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available When blood flows through a bifurcation, red blood cells (RBCs travel into side branches at different hematocrit levels, and it is even possible that all RBCs enter into one branch only, leading to a complete separation of plasma and RBCs. To quantify this phenomenon via particle-based mesoscopic simulations, we developed a general framework for open boundary conditions in multiphase flows that is effective even for high hematocrit levels. The inflow at the inlet is duplicated from a fully developed flow generated in a pilot simulation with periodic boundary conditions. The outflow is controlled by adaptive forces to maintain the flow rate and velocity gradient at fixed values, while the particles leaving the arteriole at the outlet are removed from the system. Upon validation of this approach, we performed systematic 3D simulations to study plasma skimming in arterioles of diameters 20 to 32 microns. For a flow rate ratio 6:1 at the branches, we observed the "all-or-nothing" phenomenon with plasma only entering the low flow rate branch. We then simulated blood-plasma separation in arteriolar bifurcations with different bifurcation angles and same diameter of the daughter branches. Our simulations predict a significant increase in RBC flux through the main daughter branch as the bifurcation angle is increased. Finally, we demonstrated the effectiveness of the new methodology in simulations of blood flow in vessels with multiple inlets and outlets, constructed using an angiogenesis model.

  17. Endovascular coil embolization in internal carotid artery bifurcation aneurysms

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    Aim: To present the clinical and radiological results of coil embolization in internal carotid artery (ICA) bifurcation aneurysms (BA). Materials and methods: The records of 65 patients with 66 ICA BA were retrieved from data prospectively accrued between September 1999 and July 2013. Clinical and morphological outcomes of the aneurysms were assessed, including technical aspects of treatment. Results: The aneurysms under study were directed either superiorly (41/66, 62.1%), anteriorly (24/66, 36.4%), or posteriorly (1/66, 1.5%), and all were devoid of perforators. Aneurysmal necks were situated symmetrically at the terminal ICA (37/66, 56.1%) or slightly deviated to the proximal A1 segment (29/66, 43.9%). The steam-shaped S microcatheter (73.8%) was most commonly used to select the aneurysms, and the single microcatheter technique was most commonly applied (56.1%) to perform coil embolization, followed by balloon remodelling (21.2%), multiple microcatheter (15.1%), and stent-protection (7.6%). Successful aneurysmal occlusion was achieved in 100% of cases, with no procedure-related morbidity or mortality. Imaging performed in the course of follow-up (mean duration 27.3 months) confirmed stable occlusion of most lesions (47/53, 88.7%). Conclusion: Through tailored technical strategies, ICA BA are amenable to safe and effective endovascular coil embolization, with a tendency for stable occlusion long-term

  18. Bifurcations and catastrophes in a nonlinear dynamical model of the western Pacific subtropical high ridge line index and its evolution mechanism

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    Hong, Mei; Zhang, Ren; Li, Ming; Wang, Shuo; Zeng, Wenhua; Wang, Zhengxin

    2016-04-01

    Despite much previous effort, the establishment of an accurate model of the western Pacific subtropical high (WPSH) and analysis of its chaotic behavior has proved to be difficult. Based on a phase-space technique, a nonlinear dynamical model of the WPSH ridge line and summer monsoon factors is constructed here from 50 years of data. Using a genetic algorithm, model inversion and parameter optimization are performed. The Lyapunov spectrum, phase portraits, time history, and Poincaré surface of section of the model are analyzed and an initial-value sensitivity test is performed, showing that the model and data have similar phase portraits and that the model is robust. Based on equilibrium stability criteria, four types of equilibria of the model are analyzed. Bifurcations and catastrophes of the equilibria are studied and related to the physical mechanism and actual weather phenomena. The results show that the onset and enhancement of the Somali low-level jet and the latent heat flux of the Indian monsoon are among the most important reasons for the appearance and maintenance of the double-ridge phenomenon. Violent breakout and enhancement of the Mascarene cold high will cause the WPSH to jump northward, resulting in the "empty plum" phenomenon. In the context of bifurcation and catastrophe in the dynamical system, the influence of the factors considered here on the WPSH has theoretical and practical significance. This work also opens the way to new lines of research on the interaction between the WPSH and the summer monsoon system.

  19. Research on bifurcation characters of rotor-SMA bearing system

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    Based on Landau-Devonshire model, the bifurcation characteristic of rotor-shape memory alloy bearings(SMAB) system was investigated in this paper. Heteronomous system was transformed into autonomous system in averaging method and Van der Pol transformation, and the existence of Hopf bifurcation was proved in theory. The concept of broadened set of equilibrium point was introduced to improve centre manifold method to be adapted to heteronomous system. The equation of the flow on the centre manifold of rotor-SMAB system was obtained, and the existence of transcritical bifurcation and supercritical pitchfork bifurcation was proved in theory. Finally the results in centre manifold method and averaging method were compared with each other. The comparison shows that the results of the two methods were both the parts of global dynamic characteristic of rotor-SMAB system, while centre manifold method can be applied to research bifurcation behavior in the case of more dimensions. It means that the two methods both have limitation, and global dynamic characteristic must be obtained in kinds of method

  20. Experimental Study of Bifurcations in A Parametrically Forced Pendulum

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    Kim, S Y; Yi, J; Jang, J W; Kim, Sang-Yoon

    1997-01-01

    An experimental study of bifurcations associated with stability of stationary points (SP's) in a parametrically forced magnetic pendulum and a comparison of its results with numerical results are presented. The critical values for which the SP's lose or gain their stability are experimentally measured by varying the two parameters $\\Omega$ (the normalized natural frequency) and $A$ (the normalized driving amplitude). It is observed that, when the amplitude $A$ exceeds a critical value, the normal SP with $\\theta=0$ ($\\theta$ is the angle between the permanent magnet and the magnetic field) becomes unstable either by a period-doubling bifurcation or by a symmetry-breaking pitchfork bifurcation, depending on the values of $\\Omega$. However, in contrast with the normal SP the inverted SP with $\\theta=\\pi$ is observed to become stable as $A$ is increased above a critical value by a pitchfork bifurcation, but it also destabilizes for a higher critical value of $A$ by a period-doubling bifurcation. All of these exp...

  1. Grazing bifurcations and chatter in a pressure relief valve model

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    Hős, Csaba; Champneys, Alan R.

    2012-11-01

    This paper considers a simple mechanical model of a pressure relief valve. For a wide region of parameter values, the valve undergoes self-oscillations that involve impact with the valve seat. These oscillations are born in a Hopf bifurcation that can be either super- or sub-critical. In either case, the onset of more complex oscillations is caused by the occurrence of grazing bifurcations, where the limit cycle first becomes tangent to the discontinuity surface that represents valve contact. The complex dynamics that ensues from such points as the flow speed is decreased has previously been reported via brute-force bifurcation diagrams. Here, the nature of the transitions is further elucidated via the numerical continuation of impacting orbits. In addition, two-parameter continuation results for Hopf and grazing bifurcations as well as the continuation of period-doubling bifurcations of impacting orbits are presented. For yet lower flow speeds, new results reveal chattering motion, that is where there are many impacts in a finite time interval. The geometry of the chattering region is analysed via the computation of several pre-images of the grazing set. It is shown how these pre-images organise the dynamics, in particular by separating initial conditions that lead to complete chatter (an accumulation of impacts) from those which do not.

  2. Inverse bifurcation analysis: application to simple gene systems

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    Schuster Peter

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bifurcation analysis has proven to be a powerful method for understanding the qualitative behavior of gene regulatory networks. In addition to the more traditional forward problem of determining the mapping from parameter space to the space of model behavior, the inverse problem of determining model parameters to result in certain desired properties of the bifurcation diagram provides an attractive methodology for addressing important biological problems. These include understanding how the robustness of qualitative behavior arises from system design as well as providing a way to engineer biological networks with qualitative properties. Results We demonstrate that certain inverse bifurcation problems of biological interest may be cast as optimization problems involving minimal distances of reference parameter sets to bifurcation manifolds. This formulation allows for an iterative solution procedure based on performing a sequence of eigen-system computations and one-parameter continuations of solutions, the latter being a standard capability in existing numerical bifurcation software. As applications of the proposed method, we show that the problem of maximizing regions of a given qualitative behavior as well as the reverse engineering of bistable gene switches can be modelled and efficiently solved.

  3. Doubly twisted Neimark-Sacker bifurcation and two coexisting two-dimensional tori

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    Sekikawa, Munehisa; Inaba, Naohiko

    2016-01-01

    We discuss a complicated bifurcation structure involving several quasiperiodic bifurcations generated in a three-coupled delayed logistic map where a doubly twisted Neimark-Sacker bifurcation causes a transition from two coexisting periodic attractors to two coexisting invariant closed circles (ICCs) corresponding to two two-dimensional tori in a vector field. Such bifurcation structures are observed in Arnol'd tongues. Lyapunov and bifurcation analyses suggest that the two coexisting ICCs and the two coexisting periodic solutions almost overlap in the two-parameter bifurcation diagram.

  4. Marital violence, co-parenting, and family-level processes in relation to children's adjustment.

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    Katz, Lynn Fainsilber; Low, Sabina M

    2004-06-01

    A multimethod approach was used to examine relations between marital violence, coparenting, and family-level processes and children's adjustment in a community-based sample of marital violence. Two hypotheses were tested, one in which family-level and co-parenting processes mediate relations between marital violence and child functioning and one in which marital violence and family-level/co-parenting processes function relatively independently in influencing children's adjustment. Observations of family processes were made within a triadic parent-child interaction, and several dimensions of children's socioemotional adjustment (i.e., peer relations, behavior problems) were examined. Results indicated that hostile-withdrawn co-parenting mediated the relations between marital violence and children's anxiety and depression. Marital violence, co-parenting, and family-level processes also functioned independently in predicting child outcome. Findings are discussed in terms of the family dynamics present in maritally violent homes. PMID:15222844

  5. Bifurcations in the optimal elastic foundation for a buckling column

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    We investigate the buckling under compression of a slender beam with a distributed lateral elastic support, for which there is an associated cost. For a given cost, we study the optimal choice of support to protect against Euler buckling. We show that with only weak lateral support, the optimum distribution is a delta-function at the centre of the beam. When more support is allowed, we find numerically that the optimal distribution undergoes a series of bifurcations. We obtain analytical expressions for the buckling load around the first bifurcation point and corresponding expansions for the optimal position of support. Our theoretical predictions, including the critical exponent of the bifurcation, are confirmed by computer simulations.

  6. Bifurcations in the optimal elastic foundation for a buckling column

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    Rayneau-Kirkhope, Daniel; Farr, Robert; Ding, K.; Mao, Yong

    2010-12-01

    We investigate the buckling under compression of a slender beam with a distributed lateral elastic support, for which there is an associated cost. For a given cost, we study the optimal choice of support to protect against Euler buckling. We show that with only weak lateral support, the optimum distribution is a delta-function at the centre of the beam. When more support is allowed, we find numerically that the optimal distribution undergoes a series of bifurcations. We obtain analytical expressions for the buckling load around the first bifurcation point and corresponding expansions for the optimal position of support. Our theoretical predictions, including the critical exponent of the bifurcation, are confirmed by computer simulations.

  7. Bifurcations in the optimal elastic foundation for a buckling column

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    Rayneau-Kirkhope, Daniel; Ding, K; Mao, Yong

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the buckling under compression of a slender beam with a distributed lateral elastic support, for which there is an associated cost. For a given cost, we study the optimal choice of support to protect against Euler buckling. We show that with only weak lateral support, the optimum distribution is a delta-function at the centre of the beam. When more support is allowed, we find numerically that the optimal distribution undergoes a series of bifurcations. We obtain analytical expressions for the buckling load around the first bifurcation point and corresponding expansions for the optimal position of support. Our theoretical predictions, including the critical exponent of the bifurcation, are confirmed by computer simulations.

  8. The bifurcation locus for numbers of bounded type

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    Carminati, Carlo

    2011-01-01

    We define a family B(t) of compact subsets of the unit interval which generalizes the sets of numbers whose continued fraction expansion has bounded digits. We study how the set B(t) changes as one moves the parameter t, and see that the family undergoes period-doubling bifurcations and displays the same transition pattern from periodic to chaotic behavior as the usual family of quadratic polynomials. The set E of bifurcation parameters is a fractal set of measure zero. We also show that the Hausdorff dimension of B(t) varies continuously with the parameter, and the dimension of each individual set equals the dimension of a corresponding section of the bifurcation set E.

  9. Implicit ordinary differential equations: bifurcations and sharpening of equivalence

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    We obtain a formal classification of generic local bifurcations of an implicit ordinary differential equation at its singular points as a single external parameter varies. This classification consists of four normal forms, each containing a functional invariant. We prove that every deformation in the contact equivalence class of an equation germ which remains quadratic in the derivative can be obtained by a deformation of the independent and dependent variables. Our classification is based on a generalization of this result for families of equations. As an application, we obtain a formal classification of generic local bifurcations on the plane for a linear second-order partial differential equation of mixed type at the points where the domains of ellipticity and hyperbolicity undergo Morse bifurcations

  10. Dynamical systems V bifurcation theory and catastrophe theory

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    Bifurcation theory and catastrophe theory are two of the best known areas within the field of dynamical systems. Both are studies of smooth systems, focusing on properties that seem to be manifestly non-smooth. Bifurcation theory is concerned with the sudden changes that occur in a system when one or more parameters are varied. Examples of such are familiar to students of differential equations, from phase portraits. Moreover, understanding the bifurcations of the differential equations that describe real physical systems provides important information about the behavior of the systems. Catastrophe theory became quite famous during the 1970's, mostly because of the sensation caused by the usually less than rigorous applications of its principal ideas to "hot topics", such as the characterization of personalities and the difference between a "genius" and a "maniac". Catastrophe theory is accurately described as singularity theory and its (genuine) applications. The authors of this book, the first printing of w...

  11. An explicit example of Hopf bifurcation in fluid mechanics

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    Kloeden, P.; Wells, R.

    1983-01-01

    It is observed that a complete and explicit example of Hopf bifurcation appears not to be known in fluid mechanics. Such an example is presented for the rotating Benard problem with free boundary conditions on the upper and lower faces, and horizontally periodic solutions. Normal modes are found for the linearization, and the Veronis computation of the wave numbers is modified to take into account the imposed horizontal periodicity. An invariant subspace of the phase space is found in which the hypotheses of the Joseph-Sattinger theorem are verified, thus demonstrating the Hopf bifurcation. The criticality calculations are carried through to demonstrate rigorously, that the bifurcation is subcritical for certain cases, and to demonstrate numerically that it is subcritical for all the cases in the paper.

  12. High-resolution mapping of bifurcations in nonlinear biochemical circuits

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    Genot, A. J.; Baccouche, A.; Sieskind, R.; Aubert-Kato, N.; Bredeche, N.; Bartolo, J. F.; Taly, V.; Fujii, T.; Rondelez, Y.

    2016-08-01

    Analog molecular circuits can exploit the nonlinear nature of biochemical reaction networks to compute low-precision outputs with fewer resources than digital circuits. This analog computation is similar to that employed by gene-regulation networks. Although digital systems have a tractable link between structure and function, the nonlinear and continuous nature of analog circuits yields an intricate functional landscape, which makes their design counter-intuitive, their characterization laborious and their analysis delicate. Here, using droplet-based microfluidics, we map with high resolution and dimensionality the bifurcation diagrams of two synthetic, out-of-equilibrium and nonlinear programs: a bistable DNA switch and a predator–prey DNA oscillator. The diagrams delineate where function is optimal, dynamics bifurcates and models fail. Inverse problem solving on these large-scale data sets indicates interference from enzymatic coupling. Additionally, data mining exposes the presence of rare, stochastically bursting oscillators near deterministic bifurcations.

  13. Bifurcated equilibria in two-dimensional MHD with diamagnetic effects

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    Ottaviani, M. [CEA Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee; Tebaldi, C. [Lecce University (Italy). Dept. of Mathematics

    1998-12-01

    In this work we analyzed the sequence of bifurcated equilibria in two-dimensional reduced magnetohydrodynamics. Diamagnetic effects are studied under the assumption of a constant equilibrium pressure gradient, not altered by the formation of the magnetic island. The formation of an island when the symmetric equilibrium becomes unstable is studied as a function of the tearing mode stability parameter {Delta}` and of the diamagnetic frequency, by employing fixed-points numerical techniques and an initial value code. At larger values of {Delta}` a tangent bifurcation takes place, above which no small island solutions exist. This bifurcation persists up to fairly large values of the diamagnetic frequency (of the order of one tenth of the Alfven frequency). The implications of this phenomenology for the intermittent MHD dynamics observed in tokamaks is discussed. (authors) 20 refs.

  14. Bifurcated equilibria in two-dimensional MHD with diamagnetic effects

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    In this work we analyzed the sequence of bifurcated equilibria in two-dimensional reduced magnetohydrodynamics. Diamagnetic effects are studied under the assumption of a constant equilibrium pressure gradient, not altered by the formation of the magnetic island. The formation of an island when the symmetric equilibrium becomes unstable is studied as a function of the tearing mode stability parameter Δ' and of the diamagnetic frequency, by employing fixed-points numerical techniques and an initial value code. At larger values of Δ' a tangent bifurcation takes place, above which no small island solutions exist. This bifurcation persists up to fairly large values of the diamagnetic frequency (of the order of one tenth of the Alfven frequency). The implications of this phenomenology for the intermittent MHD dynamics observed in tokamaks is discussed. (authors)

  15. Hopf bifurcation and chaos in macroeconomic models with policy lag

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    In this paper, we consider the macroeconomic models with policy lag, and study how lags in policy response affect the macroeconomic stability. The local stability of the nonzero equilibrium of this equation is investigated by analyzing the corresponding transcendental characteristic equation of its linearized equation. Some general stability criteria involving the policy lag and the system parameter are derived. By choosing the policy lag as a bifurcation parameter, the model is found to undergo a sequence of Hopf bifurcation. The direction and stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are determined by using the normal form theory and the center manifold theorem. Moreover, we show that the government can stabilize the intrinsically unstable economy if the policy lag is sufficiently short, but the system become locally unstable when the policy lag is too long. We also find the chaotic behavior in some range of the policy lag

  16. Stochastic stability and bifurcation in a macroeconomic model

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    On the basis of the work of Goodwin and Puu, a new business cycle model subject to a stochastically parametric excitation is derived in this paper. At first, we reduce the model to a one-dimensional diffusion process by applying the stochastic averaging method of quasi-nonintegrable Hamiltonian system. Secondly, we utilize the methods of Lyapunov exponent and boundary classification associated with diffusion process respectively to analyze the stochastic stability of the trivial solution of system. The numerical results obtained illustrate that the trivial solution of system must be globally stable if it is locally stable in the state space. Thirdly, we explore the stochastic Hopf bifurcation of the business cycle model according to the qualitative changes in stationary probability density of system response. It is concluded that the stochastic Hopf bifurcation occurs at two critical parametric values. Finally, some explanations are given in a simply way on the potential applications of stochastic stability and bifurcation analysis

  17. Post-Treatment Hemodynamics of a Basilar Aneurysm and Bifurcation

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    Ortega, J; Hartman, J; Rodriguez, J; Maitland, D

    2008-01-16

    Aneurysm re-growth and rupture can sometimes unexpectedly occur following treatment procedures that were initially considered to be successful at the time of treatment and post-operative angiography. In some cases, this can be attributed to surgical clip slippage or endovascular coil compaction. However, there are other cases in which the treatment devices function properly. In these instances, the subsequent complications are due to other factors, perhaps one of which is the post-treatment hemodynamic stress. To investigate whether or not a treatment procedure can subject the parent artery to harmful hemodynamic stresses, computational fluid dynamics simulations are performed on a patient-specific basilar aneurysm and bifurcation before and after a virtual endovascular treatment. The simulations demonstrate that the treatment procedure produces a substantial increase in the wall shear stress. Analysis of the post-treatment flow field indicates that the increase in wall shear stress is due to the impingement of the basilar artery flow upon the aneurysm filling material and to the close proximity of a vortex tube to the artery wall. Calculation of the time-averaged wall shear stress shows that there is a region of the artery exposed to a level of wall shear stress that can cause severe damage to endothelial cells. The results of this study demonstrate that it is possible for a treatment procedure, which successfully excludes the aneurysm from the vascular system and leaves no aneurysm neck remnant, to elevate the hemodynamic stresses to levels that are injurious to the immediately adjacent vessel wall.

  18. Global gray water footprint and water pollution levels related to anthropogenic nitrogen loads to fresh water

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    Mesfin M Mekonnen; Hoekstra, Arjen Y

    2015-01-01

    This is the first global assessment of nitrogen-related water pollution in river basins with a specification of the pollution by economic sector, and by crop for the agricultural sector. At a spatial resolution of 5 by 5 arc minute, we estimate anthropogenic nitrogen (N) loads to freshwater, calculate the resultant gray water footprints (GWFs), and relate the GWFs per river basin to runoff to calculate the N-related water pollution level (WPL) per catchment. The accumulated global GWF related...

  19. Tree-level Recursion Relation and Dual Superconformal Symmetry of the ABJM Theory

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    Gang, Dongmin; Koh, Eunkyung; Lee, Sangmin; Lipstein, Arthur E

    2010-01-01

    We propose a recursion relation for tree-level scattering amplitudes in three-dimensional Chern-Simons-matter theories. The recursion relation involves a complex deformation of momenta which generalizes the BCFW-deformation used in higher dimensions. Using background field methods, we show that all ABJM superamplitudes vanish for large deformations, establishing the validity of the recursion formula. Furthermore, we use the recursion relation to compute the six- and eight-point component amplitudes and match them with independent computations based on Feynman diagrams or Grassmannian integral formulas. As an application of the recursion relation, we prove that all tree-level amplitudes of the ABJM theory have dual superconformal symmetry.

  20. Symmetric/asymmetric bifurcation behaviours of a bogie system

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    Xue-jun, Gao; Ying-hui, Li; Yuan, Yue;

    2013-01-01

    slowly increasing and decreasing speed. It is found that the stationary equilibrium solution and the periodic motions coexist due to the sub-critical Hopf bifurcation in the railway bogie system. It is also found that multiple solutions coexist in many speed ranges. The coexistence of multiple solutions...... may result in a jump and hysteresis of the oscillating amplitude for different kinds of disturbances. It should be avoided in the normal operation. Furthermore, it is found that symmetry-breaking of the system through a pitchfork bifurcation leads to asymmetric chaotic motions in the railway bogie...

  1. Bifurcations of a lattice gas flow under external forcing

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    The authors study the behavior of a Frisch-Hasslacher-Pomeau lattice gas automation under the effect of a spatially periodic forcing. It is shown that the lattice gas dynamics reproduces the steady-state features of the bifurcation pattern predicted by a properly truncated model of the Navier-Stokes equations. In addition, they show that the dynamical evolution of the instabilities driving the bifurcation can be modeled by supplementing the truncated Navier-Stokes equation with a random force chosen on the basis of the automation noise

  2. Complex bifurcations in B\\'enard-Marangoni convection

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    Vakulenko, Sergey; Lucarini, Valerio

    2015-01-01

    We study the dynamics of a system as determined by the Navier-Stokes equations for a non-compressible fluid with Marangoni boundary conditions in the two dimensional case. We show that more complicated bifurcations can appear in this system for some nonlinear vertical temperature profile as compared to bifurcations in classical Rayleigh-B\\'enard and B\\'enard-Marangoni systems with simple linear vertical temperature profile. In terms of the B\\'enard-Marangoni convection, obtained mathematical results lead to our understanding of complex spatial patterns at a free liquid surface, which can be induced by a complicated profile of temperature or a chemical concentration at that surface.

  3. Bifurcation Analysis for Surface Waves Generated by Wind

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    Schweizer, Ben

    2001-01-01

    We study the generation of surface waves on water as a bifurcation phenomenon. For a critical wind-speed there appear traveling wave solutions. While linear waves do not transport mass (in the mean), nonlinear effects create a shear-flow and result in a net mass transport in the direction of the wind. We derive an asymptotic formula for the average tangential velocity along the free surface. Numerical investigations confirm the appearance of the shear-flow and yield results on the bifurcation...

  4. Dynamics of Bloch oscillating transistor near bifurcation threshold

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    Sarkar, Jayanta; Puska, Antti; Hassel, Juha; Hakonen, Pertti J.

    2013-01-01

    Tendency to bifurcate can often be utilized to improve performance characteristics of amplifiers or even to build detectors. Bloch oscillating transistor is such a device. Here we show that bistable behaviour can be approached by tuning the base current and that the critical value depends on the Josephson coupling energy $E_J$ of the device. We demonstrate record-large current gains for device operation near the bifurcation point at small $E_J$. From our results for the current gains at vario...

