## From chaos to calm

Nonlinear mapping tends to maintain nonlinearity the farther its trajectory from a fixed point. Is there an example of a trajectory reverting to linearity after traversing a nonlinear region? I am especially interested in local, linear special relativity transitioning to global, nonlinear general relativity, and a possible converse.
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 Tide, Does general relativity behave nonlinearly, yet not chaotically? I believe what I seek is a near-linear gravitational trajectory becoming a more chaotic one, then becoming near-linear again. Sorry for the confusion.

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## From chaos to calm

I'm still not quite sure what you're looking for but here are a couple of ideas that I think resemble what you seem to be asking.

Some aspects of weather go from calm (normal weather) to chaotic behavior (hurricanes) and back again to calm.

Plasma waves can produce an "echo" meaning that when such a wave is launched it is well structured but as it propagates away it is damped (Landau damping). The wave disappears but later downstream the wave re-emerges. This process can repeat several times.

Regarding general relativity, the motion of objects (including light) close to a massive object can be chaotic but I am not aware of a situation where an object that enters close to the object (event horizon, e.g.) completely escapes.
 Tide et al, To repeat: from what I know, gravitation propagates along trajectories that are generally nonlinear yet nonchaotic. Is this right?

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 Does general relativity behave nonlinearly, yet not chaotically?
Standard chaos theory seems not to work in GR, at least is what this paper claims
http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9612017
so they are trying to develop a new definition of chaos useful in GR
 Thanks, meteor. That's more toward what I was looking for. Anyone want to define diffeomorphism invariance? All I know is that it is some kind of symmetry followed by GR.
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 Quote by meteor Standard chaos theory seems not to work in GR, at least is what this paper claims http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9612017 so they are trying to develop a new definition of chaos useful in GR
how their work differ from nottale's work on scale relativity?

nottale's webpage:
http://www.chez.com/etlefevre/rechell/ukrechel.htm
 Hello all. Just a few observations. Our solar sisem is chaotic by nature (large time scail). Our life span is just too short for us to notice. Also weather is chaotic by nature, that means that in calm weather and in mid huricane it is impossible to predict future events for distant future, even with lots of acure data (not equaly unpredictable, but still unpredistable). @LorenBoda, So you are looking for transitional chaos in damped systems. I think if you want to include general relativity you'll have to be more specific, but there is an example of a transitional chaos involving gravity. It is an experiment with three magnets (positioned at the corners of a tiangle) and an iron ball that hangs above them exactly at the center. When you release the ball its movement is linear (it's a damped pendulum). When the amplitude weakens it becomes chaotic (it can't decide which magnet attracts it more). When amplutide weakens even more, it settles and osscilates arround one of the magnets (yt the beggining you can't tell which one). I actualy did the experiment once, here is a picture: Cheers, Phantomas Attached Thumbnails
 Phantomas, What would be the pattern of motion if the magnet system were superconducting? Gokul43201 and loop quantum gravity, I will indulge in these sites you offer - thanks.
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The same.

This is a classical system, no matter whether the magnets are permanent magnet bars or superconducting electromagnets.