FM 06-13 (mp_arc 08-140; arXiv:0807.3489 [math.DS])

Authors: Michele V. Bartuccelli, Jonathan H.B. Deane, and Guido Gentile

Title: Frequency locking in the injection-locked frequency divider equation
 
Abstract: We consider a model for the injection-locked frequency divider, and study analytically the locking onto rational multiples of the driving frequency. We provide explicit formulae for the width of the plateaux appearing in the devil's staircase structure of the lockings, and in particular show that the largest plateaux correspond to even integer values for the ratio of the frequency of the driving signal to the frequency of the output signal. Our results prove the experimental and numerical results available in the literature.

Keywords: Nonlinear dynamics; Bifurcation theory; Subharmonic bifurcation; Periodic solutions; Arnold tongues; Frequency locking; Devil's staircase; Injection-locked frequency divider.

Michele Bartuccelli
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7HX, UK
e-mail: m.bartuccelli@surrey.ac.uk

Jonathan Deane
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7HX, UK
e-mail: j.deane@surrey.ac.uk

Guido Gentile
Dipartimento di Matematica
UniversitÓ di Roma Tre
Largo San Leonardo Murialdo 1, 00146 Roma, Italy
e-mail: gentile@mat.uniroma3.it