Bifurcation diagram of the Henon map
Isoperiodic diagram of the Henon map on the (a,b) parameter plane
is shown below ("unit" square is ploted for convenience). Algorithm of
computations and coloring scheme are explained in
"swallows" and "shrimps".
We see the familiar quadratic map dynamics along the b = 0 line
(period doubling bifurcation cascade and chaotic sea ending at the "nose" tip).
It is amazing that the period-3 Mandelbrot midget originates from the
strip 3 but the period-5 midget originates from the period-5 shrimps
(see also Structure of the parameter space of the Henon
Controls: Click mouse in the window to find period p of a point.
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The Henon map has two fixed points
x1,2 = y1,2 = (1 - b)/2 ±
[(1 - b)2/4 - a]1/2.
They are real for a < ao = (1 - b)2/4 .
The first fixed point is always unstable (apparently it is located at the
border of the basin of attraction of bounded orbits). The second one is stable
for a > a1 = -3(1 - b)2/4 in the (red) region
marked by 1 (here a1 is the period doubling
bifurcation curve). The point (x2 , y2 ) is
usually used as the starting point in all applets.
To the right below you see a strange attractor or periodic orbit (white
points) on the dynamical (x,y) plane. Corresponding parameter values
(initially a=-1.4 and b=0.3) are marked by the white cross to
the left. Two fixed points are marked by "×" and "+". The black region
is the basin of attraction of the bounded orbit. Colors show how fast
corresponding point go to infinity. The outer grey region (to the left)
corresponds to parameter values when there are not (apparently :) attracting
Note that for b = 0 it follows x' = y'2 + a.
And x = y2 + a yields a surprisingly good first-order
approximation for the Henon attractor. Lyapunov exponents are computed for
1000 iterations. For a=-1.4 and b=0.3 computed value
agrees well with known Λ = 0.42 value. L are negative
for attracting periodic orbits.
Controls: click mouse into the left (parameter) window to see
corresponding dynamical plot. Click mouse to the right to change starting
point for the white orbit. You see parameters a, b or xo,
yo,L in the browser status bar. You can zoom both windows too.
Milnor motivated appearence of swallows in the following way. For small
|b| the Henon map is similar to the quadratic map for which attracting
periodic orbit has at least one point close to the critical point x = 0 .
This point will stay close to x = 0 along a curve on the plane
(a,b) (in the tangent direction there are bifurcation cascade of the
quadratic family). If one more point of this orbit is close to x = 0
along a second curve then at the crossing of these two curves dynamics is
similar to dynamics of composition of these quadratic maps and
Milnor's swallow appears. If there is one more
such curve then a pod of close swallows appears (see
3 Milnor's swallows).
 D.G. Sterling, H.R. Dullin, J.D. Meiss
for the Henon Map arxiv.org/abs/chao-dyn/9904019
 H.R.Dullin, J.D.Meiss
Generalized Henon Maps: the Cubic Difeomorphisms of the Plane
 Predrag Cvitanovic, Gemunu H. Gunaratne, Itamar Procaccia
Topological and metric properties of Henon-type strange attractors
Phys. Rev. A 38, 1503-1520 (1988)
 Kai T. Hansenyx and Predrag Cvitanovic
"Bifurcation structures in maps of Henon type"
Nonlinearity 11 (1998) 1233-1261.
 Michael Benedicks, Marcelo Viana
"Solution of the basin problem for Henon-like attractors"
Invent. math. 143, 375-434 (2001)
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