Flux bias-controlled chaos and extreme multistability in SQUID oscillators

J. Hizanidis, N. Lazarides, G. P. Tsironis

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The radio frequency (rf) Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) is a highly nonlinear oscillator exhibiting the rich dynamical behavior. It has been studied for many years and it has found numerous applications in magnetic field sensors, in biomagnetism, in non-destructive evaluation, and gradiometers, among others. Despite its theoretical and practical importance, there is relatively very little work on its multistability, chaotic properties, and bifurcation structure. In the present work, the dynamical properties of the SQUID in the strongly nonlinear regime are demonstrated using a well-established model whose parameters lie in the experimentally accessible range of values. When driven by a time-periodic (ac) flux either with or without a constant (dc) bias, the SQUID exhibits extreme multistability at frequencies around the (geometric) resonance. This effect is manifested by a "snake-like" form of the resonance curve. In the presence of both ac and dc flux, multiple bifurcation sequences and secondary resonance branches appear at frequencies above and below the geometric resonance. In the latter case, the SQUID exhibits chaotic behavior in large regions of the parameter space; it is also found that the state of the SQUID can be switched from chaotic to periodic or vice versa by a slight variation of the dc flux.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063117
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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