On nonlinear oscillation response of a negatively dissipated oscillator and its analogy to long Josephson junction

C. W. Lim, Siu Kai Lai

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This Letter deals with a research subject in nonlinear mechanics and applied mathematics. It develops (i) accurate higher-order approximate analytical nonlinear oscillator system with negative dissipation, and (ii) analogy to long Josephson junction. Particular emphasis has been placed on the weakly damped nonlinear oscillating system with negative dissipation with respect to a transformed temporal variable derived from the weak link of the simplified Josephson junction model. Nevertheless, the system response is shown to be stable with positive dissipation with respect to the physical time at a specific location. The analysis forms an innovative extension of the harmonic balancing method commonly used in nonlinear oscillation and vibration systems such as the Duffing oscillator and van der Pol oscillator. Besides introducing coupling of linearized governing equation and harmonic balancing method, the method of averaging is also employed to obtain accurate higher-order analytical approximate solutions. Unlike the classical harmonic balance method without analytical solution, the approach not only considers energy dissipation but also presents simple linear algebraic approximate solutions. In addition, general approximate analytical expressions for the dispersion relations are also established. The presence of a small perturbed parameter is not required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Harmonic balance method
  • Linearization
  • Long Josephson junction
  • Method of averaging
  • Nonlinear oscillation system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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