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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 438328, 12 pages
A New Four-Scroll Chaotic Attractor Consisted of Two-Scroll Transient Chaotic and Two-Scroll Ultimate Chaotic
1Department of Mathematics and Finance, Yunyang Teachers’ College, Hubei Shiyan 442000, China
2Computer School of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
3College of Information Science and Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
4NOSTA, The Ministry of Science and Technology of China, GPO Box 2143, Beijing 100045, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
5School of Management, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Received 21 January 2012; Accepted 12 March 2012
Academic Editor: Ahmad M. Harb
Copyright © 2012 Yuhua Xu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
A new four-scroll chaotic attractor is found by feedback controlling method in this paper. The novel chaotic system can generate four scrolls two of which are transient chaotic and the other two of which are ultimate chaotic. Of particular interest is that this novel chaotic system can generate one-scroll, two 2-scroll and four-scroll chaotic attractor with variation of a single parameter. We analyze the new system by means of phase portraits, Lyapunov exponents, fractional dimension, bifurcation diagram, and Poincaré map, respectively. The analysis results show clearly that this is a new chaotic system which deserves further detailed investigation.
Since Lorenz found the first chaotic attractor, considerable research interests have been made in searching for new chaotic attractors. Particularly, research interests are turning in searching for new chaotic attractors in the three-dimensional (3D) autonomous ordinary differential equations. For example, Lorenz system , Rössler system , Chen and Ueta system , Lü and Chen system , and Liu system  were reported and analyzed.
In very recent years, creating complex multiscroll or multiwing chaotic attractors in 3D autonomous systems has been rapidly developed [6, 7]. It stimulates the current research interest in creating various complex multiscroll chaotic attractors by using simple electronic circuits and devices. After the rapid development in more than a decade, multiscroll chaotic attractors generation has become a relatively mature research direction . In fact, most of the multiscroll attractors were generated by increasing the breakpoints in the nonlinearity. Recently, a four-wing or three-wing attractor was generated in some 3D systems by relying on two embedded state-controlled binary switches . But these 3D systems are not usually smooth systems. Although a few 3D smooth autonomous chaotic systems have been reported to display two-, three-, and four-wing attractor, respectively [10–17], how to generate multiwing chaotic attractors remains an open problem. Therefore, it is important and even necessary to investigate various possible chaotic behaviors such that we can establish a unified theory for a 3D system generating chaos.
Particularly, over the last two decades chaos in engineering systems, such as nonlinear circuits, has gradually been moved from simply being a scientific curiosity to a promising subject with practical significance and applications. Recently, it has been noticed that purposefully creating chaos can be a key issue in many technological applications such as communication, encryption, and information storage. An appropriate system for such applications could be chosen from a category of easier controlled chaotic system to optimize factors such as robustness to errors in the parameters or immunity to noise . Therefore, it is obviously significant to create more complicated chaotic systems with simple expressions in three-dimensional for engineering applications such as secure communications.
In this paper, we propose a four-scroll chaotic attractor which consists of the two-scroll transient chaotic and the two-scroll chaotic. It is very desirable for engineering applications such as secure communications. For example, in terms of decryption, we can generate a certain degree of confusion by using chaos system of transient chaos feature to encrypt. Moreover, this novel system can generate one-scroll, left two-scroll, right two-scroll (according to the system’s geometric locations), and four-scroll chaotic attractors, respectively, with the variation of a single parameter. This paper is devoted to a more detailed analysis of this new chaotic attractor.
2. New Chaotic System
Start with the controlled Liu-Chen system :
By various trial tests, we find a simpler anticontroller, that is, which yields the following new chaotic system: where is the state vector and , and are real constants.
This new system (2.3) is found to be chaotic in a wide parameter range and possesses many interesting complex dynamical behaviors. For example, the system (2.3) can generate four-scroll for the parameters , , , , , and the initial conditions [1, 3, 5] (see Figure 1(a)).
Sprott  has suggested that the long calculation time helps ensure that the solutions are steady states. Notably, in comparison with those of existing two-scroll or four-scroll chaotic attractors in 3D autonomous systems, the novel chaotic attractor can generate four-scroll consisted of the two-scroll transient chaotic and the two-scroll chaotic (see Figures 1(b)–1(d)). After time , simulation results show that the attractor is no longer a four-scroll attractor and becomes a two-scroll attractor.
3. Some Basic Properties of the New System
In this section, we will investigate some basic properties of the new system (2.3).
3.1. The Four-Scroll Chaotic Attractor
It is known that the number of equilibrium points of the system and the stabilities at the equilibrium points are very important for the emergence of chaos. In the sequel, we consider the equilibrium points of system (2.3).
Let , , , , , , . Equation (3.1) has five equilibrium points as follows:
As shown in Figure 2, the equilibria points of system (2.3), , , , and are located at the center of the four wings of the attractor, respectively, and the origin () is located at the center of whole chaotic attractor. Moreover, it can be seen from Figure 2 that the equilibria , play an important role in generating the two-scroll transients chaotic, while the equilibria and play an important role in ultimate generating two-scroll chaotic attractor.
