Rebecca Crossley


Crossley R., Agaoglou M., Katsanikas M., Wiggins S.
In this paper we compare the method of Lagrangian descriptors with the classical method of Poincaré maps for revealing the phase space structure of two-degree-of-freedom Hamiltonian systems. The comparison is carried out by considering the dynamics of a twodegree- of-freedom system having a valley ridge inflection point (VRI) potential energy surface. VRI potential energy surfaces have four critical points: a high energy saddle and a lower energy saddle separating two wells. In between the two saddle points is a valley ridge inflection point that is the point where the potential energy surface geometry changes from a valley to a ridge. The region between the two saddles forms a reaction channel and the dynamical issue of interest is how trajectories cross the high energy saddle, evolve towards the lower energy saddle, and select a particular well to enter. Lagrangian descriptors and Poincaré maps are compared for their ability to determine the phase space structures that govern this dynamical process.
Keywords: phase space structure, periodic orbits, stable and unstable manifolds, homoclinic and heteroclinic orbits, Poincar´e maps, Lagrangian descriptors
Citation: Crossley R., Agaoglou M., Katsanikas M., Wiggins S.,  From Poincaré Maps to Lagrangian Descriptors: The Case of the Valley Ridge Inflection Point Potential, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2021, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 147-164

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