  5. ΔI = 4 bifurcation: Origins and criteria

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    The new γ-ray detector arrays have demonstrated that rotational sequences in certain superdeformed bands with angular momentum differing by two can split into two branches. This is commonly called ΔI = 4 bifurcation, and has attracted considerable interest in the nuclear structure community. An alternative approach for the ΔI = 4 bifurcation phenomenon has been presented without introducing either a Y44 deformation or an I4 term in the Hamiltonian explicitly. The optimal criteria for observing the phenomenon have been discussed as well

  6. Global Bifurcation of a Novel Computer Virus Propagation Model

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    In a recent paper by J. Ren et al. (2012), a novel computer virus propagation model under the effect of the antivirus ability in a real network is established. The analysis there only partially uncovers the dynamics behaviors of virus spread over the network in the case where around bifurcation is local. In the present paper, by mathematical analysis, it is further shown that, under appropriate parameter values, the model may undergo a global B-T bifurcation, and the curves of saddle-node bif...

  7. Inflation, bifurcations of nonlinear curvature Lagrangians and dark energy

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    Mielke, Eckehard W; Schunck, Franz E

    2008-01-01

    A possible equivalence of scalar dark matter, the inflaton, and modified gravity is analyzed. After a conformal mapping, the dependence of the effective Lagrangian on the curvature is not only singular but also bifurcates into several almost Einsteinian spaces, distinguished only by a different effective gravitational strength and cosmological constant. A swallow tail catastrophe in the bifurcation set indicates the possibility for the coexistence of different Einsteinian domains in our Universe. This `triple unification' may shed new light on the nature and large scale distribution not only of dark matter but also on `dark energy', regarded as an effective cosmological constant, and inflation.

  8. Discretizing the transcritical and pitchfork bifurcations – conjugacy results

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    Lóczi, Lajos

    2015-01-07

    © 2015 Taylor & Francis. We present two case studies in one-dimensional dynamics concerning the discretization of transcritical (TC) and pitchfork (PF) bifurcations. In the vicinity of a TC or PF bifurcation point and under some natural assumptions on the one-step discretization method of order (Formula presented.) , we show that the time- (Formula presented.) exact and the step-size- (Formula presented.) discretized dynamics are topologically equivalent by constructing a two-parameter family of conjugacies in each case. As a main result, we prove that the constructed conjugacy maps are (Formula presented.) -close to the identity and these estimates are optimal.

  9. Communication: Mode bifurcation of droplet motion under stationary laser irradiation

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    Takabatake, Fumi [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Department of Bioengineering and Robotics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Kenichi [Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0394 (Japan); Ichikawa, Masatoshi, E-mail: ichi@scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)

    2014-08-07

    The self-propelled motion of a mm-sized oil droplet floating on water, induced by a local temperature gradient generated by CW laser irradiation is reported. The circular droplet exhibits two types of regular periodic motion, reciprocal and circular, around the laser spot under suitable laser power. With an increase in laser power, a mode bifurcation from rectilinear reciprocal motion to circular motion is caused. The essential aspects of this mode bifurcation are discussed in terms of spontaneous symmetry-breaking under temperature-induced interfacial instability, and are theoretically reproduced with simple coupled differential equations.

  10. An Approach to Robust Control of the Hopf Bifurcation

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper illustrates a novel approach to modify the Hopf bifurcation nature via a nonlinear state feedback control, which leaves the equilibrium properties unchanged. This result is achieved by recurring to linear and nonlinear transformations, which lead the system to locally assume the ordinary differential equation representation. Third-order models are considered, since they can be seen as proper representatives of a larger class of systems. The explicit relationship between the control input and the Hopf bifurcation nature is obtained via a frequency approach, that does not need the computation of the center manifold.

  11. Morse bifurcations of transition states in bimolecular reactions

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    MacKay, R. S.; Strub, D. C.

    2015-12-01

    The transition states and dividing surfaces used to find rate constants for bimolecular reactions are shown to undergo Morse bifurcations, in which they change diffeomorphism class, and to exist for a large range of energies, not just immediately above the critical energy for first connection between reactants and products. Specifically, we consider capture between two molecules and the associated transition states for the case of non-zero angular momentum and general attitudes. The capture between an atom and a diatom, and then a general molecule are presented, providing concrete examples of Morse bifurcations of transition states and dividing surfaces.

  12. VARIATIONS OF SCIATIC NERVE BIFURCATION IN DISSECTED CADAVERES FROM ETHIOPIA AND THEIR CLINICAL IMPLICATION: A CASE REPORT

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    Peter Etim Ekanem

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: The tibial and common peroneal nerves are dorsal and ventral divisions of the ventral rami of L4 to S3 of the lumbosacral plexus that join to form the sciatic nerve. The two nerves are structurally separate and supply the posterior compartment of the thigh, the leg and the foot. The point of bifurcation or separation of the sciatic nerve into tibial and common peroneal nerve varies. The common site is at the junction of the middle and lower third of the back of the thigh, near the apex of the popliteal fossa, but division may occur at any point above this. It may also rarely occur below it. The variations in the bifurcation of the sciatic nerve have clinical implications. They may result in nerve injury during deep intramuscular injections in the gluteal region, sciatica, piriformis syndrome etc. This study is to report the variations of the bifurcation in the sciatic nerve found in the cadaveres from Ethiopia, and discuss the clinical implications of such variations. Conclusion: We conclude from this study that the bifurcation of the sciatic nerve could occur high up in the gluteal region in relation to the piriformis muscle and may present clinical challenges in patient management

  13. A Coordinated Approach to Communicating Pediatric-Related Information on Pandemic Influenza at the Community Level

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    2009-12-16

    The purpose of this document is to provide a suggested approach, based on input from pediatric stakeholders, to communicating pediatric-related information on pandemic influenza at the community level in a step-by-step manner.

  14. Homocysteine Levels in Chronic Gastritis and Other Conditions: Relations to Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Dementia

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    Redéen, Stefan; Ryberg, Anna; Petersson, Fredrik; Eriksson, Olle; Nägga, Katarina; Borch, Kurt

    2009-01-01

    Background Homocysteine levels in circulation are determined by several factors and hyperhomocysteinemia is reportedly associated with cardiovascular diseases and dementia. The aim of this study is to determine the relation of chronic gastritis and other conditions to homocysteine levels and their relation to incident cardiovascular diseases and dementia. Methods An adult population-based cohort (N = 488) was screened for H. pylori infection, gastro-duodenitis (endoscopic biopsies), disease h...

  15. Dynamical Systems with a Codimension-One Invariant Manifold: The Unfoldings and Its Bifurcations

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    Saputra, Kie Van Ivanky

    2015-06-01

    We investigate a dynamical system having a special structure namely a codimension-one invariant manifold that is preserved under the variation of parameters. We derive conditions such that bifurcations of codimension-one and of codimension-two occur in the system. The normal forms of these bifurcations are derived explicitly. Both local and global bifurcations are analyzed and yield the transcritical bifurcation as the codimension-one bifurcation while the saddle-node-transcritical interaction and the Hopf-transcritical interactions as the codimension-two bifurcations. The unfolding of this degeneracy is also analyzed and reveal global bifurcations such as homoclinic and heteroclinic bifurcations. We apply our results to a modified Lotka-Volterra model and to an infection model in HIV diseases.

  16. A bifurcation set associated to the copy phenomenon in the space of gauge fields

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    It is shown that gauge field copies are associated to a stratified bifurcation set in gauge field space. Such a set is noticed to be locus of other bifurcation phenomena in gauge field theory besides the copy phenomenon. (Author)

  17. A study on relations between the levels of GMP-140 and microangiopathy in NIDDM

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    The relations between the level of GMP-140 and microangiopathy in NIDDM for earlier diagnosis or better treatment are investigated, the level of GMP-140 in both platelet and plasma was measured. The level of GMP-140 in both platelet and plasma in 104 cases with NIDDM (55 with and 49 without microagiopathy) and 38 controls were assayed by RIA and also simultaneously with direct platelet count. The level of GMP-140 in both platelet and plasma in NIDDM was remarkably higher than that in controls (P1 = 0.69, r2 = 0.75). No differences existed in platelet count between NIDDM and controls. The level of GMP-140 and ophthalmoscopic study had no change after decreasing the concentration of blood glucose (<7.8 mmol/L) and administrating aspirin for 6 months. Microangiopathy in NIDDM had close relation with platelet function and the level of GMP-140

  18. The Impact of Pathological Levels of Internet-Related Anxiety on Internet Usage

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    Brosnan, Mark; Joiner, Richard; Gavin, Jeff; Crook, Charles; Maras, Pam; Guiller, Jane; Scott, Adrian J.

    2012-01-01

    This article compares the use of the Internet during the first year of university education of students who have pathological levels of Internet anxiety with those who do not. Two hundred and sixteen first year psychology students (females 184, males 32) were surveyed for their levels of Internet-related anxiety, from which 12 (5.6%) were…

  19. Policy-level interventions and work-related psychosocial risk management in the European Union

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    Leka, S.; Jain, A.; Zwetsloot, G.I.J.M.; Cox, T.

    2010-01-01

    There exists a substantial degree of diversity across strategies to prevent and manage work- related psychosocial risks and their associated health effects. Whereas it is common to distinguish between organizational and individual interventions, the important level of policy- level interventions has

  20. The Relation between Pre-Service Music Teachers' Psychological Resilience and Academic Achievement Levels

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    Yokus, Tuba

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to examine the relation between pre-service music teachers' psychological resilience and academic achievement levels and to determine what variables influence their psychological resilience levels. The study sample consisted of students enrolled in a music education program in the 2013-2014 academic year (N = 333). In respect with…

  1. The determination of knowledge levels related to doping in elite athletes

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    DINCER, Nevzat; DEMIR, Hayri

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to the determine knowledge level related to doping in athletes who performed individual sports. The sample of the research consists of 117 national level athletes (62 wrestlers, 29 teakwondo players and 26 judoists). A personal information form and a questionnaire which aim to determine the athletes’ knowledge levels and opinions about doping and ergogenic supply were carried out for the athletes participated in the research as a means of data collection. The reliabil...

  2. Stability and Hopf bifurcation in a symmetric Lotka-Volterra predator-prey system with delays

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    Jing Xia

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This article concerns a symmetrical Lotka-Volterra predator-prey system with delays. By analyzing the associated characteristic equation of the original system at the positive equilibrium and choosing the delay as the bifurcation parameter, the local stability and Hopf bifurcation of the system are investigated. Using the normal form theory, we also establish the direction and stability of the Hopf bifurcation. Numerical simulations suggest an existence of Hopf bifurcation near a critical value of time delay.

  3. Stability and Bifurcation Analysis in a Diffusive Brusselator-Type System

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    Liao, Maoxin; Wang, Qi-Ru

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the dynamic properties for a Brusselator-type system with diffusion are investigated. By employing the theory of Hopf bifurcation for ordinary and partial differential equations, we mainly obtain some conditions of the stability and Hopf bifurcation for the ODE system, diffusion-driven instability of the equilibrium solution, and the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions for the PDE system. Finally, some numerical simulations are presented to verify our results.

  4. A Study of Social-Emotional Adjustment Levels of Preschool Children in Relation to Peer Relationships

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    Gülay, Hülya; Önder, Alev

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this research is to study social--emotional adaptation levels of 5-to 6-year old preschool children in relation to peer relationships. One hundred and forty-four children aged between 5 and 6 joined in this relational survey study. According to the results of the research analysing the relationship between the social-emotional…

  5. Width bifurcation and dynamical phase transitions in open quantum systems.

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    Eleuch, Hichem; Rotter, Ingrid

    2013-05-01

    The states of an open quantum system are coupled via the environment of scattering wave functions. The complex coupling coefficients ω between system and environment arise from the principal value integral and the residuum. At high-level density where the resonance states overlap, the dynamics of the system is determined by exceptional points. At these points, the eigenvalues of two states are equal and the corresponding eigenfunctions are linearly dependent. It is shown in the present paper that Im(ω) and Re(ω) influence the system properties differently in the surrounding of exceptional points. Controlling the system by a parameter, the eigenvalues avoid crossing in energy near an exceptional point under the influence of Re(ω) in a similar manner as it is well known from discrete states. Im(ω), however, leads to width bifurcation and finally (when the system is coupled to one channel, i.e., to one common continuum of scattering wave functions), to a splitting of the system into two parts with different characteristic time scales. The role of observer states is discussed. Physically, the system is stabilized by this splitting since the lifetimes of some states are longer than before, while that of one state is shorter. In the cross section the short-lived state appears as a background term in high-resolution experiments. The wave functions of the long-lived states are mixed in those of the original ones in a comparably large parameter range. Numerical results for the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions are shown for N=2,4, and 10 states coupled mostly to one channel. PMID:23767516

  6. Strong effects of tropical ice-sheet coverage and thickness on the hard snowball Earth bifurcation point

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    Liu, Yonggang; Peltier, W. Richard; Yang, Jun; Vettoretti, Guido; Wang, Yuwei

    2016-07-01

    The hard snowball Earth bifurcation point is determined by the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration (pCO2) below which complete glaciation of the planet would occur. In previous studies, the bifurcation point was determined based on the assumption that the extent of continental glaciation could be neglected and the results thereby obtained suggested that very low values of pCO2 would be required (~100 ppmv). Here, we deduce the upper bound on the bifurcation point using the coupled atmosphere-ocean climate model of the NCAR that is referred to as the Community Climate System Model version 3 by assuming that the continents are fully covered by ice sheets prior to executing the transition into the hard snowball state. The thickness of the ice sheet is assumed to be that obtained by an ice-sheet model coupled to an energy balance model for a soft snowball Earth. We find that the hard snowball Earth bifurcation point is in the ranges of 600-630 and 300-320 ppmv for the 720 and 570 Ma continental configurations, respectively. These critical points are between 10 and 3 times higher than their respective values when ice sheets are completely neglected. We also find that when the ice sheets are thinner than those assumed above, the climate is colder and the bifurcation point is larger. The key process that causes the excess cooling when continental ice sheets are thin is shown to be associated with the fact that atmospheric heat transport from the adjacent oceans to the ice sheet-covered continents is enhanced in such conditions. Feedbacks from sea-ice expansion and reduced water vapor concentration further cool the oceanic regions strongly.

  7. Stability and bifurcations in a nonlocal delayed reaction-diffusion population model

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    Chen, Shanshan; Yu, Jianshe

    2016-01-01

    A nonlocal delayed reaction-diffusion equation with Dirichlet boundary condition is considered in this paper. It is shown that a positive spatially nonhomogeneous equilibrium bifurcates from the trivial equilibrium. The stability/instability of the bifurcated positive equilibrium and associated Hopf bifurcation are investigated, providing us with a complete picture of the dynamics.

  8. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation Analysis of a Vector-Borne Disease with Time Delay

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    Yuanyuan Chen; Ya-Qing Bi

    2014-01-01

    A delay-differential modelling of vector-borne is investigated. Its dynamics are studied in terms of local analysis and Hopf bifurcation theory, and its linear stability and Hopf bifurcation are demonstrated by studying the characteristic equation. The stability and direction of Hopf bifurcation are determined by applying the normal form theory and the center manifold argument.

  9. Local and global bifurcation and its applications in a predator-prey system with several parameters

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    A predator-prey system, depending on several parameters, is investigated for bifurcation of equilibria, Hopf bifurcation, global bifurcation occurring saddle connection, and global existence and non-existence of limit cycles, and changes of the topological structure of trajectory as parameters are varied. (author). 8 refs, 4 figs

  10. Equilibrium Point Bifurcation and Singularity Analysis of HH Model with Constraint

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    We present the equilibrium point bifurcation and singularity analysis of HH model with constraints. We investigate the effect of constraints and parameters on the type of equilibrium point bifurcation. HH model with constraints has more transition sets. The Matcont toolbox software environment was used for analysis of the bifurcation points in conjunction with Matlab. We also illustrate the stability of the equilibrium points.

  11. Relation between workplace accidents and the levels of carboxyhemoglobin in motorcycle taxi drivers

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    Luiz Almeida da Silva

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: to investigate the relation between workplace accidents and the levels of carboxyhemoglobin found in motorcycle taxi drivers. METHOD: correlational, quantitative study involving 111 workers and data obtained in July 2012 through a questionnaire to characterize the participants and blood collection to measure carboxyhemoglobin levels. RESULT: 28.8% had suffered workplace accidents; 27.6% had fractured the lower limbs and significant symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure were verified in smokers. The carboxyhemoglobin levels were higher among smokers and victims of workplace accidents. CONCLUSION: motorcycle taxi drivers had increased levels of carboxyhemoglobin, possibly due to the exposure to carbon monoxide; these levels are also increased among smokers and victims of workplace accidents. The study provides advances in the knowledge about occupational health and environmental science, and also shows that carboxyhemoglobin can be an indicator of exposure to environmental pollutants for those working outdoors, which can be related to workplace accidents.

  12. Bifurcation and chaos in electromechanical drive systems with small motors

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    Kratochvíl, Ctirad; Houfek, Lubomír; Houfek, Martin; Krejsa, Jiří

    Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Katedry Mechaniki Stosowanej, 2008, s. 55-58. ISBN 978-83-60102-50-3. [12th International Seminar of Applied Mechanics. Wisla (PL), 13.06.2008-15.06.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : drive system * bifurcation * chaos Subject RIV: JR - Other Machinery

  13. Numerical simulation of magnetic nanoparticles targeting in a bifurcation vessel

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    Larimi, M.M.; Ramiar, A., E-mail: aramiar@nit.ac.ir; Ranjbar, A.A.

    2014-08-01

    Guiding magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with the help of an external magnetic field to its target is the principle behind the development of super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as novel drug delivery vehicles. The present paper is devoted to study on MDT (Magnetic Drug Targeting) technique by particle tracking in the presence of magnetic field in a bifurcation vessel. The blood flow in bifurcation is considered incompressible, unsteady and Newtonian. The flow analysis applies the time dependent, two dimensional, incompressible Navier–Stokes equations for Newtonian fluids. The Lagrangian particle tracking is performed to estimate particle behavior under influence of imposed magnetic field gradients along the bifurcation. According to the results, the magnetic field increased the volume fraction of particle in target region, but in vessels with high Reynolds number, the efficiency of MDT technique is very low. Also the results showed that in the bifurcation vessels with lower angles, wall shear stress is higher and consequently the risk of the vessel wall rupture increases. - Highlights: • Fluid flow and magnetic nanoparticles behavior under influence of external magnetic field are modeled in this study. • Increasing magnetic number increases size and number of recirculation zones. • Increasing Reynolds number reduces the efficiency of magnetic drug targeting. • Number of particles delivered to target region decreases with reducing the diameter of nanoparticles. • Decreasing the ratio of particle diameter to magnetic core diameter (D{sub p}/D{sub m}) will increase magnetic drug targeting efficiency.

  14. Numerical simulation of magnetic nanoparticles targeting in a bifurcation vessel

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    Larimi, M. M.; Ramiar, A.; Ranjbar, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    Guiding magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with the help of an external magnetic field to its target is the principle behind the development of super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as novel drug delivery vehicles. The present paper is devoted to study on MDT (Magnetic Drug Targeting) technique by particle tracking in the presence of magnetic field in a bifurcation vessel. The blood flow in bifurcation is considered incompressible, unsteady and Newtonian. The flow analysis applies the time dependent, two dimensional, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations for Newtonian fluids. The Lagrangian particle tracking is performed to estimate particle behavior under influence of imposed magnetic field gradients along the bifurcation. According to the results, the magnetic field increased the volume fraction of particle in target region, but in vessels with high Reynolds number, the efficiency of MDT technique is very low. Also the results showed that in the bifurcation vessels with lower angles, wall shear stress is higher and consequently the risk of the vessel wall rupture increases.

  15. A recent bifurcation in Arctic sea-ice cover

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    Livina, Valerie N

    2012-01-01

    There is ongoing debate over whether Arctic sea-ice has already passed a 'tipping point', or whether it will do so in future, with several recent studies arguing that the loss of summer sea ice does not involve a bifurcation because it is highly reversible in models. Recently developed methods can detect and sometimes forewarn of bifurcations in time-series data, hence we applied them to satellite data for Arctic sea-ice cover. Here we show that a new low ice cover state has appeared from 2007 onwards, which is distinct from the normal state of seasonal sea ice variation, suggesting a bifurcation has occurred from one attractor to two. There was no robust early warning signal of critical slowing down prior to this bifurcation, consistent with it representing the appearance of a new ice cover state rather than the loss of stability of the existing state. The new low ice cover state has been sampled predominantly in summer-autumn and seasonal forcing combined with internal climate variability are likely respons...

  16. Direction and stability of bifurcating solutions for a Signorini problem

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    Eisner, J.; Kučera, Milan; Recke, L.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 113, January (2015), s. 357-371. ISSN 0362-546X Institutional support : RVO:67985840 Keywords : Signorini problem * variational inequality * bifurcation direction Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.327, year: 2014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0362546X14003228

  17. Shells, orbit bifurcations and symmetry restorations in Fermi systems

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    Magner, A G; Arita, K

    2016-01-01

    The periodic-orbit theory based on the improved stationary-phase method within the phase-space path integral approach is presented for the semiclassical description of the nuclear shell structure, concerning the main topics of the fruitful activity of V. G. Solovjov. We apply this theory to study bifurcations and symmetry breaking phenomena in a radial power-law potential which is close to the realistic Woods-Saxon one up to about the Fermi energy. Using the realistic parametrization of nuclear shapes we explain the origin of the double-humped fission barrier and the asymmetry in the fission isomer shapes by the bifurcations of periodic orbits. The semiclassical origin of the oblate-prolate shape asymmetry and tetrahedral shapes is also suggested within the improved periodic-orbit approach. The enhancement of shell structures at some surface diffuseness and deformation parameters of such shapes are explained by existence of the simple local bifurcations and new non-local bridge-orbit bifurcations in integrabl...

  18. Existence and bifurcation of integral manifolds with applications

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    HAN; Mao'an; CHEN; Xianfeng

    2005-01-01

    In this paper a bifurcation theorem on the existence of integral manifolds is obtained by using contracting principle. As an application, sufficient conditions for a higher dimensional system to have an integral manifold are given. Especially the existence and uniqueness of a 3-dimensional invariant torus appearing in a 4-dimensional autonomous system with singularity of codimension two are proved.

  19. Experimental bifurcation analysis of an impact oscillator – Determining stability

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    Bureau, Emil; Schilder, Frank; Elmegård, Michael; Santos, Ilmar; Thomsen, Jon Juel; Starke, Jens

    2014-01-01

    We propose and investigate three different methods for assessing stability of dynamical equilibrium states during experimental bifurcation analysis, using a control-based continuation method. The idea is to modify or turn off the control at an equilibrium state and study the resulting behavior. As...

  20. Bifurcation Analysis and Chaos Control in a Discrete Epidemic System

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    Wei Tan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The dynamics of discrete SI epidemic model, which has been obtained by the forward Euler scheme, is investigated in detail. By using the center manifold theorem and bifurcation theorem in the interior R+2, the specific conditions for the existence of flip bifurcation and Neimark-Sacker bifurcation have been derived. Numerical simulation not only presents our theoretical analysis but also exhibits rich and complex dynamical behavior existing in the case of the windows of period-1, period-3, period-5, period-6, period-7, period-9, period-11, period-15, period-19, period-23, period-34, period-42, and period-53 orbits. Meanwhile, there appears the cascade of period-doubling 2, 4, 8 bifurcation and chaos sets from the fixed point. These results show the discrete model has more richer dynamics compared with the continuous model. The computations of the largest Lyapunov exponents more than 0 confirm the chaotic behaviors of the system x→x+δ[rN(1-N/K-βxy/N-(μ+mx], y→y+δ[βxy/N-(μ+dy]. Specifically, the chaotic orbits at an unstable fixed point are stabilized by using the feedback control method.

  1. Experimental Bifurcation Analysis By Control-based Continuation - Determining Stability’

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    Bureau, Emil; Santos, Ilmar; Thomsen, Jon Juel; Schilder, Frank; Starke, Jens

    2012-01-01

    vibration characteristics of dynamical systems change under variation of parameters. The method employs a control scheme to modify the response stability. While this facilitates exploration of the unstable branches of a bifurcation diagram, it unfortunately makes it impossible to distinguish previously...... test ideas on how to determine the stability of equilibria states during continuation....

  2. Fingerprint pattern recognition from bifurcations: An alternative approach

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    A. Castañeda-Miranda; R. Castañeda-Miranda; Victor Castano

    2015-01-01

    A pc-based automatic system for fingerprints recording and classification is described, based on the vector analysis of bifurcations. The system consists of a six-step process: a) acquisition, b) preprocessing, c) fragmentation, d) representation, e) description, and f) recognition. Details of each stage, along with actual examples of fingerprints recognition are provided.

