We investigate synchronizing fractional-order Volta chaotic systems with nonidentical orders in finite time. Firstly, the fractional chaotic system with the same structure and different orders is changed to the chaotic systems with identical orders and different structure according to the property of fractional differentiation. Secondly, based on the lemmas of fractional calculus, a controller is designed according to the changed fractional chaotic system to synchronize fractional chaotic with nonidentical order in finite time. Numerical simulations are performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method.

1. Introduction

Fractional calculus, starting from some speculations of G. W. Leibniz (1695, 1697) and L. Euler (1730), has a history of over 300 years old. But its application to physics and engineering has attracted lots of attention only in the recent decades. Up until now, people have investigated and developed many methods to synchronize fractional dynamical systems with identical order, for example, one-way coupling method [1], washout filter control [2], sliding mode [3], fuzzy control [4, 5], pinning control [6], active control [7], adaptive control [810], time-varying delays control [1113], further fruits can be found in [1416], and so forth.

In general, the order of the drive fractional chaotic system may not be equal with the order of the response fractional chaotic system. It is necessary to study synchronizing fractional chaotic system with nonidentical order. In [9], based on the stability theorem of linear fractional order systems and Laplace transform theory, synchronizing nonidentical chaotic fractional order systems is realized. But the controller designing schedule is intricate, and the process is also difficult to understand. In [10], the authors utilize the integral property of fractional differential function to synchronize fractional chaotic system with nonidentical order. But the authors neglect the result of fractional integration concerning the initial value condition, and a different result can be gotten under different initial value condition by integration, then the approach cannot be effectively broaden.

Generally, synchronizing error systems converge to zero in infinite time. But in some cases such as communication, the synchronizing errors are usually demanded to converge to zero in finite time. Finite-time synchronizing integer-order chaotic has been studied [17, 18]. To the best of our knowledge, synchronizing fractional-order in finite time has rarely been reported.

Motivated by the above discussion, we propose a new approach to design a controller to realize finite-time synchronizing fractional order chaotic system with nonidentical orders based on the properties of fractional differentiation. The theorem is easy to understand. Numerical simulations are used to verify the effectiveness of this approach.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, primary definitions and lemma about fractional-order differentiation are introduced. In Section 3, based on the lemmas of fractional calculus, a controller is designed to realize finite-time synchronizing fractional-order chaotic Volta system with nonidentical orders. Also, numerical simulation results are presented in Section 4 to show the effectiveness of the designed controller. Finally, the conclusion is made in Section 5.

2. Preliminaries

There are three commonly used definitions of the fractional-order differential operator: Grunwald-Letnikov, Riemann-Liouville, and Caputo definitions. In this paper, we study the stability of fractional system based on the Caputo definition.

Definition 1. The Caputo definition of fractional order can be expressed as [19] where is the first integer which is not less than , for example, when , , and is gamma function.

Lemma 2 (see [10]). Suppose , , , , , and , then:

Lemma 3 (see [20]). Consider

Lemma 4 (see [21]). For ,    the following inequality holds:

3. Finite-Time Synchronizing Nonidentical Orders Fractional Chaotic Volta System

In this section, we investigate finite-time synchronizing fractional-order chaotic Volta systems with nonidentical orders.

The fractional-order Volta’s system is depicted by

When system parameters and order , the system (5) has chaotic attractor [22].

Define the system (5) as the drive system, and the response system is given as follows: where and is the nonlinear controller to be designed.

According to Lemma 2, taking derivative of both sides of (5), we get Thus, the synchronizing system (5) and the system (6) with nonidentical orders are transformed into the synchronizing system (6) and system (7) with identical orders,

Define the error variables as Subtracting (7) from (6), we obtain the error dynamics The key problem is how to design the controller to realize chaotic synchronization in finite time.

Theorem 5. If the controller satisfies where , , and , the response system (6) will synchronize with the derive system (7) in the finite time .

Proof. Substituting (10) into (9), we get Then Using Lemma 3, we have Define , and after some simple manipulations, we get Then and based on Lemma 3, one gets Taking integral of both sides of (16) from 0 to , Then when , that is to say, the synchronization is realized in finite time . The proof is completed.

4. Numerical Simulations

In this section, the simulation results are carried out to show the effectiveness of the designed controller.

Take ,  , and and the order of the drive system as and the order of the response system as ; the initial values are selected as and . The numerical simulations are shown as Figures 1 and 2. We can see that the synchronization is achieved in finite time from the simulation result. The response system synchronizes with the drive system in finite time.

5. Conclusion

In this paper, we study the finite-time synchronization of fractional chaotic systems with nonidentical orders. A new approach is proposed to design the controller. The approach is not only simple but also easy to understand, which can broad the approach of synchronizing fractional chaotic system. Numerical simulations show the effectiveness of the approach.