Period-doubling route to chaos for the Hénon Map
Using eigenvalues of the Jacobian, show that the Hénon map undergoes a bifurcation from period-one to period-two exactly when \alpha = (3(\beta-1)^2)/4.
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The period-doubling route toward the Hénon attractor can be observed in the following animation for \beta =0.4.
As \alpha varies from 0.2 through 1.24, wee see period-doubling, a four-piece attractor, a period-10 sink, and a two-piece attractor.
The two pieces finally merge to form the one-piece attractor.
Here is the animation for \beta=0.3:
Click here for the area-contracting feature and the inverse of the Hénon map as well as the box-counting dimension of the Hénon attractor.