We study the motion of a test particle in static axisymmetric vacuum spacetimes and discuss two criteria for strong chaos to occur: (i) a local instability measured by the Weyl curvature, and (ii) a tangle of a homoclinic orbit, which is closely related to an unstable periodic orbit in general relativity. We analyse several static axisymmetric spacetimes and find that the first criterion is a sufficient condition for chaos, at least qualitatively. Although some test particles which do not satisfy the first criterion show chaotic behaviour in some spacetimes, these can be accounted for by the second criterion.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)