Investigation of coherent modes and their role in intermittent oscillations using empirical mode decomposition

Pankaj Kumar Shaw, Sabuj Ghosh, Debajyoti Saha, M. S. Janaki, A. N.Sekar Iyengar

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The paper presents an application of empirical mode decomposition (EMD) for the analysis of intermittent chaotic fluctuations from a glow discharge plasma. Here, the nature of the oscillations changes from an initial relaxation oscillation to a final chaotic oscillatory state via intermittent chaos. The time series data have been decomposed into several intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) using EMD. Furthermore, the estimation of the variance of the IMFs and the correlation of these IMFs with the original time series help us to identify the presence of coherent modes in the fluctuations. Through this analysis, we could clearly observe that initially during the relaxation oscillations the system was dominated by one type of coherent mode, whereas in the final chaotic state, it was dominated by another coherent mode. In the intermediate case, i.e., intermittent chaotic state, both the coherent modes are seen to be present. We have also used rescaled range (R / S) statistical method to identify the coherent modes and corroborate with the results obtained using EMD. The Hilbert Huang spectrum of the fluctuations clearly suggests the intermittent change in the frequency with time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112103
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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