Preprint des Projektes: SFB 701: Spektrale Strukturen und Topologische Methoden in der Mathematik - Projekt B3
Numerische Analyse äquivarianter Evolutionsgleichungen
Stable and unstable fiber bundles with respect to a fixed point or a bounded trajectory are of great dynamical relevance in (non)autonomous dynamical systems. These sets are defined via an infinite limit process. However, the dynamics of several real world models are of interest on a short time interval only. This task requires finite time concepts of attraction and repulsion that have been recently developed in the literature. The main idea consists in replacing the infinite limit process by a monotonicity criterion and in demanding the end points to lie in a small neighborhood of the reference trajectory. Finite time areas of at traction and repulsion defined in this way are fat sets and their dimension equals the dimension of the state space. We propose an algorithm for the numerical approximation of these sets and illustrate its application to several two- and three-dimensional dynamical systems in discrete and continuous time. Intersections of areas of attraction and repulsion are also calculated, resulting in finite time homoclinic orbits.