Flip Bifurcation in Dynamical Systems

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A flip bifurcation occurs when increasing the parameter causes the graph of the function or to intersect the line . See Example 2.32 of [1]. In a flip bifurcation, an eigenvalue leaves the unit circle through the point . When this happens, the period two points become stable; thus, this is also known as a period-doubling bifurcation. Varying , the zero solution becomes unstable for ; the period one blue branch becomes unstable for ; the period-doubling bifurcation occurs at . At the period-doubling bifurcation, the fixed points of become stable.

Contributed by: Edmon Perkins (October 2018)
After work by: Ali Nayfeh and Balakumar Balachandran
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



[1] A. H. Nayfeh and B. Balachandran, Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Methods, New York: Wiley, 1995.


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