  3. Evidence and control of bifurcations in a respiratory system

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    Goldin, Matías A., E-mail: mgoldin@df.uba.ar; Mindlin, Gabriel B. [Laboratorio de Sistemas Dinámicos, IFIBA y Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón 1, Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2013-12-15

    We studied the pressure patterns used by domestic canaries in the production of birdsong. Acoustically different sound elements (“syllables”) were generated by qualitatively different pressure gestures. We found that some ubiquitous transitions between syllables can be interpreted as bifurcations of a low dimensional dynamical system. We interpreted these results as evidence supporting a model in which different timescales interact nonlinearly.

  4. Bifurcation Analysis of Spiral Growth Processes in Plants

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    Andersen, C.A.; Ernstsen, C.N.; Mosekilde, Erik

    1999-01-01

    In order to examine the significance of different assumptions about the range of the inhibitory forces, we have performed a series of bifurcation analyses of a simple model that can explain the formation of helical structures in phyllotaxis. Computer simulations are used to illustrate the role of...... of transient phenomena and to determine the basins of attraction for the various coexisting structures....

  5. Limit theorems for bifurcating integer-valued autoregressive processes

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    Blandin, Vassili

    2012-01-01

    We study the asymptotic behavior of the weighted least squares estimators of the unknown parameters of bifurcating integer-valued autoregressive processes. Under suitable assumptions on the immigration, we establish the almost sure convergence of our estimators, together with the quadratic strong law and central limit theorems. All our investigation relies on asymptotic results for vector-valued martingales.

  6. Topological bifurcations in a model society of reasonable contrarians

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    Bagnoli, Franco; Rechtman, Raúl

    2013-12-01

    People are often divided into conformists and contrarians, the former tending to align to the majority opinion in their neighborhood and the latter tending to disagree with that majority. In practice, however, the contrarian tendency is rarely followed when there is an overwhelming majority with a given opinion, which denotes a social norm. Such reasonable contrarian behavior is often considered a mark of independent thought and can be a useful strategy in financial markets. We present the opinion dynamics of a society of reasonable contrarian agents. The model is a cellular automaton of Ising type, with antiferromagnetic pair interactions modeling contrarianism and plaquette terms modeling social norms. We introduce the entropy of the collective variable as a way of comparing deterministic (mean-field) and probabilistic (simulations) bifurcation diagrams. In the mean-field approximation the model exhibits bifurcations and a chaotic phase, interpreted as coherent oscillations of the whole society. However, in a one-dimensional spatial arrangement one observes incoherent oscillations and a constant average. In simulations on Watts-Strogatz networks with a small-world effect the mean-field behavior is recovered, with a bifurcation diagram that resembles the mean-field one but where the rewiring probability is used as the control parameter. Similar bifurcation diagrams are found for scale-free networks, and we are able to compute an effective connectivity for such networks.

  7. Bifurcation structure of the C-type period-doubling transition

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    Laugesen, Jakob Lund; Mosekilde, Erik; Zhusubaliyev, Zhanybai T.

    2012-01-01

    The period-doubling transition to chaos along the edge of an Arnold tongue is known to display unusual organization and scaling behavior (Kuznetsov et al. (2005) [7]). It is also known that forced period-doubling systems may be associated with the appearance of so-called period-doubled tori...... (Arneodo et al. (1983) [15]). Using the Rössler system as an example, we present a detailed analysis of the bifurcation structure associated with the forcing of a three-dimensional period-doubling system. We explain how this structure is related to the recently discovered phenomenon of multi-layered tori...

  8. VERSAL UNFOLDING OF EQUIVARIANT BIFURCATION PROBLEMS IN MORE GENERAL CASE UNDER TWO EQUIVALENT GROUPS

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    Li Yangcheng; He Wei

    2008-01-01

    For the unfolding of equivariant bifurcation problems with two types of state variables in the presence of parameter symmetry, the versa[ unfolding theorem with re-spect to left-right equivalence is obtained by using the related methods and techniques in the singularity theory of smooth map-germs. The corresponding results in [4, 9] can be considered as its special cases. A relationship between the versal unfolding w.r.t, left-right equivalence and the versal deformation w.r.t, contact equivalence is established.

  9. Bifurcation analysis of an aerodynamic journal bearing system considering the effect of stationary herringbone grooves

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    Wang, C.-C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Far East College, 49, Hsin-Shih, Tainan 744, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: ccwang@cc.fec.edu.tw

    2007-08-15

    This paper investigates the bifurcation and nonlinear behavior of an aerodynamic journal bearing system taking into account the effect of stationary herringbone grooves. A finite difference method based on the successive over relation approach is employed to solve the Reynolds' equation. The analysis reveals a complex dynamical behavior comprising periodic and quasi-periodic responses of the rotor center. The dynamic behavior of the bearing system varies with changes in the bearing number and rotor mass. The results of this study provide a better understanding of the nonlinear dynamics of aerodynamic grooved journal bearing systems.

  10. Numerical bifurcation analysis of conformal formulations of the Einstein constraints

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    The Einstein constraint equations have been the subject of study for more than 50 years. The introduction of the conformal method in the 1970s as a parametrization of initial data for the Einstein equations led to increased interest in the development of a complete solution theory for the constraints, with the theory for constant mean curvature (CMC) spatial slices and closed manifolds completely developed by 1995. The first general non-CMC existence result was establish by Holst et al. in 2008, with extensions to rough data by Holst et al. in 2009, and to vacuum spacetimes by Maxwell in 2009. The non-CMC theory remains mostly open; moreover, recent work of Maxwell on specific symmetry models sheds light on fundamental nonuniqueness problems with the conformal method as a parametrization in non-CMC settings. In parallel with these mathematical developments, computational physicists have uncovered surprising behavior in numerical solutions to the extended conformal thin sandwich formulation of the Einstein constraints. In particular, numerical evidence suggests the existence of multiple solutions with a quadratic fold, and a recent analysis of a simplified model supports this conclusion. In this article, we examine this apparent bifurcation phenomena in a methodical way, using modern techniques in bifurcation theory and in numerical homotopy methods. We first review the evidence for the presence of bifurcation in the Hamiltonian constraint in the time-symmetric case. We give a brief introduction to the mathematical framework for analyzing bifurcation phenomena, and then develop the main ideas behind the construction of numerical homotopy, or path-following, methods in the analysis of bifurcation phenomena. We then apply the continuation software package AUTO to this problem, and verify the presence of the fold with homotopy-based numerical methods. We discuss these results and their physical significance, which lead to some interesting remaining questions to

  11. Relative and absolute level populations in beam-foil-excited neutral helium

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    Davidson, J.

    1975-01-01

    Relative and absolute populations of 19 levels in beam-foil-excited neutral helium at 0.275 MeV have been measured. The singlet angular-momentum sequences show dependences on principal quantum number consistent with n to the -3rd power, but the triplet sequences do not. Singlet and triplet angular-momentum sequences show similar dependences on level excitation energy. Excitation functions for six representative levels were measured in the range from 0.160 to 0.500 MeV. The absolute level populations increase with energy, whereas the neutral fraction of the beam decreases with energy. Further, the P angular-momentum levels are found to be overpopulated with respect to the S and D levels. The overpopulation decreases with increasing principal quantum number.

  12. Changes of serum leptin and other related hormones levels in simple obese children

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    Objective: To measure the serum leptin concentration in simple obese children together with other four kinds of related hormones. Methods: Serum Leptin, Ins, T3, T4 and GH levels were measured by radioimmunoassay in thirty-eight obese children and thirty healthy controls. Results: The levels of serum leptin, Ins and T3 in obese group were dramatically higher than those in control group (all P 4 concentration between simple obese children and control group (P > 0.05), Serum GH levels was significantly decreased in simple obese children (P < 0.01). There was a positive correlation between serum leptin levels and lns levels (r = 0.46, P < 0.01). Conclusion: In simple obese children there were leptin resistance and endocrine metabolic disturbances, the later might be correlated with the increasing of serum leptin levels; It is suggested that Leptin resistance might play a key role in the development of obesity

  13. Relative and absolute level populations in beam-foil--excited neutral helium

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    Relative and absolute populations of 19 levels in beam-foil--excited neutral helium at 0.275 MeV have been measured. The singlet angular-momentum sequences show dependences on principal quantum number consistent with n-3, but the triplet sequences do not. Singlet and triplet angular-momentum sequences show similar dependences on level excitation energy. Excitation functions for six representative levels were measured in the range 0.160 to 0.500 MeV. The absolute level populations increase with energy, whereas the neutral fraction of the beam decreases with energy. Further, the P angular-momentum levels are found to be overpopulated with respect to the S and D levels. The overpopulation decreases with increasing principal quantum number

  14. Postglacial relative sea level change at Fildes Peninsula, King George Island (West Antarctic

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    K. V. Polishchuk

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Analysis and integration of data obtained in our field and laboratory investigations of 2008–2012 together with results of previous paleogeographic studies were conducted to reveal parameters and factors of the post-glacial changes in the relative sea-level on the Fildes Peninsula and the King George Island. Results of dating of organic material taken from cross-sections of Quaternary deposits, data on morphology of marine landforms as well as on bottom sediments in lakes were used to construct a curve of changes in the relative sea-level.Our research has shown that the rapid rise of relative sea level in the area (since the beginning of the Holocene decelerated about 8000 years BP, achieving its maximum about 7000 years BP. This was followed by the fall of relative sea-level (the land elevation by 18–20  m in total, and it was characterized by relatively high rate of fall during periods of 6000– 5000 years BP, 4000–2500 years BP, and during the last 1500 years; the rate decreased in 5000–4000 years BP and 2500– 1600 years BP. The changes in relative sea level in this region were determined by the following factors: the eustatic component of the global changes in sea-level and, possibly, oscillations in the global sea level of another nature; local parameters of the Last glacial maximum; a course of the Peninsula deglaciation; regional physical characteristics of the Earth's crust and the mantle substances; local tectonic processes, including the isostatic rebound. Since the beginning of the Holocene up to about 7000 years BP, the main contribution to changes of the relative sea-level in this area was made by the global eustatic factor. The subsequent fall of the relative sea-level (elevation of the Peninsula surface proceeded under condition of reduced role of the eustatic factor and predominance of other factors.

  15. Relative and absolute level populations of beam-foil excited neutral helium

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    The relative and absolute populations of excited levels in neutral helium have been measured. An experimental system was built and calibrated with a tungsten ribbon standard lamp. Helium was accelerated to 0.275 MeV by a Van de Graaff generator and passed through a carbon foil. Transitions in the spectral region between lambda 2829 A and lambda 5875 A were observed and the relative and absolute level populations per emergent neutral atom were calculated for the upper levels of the transitions. Beam geometry, polarization, cascading, and normalization were taken into account. The populations showed a dependence roughly proportional to the inverse cube of the principal quantum number, with no preferential populations of the ground state. Level populations with the same principal quantum number but different orbital angular momentum and spin were not proportional to the statistical weights of the levels. However, they showed a tendency to approach statistical behavior with increasing principal quantum number. The triplet and singlet spin level populations also differ from purely statistical population ratios. Further, these ratios exhibit a slight dependence on incident particle energy in the range 0.160 to 0.500 MeV. A measurement of excitation functions for the levels 4s 1S, 4s 3S, 3p1P, 3p3P, 4d1D, 4d3D in this same energy range shows that the number of these levels per emergent atom is increasing, although the total number of neutral atoms is decreasing

  16. Stability switching at transcritical bifurcations of solitary waves in generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equations

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    Linear stability of solitary waves near transcritical bifurcations is analyzed for the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equations with arbitrary forms of nonlinearity and external potentials in arbitrary spatial dimensions. Bifurcation of linear-stability eigenvalues associated with this transcritical bifurcation is analytically calculated. Based on this eigenvalue bifurcation, it is shown that both solution branches undergo stability switching at the transcritical bifurcation point. In addition, the two solution branches have opposite linear stability. These analytical results are compared with the numerical results, and good agreement is obtained.

  17. The Land Subsidence and Relative Sea Level Rise in Chinese Delta Areas

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    YeYincan; LiuDujuan

    2004-01-01

    Based on some experts' research effort, the problems of land subsidence and relative sea level rise in three Chinese delta areas(Huanghe, Changjiang and Zhujiang Delta) are analyzed and discussed in this paper. The authors' opinion is that the land subsidence is mainly induced by human activity and has made the greater contributions to the relative sea level rise and become one of the geological hazards in these areas. In Tianjin and Shanghai areas where had ever existed serious land subsidence problem, due to the positive and effective control methods, the ratio of man-induced land subsidence to relative sea level rise decreased from 80% - 90% in 1960s - 1970s to less than 60% at present. But it is estimated that in the next tens of years this ratio will still be considerable. So human being must keep its eyes on this phenomenon and take more positive countermeasures to control the land subsidenee.

  18. The relative strength socioeconomic influences on academic engagement and achievement: Stronger at one level than another?

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    Lister, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    Lower levels of academic achievement amongst children of lower SES have long interested researchers. Influences of SES are often addressed by studying predictors of achievement in economically advantaged and disadvantaged samples. Levels of engagement in school, argued to contribute to academic achievement independently of intelligence, have been found to be relatively lower amongst children from low SES families. Low SES is thus argued to have a destructive influence on engagement and achiev...

  19. Ball speed during the tennis serve in relation to skill level and body height

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    Söğüt, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the possible relations between serve speed and tennis skill level, and body height. Participants were male (n= 16) and female (n= 17) junior (age= 13.58 ± 1.25) tennis players. Serve speed was evaluated through using a sports radar gun. Tennis skill level was assessed by means of International Tennis Number (ITN) on-court assessment protocol. Pearson’s correlation coefficient indicated significant and positive relationships between serve speed and IT...

  20. The level of the sciatic nerve division and its relations to the piriform muscle

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    Ugrenović Slađana Z.; Jovanović Ivan D.; Krstić Vladislav; Stojanović Vesna R.; Vasović Ljiljana P.; Antić Svetlana; Pavlović Snežana S.

    2005-01-01

    Background. The sciatic nerve, as the terminal branch of the sacral plexus, leaves the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen beneath the piriform muscle. Afterwards, it separates into the tibial and the common peroneal nerve, most frequently at the level of the upper angle of the popliteal fossa. Higher level of the sciatic nerve division is a relatively frequent phenomenom and it may be the cause of an incomplete block of the sciatic nerve during the popliteal block anesthesia. There is...

  1. A Bayesian hierarchical model for reconstructing relative sea level: from raw data to rates of change

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    Cahill, N.; Kemp, A. C.; Horton, B. P.; Parnell, A.C.

    2015-01-01

    We present a holistic Bayesian hierarchical model for reconstructing the continuous and dynamic evolution of relative sea-level (RSL) change with fully quantified uncertainty. The reconstruction is produced from biological (foraminifera) and geochemical (δ13C) sea-level indicators preserved in dated cores of salt-marsh sediment. Our model is comprised of three modules: (1) A Bayesian transfer function for the calibration of foraminifera into tidal elevation,...

  2. A Bayesian hierarchical model for reconstructing relative sea level: from raw data to rates of change

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    Cahill, Niamh; Kemp, Andrew C.; Horton, Benjamin P.; Andrew C Parnell

    2016-01-01

    We present a Bayesian hierarchical model for reconstructing the continuous and dynamic evolution of relative sea-level (RSL) change with quantified uncertainty. The reconstruction is produced from biological (foraminifera) and geochemical (δ13C) sea-level indicators preserved in dated cores of salt-marsh sediment. Our model is comprised of three modules: (1) a new Bayesian transfer (B-TF) function for the calibration of biological indicators into tidal elevation, which is fl...

  3. Evaluation of the cervical carotid bifurcation using MR angiography and cine MRI

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    Yamane, Kanji; Shima, Takeshi; Okada, Yoshikazu; Nishida, Masahiro; Okita, Shinji; Hatayama, Takashi; Kagawa, Reiko [Chugoku Rousai Hospital, Kure, Hiroshima (Japan); Yokoyama, Noboru

    1995-08-01

    MR angiography (MRA) can less invasively evaluate the carotid bifurcation without contrast material. Previous reports on MRA of carotid bifurcation revealed problems of overestimation and false-positive interpretation of stenosis. To clarify reasons causing overestimation and false-positive interpretation we investigated flow dynamics in the carotid bifurcation by cine MRI. Twenty-eight patients who were suspected to have stenosis of the internal carotid artery by MRA were studied. Images of the carotid bifurcation were obtained with 3-D phase contrast method by 0.5-T MR scanner. All patients were examined by IV-DSA or direct carotid angiography. Cine MRI of the carotid bifurcation was obtained with gradinet-echo sequence by 1.5-T MR scanner. Comparison of MRA and conventional angiography in evaluating degree of stenosis in the carotid bifurcation demonstrated that there were 57.1% agreement, 32.1% false-positive estimation and 10.7% overestimation. Cine MRI demonstration turbulent flow in the normal carotid bifurcation and also in the sclerotic bifurcation. Turbulence in the carotid bifurcation with severe sclerosis was greater than that in the normal carotid bifurcation. Turbulent flow could be seen extending distally to the stenotic site of the internal carotid artery. Turbulent flow in the carotid bifurcation, causing a decrease or loss in signal intensity of MRA according to the severity of the turbulence, must be a major contributing factor in false-positive estimation and overestimation of stenosis. (author).

  4. Hopf bifurcations in a predator-prey system with multiple delays

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    Hu Guangping [School of Mathematics and Statistics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); School of Mathematics and Physics, Nanjing University of Information and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Li Wantong [School of Mathematics and Statistics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: wtli@lzu.edu.cn; Yan Xiangping [Department of Applied Mathematics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2009-10-30

    This paper is concerned with a two species Lotka-Volterra predator-prey system with three discrete delays. By regarding the gestation period of two species as the bifurcation parameter, the stability of positive equilibrium and Hopf bifurcations of nonconstant periodic solutions are investigated. Furthermore, the direction of Hopf bifurcations and the stability of bifurcated periodic solutions are determined by applying the normal form theory and the center manifold reduction for functional differential equations (FDEs). In addition, the global existence of bifurcated periodic solutions are also established by employing the topological global Hopf bifurcation theorem, which shows that the local Hopf bifurcations imply the global ones after the second critical value of parameter. Finally, to verify our theoretical predictions, some numerical simulations are also included.

  5. Controlling Delay-induced Hopf bifurcation in Internet congestion control system

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    Ding, Dawei; Luo, Xiaoshu; Liu, Yuliang

    2007-01-01

    This paper focuses on Hopf bifurcation control in a dual model of Internet congestion control algorithms which is modeled as a delay differential equation (DDE). By choosing communication delay as a bifurcation parameter, it has been demonstrated that the system loses stability and a Hopf bifurcation occurs when communication delay passes through a critical value. Therefore, a time-delayed feedback control method is applied to the system for delaying the onset of undesirable Hopf bifurcation. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations confirm that the delayed feedback controller is efficient in controlling Hopf bifurcation in Internet congestion control system. Moreover, the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are determinated by applying the center manifold theorem and the normal form theory.

  6. Hopf bifurcations in a predator-prey system with multiple delays

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    This paper is concerned with a two species Lotka-Volterra predator-prey system with three discrete delays. By regarding the gestation period of two species as the bifurcation parameter, the stability of positive equilibrium and Hopf bifurcations of nonconstant periodic solutions are investigated. Furthermore, the direction of Hopf bifurcations and the stability of bifurcated periodic solutions are determined by applying the normal form theory and the center manifold reduction for functional differential equations (FDEs). In addition, the global existence of bifurcated periodic solutions are also established by employing the topological global Hopf bifurcation theorem, which shows that the local Hopf bifurcations imply the global ones after the second critical value of parameter. Finally, to verify our theoretical predictions, some numerical simulations are also included.

  7. Stability and Bifurcation Analysis of a Three-Species Food Chain Model with Delay

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    Pal, Nikhil; Samanta, Sudip; Biswas, Santanu; Alquran, Marwan; Al-Khaled, Kamel; Chattopadhyay, Joydev

    In the present paper, we study the effect of gestation delay on a tri-trophic food chain model with Holling type-II functional response. The essential mathematical features of the proposed model are analyzed with the help of equilibrium analysis, stability analysis, and bifurcation theory. Considering time-delay as the bifurcation parameter, the Hopf-bifurcation analysis is carried out around the coexisting equilibrium. The direction of Hopf-bifurcation and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are determined by applying the normal form theory and center manifold theorem. We observe that if the magnitude of the delay is increased, the system loses stability and shows limit cycle oscillations through Hopf-bifurcation. The system also shows the chaotic dynamics via period-doubling bifurcation for further enhancement of time-delay. Our analytical findings are illustrated through numerical simulations.

  8. Protein level affects the relative lysine requirement of growing rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fry

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    Bodin, Noelie; Govaerts, Bernadette; Abboudi, Tarik; Detavernier, Christel; De Saeger, Sarah; Larondelle, Yvan; Rollin, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    The effect of two digestible protein levels (310 and 469g/kg DM) on the relative lysine (Lys; g Lys/kg DM or g Lys/100g protein) and the absolute Lys (g Lys intake/kg(0.75) per d) requirements was studied in rainbow trout fry using a dose-response trial. At each protein level, sixteen isoenergetic (22-23 MJ digestible energy/kg DM) diets were tested, involving a full range (2-70 g/kg DM) of sixteen Lys levels. Each diet was given to one group of sixty rainbow trout fry (mean initial body weig...

  9. Identification of oxygen-related midgap level in GaAs

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    Lagowski, J.; Lin, D. G.; Gatos, H. C.; Aoyama, T.

    1984-01-01

    An oxygen-related deep level ELO was identified in GaAs employing Bridgman-grown crystals with controlled oxygen doping. The activation energy of ELO is almost the same as that of the dominant midgap level: EL2. This fact impedes the identification of ELO by standard deep level transient spectroscopy. However, it was found that the electron capture cross section of ELO is about four times greater than that of EL2. This characteristic served as the basis for the separation and quantitative investigation of ELO employing detailed capacitance transient measurements in conjunction with reference measurements on crystals grown without oxygen doping and containing only EL2.

  10. Carcinogenic risk of non-uniform alpha particle irradiation in the lungs: radon progeny effects at bronchial bifurcations

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    The combined effect of enhanced deposition and reduced clearance at bronchial bifurcations leads to increased radon progeny doses within branching sites compared with uniformly distributed activity within a given airway generation. A multi-stage carcinogenesis model was used to predict the probability of lung cancer induction at different sites of the bronchial region. For relatively low radon progeny exposures, lung cancer risk is significantly higher in bifurcation zones, particularly at carinal ridges, than along tubular segments. At sufficiently high exposures, however, lung cancer risk is highest in the tubular portions of a generation. This suggests that the common assumption of a uniform dose distribution provides realistic risk estimates for high uranium miner exposures, but may underestimate lung cancer risk at low, environmental exposures. If concomitant exposure to cigarette smoke is factored into our risk analysis in a multiplicative fashion, then the effect related to risk inhomogeneity becomes even more pronounced. (author)

  11. Compact QED tree-level amplitudes from dressed BCFW recursion relations

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    Badger, Simon D. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany); Henn, Johannes M. [Humboldt Univ., Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik

    2010-05-15

    We construct a modified on-shell BCFW recursion relation to derive compact analytic representations of tree-level amplitudes in QED. As an application, we study the amplitudes of a fermion pair coupling to an arbitrary number of photons and give compact formulae for the NMHV and N{sup 2}MHV case. We demonstrate that the new recursion relation reduces the growth in complexity with additional photons to be exponential rather than factorial. (orig.)

  12. Relative prices, the price level and inflation: Effects of asymmetric and sticky adjustment

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    Shruti Tripathi; Ashima Goyal

    2011-01-01

    The paper examines how relative price shocks can affect the price level and then inflation. Using Indian data we find: (i) price increases exceed price decreases. Aggregate inflation depends on the distribution of relative price changes-inflation rises when the distribution is skewed to the right, (ii) such distribution based measures of supply shocks perform better than traditional measures, such as prices of energy and food. They moderate the price puzzle, whereby a rise in policy rates inc...

  13. Relative Multifactor Productivity Levels in Canada and the United States: A Sectoral Analysis

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    Gu, Wulong; Baldwin, John R.; Yan, Beiling

    2008-01-01

    This paper has three main objectives. First, it examines the level of multifactor productivity (MFP) in Canada relative to that of the United States for the 1994-to-2003 period. Second, it examines the relative importance of differences in capital intensity and MFP in accounting for the labour productivity differences between the two countries. Third, it traces the overall MFP difference between Canada and the United States to its industry origins and estimates the contributions of the goods,...

