U(1) gauge fields are decomposed into a monopole and photon part across the phase transition from the confinement to the Coulomb phase. We analyze the leading Lyapunov exponents of such gauge field configurations on the lattice which are initialized by quantum Monte Carlo simulations. We observe that the monopole field carries the same Lyapunov exponent as the original U(1) field. Evidence is found that monopole fields stay chaotic in the continuum whereas the photon fields are regular. First results are presented for the full spectrum of Lyapunov exponents of the U(1) gauge system.