# Characteristic exponent

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Characteristic exponent

In mathematics, the term characteristic exponent may refer to:

• Characteristic exponent of a field, a number equal to 1 if the field has characteristic 0, and equal to p if the field has characteristic p > 0
• Lyapunov characteristic exponent, a quantity that characterizes the rate of separation of infinitesimally close trajectories in a dynamical system
• Characteristic exponent of Stable distribution
• Logarithm of a characteristic multiplier in the Floquet theory
• Solution of the indicial equation of the Frobenius method

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