Homoclinic chaos in coupled SQUIDs

M. Agaoglou, V. M. Rothos, H. Susanto

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An rf superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) consists of a superconducting ring interrupted by a Josephson junction (JJ). The induced supercurrents around the ring are determined by the JJ through the celebrated Josephson relations. We study the dynamics of a pair of parametrically-driven coupled SQUIDs lying on the same plane with their axes in parallel. The drive is through the alternating critical current of the JJs. This system exhibits rich nonlinear behavior, including chaotic effects. We take advantage of the weak damping that characterizes these systems to perform a multiple-scales analysis and obtain amplitude equations, describing the slow dynamics of the system. This picture allows us to expose the existence of homoclinic orbits in the dynamics of the integrable part of the slow equations of motion. Using high-dimensional Melnikov theory, we are able to obtain explicit parameter values for which these orbits persist in the full system, consisting of both Hamiltonian and non-Hamiltonian perturbations, to form so called Shilnikov orbits, indicating a loss of integrability and the existence of chaos.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalChaos, Solitons and Fractals
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Homoclinic chaos
  • Melnikov theory
  • SQUIDs


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