  14. Quantitative Assessment of Safety Integrity Level of Message Transmission Between Safety-Related Equipment

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    Karol Rástočný; Mária Franeková; Iveta Zolotová; Karol Rástočný, Jr.

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes and analyses the possibilities of a quantitative assessment of message transmission between safety-related equipment for control and communication systems with a guarantee of a higher safety integrity level (SIL). The theoretical methods and standards recommended for industrial safety-related control, information and communication systems with SIL3 are described. The main part of the contribution covers theoretical methods and practical procedures used within a safety ana...

  15. Simultaneous reconstruction, segmentation, and edge enhancement of relatively piecewise continuous images with intensity-level information

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    A multinomial image model is proposed which uses intensity-level information for reconstruction of contiguous image regions. The intensity-level information assumes that image intensities are relatively constant within contiguous regions over the image-pixel array and that intensity levels of these regions are determined either empirically or theoretically by information criteria. These conditions may be valid, for example, for cardiac blood-pool imaging, where the intensity levels (or radionuclide activities) of myocardium, blood-pool, and background regions are distinct and the activities within each region of muscle, blood, or background are relatively uniform. To test the model, a mathematical phantom over a 64x64 array was constructed. The phantom had three contiguous regions. Each region had a different intensity level. Measurements from the phantom were simulated using an emission-tomography geometry. Fifty projections were generated over 180 degree, with 64 equally spaced parallel rays per projection. Projection data were randomized to contain Poisson noise. Image reconstructions were performed using an iterative maximum a posteriori probability procedure. The contiguous regions corresponding to the three intensity levels were automatically segmented. Simultaneously, the edges of the regions were sharpened. Noise in the reconstructed images was significantly suppressed. Convergence of the iterative procedure to the phantom was observed. Compared with maximum likelihood and filtered-backprojection approaches, the results obtained using the maximum a posteriori probability with the intensity-level information demonstrated qualitative and quantitative improvement in localizing the regions of varying intensities

  16. Enhanced Atlantic sea-level rise relative to the Pacific under high carbon emission rates

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    Krasting, J. P.; Dunne, J. P.; Stouffer, R. J.; Hallberg, R. W.

    2016-03-01

    Thermal expansion of the ocean in response to warming is an important component of historical sea-level rise. Observational studies show that the Atlantic and Southern oceans are warming faster than the Pacific Ocean. Here we present simulations using a numerical atmospheric-ocean general circulation model with an interactive carbon cycle to evaluate the impact of carbon emission rates, ranging from 2 to 25 GtC yr-1, on basin-scale ocean heat uptake and sea level. For simulations with emission rates greater than 5 GtC yr-1, sea-level rise is larger in the Atlantic than Pacific Ocean on centennial timescales. This basin-scale asymmetry is related to the shorter flushing timescales and weakening of the overturning circulation in the Atlantic. These factors lead to warmer Atlantic interior waters and greater thermal expansion. In contrast, low emission rates of 2 and 3 GtC yr-1 will cause relatively larger sea-level rise in the Pacific on millennial timescales. For a given level of cumulative emissions, sea-level rise is largest at low emission rates. We conclude that Atlantic coastal areas may be particularly vulnerable to near-future sea-level rise from present-day high greenhouse gas emission rates.

  17. Serum PBDE levels in exposed rats in relation to effects on thyroxine homeostasis

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    Darnerud, P.O.; Aune, M.; Larsson, L.; Hallgren, S. [National Food Administration, Uppsala (Sweden)

    2004-09-15

    Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) is a group of environmental chemicals for which lately both interest and knowledge have increased considerably. Among the BFRs, the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have attained special interest. Much data on environmental and human levels have been presented and several toxicological reviews are now published. Among interesting results is the difference in human PBDE levels that seem to exist between U.S.A. and Europe, results that suggest differences in exposure but without being able to pin-point the exact sources. In experimental studies PBDEs alter serum thyroxin levels, an effect seen both in rats and in mice. The mechanism(s) are still not completely clarified, but are thought to include alterations in serum transport, induced enzymatic degradation and possibly also direct effects on the thyroid gland. As perinatal alterations in thyroid homeostasis could affect brain development, early effects on thyroid hormones may be of special concern. Indeed, PBDEs have been shown to affect behaviour and learning in mice, when given neonatally. The aim of the present study was to relate the serum levels of PBDEs in rats to effects of these compounds on thyroxine homeostasis in these animals. Specifically, the relation between serum PBDE levels and effects on serum thyroxine levels was investigated, after two weeks of daily oral exposure. The result may have consequences for the future risk assessment activities on PBDE and specifically in finding the critical serum PBDE concentration at which the effect on thyroid hormone levels begin to occur.

  18. The Relation Which between Anxiety Level Of the Mothers Who Have Disabled Children and Social Support

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    Yemliha COŞKUN

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available By this research, it is aimed to state the relation between continual anxiety level of mothers who have disabled child and social support. 150 mothers who applied to Kahramanmaras Guidance Research Center to evaluate and diagnose their disabled children in 2008-2009 education years form the sample of research. As a tool for collecting data in the research, with „Individual Info Form‟, „Spielberger Manual for State-Trait Anxiety Inventory STAI‟ (Spielberger & Frends, 1970 to determine the continual anxiety level of mothers and „Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support MSPSS‟ (Zimet, Dahlem ve Frends, 1988 to determine social support of mothers perceived were used. In analysing the datas, “ Pearson Correlation Coefficient ” „Independent Samples T-Test‟, „Mann Whitney U-Test for Independent‟, „One-Way ANOVA for Repeated Measures‟ and „Kruskal Wallis H-Test for Independent Samples‟ technics were used. At the result of the research, it was seen that there was a reverse relation between the high continual anxiety level of mothers who have disabled child and continual anxiety level. Besides, The symptom of decreasing continual anxiety level with the increasing parents‟ education level and income, on the contrary of increasing the perceptioning of social support level has been achieved.

  19. Increased Serum Level of Cyclopropaneoctanoic Acid 2-Hexyl in Patients with Hypertriglyceridemia-Related Disorders.

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    Mika, Adriana; Stepnowski, Piotr; Chmielewski, Michal; Malgorzewicz, Sylwia; Kaska, Lukasz; Proczko, Monika; Ratnicki-Sklucki, Krzysztof; Sledzinski, Maciej; Sledzinski, Tomasz

    2016-07-01

    We recently reported the presence of various cyclopropane fatty acids-among them, cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl-in the adipose tissue of obese women. The aim of this study was to verify whether the presence of cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl in human serum was associated with obesity or chronic kidney disease (both being related to dyslipidemia), and to find potential associations between the serum level of this compound and specific markers of the these conditions. The serum concentration of cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl was determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in non-obese controls, obese patients, obese patients after a 3-month low-calorie diet, and individuals with chronic kidney disease. Obese patients and those with chronic kidney disease presented with higher serum levels of cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl than controls. Switching obese individuals to a low-calorie (low-lipid) diet resulted in a reduction in this fatty acid concentration to the level observed in controls. Cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl was also found in foods derived from animal fat. Serum concentrations of triacylglycerols in the analyzed groups followed a pattern similar to that for serum cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl, and these variables were positively correlated with each other among the studied groups. Patients with hypertriglyceridemia-related conditions presented with elevated serum levels of cyclopropaneoctanoic acid 2-hexyl. Our findings suggest that its high serum level is related to high serum triacylglycerol concentrations rather than to body mass or BMI. PMID:27003900

  20. The Influence of Activation Level on Belief Bias in Relational Reasoning

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    Banks, Adrian P.

    2013-01-01

    A novel explanation of belief bias in relational reasoning is presented based on the role of working memory and retrieval in deductive reasoning, and the influence of prior knowledge on this process. It is proposed that belief bias is caused by the believability of a conclusion in working memory which influences its activation level, determining…

  1. Evaluation of uncertainties in relation to severe accidents and level-2 probabilistic safety analysis

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    Uncertainties of various natures have to be taken into account in severe accident analysis, in particular those related to level-2 probabilistic safety analysis (PSA). However, the extension and application of uncertainty methods to severe accidents is more difficult than for design-basis accidents because of the considerable differences in the availability of experimental data and the level of development and validation of computer codes. Best-estimate approaches used in severe accidents require an assessment of related uncertainties. Besides the evaluation of experimental data scatter, expert judgement is usually needed to assess physical parameter uncertainties, which have to be propagated to results using different techniques. Moreover, the relation between uncertainties and stochastic probabilities (concerning for instance equipment failure and human error), remains an open question, in particular in the framework of level-2 PSAs. The workshop aimed to exchange information about the state of the art in this field and to facilitate the development of a coherent approach to uncertainties in relation to severe accidents. It also provides recommendations for future NEA work in this field. These proceedings gather twenty-four articles shared into four sessions dealing with: 1 - methods for uncertainty assessment, 2 - applications to uncertainty assessment on severe accident physical phenomena, 3 - applications to uncertainty assessment in level 2 PSA, and, 4 - general discussion, conclusions and recommendations

  2. Macro-level indicators of the relations between research funding and research output

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    L. Leydesdorff; C.S. Wagner

    2009-01-01

    In response to the call for a science of science policy, we discuss the contribution of indicators at the macro-level of nations from a scientometric perspective. In addition to global trends such as the rise of China, one can relate percentages of world share of publications to government expenditu

  3. Increased deoxythymidine triphosphate levels is a feature of relative cognitive decline

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    Madsen, Claus Desler; Frederiksen, Jane H; Olsen, Maria Nathalie Angleys;

    2015-01-01

    PBMC content of deoxythymidine-triphosphate (dTTP) (20%), but not mitochondrial bioenergetics parameters measured in this study or mitochondrial ROS. Levels of dTTP in PBMCs are indicators of relative cognitive change suggesting a role of deoxyribonucleotides in the etiology of AD....

  4. Related Variety, Unrelated Variety and Technological Breakthroughs: An analysis of US State-Level Patenting

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    Castaldi, C.; Frenken, K.; Los, B.

    2015-01-01

    Castaldi C., Frenken K. and Los B. Related variety, unrelated variety and technological breakthroughs: an analysis of US state-level patenting, Regional Studies. This paper investigates how variety affects the innovation output of a region. Borrowing arguments from theories of recombinant innovation

  5. Fermi level alignment in molecular nanojunctions and its relation to charge transfer

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    Stadler, Robert; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2006-01-01

    by orders of magnitude. We present a quantitative analysis of the relation between this level alignment (which can be estimated from charging free molecules) and charge transfer for bipyridine and biphenyl dithiolate (BPDT) molecules attached to gold leads based on density functional theory...... energetically higher end of the gap in the transmission function for bipyridine and at its lower end for BPDT....

  6. A relational, indirect, meso-level approach to CSCL design in the next decade

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    Jones, Chris; Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Lone; Lindström, Berner

    2006-01-01

    Framework 6 Network of Excellence. In arguing for a relational understanding of affordance, infrastructure, and technology we also argue for a focus on what we describe as meso-level activity. Overall this paper does not aim to be comprehensive or summative in its review of the state of the art in CSCL, but...

  7. Students' Motivation, Physical Activity Levels, & Health-Related Physical Fitness in Middle School Physical Education

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    Gao, Zan; Newton, Maria; Carson, Russell L.

    2008-01-01

    This study examines the predictive utility of students' motivation (self-efficacy and task values) to their physical activity levels and health-related physical fitness (cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength/endurance) in middle school fitness activity classes. Participants (N = 305) responded to questionnaires assessing their self-efficacy…

  8. High resolution reconstruction of relative sea-level on the Outer Banks, North Carolina

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    Kemp, A. C.; Horton, B. P.; Reide, C. D.; Stephen, C. J.; Feyen, J. C.; Thomson, K.

    2006-12-01

    The need for high resolution sea-level reconstruction has increased drastically with the realization that global warming may accelerate the rate of sea-level rise, resulting in increased coastal flooding. Determining the physical response of a coastline to sea-level rise is one of the most important problems to be addressed in applied coastal geology today. This concern is particularly acute for the Outer Banks and its back barrier estuary system which are considered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as having a "very high" vulnerability to sea-level rise. In order to consider the potential impacts sea-level rise may have on the Outer Banks it is necessary to place them in an appropriate geological framework. Scenarios for future sea-level rise are concerned with decadal to centennial timescales; as such they must be viewed in light of geologically derived sea level reconstructions at a comparable temporal resolution. The microfossil based transfer function approach is a quantitative methodology which can be effective in establishing these kind of records. We provide a high resolution relative sea-level history for the Outer Banks, North Carolina in the absence of a local, reliable tide gauge of sufficient, continuous duration. Contemporary foraminifera were collected from five back barrier marshes on the Outer Banks to create a regional scale modern training set. The use of multiple marshes from a region increases the ecological and environmental diversity included within the training set and reduces the probability of a no modern analogue outcome. In order to merge the five spatially distinct sites and to relate each to local tide levels we the VDatum transformation tool. This method relates all contemporary samples to a common orthometric datum (NAVD88) and reduces error associated with the implicit assumption that the hydrodynamic regime at a locality is the same as that which prevails at the nearest tide gauge. A transfer function was developed to

  9. Uric acid levels and their relation to incapacities in acute cerebrovascular disease

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    Julio López Argüelles

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: cerebrovascular disease and ischemic cardiopathy can be considered as an epidemic and constitute the first cause of incapacities in developed countries. Multiple studies have shown the association between uric acid levels and cerebrovascular diseases. Objective: To correlate the levels of serum uric acid and incapacities in the acute phase of cerebrovascular disease. Methods: A correlational study was carried out with 217 patients with acute cerebrovascular disease. The patient’s incapacity level was measured by using the Barthel Index and those results were related with the serum uric acid levels and other variables. Results: Male patients have higher levels of uric acid (p=0, 04; r=0, 13. Age and Barthel index were p < 0,001; r = -0, 30 and uric acid levels and Barthel Index were p=0, 03; r=-0, 14. The principal predicting factors of incapacity in the acute phase of cerebrovascular disease were the high levels of uric acid, age and diabetes mellitus. Conclusions: It is shown that the highest is the level of uric acid at advanced age; the greatest is the risk of suffering from incapacity in acute phases of cerebrovascular diseases.

  10. Association between Blood Lead Levels and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

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    Ho Sik Hwang

    Full Text Available To investigate the association between blood lead levels and prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD.A nationwide population-based cross-sectional study included 4,933 subjects aged over 40 years who participated in the 2008-2012 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and for whom fundus photographs were available. All participants underwent a standardized interview, evaluation of blood lead concentration, and a comprehensive ophthalmic examination. Digital fundus photographs (45° were taken of both eyes under physiological mydriasis. All fundus photographs were graded using an international classification and grading system.Mean blood lead levels were 3.15 μg/dL in men and 2.27 μg/dL in women (P < 0.001. After adjusting for potential confounders including age, gender, smoking status, total cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, heart problems and strokes, the adjusted odds ratio (OR in women for any AMD was 1.86 (95% Confidence Interval [CI], 1.03-3.36 and for early AMD was 1.92 (95% CI, 1.06-3.48, for those in the highest quintile of lead level compared with the lowest quintile. In men, however, blood lead level was not significantly associated with AMD.Blood lead levels were higher in men, but were only associated with AMD in women. Increased levels of blood lead may be involved in the pathogenesis of AMD development in women.

  11. Holocene relative sea-level changes in the inner Bredefjord area, southern Greenland

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    Sparrenbom, Charlotte J.; Bennike, Ole; Fredh, Daniel; Randsalu-Wendrup, Linda; Zwartz, Dan; Ljung, Karl; Björck, Svante; Lambeck, Kurt

    2013-06-01

    In this paper we present new relative sea-level data from southern Greenland, a key area for understanding the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) response to climate change. Within fourteen lakes and marine lagoons from the inner part of Bredefjord (Nordre Sermilik) in southern Greenland, isolations revealed by stratigraphic and palaeoecological analyses are dated and relative sea levels reconstructed. Due to coastal emergence caused by the GIS retreat within the area, the relative sea-level fell rapidly in the early Holocene between at least c. 9600 and c. 7300 cal. yrs BP attaining a rate of 2 cm per year between 9600 and 8000 cal. yrs BP. Spatial variability in relative sea-level changes is show for southern Greenland from a comparison with the Nanortalik and the Qaqortoq areas. The regression occurred about 2000 years later in the inner Bredefjord area, compared to the Nanortalik area, and about 1000 years later compared to the Qaqortoq area. This is a consequence of earlier deglaciation in areas located at the outer coast. Between c. 8000 cal. yrs BP and the present day, relative sea level was lower than today. The lowest relative sea level in the Inner Bredefjord area of between -5.4 and -15 m a.h.a.t. (above highest astronomical tide) was reached between 7000 and 1000 cal. yrs BP. The neoglacial readvance together with the collapse of the Laurentide peripheral bulge is probably responsible for the transgression in the Inner Bredefjord area, as has been indicated from the nearby sites Qaqortoq and Nanortalik. Our relative sea-level reconstructions showing spatial variability within southern Greenland have implications for Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) modelling and the understanding of the GIS ice sheet dynamics. The early Holocene regression is consistent with the recession of the southern sector of the GIS from the shelf edge at c. 22 000 cal. yrs BP, reaching inland of the present day outer coast by c. 12 000 cal. yrs BP, and its present margin by c. 10 500

  12. Present status of clearance levels in Japan and other countries and related problems

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    The concept of clearance was introduced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1996 and has proven to be very useful for the management of extremely low-level solid materials generated from the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Therefore, the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan began setting clearance levels for solid materials generated from nuclear reactors in 1997, and published related reports in 1999 and 2001, respectively. The European Commission has also published several guides to clear metals, concrete, building and other solid material from regulatory control. Some organizations, including the IAEA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are still discussing how to establish clearance levels. This paper summarizes the present status of clearance in organizations in Japan and other countries. Also discussed information is compiled to realize the concept of clearance and the related problems. (author)

  13. Land subsidence and relative sea-level rise in the southern Chesapeake Bay region

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    Eggleston, Jack; Pope, Jason

    2013-01-01

    The southern Chesapeake Bay region is experiencing land subsidence and rising water levels due to global sea-level rise; land subsidence and rising water levels combine to cause relative sea-level rise. Land subsidence has been observed since the 1940s in the southern Chesapeake Bay region at rates of 1.1 to 4.8 millimeters per year (mm/yr), and subsidence continues today. This land subsidence helps explain why the region has the highest rates of sea-level rise on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Data indicate that land subsidence has been responsible for more than half the relative sea-level rise measured in the region. Land subsidence increases the risk of flooding in low-lying areas, which in turn has important economic, environmental, and human health consequences for the heavily populated and ecologically important southern Chesapeake Bay region. The aquifer system in the region has been compacted by extensive groundwater pumping in the region at rates of 1.5- to 3.7-mm/yr; this compaction accounts for more than half of observed land subsidence in the region. Glacial isostatic adjustment, or the flexing of the Earth’s crust in response to glacier formation and melting, also likely contributes to land subsidence in the region.

  14. Randomized comparison of coronary bifurcation stenting with the crush versus the culotte technique using sirolimus eluting stents: the Nordic stent technique study

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    Erglis, Andrejs; Kumsars, Indulis; Niemelä, Matti;

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In a number of coronary bifurcation lesions, both the main vessel and the side branch need stent coverage. Using sirolimus eluting stents, we compared 2 dedicated bifurcation stent techniques, the crush and the culotte techniques in a randomized trial with separate clinical and...... angiographic end-points. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 424 patients with a bifurcation lesion were randomized to crush (n=209) and culotte (n=215) stenting. The primary end point was major adverse cardiac events; cardiac death, myocardial infarction, target vessel revascularization, or stent thrombosis after...... 6 months. At 6 months there were no significant differences in major adverse cardiac event rates between the groups; crush 4.3%, culotte 3.7% (P=0.87). Procedure and fluoroscopy times and contrast volumes were similar in the 2 groups. The rates of procedure-related increase in biomarkers of...

  15. Alterations of serum levels of BDNF-related miRNAs in patients with depression.

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    You-Jie Li

    Full Text Available Depression is a serious and potentially life-threatening mental disorder with unknown etiology. Emerging evidence shows that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF and microRNAs (miRNAs play critical roles in the etiology of depression. Here this study was aimed to identify and characterize the roles of BDNF and its putative regulatory miRNAs in depression. First, we identified that miR-182 may be a putative miRNA that regulates BDNF levels by bioinformatic studies, and characterized the effects of miR-182 on the BDNF levels using cell-based studies, side by side with miR-132 (a known miRNA that regulates BDNF expression. We showed that treatment of miR-132 and miR-182 respectively decreased the BDNF protein levels in a human neuronal cell model, supporting the regulatory roles of miR-132 and miR-182 on the BDNF expression. Furthermore, we explored the roles of miR-132 and miR-182 on the BDNF levels in depression using human subjects by assessing their serum levels. Compared with the healthy controls, patients with depression showed lower serum BDNF levels (via the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and higher serum miR-132 and miR-182 levels (via the real-time PCR. Finally, the Pearson's (or Spearman's correlation coefficient was calculated to study whether there was a relationship among the Self-Rating Depression Scale score, the serum BDNF levels, and serum BDNF-related miRNA levels. Our results revealed that there was a significant negative correlation between the SDS scores and the serum BDNF levels, and a positive correlation between the SDS scores and miR-132 levels. In addition, we found a reverse relationship between the serum BDNF levels and the miR-132/miR-182 levels in depression. Collectively, we provided evidence supporting that miR-182 is a putative BDNF-regulatory miRNA, and suggested that the serum BDNF and its related miRNAs may be utilized as important biomarkers in the diagnosis or as therapeutic targets of depression.

  16. Synchronization of diffusively coupled oscillators near the homoclinic bifurcation

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    It has been known that a diffusive coupling between two limit cycle oscillations typically leads to the inphase synchronization and also that it is the only stable state in the weak coupling limit. Recently, however, it has been shown that the coupling of the same nature can result in the distinctive dephased synchronization when the limit cycles are close to the homoclinic bifurcation, which often occurs especially for the neuronal oscillators. In this paper we propose a simple physical model using the modified van der Pol equation, which unfolds the generic synchronization behaviors of the latter kind and in which one may readily observe changes in the synchronization behaviors between the distinctive regimes as well. The dephasing mechanism is analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively in the weak coupling limit. A general form of coupling is introduced and the synchronization behaviors over a wide range of the coupling parameters are explored to construct the phase diagram using the bifurcation analysis. (author)

  17. Isochronous bifurcations in second-order delay differential equations

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    Andrea Bel

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this article we consider a special type of second-order delay differential equations. More precisely, we take an equation of a conservative mechanical system in one dimension with an added term that is a function of the difference between the value of the position at time $t$ minus the position at the delayed time $t-\\tau$. For this system, we show that, under certain conditions of non-degeneration and of convergence of the periodic solutions obtained by the Homotopy Analysis Method, bifurcation branches appearing in a neighbourhood of Hopf bifurcation due to the delay are isochronous; i.e., all the emerging cycles have the same frequency.

  18. Symmetry restoring bifurcation in collective decision-making.

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    Natalia Zabzina

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available How social groups and organisms decide between alternative feeding sites or shelters has been extensively studied both experimentally and theoretically. One key result is the existence of a symmetry-breaking bifurcation at a critical system size, where there is a switch from evenly distributed exploitation of all options to a focussed exploitation of just one. Here we present a decision-making model in which symmetry-breaking is followed by a symmetry restoring bifurcation, whereby very large systems return to an even distribution of exploitation amongst options. The model assumes local positive feedback, coupled with a negative feedback regulating the flow toward the feeding sites. We show that the model is consistent with three different strains of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, choosing between two feeding sites. We argue that this combination of feedbacks could allow collective foraging organisms to react flexibly in a dynamic environment.

  19. Symmetry restoring bifurcation in collective decision-making.

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    Zabzina, Natalia; Dussutour, Audrey; Mann, Richard P; Sumpter, David J T; Nicolis, Stamatios C

    2014-12-01

    How social groups and organisms decide between alternative feeding sites or shelters has been extensively studied both experimentally and theoretically. One key result is the existence of a symmetry-breaking bifurcation at a critical system size, where there is a switch from evenly distributed exploitation of all options to a focussed exploitation of just one. Here we present a decision-making model in which symmetry-breaking is followed by a symmetry restoring bifurcation, whereby very large systems return to an even distribution of exploitation amongst options. The model assumes local positive feedback, coupled with a negative feedback regulating the flow toward the feeding sites. We show that the model is consistent with three different strains of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, choosing between two feeding sites. We argue that this combination of feedbacks could allow collective foraging organisms to react flexibly in a dynamic environment. PMID:25521109

  20. BIFURCATIONS AND CHAOS CONTROL IN TCP-RED SYSTEM

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    Liu Fang

    2006-01-01

    Objective Analyzing the nonlinear dynamics of the TCP-RED congestion control system is of great importance. This study will help investigate the loss of stability in Internet and design a proper method for controlling bifurcation and chaos in such system. Methods Based on bifurcation diagram, the effect of parameter on system performance is discussed. By using the state feedback and parameter variation strategy, a simple real time control method is proposed to modify the existing RED scheme. Results With our control method, the parametric sensitivity of RED mechanism is attenuated. Moreover, a sufficient condition on the robust stability of the system is also derived to adjust the parameters in TCP-RED system. Conclusion The proposed method has the advantages of simple implementation and unnecessary knowledge of the exact system.

