A novel nonlinear four-dimensional hyperchaotic system and its fractional-order form are presented. Some dynamical behaviors of this system are further investigated, including Poincaré mapping, parameter phase portraits, equilibrium points, bifurcations, and calculated Lyapunov exponents. A simple fourth-channel block circuit diagram is designed for generating strange attractors of this dynamical system. Specifically, a novel network module fractance is introduced to achieve fractional-order circuit diagram for hardware implementation of the fractional attractors of this nonlinear hyperchaotic system with order as low as 0.9. Observation results have been observed by using oscilloscope which demonstrate that the fractional-order nonlinear hyperchaotic attractors exist indeed in this new system.

1. Introduction

As a very attractive theoretical subject, chaotification which involves some complicated but well-organized dynamical behaviors is a quite challenging topic and has been intensively studied in the last four decades by many pioneer contributors [17]. Due to the great effort from these researchers, many classical common chaotic systems and high-dimensional autonomous chaotic systems have been investigated through theoretical analysis and numerical simulation [810]. Meanwhile, it is noticed that observation of chaotic dynamical behaviors in the experiments has begun to attract much attention in recent years. In particular, generating chaotic attractors by using hardware implementation has been a subject of interest because of their potential applications in various chaos-based technologies, such as encryption and secure communications. In secure communication, for example, a signal typically from a common chaotic system was suited to mask a message to be transmitted [11, 12].

More recently, with rapid advances in nonlinear circuit theory, many sophisticated electronic circuits have been designed to exhibit complexity behaviors of chaos. To begin with, it is necessary to briefly review some main advances in three-dimensional chaotic attractor and high-dimensional (hyperchaos) attractor generation by using hardware circuit design. In [13], the authors proposed that the hyperchaos can be generated by coupled Colpitts oscillators. In [14], a new hyperchaotic Lorenz system is illustrated not only by computer simulation but also by the realization of an electronic circuit. Furthermore, the design and circuit implementation of some new hyperchaotic and four-dimensional chaotic oscillators have been introduced in detail [1520]. In particular, many investigations are devoted to research the dynamical properties of fractional-order chaotic systems very recently.

Although fractional derivatives as a pure mathematical topic have a long history, the applications of this topic to physics and engineering are just a recent focus of interest. According to the classical point of Poincare-Bendixson theorem, it is well known that chaos phenomenon cannot occur in dimensions less than three of autonomous equations. Therefore, by using fractional derivatives of orders , it is possible to obtain chaotic attractors with an effective dimension . Historically, Hartley et al. first discovered chaotic motion of the famous Chua circuit system of a fractional-order form with order as low as 2.7 [21]. I. Grigorenko and E. Grigorenko introduced a generalization of the Lorenz dynamical system using fractional derivatives [22]. In [23], some chaotic behaviors in a fractional-order modified Duffing system have been studied by numerical analysis. Hyperchaos in fractional-order Rossler system is being investigated in detail in [24]. In [25], the chaotic behavior of the fractional unified system has been studied with lowest order from 2.97 to 2.07. However, it is rather rare to observe a common chaos or high-dimensional chaos in their fractional-order form. As a result, there are very few reports on generating common chaos especially high-dimensional chaotic attractors in the literature.

Moreover, generating a nonlinear chaotic attractor from fractional-order dynamical system by using physical circuit is quite difficult. Up to now, there are two modules of fractional circuit for designing the chaotic oscillation circuit. The first example of an electrical circuit related to fractional calculus is called a tree fractance circuit element, where an infinite self-similar circuit consists of resistor and capacitors [26]. The second example is called chain fractance circuit which also consists of resistor-capacitor pairs connected in an infinite chain [27]. In [28], the authors presented a novel three-channel circuit for creating common chaotic attractors with chain fractance. In [29], a remarkable fractional-order circuit is designed for physically verifying a new hyperchaotic system. In particular, the modified four-dimensional Chua’s system with its fractional-order attractors has been proofed by circuit realization [30]. As far as we know, previous works on circuit generating fractional attractors only focused on using tree and chain fractance module [31]. Therefore, it is very interesting to ask whether there exists some different topological fractance for circuit design which can generate fractional chaos and hyperchaos [32, 33].

In this letter, a new smooth four-dimensional nonlinear autonomous hyperchaotic system has been introduced by adding a controller into the classical Chua’s chaotic system with an appropriate cubic nonlinearity. Some basic dynamical properties of this nonlinear dynamical system have been investigated in detail. Furthermore, a fourth-channel circuit diagram is constructed for generating a chaotic attractor. In particular, utilizing the fractional derivatives, a novel network module fractance has been introduced by designing a fractional-order circuit for physically realizing the strange attractors of the fractional-order form of this new hyperchaotic system.

2. Dynamical Behaviors of the Nonlinear Hyperchaotic System

For comparison convenience, the mathematical model of the generalized Chua’s circuit system should be reviewed by the following expression: where is the state vector, , , , and are positive constant parameters, and is the smooth function that contains cubic nonlinearity.

