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    Attractor dimensions

    Scholarpedia, 3(3):2110.(2008).

    Basin of Attraction

    Scholarpedia, 1(8):1701.(2006).


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    Controlling chaos

    Scholarpedia, 1(8):1699.(2006).

    Edward Ott

    Edward Ott (b. December, 1941) is a Distinguished University Professor, and Yuen Sang and Yuen Kit So Professor in the Department of Electric Engineering and the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is well-known for his fundamental works in the field of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. He has been awarded the 2014 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of American Physical society for his most outstanding contributions in physics.

    Dr. Ott received his B.S (Electrical Engineering) from The Cooper Union in 1963. He earned his M.S. (1964) and Ph.D.(1967) in Electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Dr. Ott worked in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge as an NSF Postdoctoral fellow during 1967-1968. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Electric Engineering at Cornell University before taking up his present position at the University of Maryland (College Park) in 1979.

    Dr. Ott's research interests are Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos and Plasma theory. At Maryland, he did his most influential works on basic theory and applications of chaos including transitions in chaotic dynamics, controlling chaos, chaotic scattering, fractal basin boundaries, fractals, transport and Lagrangian chaos in fluids, fast magnetic dynamos and weather forecasting. His current research interests are the dynamics of large network of coupled systems, wave chaos and state estimation of large spatiotemporally chaotic systems.

    Dr. Ott has more than 375 research publications to his credit. He has authored the book titled Chaos in Dynamical Systems. He is also an editor of the book named Coping with Chaos - a collection of reprints on how to observe, quantify, and control chaos. Dr. Ott is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    Prof. Edward Ott has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world's 100 most cited physicists.

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      Central configurations

      Richard Moeckel (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(4):10667.

      A central configuration is a special arrangement of point masses interacting by Newton's law of gravitation with the following property: the gravitational acceleration vector produced on... more Icon more.png

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      Jordan-Brans-Dicke Theory

      Carl H. Brans (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(4):31358.

      This is primarily an historical survey of the origins and evolution of only one of a variety of many scalar-tensor (ST) alternatives to the standard Einstein equations... more Icon more.png

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      Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability and Roll-up

      Chihiro Matsuoka (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):11821.

      Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI) (Helmoltz 1868, Kelvin 1871) is a hydrodynamic instability in which immiscible, incompressible, and inviscid fluids are... more Icon more.png

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      Wilfried Buchmüller (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):11471.

      Leptogenesis relates the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe to neutrino properties. Decays of heavy Majorana neutrinos generate... more Icon more.png

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      Elastic Bunch Graph Matching

      Laurenz Wiskott et al. (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):10587.

      Elastic Bunch Graph Matching is an algorithm in computer vision for recognizing objects or object classes in an image based on a graph representation extracted from other images. It has been... more Icon more.png

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      Scroll wave turbulence

      Vadim N. Biktashev (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(3):1835.

      Scroll wave turbulence is a self-sustained regime in a three-dimensional autowave (e.g. excitable or oscillatory) medium mediated by an instability of scroll waves and... more Icon more.png

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