  1. Finite Element Meshes Auto-Generation for the Welted Bifurcation

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    YUANMei; LIYa-ping

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, firstly, a mathematical model for a specific kind of welted bifurcation is established, the parametric equation for the intersecting curve is resulted in. Secondly, a method for partitioning finite element meshes of the welted bifurcation is put forward, its main idea is that developing the main pipe surface and the branch pipe surface respectively, dividing meshes on each developing plane and obtaining meshes points, then transforming their plane coordinates into space coordinates. Finally, an applied program for finite element meshes auto-generation is simply introduced, which adopt ObjectARX technique and its running result can be shown in AutoCAD. The meshes generated in AutoCAD can be exported conveniently to most of finite element analysis soft wares, and the finite element computing result can satisfy the engineering precision requirement.

  2. Model Reduction of Nonlinear Aeroelastic Systems Experiencing Hopf Bifurcation

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    Abdelkefi, Abdessattar

    2013-06-18

    In this paper, we employ the normal form to derive a reduced - order model that reproduces nonlinear dynamical behavior of aeroelastic systems that undergo Hopf bifurcation. As an example, we consider a rigid two - dimensional airfoil that is supported by nonlinear springs in the pitch and plunge directions and subjected to nonlinear aerodynamic loads. We apply the center manifold theorem on the governing equations to derive its normal form that constitutes a simplified representation of the aeroelastic sys tem near flutter onset (manifestation of Hopf bifurcation). Then, we use the normal form to identify a self - excited oscillator governed by a time - delay ordinary differential equation that approximates the dynamical behavior while reducing the dimension of the original system. Results obtained from this oscillator show a great capability to predict properly limit cycle oscillations that take place beyond and above flutter as compared with the original aeroelastic system.

  3. Stability and bifurcation analysis of rotor-bearing-seal system

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    Ying, G. Y.; Liu, S. L.; Ma, R.; Zheng, S. Y.

    2016-05-01

    Labyrinth seals were extensively used in turbine units, and the seal fluid forces may induce self-excited vibrations of rotor under certain conditions. It has become the main factor to instability of rotor system. In this paper Muszynska seal fluid force model is used to investigate the stability of the rotor system. Nonlinear equations are numerically solved by Newmark integration method. The effect of different seal clearances and differential pressures on system stability is studied. The calculation results show that the dominant vibration component leading to instability changes with different seal clearance. With the differential pressure increased, the unstable speed is reduced. Then the bifurcation behavior of the system with and without seal force is calculated. Results show that the rotor vibration becomes severe and complicated, and the bifurcation behavior of the system has been changed when seal force is considered.

  4. On 'Comment on Supersymmetry, PT-symmetry and spectral bifurcation'

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    In 'Comment on Supersymmetry, PT-symmetry and spectral bifurcation', Bagchi and Quesne correctly show the presence of a class of states for the complex Scarf-II potential in the unbroken PT-symmetry regime, which were absent in . However, in the spontaneously broken PT-symmetry case, their argument is incorrect since it fails to implement the condition for the potential to be PT-symmetric: CPT[2(A - B) + α] = 0. It needs to be emphasized that in the models considered in , PT is spontaneously broken, implying that the potential is PT-symmetric, whereas the ground state is not. Furthermore, our supersymmetry (SUSY)-based 'spectral bifurcation' holds independent of the sl(2) symmetry consideration for a large class of PT-symmetric potentials.

  5. Topological bifurcations in a model society of reasonable contrarians

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    Bagnoli, Franco

    2013-01-01

    People are often divided into conformists and contrarians, the former tending to align to the majority opinion in their neighborhood and the latter tending to disagree with that majority. In practice, however, the contrarian tendency is rarely followed when there is an overwhelming majority with a given opinion, which denotes a social norm. Such reasonable contrarian behavior is often considered a mark of independent thought, and can be a useful strategy in financial markets. We present the opinion dynamics of a society of reasonable contrarian agents. The model is a cellular automaton of Ising type, with antiferromagnetic pair interactions modeling contrarianism and plaquette terms modeling social norms. We introduce the entropy of the collective variable as a way of comparing deterministic (mean-field) and probabilistic (simulations) bifurcation diagrams. In the mean field approximation the model exhibits bifurcations and a chaotic phase, interpreted as coherent oscillations of the whole society. However, i...

  6. Morse bifurcations of transition states in bimolecular reactions

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    MacKay, Robert S

    2015-01-01

    The transition states and dividing surfaces used to find rate constants for bimolecular reactions are shown to undergo qualitative changes, known as Morse bifurcations, and to exist for a large range of energies, not just immediately above the critical energy for first connection between reactants and products. Specifically, we consider capture between two molecules and the associated transition states for the case of non-zero angular momentum and general attitudes. The capture between an atom and a diatom, and then a general molecule are presented, providing concrete examples of Morse bifurcations of transition states and dividing surfaces. The reduction of the $n$-body systems representing the reactions is discussed and reviewed with comments on the difficulties associated with choosing appropriate charts and the global geometry of the reduced spaces.

  7. Characteristics of conventional STI process-related deep-level traps in Silicon

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    Kang, In Man; Kwon, Hyuck In; Lee, Myung Won; Park, Byung Gook; Lee, Jong Duk [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sang Sik [Sejong University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Jung Chak; Lee, Yong Hee [Samsung Electronics Industries Co., Ltd., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-01-15

    The deep-level traps in Si substrates caused by the shallow trench isolation (STI) process have been investigated using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). For the DLTS measurements, test patterns consisting of the STI arrays fabricated on p-type epitaxy wafers are proposed. Based on the DLTS measurements, four kinds of deep level traps, which are thought to be related to the STI process, are detected at E{sub v} + 0.16 eV, E{sub c} - 0.23 eV, E{sub c} - 0.55 eV, and E{sub v} + 0.58 eV, respectively. The deep levels at E{sub c} - 0.55 eV and E{sub v} + 0.58 eV can act as generation-recombination centers. The density of traps was significantly reduced after low-temperature annealing.

  8. A study on dietary habits, health related lifestyle, blood cadmium and lead levels of college students.

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    Shin, Nari; Hyun, Whajin; Lee, Hongmie; Ro, Mansoo; Song, Kyunghee

    2012-08-01

    This study was performed in order to investigate dietary habits, health related lifestyle and blood cadmium and lead levels in female college students. 80 college students (43 males and 37 females) participated in the survey questionnaires. Body weight and height, blood pressure, and body composition were measured. The systolic blood pressure of male and female students were 128.9 ± 13.9 and 109.8 ± 12.0, respectively. The diastolic blood pressure of male and female students were 77.1 ± 10.3 and 66.0 ± 6.9, respectively, showing that male students had significantly higher blood pressure than female students (P cadmium level of male and female students were 0.54 ± 0.23 and 0.52 ± 0.36, respectively. There was no significant difference between male and female students. The blood lead level of male and female students were 1.09 ± 0.49 and 0.59 ± 0.45, respectively. The blood lead level of male students was significantly higher than that of female students (P cadmium level of smokers and nonsmokers were 0.69 ± 0.29 and 0.49 ± 0.29 respectively (P cadmium level of smokers was significantly higher than that of nonsmokers (P < 0.05). The blood lead level of smokers and nonsmokers were 1.09 ± 0.43 and 0.80 ± 0.54, respectively. The blood lead level of smokers was significantly higher than that of nonsmokers (P < 0.05). Therefore, proper nutritional education programs are required for college students in order to improve their dietary and health related living habits. PMID:22977689

  9. Bifurcation Analysis of a Nose Landing Gear System

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    Tartaruga, Irene; Lowenberg, Mark H.; Cooper, Jonathan E; Sartor, Pia N; Lemmens, Yves

    2016-01-01

    A methodology is proposed to enable the bifurcation analysis of a multi-body nose landing gear (NLG) model by coupling AUTO, a continuation software, to LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, a multi-body software. The approach uses a Singular Value Decomposition (or High Order Singular Value Decomposition) based technique to enable the computation of the stability bounds (e.g. the onset of shimmy) in a very efficient manner. Sensitivity and uncertainty analyses are performed to determine the influence of v...

  10. An Approach to Robust Control of the Hopf Bifurcation

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    Giacomo Innocenti; Roberto Genesio; Alberto Tesi

    2011-01-01

    The paper illustrates a novel approach to modify the Hopf bifurcation nature via a nonlinear state feedback control, which leaves the equilibrium properties unchanged. This result is achieved by recurring to linear and nonlinear transformations, which lead the system to locally assume the ordinary differential equation representation. Third-order models are considered, since they can be seen as proper representatives of a larger class of systems. The explicit relationship between the control ...

  11. Smooth Bifurcation for Variational Inequalities and Reaction-Diffusion Systems

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    Kučera, Milan; Recke, L.; Eisner, Jan

    New Jersey : World Scientific, 2003 - (Begehr, H.; Gilbert, R.; Wong, M.), s. 1125-1133 ISBN 981-238-967-9. [International ISAAC Congress/3./. Berlin (DE), 20.08.2001-25.08.2001] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA201/00/0376 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1019905; CEZ:AV0Z1019905 Keywords : bifurcation for variational * reaction-diffusion system Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  12. Bifurcations and Transitions to Chaos in An Inverted Pendulum

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    Kim, Sang-Yoon; Hu, Bambi

    1998-01-01

    We consider a parametrically forced pendulum with a vertically oscillating suspension point. It is well known that, as the amplitude of the vertical oscillation is increased, its inverted state (corresponding to the vertically-up configuration) undergoes a cascade of ``resurrections,'' i.e., it becomes stabilized after its instability, destabilize again, and so forth ad infinitum. We make a detailed numerical investigation of the bifurcations associated with such resurrections of the inverted...

  13. A reversible bifurcation analysis of the inverted pendulum

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    Broer, H. W.; Hoveijn, I.; Van Noort, M.

    1998-01-01

    The inverted pendulum with a periodic parametric forcing is considered as a bifurcation problem in the reversible setting. Parameters are given by the size of the forcing and the frequency ratio. Normal form theory provides an integrable approximation of the Poincare map generated by a planar vector field. Genericity of the model is studied by a perturbation analysis, where the spatial symmetry is optional. Here equivariant singularity theory is used.

  14. Noise, Bifurcations, and Modeling of Interacting Particle Systems

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    Mier-y-Teran-Romero, Luis; Forgoston, Eric; Schwartz, Ira B.

    2011-01-01

    We consider the stochastic patterns of a system of communicating, or coupled, self-propelled particles in the presence of noise and communication time delay. For sufficiently large environmental noise, there exists a transition between a translating state and a rotating state with stationary center of mass. Time delayed communication creates a bifurcation pattern dependent on the coupling amplitude between particles. Using a mean field model in the large number limit, we show how the complete...

  15. Bifurcation Analysis for Phage Lambda with Binding Energy Uncertainty

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    Ning Xu; Xue Lei; Ping Ao; Jun Zhang

    2014-01-01

    In a phage λ genetic switch model, bistable dynamical behavior can be destroyed due to the bifurcation caused by inappropriately chosen model parameters. Since the values of many parameters with biological significance often cannot be accurately acquired, it is thus of fundamental importance to analyze how and to which extent the system dynamics is influenced by model parameters, especially those parameters pertaining to binding energies. In this paper, we apply a Jacobian method to investiga...

  16. Asymptotic results for bifurcating random coefficient autoregressive processes

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    Blandin, Vassili

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to study the asymptotic behavior of the weighted least square estimators of the unknown parameters of random coefficient bifurcating autoregressive processes. Under suitable assumptions on the immigration and the inheritance, we establish the almost sure convergence of our estimators, as well as a quadratic strong law and central limit theorems. Our study mostly relies on limit theorems for vector-valued martingales.

  17. BIFURCATIONS OF INVARIANT CURVES OF A DIFFERENCE EQUATION

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    贺天兰

    2001-01-01

    Bifurcation of the invariant curves of a difference equation is studied. The system defined by the difference equation is integrable , so the study of the invariant curves of the difference system can become the study of topological classification of the planar phase portraits defined by a planar Hamiltonian system. By strict qualitative analysis, the classification of the invariant curves in parameter space can be obtained.

  18. On projectively equivalent metrics near points of bifurcation

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    Matveev, Vladimir S.

    2008-01-01

    Let Riemannian metrics $g$ and $\\bar g$ on a connected manifold $M^n$ have the same geodesics (considered as unparameterized curves). Suppose the eigenvalues of one metric with respect to the other are all different at a point. Then, by the famous Levi-Civita's Theorem, the metrics have a certain standard form near the point. Our main result is a generalization of Levi-Civita's Theorem for the points where the eigenvalues of one metric with respect to the other bifurcate.

  19. Fast automatic algorithm for bifurcation detection in vascular CTA scans

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    Brozio, Matthias; Gorbunova, Vladlena; Godenschwager, Christian; Beck, Thomas; Bernhardt, Dominik

    2012-02-01

    Endovascular imaging aims at identifying vessels and their branches. Automatic vessel segmentation and bifurcation detection eases both clinical research and routine work. In this article a state of the art bifurcation detection algorithm is developed and applied on vascular computed tomography angiography (CTA) scans to mark the common iliac artery and its branches, the internal and external iliacs. In contrast to other methods our algorithm does not rely on a complete segmentation of a vessel in the 3D volume, but evaluates the cross-sections of the vessel slice by slice. Candidates for vessels are obtained by thresholding, following by 2D connected component labeling and prefiltering by size and position. The remaining candidates are connected in a squared distanced weighted graph. With Dijkstra algorithm the graph is traversed to get candidates for the arteries. We use another set of features considering length and shape of the paths to determine the best candidate and detect the bifurcation. The method was tested on 119 datasets acquired with different CT scanners and varying protocols. Both easy to evaluate datasets with high resolution and no apparent clinical diseases and difficult ones with low resolution, major calcifications, stents or poor contrast between the vessel and surrounding tissue were included. The presented results are promising, in 75.7% of the cases the bifurcation was labeled correctly, and in 82.7% the common artery and one of its branches were assigned correctly. The computation time was on average 0.49 s +/- 0.28 s, close to human interaction time, which makes the algorithm applicable for time-critical applications.

  20. Plasticity in leaf-level water relations of tropical rainforest trees in response to experimental drought.

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    Binks, Oliver; Meir, Patrick; Rowland, Lucy; da Costa, Antonio Carlos Lola; Vasconcelos, Steel Silva; de Oliveira, Alex Antonio Ribeiro; Ferreira, Leandro; Christoffersen, Bradley; Nardini, Andrea; Mencuccini, Maurizio

    2016-07-01

    The tropics are predicted to become warmer and drier, and understanding the sensitivity of tree species to drought is important for characterizing the risk to forests of climate change. This study makes use of a long-term drought experiment in the Amazon rainforest to evaluate the role of leaf-level water relations, leaf anatomy and their plasticity in response to drought in six tree genera. The variables (osmotic potential at full turgor, turgor loss point, capacitance, elastic modulus, relative water content and saturated water content) were compared between seasons and between plots (control and through-fall exclusion) enabling a comparison between short- and long-term plasticity in traits. Leaf anatomical traits were correlated with water relation parameters to determine whether water relations differed among tissues. The key findings were: osmotic adjustment occurred in response to the long-term drought treatment; species resistant to drought stress showed less osmotic adjustment than drought-sensitive species; and water relation traits were correlated with tissue properties, especially the thickness of the abaxial epidermis and the spongy mesophyll. These findings demonstrate that cell-level water relation traits can acclimate to long-term water stress, and highlight the limitations of extrapolating the results of short-term studies to temporal scales associated with climate change. PMID:27001030

  1. Relation of obesity with serum 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 levels in type 2 diabetic patients

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    Ahmet Cimbek

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hypovitaminosis D is associated with diabetes mellitus (DM. Aim of our study was to determine the relation of obesity with vitamin D levels in type 2 diabetic patients. Materials and Methods: We examined 101 type 2 diabetic patients and made a correlation analysis in all parameters. Then we classified our diabetics according to their body-mass indices and compared their 25 hdroxy vitamin D3 levels. Results: We found negative correlation between 25O HD and body mass index (BMI (P: <0.001, r: -0.23. When we classified our diabetics according to their body mass indices as normal, overweight and obese, and compared their 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 levels, we determined that in every BMI group 25 hydroxy vitamin D levels were not found to be significantly different. Conclusion: These results suggest that at least in a Turkish population with type 2 DM vitamin D levels are low and correlate with BMI, but when vitamin D levels are so low, as obesity worsens vitamin D levels does not lessen.

  2. Age-related changes in thyroid hormone levels of bonobos and chimpanzees indicate heterochrony in development.

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    Behringer, Verena; Deschner, Tobias; Murtagh, Róisín; Stevens, Jeroen M G; Hohmann, Gottfried

    2014-01-01

    We present information on age related changes of thyroid hormone levels in bonobos (N = 96) and chimpanzees (N = 100) ranging between one and 56 years of age. Fresh urine samples were used for hormone measurements with a commercial competitive total triiodothyronine (T3) ELISA. In both species, immature individuals had higher TT3 levels than adults and there was a marked decrease in TT3 levels between age classes. The two species differed in terms of the timing of TT3 level changes, with chimpanzees experiencing a significant decline in TT3 levels after 10 years of age and bonobos after 20 years of age. The decline of TT3 in chimpanzees appears to coincide with the time when somatic growth terminates while TT3 values in bonobos decrease much later. This temporal asymmetry in urinary thyroid hormone levels indicates heterochrony in the ontogenetic changes of the two sister species and developmental delay in bonobos. The prolongation of high TT3 levels in bonobos, which is characteristic of immatures of both Pan species may affect the behavior of bonobos; namely, the low intensity of aggression they display. Given that developmental studies are often based on post-mortem analyses of skeletons, measures of urinary thyroid hormones offer a non-invasive tool for exploring ontogenetic changes in living wild and captive hominoids. PMID:24275194

  3. Global Hopf bifurcation in the ZIP regulatory system.

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    Claus, Juliane; Ptashnyk, Mariya; Bohmann, Ansgar; Chavarría-Krauser, Andrés

    2015-10-01

    Regulation of zinc uptake in roots of Arabidopsis thaliana has recently been modeled by a system of ordinary differential equations based on the uptake of zinc, expression of a transporter protein and the interaction between an activator and inhibitor. For certain parameter choices the steady state of this model becomes unstable upon variation in the external zinc concentration. Numerical results show periodic orbits emerging between two critical values of the external zinc concentration. Here we show the existence of a global Hopf bifurcation with a continuous family of stable periodic orbits between two Hopf bifurcation points. The stability of the orbits in a neighborhood of the bifurcation points is analyzed by deriving the normal form, while the stability of the orbits in the global continuation is shown by calculation of the Floquet multipliers. From a biological point of view, stable periodic orbits lead to potentially toxic zinc peaks in plant cells. Buffering is believed to be an efficient way to deal with strong transient variations in zinc supply. We extend the model by a buffer reaction and analyze the stability of the steady state in dependence of the properties of this reaction. We find that a large enough equilibrium constant of the buffering reaction stabilizes the steady state and prevents the development of oscillations. Hence, our results suggest that buffering has a key role in the dynamics of zinc homeostasis in plant cells. PMID:25312412

  4. Bifurcation analysis of nephron pressure and flow regulation

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    Barfred, Mikael; Mosekilde, Erik; Holstein-Rathlou, N.-H.

    1996-01-01

    One- and two-dimensional continuation techniques are applied to study the bifurcation structure of a model of renal flow and pressure control. Integrating the main physiological mechanisms by which the individual nephron regulates the incoming blood flow, the model describes the interaction betwe...... period-doubling cascades. Similar phenomena arise in response to increasing blood pressure. The numerical analyses are supported by existing experimental results on anesthetized rats. ©1996 American Institute of Physics.......One- and two-dimensional continuation techniques are applied to study the bifurcation structure of a model of renal flow and pressure control. Integrating the main physiological mechanisms by which the individual nephron regulates the incoming blood flow, the model describes the interaction between...... the tubuloglomerular feedback and the response of the afferent arteriole. It is shown how a Hopf bifurcation leads the system to perform self-sustained oscillations if the feedback gain becomes sufficiently strong, and how a further increase of this parameter produces a folded structure of overlapping...

  5. Spiral blood flow in aorta-renal bifurcation models.

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    Javadzadegan, Ashkan; Simmons, Anne; Barber, Tracie

    2016-07-01

    The presence of a spiral arterial blood flow pattern in humans has been widely accepted. It is believed that this spiral component of the blood flow alters arterial haemodynamics in both positive and negative ways. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of spiral flow on haemodynamic changes in aorta-renal bifurcations. In this regard, a computational fluid dynamics analysis of pulsatile blood flow was performed in two idealised models of aorta-renal bifurcations with and without flow diverter. The results show that the spirality effect causes a substantial variation in blood velocity distribution, while causing only slight changes in fluid shear stress patterns. The dominant observed effect of spiral flow is on turbulent kinetic energy and flow recirculation zones. As spiral flow intensity increases, the rate of turbulent kinetic energy production decreases, reducing the region of potential damage to red blood cells and endothelial cells. Furthermore, the recirculation zones which form on the cranial sides of the aorta and renal artery shrink in size in the presence of spirality effect; this may lower the rate of atherosclerosis development and progression in the aorta-renal bifurcation. These results indicate that the spiral nature of blood flow has atheroprotective effects in renal arteries and should be taken into consideration in analyses of the aorta and renal arteries. PMID:26414530

  6. Ternary choices in repeated games and border collision bifurcations

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    Highlights: ► We extend a model of binary choices with externalities to include more alternatives. ► Introducing one more option affects the complexity of the dynamics. ► We find bifurcation structures which where impossible to observe in binary choices. ► A ternary choice cannot simply be considered as a binary choice plus one. - Abstract: Several recent contributions formalize and analyze binary choices games with externalities as those described by Schelling. Nevertheless, in the real world choices are not always binary, and players have often to decide among more than two alternatives. These kinds of interactions are examined in game theory where, starting from the well known rock-paper-scissor game, several other kinds of strategic interactions involving more than two choices are examined. In this paper we investigate how the dynamics evolve introducing one more option in binary choice games with externalities. The dynamics we obtain are always in a stable regime, that is, the structurally stable dynamics are only attracting cycles, but of any possible positive integer as period. We show that, depending on the structure of the game, the dynamics can be quite different from those existing when considering binary choices. The bifurcation structure, due to border collisions, is explained, showing the existence of so-called big-bang bifurcation points.

  7. Bifurcation, chaos, and scan instability in dynamic atomic force microscopy

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    Cantrell, John H.; Cantrell, Sean A.

    2016-03-01

    The dynamical motion at any point on the cantilever of an atomic force microscope can be expressed quite generally as a superposition of simple harmonic oscillators corresponding to the vibrational modes allowed by the cantilever shape. Central to the dynamical equations is the representation of the cantilever-sample interaction force as a polynomial expansion with coefficients that account for the interaction force "stiffness," the cantilever-to-sample energy transfer, and the displacement amplitude of cantilever oscillation. Renormalization of the cantilever beam model shows that for a given cantilever drive frequency cantilever dynamics can be accurately represented by a single nonlinear mass-spring model with frequency-dependent stiffness and damping coefficients [S. A. Cantrell and J. H. Cantrell, J. Appl. Phys. 110, 094314 (2011)]. Application of the Melnikov method to the renormalized dynamical equation is shown to predict a cascade of period doubling bifurcations with increasing cantilever drive force that terminates in chaos. The threshold value of the drive force necessary to initiate bifurcation is shown to depend strongly on the cantilever setpoint and drive frequency, effective damping coefficient, nonlinearity of the cantilever-sample interaction force, and the displacement amplitude of cantilever oscillation. The model predicts the experimentally observed interruptions of the bifurcation cascade for cantilevers of sufficiently large stiffness. Operational factors leading to the loss of image quality in dynamic atomic force microscopy are addressed, and guidelines for optimizing scan stability are proposed using a quantitative analysis based on system dynamical parameters and choice of feedback loop parameter.