Based on the above classical system (1), a four-dimensional hyperchaotic should be considered as follows: where is the state vector; is the state feedback controller; , , , and are positive constant parameters; and smooth nonlinear function can be denoted as .

2.1. Dynamical Properties Analysis

In order to reveal dynamical properties of this nonlinear hyperchaotic system, the equilibria of system (2) should be considered at first: The only one equilibrium of system (2) has been obtained, which is expressed as . It can be found out that the number of equilibria points of system (2) is significantly less than the classical three- or four-dimensional nonlinear system. For system (2), the corresponding Jacobian matrices can be written in the form when we choose , , , and , the Jacobian system, evaluated at , is given by

The way to solve for eigenvalues as roots of the characteristic equation is . Eigenvalues at are obtained as , , , and . It is easy to see that and are two positive real roots and and are a pair of complex conjugate eigenvalues with negative real parts. In this case, the equilibrium of system (2) is an unstable saddle-focus point. According to nonlinear dynamical theory, the Jacobian should have at least one unstable eigenvalue that the nonlinear system can display chaotic behaviors.

Remark 1. Assume that denotes a region in with a smooth boundary . Let be the region formed by flowing along for time and then let . For system (2), the phase space is determined by the divergence of the flow which gives .

The general condition of dissipative can be gained as with , since is the volume element of . Apparently, the volume of will be decreased exponentially fast. Therefore, this means that each volume containing the system trajectory shrinks to zero as at an exponential rate . Ultimately, all trajectories of system (2) are confined to a subset of zero volume and the asymptotic motion settles onto a strange attractor.

According to the nonlinear dynamical theory, a quantitative measure approach of the sensitive dependence on the initial conditions is calculating the Lyapunov exponent. It is the average rate of divergence (or convergence) of two neighboring trajectories. Moreover, the corresponding Lyapunov exponents of the nonlinear dynamical system (2) with parameters , , , and are obtained as follows:

It is easy to see that there are two positive exponents and . According to Wolf method if one nonlinear system has more than one positive Lyapunov exponent, then that indicates that the system may be hyperchaotic with complex dynamical behaviors.

Furthermore, the Lyapunov dimension of system (2) can be calculated as follows:

The bifurcation diagram of state variable with increasing can be obtained which is given in Figure 1. It can be observed that the bifurcation diagram well coincides with the complexity behaviors of system (2).

When the initial conditions of system (2) are selected as and , the simulation results are obtained by using MATLAB program. The fourth-order Runge-Kutta integration algorithm was performed for solving the system equations with the same parameters as solving Lyapunov exponents. Strange attractors of phase projections in three dimensions are shown in Figure 2. In more detail, from Figures 3(a)3(f) two-dimension projections of system (2) onto , , , , , and planes can be clearly observed. It is noted that the system (2) displays sophisticated hyperchaotic dynamical behaviors.

The waveform of , , , and in time domain is shown in Figure 4. It is noted that all waveforms of vectors are nonperiodic which indicated that the chaotic system can display pseudorandom sequences.

The Poincaré map can reflect bifurcation and folding properties of chaotic system. Poincaré mapping of system (2) on several sections can be clearly seen in Figure 5, which illustrates several sheets of attractors folded in space set.

Comparing the numerical analysis of dynamical properties of system (2), the circuit implementation results are further investigated in the following subsection.

2.2. Nonlinear Circuit Verification for Hyperchaotic System (2)

In this subsection, a nonlinear fourth-order oscillation circuit diagram has been designed for physically verifying the four-dimensional hyperchaotic system (2). In order to obtain the circuit diagram we should transform the dimensionless equations of system (2) into the following suitable equations form: where state variables , , , and can be generated from , , , and , which are the voltage outputs over the capacitors. The circuit diagram includes ten operational amplifiers LM741 chip (the power supply is set to be 15), two analog multiplier AD633 chips, four capacitors , and some linear resistors . Figure 6 shows the circuit diagram. All resistors are exactly adjustable resistors with high precision. Resistance is as follows: ; , , ; , , , , , , ; ; , , , , ; ; , ; . Capacitance is as follows: , , , .

Figures 7(a) to 7(f) show the experimental observation of these hyperchaotic strange attractors on , , , , , , and phase plane, respectively. Comparing the simulation results and experimental results, it can be declared that a very good qualitative agreement has been confirmed.

3. Fractional-Order Form of Hyperchaotic System (2)

3.1. Fractional Numerical Algorithm

In this section, the dynamical equations of noninteger (fractional-order) form of system (2) have been constructed at first.

Although the theory of fractional derivatives developed as a pure mathematical topic that has three centuries, its applications did not attract much attention until the recent decades. There are several definitions of fractional derivatives that are well known. Three commonly used definitions for the general fractional differintegral nonlinear systems are the Riemann-Liouville (RL), Grünwald-Letnikov (GL), and Caputo’s definition.

The uniform formula of a fractional derivative with can be defined as follows: where is an arbitrary integrable smooth function and is the fractional derivative of order on . Consider

There are several famous definitions of fractional derivatives. Three commonly used definitions for the general fractional differintegral nonlinear systems are the Grünwald-Letnikov (GL), Riemann-Liouville (RL), and Caputo’s definition.

