A Simple Chaotic Flow with a Continuously Adjustable Attractor Dimension

Buncha Munmuangsaen
Fabrinet Col, Ltd, Klongluang, Patumthani, 12120, Thailand

Julien Clinton Sprott
Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison,
Madison, WI 53706, USA

Wesley Joo-Chen Thio
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, 43210, USA

Arturo Buscarino and Luigi Fortuna
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica ed Information,
Universit degli Studi di Catania, viale A. Doria 6,
95125 Catania, Italy

Received June 12, 2015

This paper describes two simple three-dimensional autonomous chaotic flows whose attractor dimensions can be adjusted continuously from 2.0 to 3.0 by a single control parameter. Such a parameter provides a means to explore the route through limit cycles, period-doubling, dissipative chaos, and eventually conservative chaos. With an absolute-value nonlinearity and certain choices of parameters, the systems have a vast and smooth continual transition path from dissipative chaos to conservative chaos. One system is analyzed in detail by means of the largest Lyapunov exponent, Kaplan-Yorke dimension, bifurcations, coexisting attractors and eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrix. An electronic version of the system has been constructed and shown to perform in accordance with expectations.

Ref: B. Munmuangsaen, J. C. Sprott, W. J. Thio, A. Buscarino, and L. Fortuna, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos 25, 1530036 (2015)

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