  8. Association of serum uric acid with different levels of glucose and related factors

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    YUAN Hui-juan; YANG Xu-guang; SHI Xiao-yang; TIAN Rui; ZHAO Zhi-gang

    2011-01-01

    Background Previous studies have demonstrated that serum uric acid (UA) is an independent predictor of incident type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in general populations. This study aimed to investigate specific characteristics of UA and its relationship between UA and blood glucose and other risk factors in the Chinese population.Methods A total of 946 subjects were included in this study. UA, glucose, insulin, fractional excretion of UA (FEua),creatinine clearance rate (Ccr), hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), fructosamine (FA), blood pressure and lipids were studied and also reexamined after the patients underwent two weeks of combined therapeutics.Results UA levels were the highest in subjects with impaired glucose regulation (IGR), followed by subjects with normoglycemia (NGT) and finally by subjects with T2DM. The level of the 2-hour postprandial insulin and the area under the curve for insulin (AUCins) showed a similar tendency. The UA levels initially increased with increasing fasting blood glucose (FBG) and postprandial blood glucose (PPBG) levels, up to 7 mmol/L and 10 mmol/L, respectively, and thereafter decreased at higher FBG and PPBG levels. Compared with subjects in the lower serum UA quartile, subjects in the upper quartile of serum UA levels had higher weights, triglyceride levels, and creatinine levels as well as lower Ccr and FEua levels. Compared with women's group, UA levels were higher, and FEua levels were lower in men's group. Sex,body mass index (BMI), mean arterial blood pressure (MAP), serum triglycerides (TG), FA and Ccr were independent correlation factors of UA. UA decreased and FEua increased after the patients underwent a combined treatment.Conclusions UA increased initially and then decreased as glucose levels increased from NGT to IGR and T2DM.Compared with NGT and T2DM, IGR subjects had higher SUA levels, which related to its high levels of insulin. Under T2DM, male gender, BMI, MAP, Ccr, TG and FA are independent correlation factors of UA

  9. Association of hair iron levels with creativity and psychological variables related to creativity

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    Hikaru Takeuchi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Creativity generally involves the conception of original and valuable ideas. Previous studies have suggested an association between creativity and the dopaminergic system, and that physical activity facilitates creativity. Iron plays a key role in the dopaminergic system and physical activity. Here, we newly investigated the associations between hair iron levels and creativity, dopamine-related traits and states [novelty seeking, extraversion, and vigor (motivational state], as well as the physical activity level. In the present study, we addressed this issue by performing a hair mineral analysis to determine iron levels and a behavioral creativity test of divergent thinking and related psychological measures among young adults (254 men, 88 women; mean age 20.79 ± 2.03 years. Iron levels did not show any significant association with creativity but displayed significant positive associations with novelty seeking, extraversion, and physical activity level. These results may be partly congruent with the notion that iron plays a key role in the dopaminergic system and imply that iron is important for traits and physical activity, which facilitate creativity. Future interventional or longitudinal studies are warranted to identify any causal effects.

  10. Factors related to high-level mobility in male servicemembers with traumatic lower-limb loss

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    Ignacio A. Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to examine the possible relationship between factors modifiable by rehabilitation interventions (rehabilitation factors, other factors related to lower-limb loss (other factors, and high-level mobility as measured by the Comprehensive High-Level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP in servicemembers (SMs with traumatic lower-limb loss. One-hundred eighteen male SMs with either unilateral transtibial amputation (TTA, unilateral transfemoral amputation (TFA, or bilateral lower-limb amputation (BLLA participated. Stepwise regression analysis was used to develop separate regression models of factors predicting CHAMP score. Regression models containing both rehabilitation factors and other factors explained 81% (TTA, 36% (TFA, and 91% (BLLA of the variance in CHAMP score. Rehabilitation factors such as lower-limb strength and dynamic balance were found to be significantly related to CHAMP score and can be enhanced with the appropriate intervention. Further, the findings support the importance of salvaging the knee joint and its effect on high-level mobility capabilities. Lastly, the J-shaped energy storage and return feet were found to improve high-level mobility for SMs with TTA. These results could help guide rehabilitation and aid in developing appropriate interventions to assist in maximizing high-level mobility capabilities for SMs with traumatic lower-limb loss.

  11. Premenstrual Symptoms in Dysmenorrheic College Students: Prevalence and Relation to Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone Levels

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    Bayan A. Obeidat

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To determine the prevalence of premenstrual symptoms (PMS due to primary dysmenorrhea among a sample of university female students, and to explore possible association with vitamin D and parathyroid (PTH levels, as well as frequency of consumption of dairy products. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: One Jordanian university. Subjects: A total of 177 female students aged between 18 and 24 years who experienced primary dysmenorrhea participated in the study and completed a self administered questionnaire to collect information concerning demographics, menstruation- related information, associated specified premenstrual symptoms, and consumption of dairy products. Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin vitamin D level and intact parathyroid hormone level were measured. Results: Of the 177 participants 91.5% had two or more symptoms among which fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, abdominal bloating, and depression were the most prevalent symptoms. There was no evident association between presence of symptoms and vitamin D status, PTH level or dairy products consumption. Headaches and social withdrawal were significantly lower in those women who consumed high amounts of dairy products. Conclusion: Premenstrual symptoms are very common in young women with primary dysmenorrhea. PMS has no relation to levels of vitamin D, parathyroid hormone or dairy products consumption. Headache and social withdrawal may be affected by dairy product consumption.

  12. Multivariable control of the bifurcation and harmonic perturbations to improve the performance of air-handling units.

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    Moradi, Hamed; Vossoughi, Gholamreza

    2016-01-01

    In this research, nonlinear dynamics of an air-ehandling unit (AHU) is studied for tracking objectives, in the presence of harmonic perturbations. Three arbitrary realistic set-paths are considered for the indoor temperature and relative humidity. Two controllers based on feedback linearization (FBL) and pole placement approaches are designed to preserve the dynamic system around the desired tracking paths. It is shown that FBL controller works efficiently in bifurcation control and transforms the quasi-periodic limit cycles into the periodic ones (and consequently comfortable indoor conditions). In addition, FBL controller guarantees suppression of larger periodic limit cycles into the smaller ones, while it requires the lower air and cold water flow rates with less oscillatory behavior (in comparison with the pole-placement controller). However, it is observed that FBL controller fails in bifurcation control when the disturbance frequency increases. Re-tuning the dynamic gains of FBL controller is essential under such conditions. PMID:26619939

  13. The timing of Mediterranean sapropel deposition relative to insolation, sea-level and African monsoon changes

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    Grant, K. M.; Grimm, R.; Mikolajewicz, U.; Marino, G.; Ziegler, M.; Rohling, E. J.

    2016-05-01

    The Mediterranean basin is sensitive to global sea-level changes and African monsoon variability on orbital timescales. Both of these processes are thought to be important to the deposition of organic-rich sediment layers or 'sapropels' throughout the eastern Mediterranean, yet their relative influences remain ambiguous. A related issue is that an assumed 3-kyr lag between boreal insolation maxima and sapropel mid-points remains to be tested. Here we present new geochemical and ice-volume-corrected planktonic foraminiferal stable isotope records for sapropels S1 (Holocene), S3, S4, and S5 (Marine Isotope Stage 5) in core LC21 from the southern Aegean Sea. The records have a radiometrically constrained chronology that has already been synchronised with the Red Sea relative sea-level record, and this allows detailed examination of the timing of sapropel deposition relative to insolation, sea-level, and African monsoon changes. We find that sapropel onset was near-synchronous with monsoon run-off into the eastern Mediterranean, but that insolation-sapropel/monsoon phasings were not systematic through the last glacial cycle. These latter phasings instead appear to relate to sea-level changes. We propose that persistent meltwater discharges into the North Atlantic (e.g., at glacial terminations) modified the timing of sapropel deposition by delaying the timing of peak African monsoon run-off. These observations may reconcile apparent model-data offsets with respect to the orbital pacing of the African monsoon. Our observations also imply that the previous assumption of a systematic 3-kyr lag between insolation maxima and sapropel midpoints may lead to overestimated insolation-sapropel phasings. Finally, we surmise that both sea-level rise and monsoon run-off contributed to surface-water buoyancy changes at times of sapropel deposition, and their relative influences differed per sapropel case, depending on their magnitudes. Sea-level rise was clearly important for

  14. Evaluating the competent use of EAP linguistic features in relation to CEFRL English levels

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to analyse the competent use of EAP linguistic features (passive voice, use of nominal groups, typical verb forms, and modality, by the Technical University of Madrid engineering students, in relation to their CEFR competence levels, from A2 to C1. The results obtained with the STATGRAPHICS programme serve to identify those specific grammar structures most difficult to Spanish engineering students so that their learning may be favoured. Results calibration to CERF reference levels also renders a more complete scale of linguistic competence applied to EAP contexts.

  15. Application of the Generalized Work Relation for an N-level Quantum System

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    Junichi Ishikawa

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available An efficient periodic operation to obtain the maximum work from a nonequilibrium initial state in an N–level quantum system is shown. Each cycle consists of a stabilization process followed by an isentropic restoration process. The instantaneous time limit can be taken in the stabilization process from the nonequilibrium initial state to a stable passive state. In the restoration process that preserves the passive state a minimum period is needed to satisfy the uncertainty relation between energy and time. An efficient quantum feedback control in a symmetric two–level quantum system connected to an energy source is proposed.

  16. Elevated Systemic Levels of Endocannabinoids and Related Mediators Across the Menstrual Cycle in Women With Endometriosis.

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    Sanchez, Ana Maria; Cioffi, Raffaella; Viganò, Paola; Candiani, Massimo; Verde, Roberta; Piscitelli, Fabiana; Di Marzo, Vincenzo; Garavaglia, Elisabetta; Panina-Bordignon, Paola

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    Cannabinoids and modulators of the endocannabinoid system affect specific mechanisms that are critical to the establishment and development of endometriosis. The aim of this study was to measure the systemic levels of endocannabinoids and related mediators in women with and without endometriosis and to investigate whether such levels correlated with endometriosis-associated pain. Plasma and endometrial biopsies were obtained from women with a laparoscopic diagnosis of endometriosis (n = 27) and no endometrial pathology (n = 29). Plasma levels of endocannabinoids (N-arachidonoylethanolamine [AEA] and 2-arachidonoylglycerol [2-AG]) and related mediators (N-oleoylethanolamine [OEA] and N-palmitoylethanolamine [PEA]), messenger RNA expression of some of their receptors (cannabinoid receptor type 1 [CB1], CB2, transient receptor potential vanilloid type [TRPV1]), and the enzymes involved in the synthesis (N-acyl-phosphatidylethanolamine-hydrolyzing phospholipase D [NAPE-PLD]) and degradation (fatty acid amide hydrolase 1 [FAAH]) of AEA, OEA, and PEA were evaluated in endometrial stromal cells. The systemic levels of AEA, 2-AG, and OEA were elevated in endometriosis in the secretory phase compared to controls. The expression of CB1 was higher in secretory phase endometrial stromal cells of controls versus endometriosis. Similar expression levels of CB2, TRPV1, NAPE-PLD, and FAAH were detected in controls and endometriosis. Patients with moderate-to-severe dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia showed higher AEA and PEA levels than those with low-to-moderate pain symptoms, respectively. The association of increased circulating AEA and 2-AG with decreased local CB1 expression in endometriosis suggests a negative feedback loop regulation, which may impair the capability of these mediators to control pain. These preliminary data suggest that the pharmacological manipulation of the action or levels of these mediators may offer an alternative option for the management of endometriosis

  17. CLINICAL CO RELATION BETWEEN ARTERIAL VERSUS VENOUS AMMONIA LEVELS IN HEPATIC ENCEPHLOPATHY IN CIRRHOSIS OF LIVER

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available : INTRODUCTION: Hepatic encephalopathy is a reversible neuropsychiatry state that complicates liver disease. Pathogenesis of Hepatic Encephalopathy in chronic liver is function is widely accepted to be due to failure of hepatic clearance of toxins products from gut exact toxin involved remains controversial but ammonia is thought to be an important factor. Ammonia levels help both in diagnosis and serve as a guide in treatment. Diagnosis of Hepatic Encephalopathy can be done based on clinical criteria and the severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy can be graded by West Haven Criteria. This criterion is the simplest grading of Hepatic Encephalopathy based on clinical findings. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To correlate between Ammonia levels and clinical severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Cirrhosis of liver and correlate between Arterial versus venous ammonia levels with severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy. RESULTS: Male patients had higher incidence than females. Severity of hepatic encephalopathy was graded by West Haven grading. Arterial total ammonia and venous ammonia was correlated with the clinical severity of HE. Of the 50 patients 3 had grade 1, 18 had grade 2, 22 had grade 3 and 7 had grade 4. Arterial and venous ammonia levels co related with severity of HE. The highest level of arterial ammonia was seen in grade 3 and grade 4.It was seen that other lab parameters also increased with severity of HE. But were not significant. Serum albumin was inversely co related with severity of HE. CONCLUSIONS: Arterial total ammonia correlated better with the severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy as compared to venous ammonia levels. Venous total ammonia did not correlate with severity of Hepatic Encephalopathy and with arterial ammonia levels.

  18. BURNOUT SYNDROME, JOB SATISFACTION LEVELS AND RELATED FACTORS IN CENTRAL TRABZON PROVINCE PRIMARY HEALTH CENTER WORKERS

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Burnout manifests itself in individuals working in professions involving face-to-face contact with the public in depersonalization towards others, feelings of emotional exhaustion, and reduced feelings of personal achievement and adequacy. The objective in this study was to determine burnout and job satisfaction levels and related factors in primary health center personnel in the central part of the Turkish province of Trabzon. A total of 227 people working in central Trabzon province primary health centers participated in this cross-sectional study, a level of 90.4%. The Maslach Burnout Inventory was used to determine burnout level and the Job Satisfaction Inventory for job satisfaction. Burnout levels in health personnel were high among women (15.06±5.57, married individuals (14.80±5.65 and those dissatisfied with their working conditions (16.80±5.81; physicians (5.00±2.79, those without children (5.19±2.54, those whose spouses were not working (4.69±2.70 and smokers (4.71±3.29 had a high level of depersonalization; and married individuals were determined to have a low personal achievement level (10.24±4.14 (p=0.020, p=0.028, p=0.011, p=0.038, p=0.028, p=0.012 and p=0.010, respectively. In conclusion, gender, marital status, age, satisfaction with working conditions and income level were determined to be related to burnout and job satisfaction. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2007; 6(1.000: 41-50

  19. BURNOUT SYNDROME, JOB SATISFACTION LEVELS AND RELATED FACTORS IN CENTRAL TRABZON PROVINCE PRIMARY HEALTH CENTER WORKERS

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Burnout manifests itself in individuals working in professions involving face-to-face contact with the public in depersonalization towards others, feelings of emotional exhaustion, and reduced feelings of personal achievement and adequacy. The objective in this study was to determine burnout and job satisfaction levels and related factors in primary health center personnel in the central part of the Turkish province of Trabzon. A total of 227 people working in central Trabzon province primary health centers participated in this cross-sectional study, a level of 90.4%. The Maslach Burnout Inventory was used to determine burnout level and the Job Satisfaction Inventory for job satisfaction. Burnout levels in health personnel were high among women (15.06±5.57, married individuals (14.80±5.65 and those dissatisfied with their working conditions (16.80±5.81; physicians (5.00±2.79, those without children (5.19±2.54, those whose spouses were not working (4.69±2.70 and smokers (4.71±3.29 had a high level of depersonalization; and married individuals were determined to have a low personal achievement level (10.24±4.14 (p=0.020, p=0.028, p=0.011, p=0.038, p=0.028, p=0.012 and p=0.010, respectively. In conclusion, gender, marital status, age, satisfaction with working conditions and income level were determined to be related to burnout and job satisfaction. [TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(1: 41-50

  20. Exposure to pyrethroids insecticides and serum levels of thyroid-related measures in pregnant women

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    Possible association between environmental exposure to pyrethroid insecticides and serum thyroid-related measures was explored in 231 pregnant women of 10–12 gestational weeks recruited at a university hospital in Tokyo during 2009–2011. Serum levels of free thyroxine (fT4), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid biding globulin (TBG) and urinary pyrethroid insecticide metabolite (3-phenoxybenzoic acid, 3-PBA) were measured. Obstetrical information was obtained from medical records and dietary and lifestyle information was collected by self-administered questionnaire. Geometric mean concentration of creatinine-adjusted urinary 3-PBA was 0.363 (geometric standard deviation: 3.06) μg/g cre, which was consistent with the previously reported levels for non-exposed Japanese adult females. The range of serum fT4, TSH and TBG level was 0.83–3.41 ng/dL, 0.01–27.4 μIU/mL and 16.4–54.4 μg/mL, respectively. Multiple regression analysis was carried out by using either one of serum levels of thyroid-related measures as a dependent variable and urinary 3-PBA as well as other potential covariates (age, pre-pregnancy BMI, parity, urinary iodine, smoking and drinking status) as independent variables: 3-PBA was not found as a significant predictor of serum level of thyroid-related measures. Lack of association may be due to lower pyrethroid insecticide exposure level of the present subjects. Taking the ability of pyrethroid insecticides and their metabolite to bind to nuclear thyroid hormone (TH) receptor, as well as their ability of placental transfer, into consideration, it is warranted to investigate if pyrethroid pesticides do not have any effect on TH actions in fetus brain even though maternal circulating TH level is not affected. -- Highlights: • Pyrethroid exposure and thyroid hormone status was examined in pregnant women. • Urinary 3-phenoxybenzoic acid was used as a biomarker of exposure. • Iodine nutrition, age and other covariates were included

  1. Exposure to pyrethroids insecticides and serum levels of thyroid-related measures in pregnant women

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    Zhang, Jie; Hisada, Aya [Department of Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8563 (Japan); Yoshinaga, Jun, E-mail: junyosh@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8563 (Japan); Shiraishi, Hiroaki [National Institute for Environmental Studies, Onogawa 16-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8563 (Japan); Shimodaira, Kazuhisa; Okai, Takashi [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Showa University School of Medicine, 1-5-8 Hatanodai, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-8555 (Japan); Noda, Yumiko; Shirakawa, Miyako; Kato, Nobumasa [Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Showa University School of Medicine, 1-5-8 Hatanodai, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-8555 (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    Possible association between environmental exposure to pyrethroid insecticides and serum thyroid-related measures was explored in 231 pregnant women of 10–12 gestational weeks recruited at a university hospital in Tokyo during 2009–2011. Serum levels of free thyroxine (fT4), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid biding globulin (TBG) and urinary pyrethroid insecticide metabolite (3-phenoxybenzoic acid, 3-PBA) were measured. Obstetrical information was obtained from medical records and dietary and lifestyle information was collected by self-administered questionnaire. Geometric mean concentration of creatinine-adjusted urinary 3-PBA was 0.363 (geometric standard deviation: 3.06) μg/g cre, which was consistent with the previously reported levels for non-exposed Japanese adult females. The range of serum fT4, TSH and TBG level was 0.83–3.41 ng/dL, 0.01–27.4 μIU/mL and 16.4–54.4 μg/mL, respectively. Multiple regression analysis was carried out by using either one of serum levels of thyroid-related measures as a dependent variable and urinary 3-PBA as well as other potential covariates (age, pre-pregnancy BMI, parity, urinary iodine, smoking and drinking status) as independent variables: 3-PBA was not found as a significant predictor of serum level of thyroid-related measures. Lack of association may be due to lower pyrethroid insecticide exposure level of the present subjects. Taking the ability of pyrethroid insecticides and their metabolite to bind to nuclear thyroid hormone (TH) receptor, as well as their ability of placental transfer, into consideration, it is warranted to investigate if pyrethroid pesticides do not have any effect on TH actions in fetus brain even though maternal circulating TH level is not affected. -- Highlights: • Pyrethroid exposure and thyroid hormone status was examined in pregnant women. • Urinary 3-phenoxybenzoic acid was used as a biomarker of exposure. • Iodine nutrition, age and other covariates were included

  2. Bifurcation sets and catastrophes in manifolds of steady states of pneumatic-tired machines under constant mechanical loads

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    In this article, we examine the steady motions of pneumatic-wheeled machines within the framework of the phenomenological approach developed by I. Rokar. The manipulated variables are longitudinal velocity v, the angle θ of rotation of the front wheels relative to the body of the machine, the lateral force Q applied at the center of mass C, and the moment of the forces M relative to the vertical axis. A procedure is proposed for constructing a bifurcation surface in explicit or parametric form without constructing the set of steady states. At Q = O and M = O, the bifurcation curve has a cusp. Such a cusp is characteristic of the catastrophe set. The introduction of the third parameter Q does not change the character of the bifurcation set, but it does shift its boundaries and, in so doing, lowers the critical linear velocity. The parameter M is important from the viewpoint of catastrophe theory, since it changes the dimensionality fo the catastrophe space. A 'dovetail' singularity is realized when M = 0

  3. Distributions and natural levels of related metals in a trophic pathway

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    The first objective was to test the hypothesis that metal distributions and trends in organisms are, in part, a function of metal positions in the periodic table in unpolluted ecosystems. The data have shown that large soil crustal abundance differences of related elements (e.g. alkali metals) are proportionately approximated in higher organisms. Concentration factors for related nutritious and nonessential and toxic metals were determined along a trophic pathway. When the concentration factors were reported as the concentration of a particular metal by itself, all metal concentrations increased along the trophic pathway. The second objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that distributions and natural levels of chemically related nonessential and toxic metals can better be known when the metals are reported as a ratio, in ash, of the nonessential or toxic metal to its chemically related nutritious metal (e.g. strontium/calcium) as the metals are transferred through trophic pathways. The data have shown that when this method of reporting metal abundances in trophic levels is used, nonessential and toxic metals are discriminated against, relative to their chemically related nutritious metal, as the metals are transferred through the trophic pathway levels. The third objective was designed to test the hypothesis that surface deposition of toxic metals upon plants influences the trends of metal abundances through trophic pathways. This study indicates that metal pollution in the form of deposition upon plant surfaces bypasses the discrimination mechanisms in plants, and consequently elevates the total body burden in herbivores. It is likely that there is no herbivore defense for this type of metal exposure, because herbivores have probably come to rely, in part, upon the discriminatory mechanism of plants throughout the course of evolutionary history to keep toxic metal burdens low

  4. How periodic orbit bifurcations drive multiphoton ionization

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    Huang, S.; Chandre, C; Uzer, T.

    2006-01-01

    The multiphoton ionization of hydrogen by a strong bichromatic microwave field is a complex process prototypical for atomic control research. Periodic orbit analysis captures this complexity: Through the stability of periodic orbits we can match qualitatively the variation of experimental ionization rates with a control parameter, the relative phase between the two modes of the field. Moreover, an empirical formula reproduces quantum simulations to a high degree of accuracy. This quantitative...

  5. Experimental study of relative level populations in beam-foil excited Ar+7 and Kr+7

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    The relative level populations in beam-foil excited sodium-like argon (Ar VIII) and copper-like krypton (Kr VIII) have been studied at 2 MeV projectile energy. In Ar VIII, the 3p and the 3d terms are strongly excited. The level population decreases rapidly with increasing value of the principal quantum number n, reaches a minimum for levels with n = 5 or 6, but increases then and reaches a strong maximum for levels with n approximately 11. Also the Kr VIII data show a population maximum for levels with n = 11. The strong 3p and 3d level excitations in Ar VIII are explained as selective inner-shell processes which can be understood in the molecular-orbital electron-promotion picture. The preferential population of high-flying Rydberg states is explained as resulting from a near-resonance electron transfer from the valence band of the carbon foil to the projectile. This process takes place when the projectile leaves the back of the foil. (Auth.)

  6. Relative sea-level changes during the last century recorded by coral microatolls in Belloc, Haiti

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    Weil-Accardo, J.; Feuillet, N.; Jacques, E.; Deschamps, P.; Saurel, J.-M.; Thirumalai, K.; Demeza, S.; Anglade, D.

