Experimental Evidence for Mixed Reality States in an Interreality System

Vadas Gintautas, and Alfred Hubler, Center for Complex Systems Research, Physics, UIUC

We present experimental data on the limiting behavior of an interreality system comprising a virtual horizontally driven pendulum coupled to its real-world counterpart, where the interaction time scale is much shorter than the time scale of the dynamical system [1]. We present experimental evidence that if the physical parameters of the simplified virtual system match those of the real system within a certain tolerance, there is a transition from an uncorrelated dual reality state to a mixed reality state of the system in which the motion of the two pendula is highly correlated. The region in parameter space for stable solutions has an Arnold tongue structure for both the experimental data and for a numerical simulation. As virtual systems better approximate real ones, even weak coupling in other interreality systems may produce sudden changes to mixed reality states.

[1] Gintautas, V. and Hubler, A. Mixed Reality States in a Bidirectionally Coupled Interreality System (paper will appear in May 2007 issue of Physical Review E) Preprint