Geometric method for forming periodic orbits in the Lorenz system

S. B. Nicholson, Eun Jin Kim

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Many systems in nature are out of equilibrium and irreversible. The non-detailed balance observable representation (NOR) provides a useful methodology for understanding the evolution of such non-equilibrium complex systems, by mapping out the correlation between two states to a metric space where a small distance represents a strong correlation [1]. In this paper, we present the first application of the NOR to a continuous system and demonstrate its utility in controlling chaos. Specifically, we consider the evolution of a continuous system governed by the Lorenz equation and calculate the NOR by following a sufficient number of trajectories. We then show how to control chaos by converting chaotic orbits to periodic orbits by utilizing the NOR. We further discuss the implications of our method for potential applications given the key advantage that this method makes no assumptions of the underlying equations of motion and is thus extremely general.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044006
Number of pages7
Journal Physica Scripta
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chaos
  • Far from equilibrium
  • Non-equilibrium
  • Periodic orbit
  • Spectral theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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