    2016-04-01

    We present here the first study of coral microatolls in the Caribbean. An exceptional site (Belloc reef) where dozens of microatolls were growing was uplifted and exposed during the 12 January 2010 Mw 7 Haiti earthquake. Total station measurements of the old pre-earthquake and the new post-earthquake coral highest level of survival (HLS) on two generations of Siderastrea siderea corals allowed us to estimate a value of 45 ± 14 cm for the coseismic uplift. In this small 90 m × 70 m reef, microatolls of different shapes (cups, hats or flats) coexist, indicating long term submergence, emergence or stable relative sea-level. This variability in coral shape is uncommon. Two slices of microatolls, one cup-shaped (B8) and one hat-shaped (B10) were sampled with a chain saw and X-rayed to study their stratigraphy. B10 recorded a mean relative sea-level decrease of about - 1 mm/yr over the last five decades, whereas B8 has grown in a context of relative sea-level rise at a rate of about 1 mm/yr over nine decades. Several sudden and temporary die downs simultaneously disrupted the growth of both corals in 1940 ± 2, 1963 ± 2, 1983 ± 2, 1992 ± 1, 2001 ± 1 and 2009 and may be caused by oceanographic/climatic phenomena occurring in the tropical North Atlantic. The last one, in 2009, was associated with a clear sea-level height decrease (about 10 cm) in the satellite data. B10 was strongly affected by these events and records die downs of systematically larger amplitude, which tended to delay its upward growth compared to B8. This makes B10 less reliable for the evaluation of the relative sea-level trend, its emergence rate being only an apparent estimate due to die downs. Fossil coral microatolls of Diploria strigosa which died between 1958 and 1966 (according to U/Th dating), probably during one of the strongest hurricane reported in Haiti (Flora, 1963), display a cup shape attesting for submergence. Their HLS is 1 cm below the HLS of the S. siderea killed in 2010. The

  7. Circulating levels of p,p'-DDE are related to prevalent hypertension in the elderly

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    Lind, P. Monica, E-mail: monica.lind@medsci.uu.se [Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University, Ulleråkersvägen 40, 751 85 Uppsala (Sweden); Penell, Johanna [Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University, Ulleråkersvägen 40, 751 85 Uppsala (Sweden); Salihovic, Samira; Bavel, Bert van [MTM Research Center, School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, Örebro (Sweden); Lind, Lars [Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden)

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    Background: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin given to experimental animals increase the blood pressure. We therefore investigated if circulating levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were related to hypertension in a population-based sample of men and women. Methods: One thousand and sixteen subjects aged 70 years were investigated in the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study. Twenty-three POPs were analyzed using high-resolution gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS). Hypertension was defined as a systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg, and/or use of antihypertensive medication. Results: Seven hundred and thirty-two subjects (72%) showed hypertension. When the POPs were treated as continuous variables and adjusted for gender only, two PCBs with a low number of chlorine atoms (PCB 105 and 118) were related to prevalent hypertension. Also the OC pesticide p,p'-DDE was related to hypertension. The strongest of these associations was seen for p,p'-DDE (OR 1.35 for a 1 SD change, 95% CI 1.17–1.56, p<0.0001). Following further adjustment also for BMI, smoking status, education level and exercise habits, only p,p'-DDE was still significantly related to hypertension (OR 1.23 for a 1 SD change, 95% CI 1.06–1.43, p=0.006). Conclusion: In this cross-sectional analysis of an elderly population, high levels of circulating levels of p,p'-DDE were associated with prevalent hypertension, further strengthening the experimental findings that POPs might influence blood pressure. - Highlights: • We evaluated the relation between POPs and hypertension. • Cross sectional data from a cohort of elderly men and women were analyzed. • The main exposure was circulating levels of 23 different POPs. • Hypertension was defined as ≥140/90 mmHg and/or antihypertensive treatment. • High levels of p,p'-DDE were associated with

  8. Circulating levels of p,p'-DDE are related to prevalent hypertension in the elderly

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    Background: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin given to experimental animals increase the blood pressure. We therefore investigated if circulating levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were related to hypertension in a population-based sample of men and women. Methods: One thousand and sixteen subjects aged 70 years were investigated in the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study. Twenty-three POPs were analyzed using high-resolution gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS). Hypertension was defined as a systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg, and/or use of antihypertensive medication. Results: Seven hundred and thirty-two subjects (72%) showed hypertension. When the POPs were treated as continuous variables and adjusted for gender only, two PCBs with a low number of chlorine atoms (PCB 105 and 118) were related to prevalent hypertension. Also the OC pesticide p,p'-DDE was related to hypertension. The strongest of these associations was seen for p,p'-DDE (OR 1.35 for a 1 SD change, 95% CI 1.17–1.56, p<0.0001). Following further adjustment also for BMI, smoking status, education level and exercise habits, only p,p'-DDE was still significantly related to hypertension (OR 1.23 for a 1 SD change, 95% CI 1.06–1.43, p=0.006). Conclusion: In this cross-sectional analysis of an elderly population, high levels of circulating levels of p,p'-DDE were associated with prevalent hypertension, further strengthening the experimental findings that POPs might influence blood pressure. - Highlights: • We evaluated the relation between POPs and hypertension. • Cross sectional data from a cohort of elderly men and women were analyzed. • The main exposure was circulating levels of 23 different POPs. • Hypertension was defined as ≥140/90 mmHg and/or antihypertensive treatment. • High levels of p,p'-DDE were associated with prevalent hypertension

  9. Conjectural bifurcation analysis of the contact-induced vibratory response of an aircraft engine blade

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    Batailly, Alain; Legrand, Mathias; Millecamps, Antoine; Garcin, François

    2015-07-01

    This paper deals with the numerical investigation of the unilateral contact-induced dynamics of a turbomachine blade rotating within a perfectly rigid yet distorted casing. This investigation is motivated by unelucidated vibratory behaviours observed experimentally. The simulations are based on an in-house time-marching strategy incorporating Lagrange multipliers for the unilateral contact treatment, as well as centrifugal stiffening and abradable coating removal. Significant extensions are proposed through the implementation of (1) aerodynamic loading on the blade and (2) post-processing techniques involving the empirical mode decomposition which provides fruitful insights on important transient phenomena. A thorough bifurcation analysis with and without aerodynamic loading highlights the existence of flip bifurcations with period-doubling and period-halving sequences over a broad angular speed range. Numerical simulations with external aerodynamic loading yield quasi-periodic and likely to be chaotic motions that could not be observed under vacuum. The proposed numerical investigations underline the key role of the aerodynamic loading in the blade dynamics and suggest that unexplained experimental vibratory behaviours are related to the vacuum conditions of the experiment.

  10. BWR stability and bifurcation analysis using reduced order models and system codes: Identification of a subcritical Hopf bifurcation using RAMONA

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    The system code RAMONA, as well as a recently developed BWR reduced order model (ROM), are employed for the stability analysis of a specific operational point of the Leibstadt nuclear power plant. This has been done in order to assess the ROM's applicability and limitations in a quantitative manner. In the context of a detailed local bifurcation analysis carried out using RAMONA in the neighbourhood of the chosen Leibstadt operational point, a bridge is built between the ROM and the system code. This has been achieved through interpreting RAMONA solutions on the basis of the physical mechanisms identified in the course of applying the ROM. This leads, for the first time, to the identification of a subcritical Poincare-Andronov-Hopf (PAH) bifurcation using a system code. As a consequence, the possibility of the so-called correspondence hypothesis is suggested to underline the relationship between a stable (unstable) limit cycle solution and the occurrence of a supercritical (subcritical) PAH bifurcation in the modeling of boiling water reactor stability behaviour

  11. Data Revisions and the Statistical Relation of Global Mean Sea-Level and Temperature

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    Hillebrand, Eric; Johansen, Søren; Schmith, Torben

    2015-01-01

    We study the stability of the estimated statistical relation of global mean temperature and global mean sea-level with regard to data revisions. Using three different model specifications proposed in the literature, we compare coefficient estimates and forecasts using two different vintages of the annual time series. We find that two out of the three models, proposed in [1] and in [2], are very sensitive to the revisions. The magnitude of the estimated coefficient of influence as well as the ...

  12. An Event-Level Examination of Sex Differences and Subjective Intoxication in Alcohol-Related Aggression

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    Quinn, Patrick D.; Stappenbeck, Cynthia A.; Fromme, Kim

    2013-01-01

    Laboratory-based experimental research has demonstrated that the pharmacological effects of alcohol can increase aggressive responding. Given mixed findings and concerns regarding task validity, however, it remains uncertain whether this effect holds constant across men and women and whether variability in subjective alcohol intoxication contributes to alcohol-related aggression. In the present investigation, we used four years of event-level data in a sample of 1,775 college students (140,61...

  13. Association of hair iron levels with creativity and psychological variables related to creativity

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    Hikaru Takeuchi

    2013-01-01

    Creativity generally involves the conception of original and valuable ideas. Previous studies have suggested an association between creativity and the dopaminergic system, and that physical activity facilitates creativity. Iron plays a key role in the dopaminergic system and physical activity. Here, we newly investigated the associations between hair iron levels and creativity, dopamine-related traits and states [novelty seeking, extraversion, and vigor (motivational state)], as well as the p...

  14. Macro-level Indicators of the Relations between Research Funding and Research Output

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    Leydesdorff, Loet; Wagner, Caroline

    2009-01-01

    In response to the call for a science of science policy, we discuss the contribution of indicators at the macro-level of nations from a scientometric perspective. In addition to global trends such as the rise of China, one can relate percentages of world share of publications to government expenditure in academic research. The marginal costs of improving one's share are increasing over time. Countries differ considerably in terms of the efficiency of turning (financial) input into bibliometri...

  15. The Relation between Assertiveness Levels, Locus of Control and Academic Success of Turkish Language Teacher Candidates

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    Ahmet Güneyli; Sibel Dinçyürek; Mehmet Çağlar

    2012-01-01

    Before they start their career, candidate teachers must have deep knowledge about the characteristics that a successful teachers should have. The purpose is to create awareness that personal traits of a teacher are critical during education period and to improve and develop these traits. The research is a descriptive one and the basic purpose of this study is to examine the relation between the assertiveness levels and locus of control, on one hand, and academic success, on the other, of seni...

  16. The Relation Which between Anxiety Level Of the Mothers Who Have Disabled Children and Social Support

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    Yemliha COŞKUN; Günbey AKKAŞ

    2009-01-01

    By this research, it is aimed to state the relation between continual anxiety level of mothers who have disabled child and social support. 150 mothers who applied to Kahramanmaras Guidance Research Center to evaluate and diagnose their disabled children in 2008-2009 education years form the sample of research. As a tool for collecting data in the research, with „Individual Info Form‟, „Spielberger Manual for State-Trait Anxiety Inventory STAI‟ (Spielberger & Frends, 1970 ) to determine the co...

  17. How unimodular gravity theories differ from general relativity at quantum level

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    Bufalo, R.; Oksanen, M.; Tureanu, A.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate path integral quantization of two versions of unimodular gravity. First a fully diffeomorphism-invariant theory is analyzed, which does not include a unimodular condition on the metric, while still being equivalent to other unimodular gravity theories at the classical level. The path integral has the same form as in general relativity (GR), except that the cosmological constant is an unspecified value of a variable, and it thus is unrelated to any coupling constant. When the st...

  18. School Effectiveness at Primary Level of Education in Relation to Classroom Teaching

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    Manas Ranjan Panigrahi

    2014-01-01

    The study aims to investigate the relationship of School Effectiveness with regard to classroom teaching at primary level of education. The objectives of the study were to identify the more-effective and less-effective schools; to find out the differences between more-effective and less-effective schools in relation to physical facilities, Head Master and Teachers’ performance and Students’ performance; to find out the relationship between the school effectiveness and ...

  19. THE RELATION BETWEEN PHAGOCYTIC ACTIVITY OF THE NEUTROPHILS (PMN AND THE GLICEMIC LEVEL AT THE SPORTSMAN

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    Full Text Available We tried to find a relation between the phagocytes activity of the neutrophils and the level of glicemy in athletes applying the ANOVA test, taking into account the fact that hyperglicemy reduces the phagocytes activity of the neutrophils which becomes so more spherical and burden after the contact with foreign particles. The phagocyte activity of neutrophils (PMN had been established through NBT technique and the glicemy level was determined by Hagerdon – Jansen method. From these notices processed by ANOVA test applied on the values of phagocyte activity of PMN and on glicemy level we conclude that does not exist a tendency of association of these two parameters in a relationship.

  20. Surgical anatomy of bilateral extralaryngeal bifurcation of the recurrent laryngeal nerve: Similarities and differences between both sides

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    Emin Gurleyik

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anatomical variations of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN such as extralaryngeal terminal bifurcation is an important risk for its motor function. Aims: The objective is to study surgical anatomy of bilateral bifurcation of the RLNs in order to decrease risk of vocal cord palsy in patients with bifurcated nerves. Materials and Methods: Surgical anatomy including terminal bifurcation was established in 292 RLNs of 146 patients. We included patients with bilateral bifurcation of RLN in this study. Based on two anatomical landmarks (nerve-artery crossing and laryngeal entry, the cervical course of RLN was classified in four segments: Pre-arterial, arterial, post-arterial and pre-laryngeal. According to these segments, bifurcation point locations along the cervical course of RLNs were compared between both sides in bilateral cases. Results: RLNs were exposed throughout their entire courses. Seventy (48% patients had bifurcated RLNs. We identified terminal bifurcation in 90 (31% of 292 RLNs along the cervical course. Bilateral bifurcation was observed in 20 (28.6% patients with bifurcated RLNs. Bifurcation points were located on arterial and post-arterial segments in 37.5% and 32.5% of cases, respectively. Pre-arterial and pre-laryngeal segments contained bifurcations in 15% of cases. Comparison of both sides indicated that bifurcation points were similar in 5 (25% and different in 15 (75% patients with bilateral bifurcation. Permanent nerve injury did not occur in this series. Conclusion: Bilateral bifurcation of both RLNs was observed in approximately 30% of patients with extralaryngeal bifurcation which is a common anatomical variation. Bifurcation occurred in different segments along cervical course of RLN. Bifurcation point locations differed between both sides in the majority of bilateral cases. Increasing surgeons′ awareness of this variation may lead to safely exposing bifurcated nerves and prevent the injury to extralaryngeal

  1. Numerical relations and skill level constrain co-adaptive behaviors of agents in sports teams.

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    Silva, Pedro; Travassos, Bruno; Vilar, Luís; Aguiar, Paulo; Davids, Keith; Araújo, Duarte; Garganta, Júlio

    2014-01-01

    Similar to other complex systems in nature (e.g., a hunting pack, flocks of birds), sports teams have been modeled as social neurobiological systems in which interpersonal coordination tendencies of agents underpin team swarming behaviors. Swarming is seen as the result of agent co-adaptation to ecological constraints of performance environments by collectively perceiving specific possibilities for action (affordances for self and shared affordances). A major principle of invasion team sports assumed to promote effective performance is to outnumber the opposition (creation of numerical overloads) during different performance phases (attack and defense) in spatial regions adjacent to the ball. Such performance principles are assimilated by system agents through manipulation of numerical relations between teams during training in order to create artificially asymmetrical performance contexts to simulate overloaded and underloaded situations. Here we evaluated effects of different numerical relations differentiated by agent skill level, examining emergent inter-individual, intra- and inter-team coordination. Groups of association football players (national--NLP and regional-level--RLP) participated in small-sided and conditioned games in which numerical relations between system agents were manipulated (5v5, 5v4 and 5v3). Typical grouping tendencies in sports teams (major ranges, stretch indices, distances of team centers to goals and distances between the teams' opposing line-forces in specific team sectors) were recorded by plotting positional coordinates of individual agents through continuous GPS tracking. Results showed that creation of numerical asymmetries during training constrained agents' individual dominant regions, the underloaded teams' compactness and each team's relative position on-field, as well as distances between specific team sectors. We also observed how skill level impacted individual and team coordination tendencies. Data revealed emergence of

  2. Numerical relations and skill level constrain co-adaptive behaviors of agents in sports teams.

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    Pedro Silva

    Full Text Available Similar to other complex systems in nature (e.g., a hunting pack, flocks of birds, sports teams have been modeled as social neurobiological systems in which interpersonal coordination tendencies of agents underpin team swarming behaviors. Swarming is seen as the result of agent co-adaptation to ecological constraints of performance environments by collectively perceiving specific possibilities for action (affordances for self and shared affordances. A major principle of invasion team sports assumed to promote effective performance is to outnumber the opposition (creation of numerical overloads during different performance phases (attack and defense in spatial regions adjacent to the ball. Such performance principles are assimilated by system agents through manipulation of numerical relations between teams during training in order to create artificially asymmetrical performance contexts to simulate overloaded and underloaded situations. Here we evaluated effects of different numerical relations differentiated by agent skill level, examining emergent inter-individual, intra- and inter-team coordination. Groups of association football players (national--NLP and regional-level--RLP participated in small-sided and conditioned games in which numerical relations between system agents were manipulated (5v5, 5v4 and 5v3. Typical grouping tendencies in sports teams (major ranges, stretch indices, distances of team centers to goals and distances between the teams' opposing line-forces in specific team sectors were recorded by plotting positional coordinates of individual agents through continuous GPS tracking. Results showed that creation of numerical asymmetries during training constrained agents' individual dominant regions, the underloaded teams' compactness and each team's relative position on-field, as well as distances between specific team sectors. We also observed how skill level impacted individual and team coordination tendencies. Data revealed

  3. Systematic change in relative stabilities of REE-humic complexes at various metal loading levels

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    Complexation of rare earth elements (REEs) with humic substances (HSs) at various REE loading levels was studied by solvent extraction and equilibrium dialysis methods coupled with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Apparent stability constants (βM-HS) of REE ions with standard Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) were determined simultaneously for all REEs except for Pm. βM-HS depends on the REE loading level to HSs, where βM-HS decreases with an increase in the REE loading level at a lower REE loading region, whereas βM-HS is almost constant beyond a certain REE loading level. The variation in βM-HS with the REE loading level suggests the existence of several types of binding sites of REEs in HSs. Next, βM-HS was converted into KMA (Which is the REE-HS interaction parameter for Tipping's 'Humic Ion-Binding Model VI') to be compared with the data by previous studies on REE-HS complexation at various REE loading levels in terms of relative differences among REEs (i.e., REE pattern). In the case of solvent extraction, the REE pattern of logKMA changes with variation in the REE loading level; a peak around Sm and Eu was observed in the REE pattern of logKMA at a higher REE loading region, whereas logKMA increases with an increase in the atomic number of REEs at a lower REE loading region. On the other hand, such variation in the REE pattern of logKMA was not observed in the results of equilibrium dialysis. This difference in the REE pattern of logKMA can be explained by the total metal loading level, including the contributions of Fe3+ and Al3+ originally contained in HS. The main binding sites of REEs in HSs were determined by comparing the REE pattern of logKMA experimentally obtained for HSs with those estimated based on the linear free-energy relationship (LFER) for carboxylates. Similarity of the REE pattern suggested that simple carboxylates are the main binding sites of REEs at a higher metal loading region, whereas chelating sites play a

  4. On Stability and Bifurcation of Solutions of Nonlinear System of Differential Equations for AIDS Disease

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: This study aims to discuss the stability and bifurcation of a system of ordinary differential equations expressing a general nonlinear model of HIV/AIDS which has great interests from scientists and researchers on mathematics, biology, medicine and education. The existance of equilibrium points and their local stability are studied for HIV/AIDS model with two forms of the incidence rates. Conclusion/Recommendations: A comparison with recent published results is given. Hopf bifurcation of solutions of an epidemic model with a general nonlinear incidence rate is established. It is also proved that the system undergoes a series of Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation, i.e., saddle-node bifurcation, Hopf bifurcation and homoclinic bifurcation for suitable values of the parameters.

  5. Pitchfork bifurcation and vibrational resonance in a fractional-order Duffing oscillator

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    J H Yang; M A F Sanjuán; W Xiang; H Zhu

    2013-12-01

    The pitchfork bifurcation and vibrational resonance are studied in a fractional-order Duffing oscillator with delayed feedback and excited by two harmonic signals. Using an approximation method, the bifurcation behaviours and resonance patterns are predicted. Supercritical and subcritical pitchfork bifurcations can be induced by the fractional-order damping, the exciting highfrequency signal and the delayed time. The fractional-order damping mainly determines the pattern of the vibrational resonance. There is a bifurcation point of the fractional order which, in the case of double-well potential, transforms vibrational resonance pattern from a single resonance to a double resonance, while in the case of single-well potential, transforms vibrational resonance from no resonance to a single resonance. The delayed time influences the location of the vibrational resonance and the bifurcation point of the fractional order. Pitchfork bifurcation is the necessary condition for the double resonance. The theoretical predictions are in good agreement with the numerical simulations.

  6. Stability and bifurcation in a voltage controlled negative-output KY Boost converter

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    The stability and bifurcation in a voltage controlled negative-output KY Boost converter is studied in this Letter. A glimpse at the stability and bifurcation from the power electronics simulator (PSIM) software are given. And then, its mathematical model and corresponding discrete model are derived. The stability and bifurcation of the converter are determined with the help of the loci of eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrix. It is found that the Hopf bifurcation is easy to come in this converter when the value of its energy-transferring capacitor increases. Finally, the analytical results are confirmed by the circuit experiment. - Research highlights: Stability and bifurcation of this converter are studied via the discrete model. → Hopf bifurcation occurs in this converter and low frequency oscillation appears. → There exists a jump on this converter's output voltage and it should be careful. → A compromise must be done when choosing the value of the capacitor Cb.

  7. Bifurcation analysis of a predator–prey model with anti-predator behaviour

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    We investigated a predator–prey model with a nonmonotonic functional response and anti-predator behaviour such that the adult prey can attack vulnerable predators. By analyzing the existence and stability of all possible equilibria and conducting a bifurcation analysis, we obtained the global dynamics of the proposed system. The system could undergo a saddle-node bifurcation, (supercritical and subcritical) Hopf bifurcation, homoclinic bifurcation and a Bogdanov–Takens bifurcation of codimension 2. Further, we obtained a generic family unfolding for the system by choosing the environmental carrying capacity of the prey and the death rate of the predator as bifurcation parameters. Numerical studies showed that anti-predator behaviour not only makes the coexistence of the prey and predator populations less likely, but also damps the predator–prey oscillations. Therefore, anti-predator behaviour helps the prey population to resist predator aggression

  8. Postmortem serum protein growth arrest-specific 6 levels in sepsis-related deaths.

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    Palmiere, Cristian; Augsburger, Marc

    2015-09-01

    Growth arrest-specific 6 (Gas6) is widely expressed in leukocytes, platelets, endothelial cells, and monocytes. It regulates various processes including granulocyte adhesion to the endothelium, cell migration, thrombus stabilization, and cytokine release. In humans, increased plasma Gas6 levels have been described in patients with sepsis and septic shock. In this study, Gas6 concentrations were measured in postmortem serum from femoral blood in a series of sepsis-related fatalities and control cases. The aims were twofold: first, to determine whether Gas6 can be reliably determined in postmortem serum; and second, to assess its diagnostic potential in identifying sepsis-related deaths. Two study groups were prospectively formed, a sepsis-related fatalities group (24 cases) and a control group (24 cases) including cases of deep vein thrombosis and fatal pulmonary embolism, cases of systemic inflammatory response syndrome in severe trauma, cases of end-stage renal failure, and cases of hanging (non-septic, non-SIRS, non-end stage renal failure cases). The preliminary results of this study seem to indicate that Gas6 can be effectively measured in postmortem serum. However, Gas6 levels in sepsis-related fatalities do not appear to be clearly distinguishable from concentrations in pulmonary embolism, severe trauma, and end-stage renal failure cases. These findings tend to support previous reports that indicated that Gas6 behaves as an acute phase reactant and can be considered a general marker of inflammation rather than a specific biomarker of sepsis. PMID:26233610

  9. STUDY OF SERUM HAPTOGLOBIN LEVEL AND ITS RELATION TO ERYTHROPOIETIC ACTIVITY IN BETA THALASSEMIA CHILDREN .

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    Seham Ragab

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background  :Serum haptoglobin (Hp is a reliable marker for hemolysis regardless the inflammatory state.  Objective: We investigated the possible relation between Hp depletion and hemolysis severity, hepatitis C virus (HCV infection and iron load in β-thalassemia children. Methods: Twenty  two β-thalassemia major (TM ,20 β-thalassemia  intermedia (TI children with 20 age and sex matched healthy controls were involved. Pre-transfusion hemoglobin level was considered . Serum ferritin , Hp  and transferrin receptor  levels (sTfR  (by ELISA , alanine aminotransferase (ALT and  aspartate aminotransferase (AST  (by colorimetric method were assayed. Markers of hepatitis C virus  (HCV  were done by PCR. Results:  The mean Hp levels among the studied groups were as follows; 8.02 ± 0.93 (mg/dl , 8.6 ±0.72 (mg/dl  and 122  ± 18.5(mg/dl   for TM ,TI and the controls respectively . Both patient groups had significantly lower Hp level compared to the controls (P<0.0001  with significant lower level in TM compared to TI  children ( P= 0.034  .Significant inverse correlations were  found between serum Hp and sTfR levels in thalassemia children combined and in each group (TM and TI as well as among HCV infected children. STfR   was the only significant independent predictor for  serum Hp level (t= -5.585 , P<0.0001 . Among  HCV infected patients , no significant correlation was found between serum Hp and serum transaminases  .Conclusion:  Serum Hp depletion in thalassemia had significant relation to disease severity and correlated   well with their erythropoietic activity, as assessed by the measurement of  sTfR without significant relation  HCV infection . Large sample  multicenter studies are  recommended.