For equilibrium , the system (2.3) is linearized, and the Jacobian matrix at is as follows:
To gain its eigenvalues, we let .
So the corresponding eigenvalues at are
Similarly, the corresponding eigenvalues at are
The corresponding eigenvalues at are
The corresponding eigenvalues at are
3.1.2. Dissipativity and the Existence of Attractor
In the dynamical system (2.3), a volume element is apparently contracted by the flow into a volume element in time . It means that each volume containing the trajectory of this dynamical system shrinks to zero as at an exponential rate −8.15. So, all this dynamical system orbits are eventually confined to a specific subset that have zero volume, and the asymptotic motion settles onto an attractor of the system (2.3).
3.1.3. Lyapunov Exponents and Spectrum Map
Any system containing at least one positive Lyapunov exponents is defined to be chaotic . The Lyapunov exponent spectrum of the system (2.3) is found to be , , (see Figure 3). In addition, the Lyapunov dimension of this system is which means that the system (2.3) is really a dissipative system, and the Lyapunov dimension of this system is fractional. The fractal nature of an attractor does not merely mean this system has nonperiodic orbits; it also causes nearby trajectories to diverge.
3.1.4. Forming Mechanism of the Four-Scroll Chaotic Attractor Structure
In order to reveal the forming mechanism of the four-scroll chaotic attractor structure, a controlled system is proposed. The autonomous differential equations of this controlled system are expressed as
In this system, is a parameter of control and the value of can be changed within a certain range.
When the parameter is changed, the chaos behavior of this system can effectively be controlled. So it is a controller. In the numerical simulation, the initial values of the system (3.12) is (1, 3, 5).
For , the attractor evolves into the limit cycles; the limit cycles are shown in Figure 5(a).
For , the attractor evolves into the period-doubling bifurcations; period-doubling bifurcations are shown in Figure 5(b).
For , the corresponding strange attractors are shown in Figure 5(c). Moreover the attractors are evolved into the one lower-scroll attractor.
For , the strange attractors are shown in Figure 5(d), the attractor evolves into the single left two-scroll attractor.
For , the corresponding strange attractors are shown in Figure 5(e); the attractor evolves also into the single right two-scroll attractor.
For , the corresponding strange attractors are shown in Figure 5(f). Moreover, the attractors are evolved into the one upper-scroll attractor.
For , the attractor evolves into the period-doubling bifurcations; period-doubling bifurcations are shown in Figure 5(g).
For , the attractor evolves into the limit cycles; the limit cycles are shown in Figure 5(h).
In the controller, one can see that when is large enough, chaos attractor disappears; when is small enough, a complete chaos attractor appears. So is an important parameter to control chaos in the nonlinear system.
3.2. The One-Scroll Chaotic Attractor
The system (2.3) has been found to generate a one-scroll chaotic attractor by only varying a single parameter. Here, the parameter is selected to be varied. For example, if we let , , , , , , then a one-scroll chaotic attractor can be observed, as depicted in Figure 7.
3.3. The Left and Right Two-Scroll Chaotic Attractor
With parameters , , , , , , , the system (2.3) can exhibit a right two-scroll chaotic attractor (see Figure 8), and with parameters , , , , , , , the system (2.3) can exhibit a left two-scroll chaotic attractor (see Figure 9).
4. Poincaré Map, Bifurcation Diagram, and the Maximum Lyapunov Exponent Spectrum of the New Chaotic System
Varying the parameter , Poincaré mapping of the chaotic attractors of the systems (2.3) are shown in Figures 10(a), 10(b), 10(c), and 10(d), respectively. Several sheets of the attractors are displayed. It is noticeable that the Poincaré map of many chaotic systems such as the generalized Lorenz system  only shows a branch with several twigs. The Poincaré map in Figures 10(a), 10(b), 10(c) and 10(d), however, consists of virtually symmetrical branches and a number of nearly symmetrical twigs.
The bifurcation diagram would be far better to summarize all of the possible behaviors as the parameter varies on one diagram. For the bifurcation diagram of system (2.3) shows the complicated bifurcation phenomena (see Figure 11).
In this paper, a new four-scroll chaotic attractor in 3D autonomous system has been reported and confirmed analytically and numerically. In comparison with that of existing two-scroll or four-scroll chaotic attractors in 3D autonomous system, the novel chaotic attractor can generate four-scroll that consisted of the two-scroll transient chaotic and the two-scroll chaotic. The particular interest is that this novel system can generate different scroll chaotic attractors with variation of a single parameter. The topological structure of the new system should be completely and thoroughly investigated. It is expected that more detailed theory analyses and simulation investigations will be provided in a forthcoming paper.
This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61075060), the Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (12zz064), the Key Basic Research Program of Shanghai City (09JC1400700), the Science and Technology Research Key Program for the Education Department of Hubei Province of China (D20105001, D20126004) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2012M511259).
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