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An oscillation which behaves quite similarly to chaos under some conditions is observed to exist among ion plasma oscillations spontaneously excited in an ion beam–plasma system. There are two different states of the system, the "silent'' and "chaotic'' states, sensitively depending on the value of a direct current (DC) voltage VB, which determines the beam energy and is adopted as a control parameter here. In the chaotic state, a spontaneously excited ion plasma oscillation is observed to become chaotic. Here, the correlation dimension for the oscillation in the chaotic state is calculated to be 1.64±0.22. The result shows that an attractor for the oscillation has a low degree of freedom and a noninteger dimension. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
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