  10. A post-glacial relative sea-level curve from Fiordland, New Zealand

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    Dlabola, E. K.; Wilson, G. S.; Gorman, A. R.; Riesselman, C. R.; Moy, C. M.

    2015-08-01

    The modern fjords of southwest New Zealand were previously stranded lakes isolated from the Tasman Sea by bedrock and moraine sills following the retreat of glaciers at the Last Glacial Maximum. The isolated lake basins were subsequently inundated with sea water when sea-level rise overtopped the sills. A record of the lacustrine-to-marine environmental transition is preserved in the fjord basin sediments and is identified in two New Zealand fjords with high-resolution seismic data and paleoenvironmental analysis of sediment cores. Seismic data are used to constrain the maximum sill depth and microfossil assemblages are used to track the lacustrine-to-marine transition. Chronology is based on fourteen radiocarbon ages. A relative sea-level curve for Fiordland, New Zealand is constructed based on sill depths and age constraints on the marine incursion. The sea-level curve allows insights into estimated uplift rates for Fiordland during the Holocene. From a lowstand of at least 107 mbsl 14,750 yr ago, these data reveal a stepwise transgression. Meltwater Pulse 1b is identified between 12,400 and 11,400 yr ago, with a second acceleration in sea-level rise observed 9700 yr ago. This record contributes a new sea-level curve for a mid-latitude (45°S) Southern Hemisphere location as well as new evidence for Meltwater Pulse 1b.

  11. Dislocation-related trap levels in nitride-based light emitting diodes

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    Deep level transient spectroscopy was performed on InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well light emitting diodes (LEDs) in order to determine the effect of the dislocation density on the deep intragap electronic levels. The LEDs were grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on GaN templates with a high dislocation density of 8 × 109 cm−2 and a low dislocation density of 3 × 108 cm−2. Three trapping levels for electrons were revealed, named A, A1, and B, with energies EA ≈ 0.04 eV, EA1 ≈ 0.13 eV, and EB ≈ 0.54 eV, respectively. The trapping level A has a much higher concentration in the LEDs grown on the template with a high density of dislocations. The logarithmic dependence of the peak amplitude on the bias pulse width for traps A and A1 identifies the defects responsible for these traps as associated with linearly arranged defects. We conclude that traps A and A1 are dislocation-related intragap energy levels.

  12. Serum vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 and adropin levels in age-related macular degeneration

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    Örnek, Nurgül; Örnek, Kemal; Aydin, Süleyman; Yilmaz, Musa; Ölmez, Yaşar

    2016-01-01

    AIM To investigate the serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) and adropin in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients. METHODS Ninety-eight AMD patients were included in the study. Seventy-eight age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers were recruited as the control group. Fundus florescein angiography and optical coherence tomography were performed to assess the posterior segment details. Serum VEGFR-2 and adropin levels were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and compared between the study groups. RESULTS AMD group had significantly increased foveal retinal thickness, serum LDL and HDL levels and significantly decreased subfoveal choroidal thickness (P =0.01, 0.047, 0.025 and AMD patients compared to controls (26.48±6.44 vs 30.42±7.92 ng/mL, PAMD patients (6.17±3.19 vs 5.79±2.71 ng/mL, P=0.4). Serum level of VEGFR-2 in AMD patients had a significant negative correlation with foveal retinal thickness (r=-0.226, P=0.025) and a significant positive correlation with subfoveal choroidal thickness (r=0.2, P=0.048). CONCLUSION The current study demonstrated that the decreased serum VEGFR-2 level may be considered in the development of AMD. Adropin does not seem to play a role in the pathogenesis of AMD. PMID:27162728

  13. Stability and Bifurcation of Two Kinds of Three-Dimensional Fractional Lotka-Volterra Systems

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    Jinglei Tian

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of three-dimensional fractional Lotka-Volterra systems are discussed. For one system, the asymptotic stability of the equilibria is analyzed by providing some sufficient conditions. And bifurcation property is investigated by choosing the fractional order as the bifurcation parameter for the other system. In particular, the critical value of the fractional order is identified at which the Hopf bifurcation may occur. Furthermore, the numerical results are presented to verify the theoretical analysis.

  14. Complex dynamics in biological systems arising from multiple limit cycle bifurcation.

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    Yu, P; Lin, W

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we study complex dynamical behaviour in biological systems due to multiple limit cycles bifurcation. We use simple epidemic and predator-prey models to show exact routes to new types of bistability, that is, bistability between equilibrium and periodic oscillation, and bistability between two oscillations, which may more realistically describe the real situations. Bifurcation theory and normal form theory are applied to investigate the multiple limit cycles bifurcating from Hopf critical point. PMID:27042877

  15. Classification of coronary artery bifurcation lesions and treatments: Time for a consensus!

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    Louvard, Yves; Thomas, Martyn; Dzavik, Vladimir;

    2007-01-01

    , heterogeneity, and inadequate description of techniques implemented. Methods: The aim is to propose a consensus established by the European Bifurcation Club (EBC), on the definition and classification of bifurcation lesions and treatments implemented with the purpose of allowing comparisons between techniques...... proposes a new classification of bifurcation lesions and their treatments to permit accurate comparisons of well described techniques in homogeneous lesion groups. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Nov-5...

  16. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation for a Delayed SLBRS Computer Virus Model

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    Zizhen Zhang; Huizhong Yang

    2014-01-01

    By incorporating the time delay due to the period that computers use antivirus software to clean the virus into the SLBRS model a delayed SLBRS computer virus model is proposed in this paper. The dynamical behaviors which include local stability and Hopf bifurcation are investigated by regarding the delay as bifurcating parameter. Specially, direction and stability of the Hopf bifurcation are derived by applying the normal form method and center manifold theory. Finally, an illustrative examp...

  17. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation of a Computer Virus Model with Infection Delay and Recovery Delay

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    Haitao Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A computer virus model with infection delay and recovery delay is considered. The sufficient conditions for the global stability of the virus infection equilibrium are established. We show that the time delay can destabilize the virus infection equilibrium and give rise to Hopf bifurcations and stable periodic orbits. By the normal form and center manifold theory, the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and stability of the bifurcating periodic orbits are determined. Numerical simulations are provided to support our theoretical conclusions.

  18. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation in a Computer Virus Model with Multistate Antivirus

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    Huaqing Li; Xiaofeng Liao; Tao Dong

    2012-01-01

    By considering that people may immunize their computers with countermeasures in susceptible state, exposed state and using anti-virus software may take a period of time, a computer virus model with time delay based on an SEIR model is proposed. We regard time delay as bifurcating parameter to study the dynamical behaviors which include local asymptotical stability and local Hopf bifurcation. By analyzing the associated characteristic equation, Hopf bifurcation occurs when time delay passes th...

  19. Stability and Hopf Bifurcation of a Computer Virus Model with Infection Delay and Recovery Delay

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    Haitao Song; Qiaochu Wang; Weihua Jiang

    2014-01-01

    A computer virus model with infection delay and recovery delay is considered. The sufficient conditions for the global stability of the virus infection equilibrium are established. We show that the time delay can destabilize the virus infection equilibrium and give rise to Hopf bifurcations and stable periodic orbits. By the normal form and center manifold theory, the direction of the Hopf bifurcation and stability of the bifurcating periodic orbits are determined. Numerical simulations are p...

  20. Periodic orbits near bifurcations of codimension two Classical mechanics, semiclassics, and Stokes transitions

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    We investigate classical and semiclassical aspects of codimension--two bifurcations of periodic orbits in Hamiltonian systems. A classification of these bifurcations in autonomous systems with two degrees of freedom or time-periodic systems with one degree of freedom is presented. We derive uniform approximations to be used in semiclassical trace formulas and determine also certain global bifurcations in conjunction with Stokes transitions that become important in the ensuing diffraction catastrophe integrals.

  1. Investigation of ductility limits based on bifurcation theory coupled with continuum damage mechanics

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    BOUKTIR, Yasser; Chalal, Hocine; HADDAD, Moussa; ABED-MERAIM, Farid

    2015-01-01

    The ductility limits of an St14 steel are investigated using an elastic‒plastic‒damage model and bifurcation theory. An associative J2-flow theory of plasticity is coupled with damage within the framework of continuum damage mechanics. For strain localization prediction, the bifurcation analysis is adopted. Both the constitutive equations and the localization bifurcation criterion are implemented into the finite element code ABAQUS, within the framework of large strains and a fully three-dime...

  2. Hopf bifurcations of a ratio-dependent predator–prey model involving two discrete maturation time delays

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    Highlights: • A ratio-dependent predator–prey system involving two discrete maturation time delays is studied. • Hopf bifurcations are analyzed by choosing delay parameters as bifurcation parameters. • When a delay parameter passes through a critical value, Hopf bifurcations occur. • The direction of bifurcation, the period and the stability of periodic solution are also obtained. - Abstract: In this paper we give a detailed Hopf bifurcation analysis of a ratio-dependent predator–prey system involving two different discrete delays. By analyzing the characteristic equation associated with the model, its linear stability is investigated. Choosing delay terms as bifurcation parameters the existence of Hopf bifurcations is demonstrated. Stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions is determined by using the center manifold theorem and the normal form theory introduced by Hassard et al. Furthermore, some of the bifurcation properties including direction, stability and period are given. Finally, theoretical results are supported by some numerical simulations

  3. Computational analysis based on creep damage mechanics for creep bifurcation buckling of circular cylindrical shell subjected to axial compression

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    Cylindrical shells are utilized as structural elements of nuclear power plans, heat exchangers or pressure vessels, which are operated under elevated temperature. Creep buckling is one of the failure modes of structures at elevated temperature. In some experiments conducted by other authors, axially compressive cylindrical shells with a large ratio of radius to thickness were observed to buckle with circumferential waves. We reported that the circumferential weaves occur due to bifurcation buckling. But, the citrical time and the minimum loading for bifurcation buckling obtained from calculations of finite element analyses are not very good agreement with those of the experiments. One of the reasons for the disagreement is considered to be that the creep constitutive equations employed in many previous analyses represent steady creep. The creep phenomena usually have primary creep period, steady creep one and tertiary creep one. A creep strain-time relation through the three periods can be simulated by using a constitutive equation based on creep damage mechanics. In the present paper, we analyze bifurcation creep buckling of circular cylindrical shells subjected to axial compression by the use of the finite element method taking account of the creep damage mechanics of Kachanov-Rabotnov. (author)

  4. Cysteamine-related agents could be potential antidepressants through increasing central BDNF levels.

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    Tsai, Shih-Jen

    2006-01-01

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common mental disease, but with an unknown etiology. Antidepressants are the main biological treatment for MDD. However, current antidepressive agents have a slow onset of effect and a substantial proportion of MDD patients do not clinically improve, despite maximal medication. Thus, the exploration for new antidepressants with novel strategies may help to develop faster and more effective antidepressant agents. Studies in the recent decades have demonstrated that antidepressants increase central brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels and activating the BDNF-signaling pathway may play an important role in their therapeutic mechanism. Cysteamine is a natural product of cells and constitutes the terminal region of the CoA molecule. Recent work has found that cysteamine and a related agent, cystamine, have neuroprotective effects in Huntington's disease (HD) mice, through enhancing central BDNF levels. Furthermore, cystamine or cysteamine injection could increase serum BDNF levels in wild-type mice as well as HD mice. Since activation of the BDNF-dependent pathway plays an important role in the mechanism of antidepressant therapeutic action, cystamine or its derivatives could have potential antidepressant therapeutic effects. Among these agents, pantethine may be one of the most promising agents. It is a naturally occurring compound which can be administered orally with negligible side effects, and is metabolized to cysteamine. Further evaluation of the therapeutic and toxic effects of these cysteamine-related antidepressant agents in MDD animal models is needed before any clinical application. PMID:16797865

  5. Relative Infestation Level and Sensitivity of Grapevine Cultivars to the Leafhopper Empoasca vitis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae).

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    Fornasiero, D; Pavan, F; Pozzebon, A; Picotti, P; Duso, C

    2016-02-01

    The leafhopper Empoasca vitis (Göthe) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) feeds on veins of grapevine leaves, mainly on the phloem, causing physiological injury, color change and drying of leaf margins, yield and sugar content reduction. The relative infestation level (i.e., the probability that a plant is attacked by herbivores) of E. vitis on different grapevine cultivars and their sensitivity (i.e., the incidence of symptoms expression in response to herbivore feeding or other stimuli) to this pest were studied over four years in two vineyards located in northeastern Italy. Some cultivars (e.g., Carménère and Sauvignon Blanc) were usually more infested than others (e.g., Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris), although some differences were observed among years and sites. The sensitivity varied among cultivars, i.e., some of them showed more symptoms than expected on the basis of infestation levels (e.g., Carménère and Merlot), in contrast with others (e.g., Rhine Riesling and Chardonnay). Information obtained can be used within the framework of integrated pest management in vineyards. Action thresholds should differ on the basis of sensitivity. Sampling must first be carried out on the most susceptible cultivar and, if the action threshold is exceeded, it should be extended to the remaining cultivars based on their decreasing relative infestation level. PMID:26503344

  6. Bifurcation Analysis of a Lotka-Volterra Mutualistic System with Multiple Delays

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    Xin-You Meng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A class of Lotka-Volterra mutualistic system with time delays of benefit and feedback delays is introduced. By analyzing the associated characteristic equation, the local stability of the positive equilibrium and existence of Hopf bifurcation are obtained under all possible combinations of two or three delays selecting from multiple delays. Not only explicit formulas to determine the properties of the Hopf bifurcation are shown by using the normal form method and center manifold theorem, but also the global continuation of Hopf bifurcation is investigated by applying a global Hopf bifurcation result due to Wu (1998. Numerical simulations are given to support the theoretical results.

  7. Example of a quadratic system with two cycles appearing in a homoclinic loop bifurcation

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    We give here a planar quadratic differential system depending on two parameters, λ, δ. There is a curve in the λ-δ space corresponding to a homoclinic loop bifurcation (HLB). The bifurcation is degenerate at one point of the curve and we get a narrow tongue in which we have two limit cycles. This is the first example of such a bifurcation in planar quadratic differential systems. We propose also a model for the bifurcation diagram of a system with two limit cycles appearing at a singular point from a degenerate Hopf bifurcation, and dying in a degenerate HLB. This model shows a deep duality between degenerate Hopf bifurcations and degenerate HLBs. We give a bound for the maximal number of cycles that can appear in certain simultaneous Hopf and homoclinic loop bifurcations. We also give an example of quadratic system depending on three parameters which has at one place a degenerate Hopf bifurcation of order 3, and at another place a Hopf bifurcation of order 2 together with a HLB. We characterize the planar quadratic systems which are integrable in the neighbourhood of a homoclinic loop.

  8. Hopf bifurcation analysis of a tabu learning two-neuron model

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    Tabu learning neural network applies the concept of tabu search to neural networks for solving optimization problems. In this paper, we study the nonlinear dynamical behaviors of a tabu learning two-neuron model with linear proximity function. By choosing the memory decay rate as the bifurcation parameter, we prove that Hopf bifurcation occurs in the model. The stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions and the direction of the Hopf bifurcation are determined by applying the normal form theory. A numerical example is also presented to verify the theoretical analysis

  9. Hopf bifurcation analysis in a dual model of Internet congestion control algorithm with communication delay

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    Ding, Dawei; Luo, Xiaoshu; Liu, Yuliang

    2007-01-01

    This paper focuses on the delay induced Hopf bifurcation in a dual model of Internet congestion control algorithms which can be modeled as a time-delay system described by a one-order delay differential equation (DDE). By choosing communication delay as the bifurcation parameter, we demonstrate that the system loses its stability and a Hopf bifurcation occurs when communication delay passes through a critical value. Moreover, the bifurcating periodic solution of system is calculated by means of perturbation methods. Discussion of stability of the periodic solutions involves the computation of Floquet exponents by considering the corresponding Poincare -Lindstedt series expansion. Finally, numerical simulations for verify the theoretical analysis are provided.

  10. Practical aspects of backward bifurcation in a mathematical model for tuberculosis.

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    Gerberry, David J

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we examine practical aspects of backward bifurcation for a data-based model of tuberculosis that incorporates multiple features which have previously been shown to produce backward bifurcation (e.g. exogenous reinfection and imperfect vaccination) and new considerations such as the treatment of latent TB infection (LTBI) and the BCG vaccine's interference with detecting LTBI. Understanding the interplay between these multiple factors and backward bifurcation is particularly timely given that new diagnostic tests for LTBI detection could dramatically increase rates of both LTBI detection and vaccination in the coming decades. By establishing analytic thresholds for the existence of backward bifurcation, we identify those aspects of TB's complicated pathology that make backward bifurcation more or less likely to occur. We also examine the magnitude of the backward bifurcation produced by the model and its sensitivity to various model parameters. We find that backward bifurcation is unlikely to occur. While increased vaccine coverage and/or increased detection and treatment of LTBI can push the threshold for backward bifurcation into the region of biological plausibility, the resulting bifurcations may still be too small to have any noticeable epidemiological impact. PMID:26493359

  11. Shrinking point bifurcations of resonance tongues for piecewise-smooth, continuous maps

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    Resonance tongues are mode-locking regions of parameter space in which stable periodic solutions occur; they commonly occur, for example, near Neimark–Sacker bifurcations. For piecewise-smooth, continuous maps these tongues typically have a distinctive lens-chain (or sausage) shape in two-parameter bifurcation diagrams. We give a symbolic description of a class of 'rotational' periodic solutions that display lens-chain structures for a general N-dimensional map. We then unfold the codimension-two, shrinking point bifurcation, where the tongues have zero width. A number of codimension-one bifurcation curves emanate from shrinking points and we determine those that form tongue boundaries

  12. Control of Fold Bifurcation Application on Chemostat around Critical Dilution Rate

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    Pedersen, Kurt; Jørgensen, Sten Bay

    1999-01-01

    Based on a bifurcation analysis of a process it is possible to point out where there might be operational problems due to change of stability of the process. One such change is investigated, Fold bifurcations. This type of bifurcation is associated with hysteresis/multiple steady states, which co...... complicates operation close to these bifurcations. Typically only one of the steady states is interesting from a production point of view. A novel control law is proposed herein which is able to cope with the operational problems of the process....

  13. Big Bang Bifurcation Analysis and Allee Effect in Generic Growth Functions

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    Leonel Rocha, J.; Taha, Abdel-Kaddous; Fournier-Prunaret, D.

    2016-06-01

    The main purpose of this work is to study the dynamics and bifurcation properties of generic growth functions, which are defined by the population size functions of the generic growth equation. This family of unimodal maps naturally incorporates a principal focus of ecological and biological research: the Allee effect. The analysis of this kind of extinction phenomenon allows to identify a class of Allee’s functions and characterize the corresponding Allee’s effect region and Allee’s bifurcation curve. The bifurcation analysis is founded on the performance of fold and flip bifurcations. The dynamical behavior is rich with abundant complex bifurcation structures, the big bang bifurcations of the so-called “box-within-a-box” fractal type being the most outstanding. Moreover, these bifurcation cascades converge to different big bang bifurcation curves with distinct kinds of boxes, where for the corresponding parameter values several attractors are associated. To the best of our knowledge, these results represent an original contribution to clarify the big bang bifurcation analysis of continuous 1D maps.

  14. A numerical study of crack initiation in a bcc iron system based on dynamic bifurcation theory

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    Crack initiation under dynamic loading conditions is studied under the framework of dynamic bifurcation theory. An atomistic model for BCC iron is considered to explicitly take into account the detailed molecular interactions. To understand the strain-rate dependence of the crack initiation process, we first obtain the bifurcation diagram from a computational procedure using continuation methods. The stability transition associated with a crack initiation, as well as the connection to the bifurcation diagram, is studied by comparing direct numerical results to the dynamic bifurcation theory [R. Haberman, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 37, 69–106 (1979)].

  15. A numerical study of crack initiation in a bcc iron system based on dynamic bifurcation theory

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    Li, Xiantao

    2014-10-01

    Crack initiation under dynamic loading conditions is studied under the framework of dynamic bifurcation theory. An atomistic model for BCC iron is considered to explicitly take into account the detailed molecular interactions. To understand the strain-rate dependence of the crack initiation process, we first obtain the bifurcation diagram from a computational procedure using continuation methods. The stability transition associated with a crack initiation, as well as the connection to the bifurcation diagram, is studied by comparing direct numerical results to the dynamic bifurcation theory [R. Haberman, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 37, 69-106 (1979)].

  16. A numerical study of crack initiation in a bcc iron system based on dynamic bifurcation theory

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    2014-10-28

    Crack initiation under dynamic loading conditions is studied under the framework of dynamic bifurcation theory. An atomistic model for BCC iron is considered to explicitly take into account the detailed molecular interactions. To understand the strain-rate dependence of the crack initiation process, we first obtain the bifurcation diagram from a computational procedure using continuation methods. The stability transition associated with a crack initiation, as well as the connection to the bifurcation diagram, is studied by comparing direct numerical results to the dynamic bifurcation theory [R. Haberman, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 37, 69–106 (1979)].

  17. Stability and bifurcation analysis in a magnetic bearing system with time delays

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    A kind of magnetic bearing system with time delay is considered. Firstly, linear stability of the model is investigated by analyzing the distribution of the roots of the associated characteristic equation. According to the analysis results, the bifurcation diagram is drawn in the appropriate parameter plane. It is found that the Ho pf bifurcation occurs when the delay passes through a sequence of critical values. Then the explicit algorithm for determining the direction of the Ho pf bifurcations and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are derived, using the theory of normal form and center manifold. Finally, some numerical simulations are carried out to illustrate the results found

  18. Numerical Hopf bifurcation of Runge-Kutta methods for a class of delay differential equations

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    In this paper, we consider the discretization of parameter-dependent delay differential equation of the form y'(t)=f(y(t),y(t-1),τ),τ≥0,y element of Rd. It is shown that if the delay differential equation undergoes a Hopf bifurcation at τ=τ*, then the discrete scheme undergoes a Hopf bifurcation at τ(h)=τ*+O(hp) for sufficiently small step size h, where p≥1 is the order of the Runge-Kutta method applied. The direction of numerical Hopf bifurcation and stability of bifurcating invariant curve are the same as that of delay differential equation.

  19. Stochastic bifurcation for a tumor-immune system with symmetric Lévy noise

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    Xu, Yong; Feng, Jing; Li, JuanJuan; Zhang, Huiqing

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, we investigate stochastic bifurcation for a tumor-immune system in the presence of a symmetric non-Gaussian Lévy noise. Stationary probability density functions will be numerically obtained to define stochastic bifurcation via the criteria of its qualitative change, and bifurcation diagram at parameter plane is presented to illustrate the bifurcation analysis versus noise intensity and stability index. The effects of both noise intensity and stability index on the average tumor population are also analyzed by simulation calculation. We find that stochastic dynamics induced by Gaussian and non-Gaussian Lévy noises are quite different.

  20. Serum Antioxidative Enzymes Levels and Oxidative Stress Products in Age-Related Cataract Patients

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    Chang, Dong; Zhang, Xuefei; Rong, Shengzhong; Sha, Qian; Liu, Peipei; Han, Tao; Pan, Hongzhi

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate the activity of antioxidative enzymes and the products of oxidative stress in patients with age-related cataracts and compare the findings with those in healthy control subjects. Method. Sixty patients with age-related cataract and sixty healthy controls of matched age and gender were included in this study. Serum samples were obtained to detect the antioxidative enzymes of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and oxidation degradation products of malondialdehyde (MDA), 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), conjugated diene (CD), advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), protein carbonyl (PC), and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG). Results. Serum SOD, GSH-Px, and CAT activities in cataract group were significantly decreased as compared to the control subjects (P < 0.05). The levels of MDA, 4-HNE, and CD in cataract patients were significantly higher than those in the control subjects (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). Cataract patients had higher levels of 8-OHdG, AOPP, and PC with respect to the comparative group of normal subjects (P < 0.01). And there was no statistical significance in concentration of antioxidative enzymes and oxidative stress products in patients with different subtype cataract. Conclusions. Oxidative stress is an important risk factor in the development of age-related cataract, and augmentation of the antioxidant defence systems may be of benefit to prevent or delay cataractogenesis. PMID:23781296