Published online by Cambridge University Press: 24 October 2008
The aim of the paper is to exhibit the structure of products of flows that are suspensions of diffeomorphisms and show their relationship with suspensions of product diffeomorphisms.
The problem is important for applications of the following type. Suppose we have two dynamical systems each with a stable attractor. If the systems are brought into contact, as, for example, in the way a forced oscillation is imposed upon a natural oscillation in synchronization theory, then this is represented by taking the product flow to find the resulting behaviour of the joint system. However, the product of two stable attractors is no longer stable in general, and therefore it is important to analyse why, in order to understand what new stable attractors can arise from perturbations.