The Grünwald-Letnikov (GL) definition can be written as where and means the integer part.

The elegant Riemann-Liouville (RL) fractional derivative is expressed as where is an integer larger than , that is, , and is the gamma function.

Caputo’s definition can be written as where is an integer larger than , that is, , and also is the gamma function.

From (13), the fractional-order form of hyperchaotic system (2) can be obtained as where is the fractional-order satisfying .

As is well known, the fractional differintegral does not allow the direct implementation of the fractional operators. Therefore, two approximation methods have been developed for numerical solution and physic realized fractional differential system in the literature. One is the time-domain method which is a generalization of the Adams-Bashforth-Moulton (ABM) predictor-corrector algorithm. The other is by utilizing frequency-domain techniques based on Bode diagrams. One can obtain a linear approximation of a fractional-order integrator with any desired accuracy over any frequency band. In this work, we use the predictor-corrector scheme for numerical simulation and the frequency-based method for fractional circuit implementation.

The (ABM) predictor-corrector scheme for (12) is derived here for numerical simulation analysis. Consider the initial value form of general fractional dynamical system as follows:

Note that the differential equation (13) is equivalent to the Volterra integral equation: Set and , ; the corresponding discretization equation for (21) is defined by where The predictor is given by where

Comparing (15) and (17), estimation error of the approximation is Therefore, the numerical solution of a general fractional-order system can be obtained by using the aforementioned algorithm.

When assuming the fractional-order , the fractional-order chaotic attractors have been obtained for determining that the system (2) is fractal. Figure 8 illustrates the phase diagram of fractional chaotic attractors in different plane.

3.2. Nonlinear Circuit Verification for Fractional-Order Hyperchaotic System

As is well known, the standard definition of fractional differintegral does not allow direct implementation of the fractional operators in time-domain simulations. In order to design the circuit of fractional-order form of dynamical system, one can obtain a linear approximation of a fractional-order integrator with any desired accuracy over any frequency band based on Bode diagrams. Generally, a fractional dynamical power function dependence on frequency can be obtained by approximations as with in step size 0.1. Hence a typical multiple fractional power pole model can be described as where is the relaxation time constants. The approximated transfer function can be written as follows: where is a finite number and and are pole and zero in the geometrical progression, respectively.

From the above derivations, according to Table 1 provided in [34], the approximation transfer function of with an error of 2 dB is given as follows:

There are two types of electrical circuit modules which are related to the fractional calculus. The first model is the tree-type fractance element where an infinite self-similar circuit consisting of resistors of resistance and capacitors of capacitance is depicted. The second model is the chain-type fractance which consists of resistor-capacitor pairs connected in a chain. To generate fractional-order attractors from system (12), we introduce a new network-type fractance module which is different from traditional tree and chain-type fractional fractance. The new fractance consists of resistor-capacitor pairs connected in a network. As for tree and chain fractance, the network fractance can also be used for analogue fractional differentiation and integration and as a circuit module of a new type. In practical applications, the circuit network (Figure 9) has been chosen as three pairs by using resistors , , and and linear capacitors , , and .

The corresponding transfer function of this circuit module can be written into where is a fixed-value parameter. In practice, one can obtain the transfer function as by adjusting a value of as . In addition, comparing with .(26), some adjustable resistances can be tuned as , , , , , and .

Furthermore, to verify the observed strange attractors from the fractional-order form of hyperchaotic system, an experimental nonlinear fourth-channel fractional circuit has been designed which included two main parts; that is, the first part shows the network-type fractance module in Figure 9 and the second part shows the integer-order circuit in Figure 6. The full schematic diagram with detailed specifications is depicted in Figure 10.

In addition, the corresponding exact state equations can be derived as follows: where should be replaced by the network-type fractance.

In experiment, assume that the supply voltages are chosen as . Operational amplifiers and analog multipliers are chosen as in integer-order circuit. Digital oscilloscope TEK TPS2014 is used to detect the phase plane and waveforms. Figures 11(a)11(f) show the oscilloscope-observed results for fractional-order of chaotic attractors. Moreover, comparing Figure 8 with Figure 11, very good qualitative agreement between the integer attractors and fractional-order attractors can be observed.

4. Conclusions

In this paper, a new four-dimensional nonlinear smooth autonomous hyperchaotic system derived from the famous Chua circuit has been investigated in detail. Some dynamical behaviors of this system are analysis by means of equilibrium point, bifurcations, Poincaré mapping, parameter phase portraits, and calculated Lyapunov exponents. Meanwhile, a simple fourth-channel circuit diagram has been designed for verifying these new chaotic attractors. In particular, based on the fractional-order theorem, we have presented a novel network element fractance which can be used by designing a novel nonlinear fractional-order circuit. Our physical experiment results demonstrate the effectiveness of this fractional-order circuit design.

It is assumed that there still are some abundant and complex dynamical properties unknown in this modified four-dimensional Chua’s system. This will greatly enhance our understanding of chaotic systems in general and implement fractional-order chaotic attractors using hardware devices in the near future.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 51307130).