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Suppression and creation of chaos in a periodically forced Lorenz system.




Periodic forcing is introduced into the Lorenz model to study the effects of time-dependent forcing on the behavior of the system. Such a nonautonomous system stays dissipative and has a bounded attracting set which all trajectories finally enter. The possible kinds of attracting sets are restricted to periodic orbits and strange attractors. A large-scale survey of parameter space shows that periodic forcing has mainly three effects in the Lorenz system depending on the forcing frequency: (i) Fixed points are replaced by oscillations around them; (ii) resonant periodic orbits are created both in the stable and the chaotic region; (iii) chaos is created in the stable region near the resonance frequency and in periodic windows. A comparison to other studies shows that part of this behavior has been observed in simulations of higher truncations and real world experiments. Since very small modulations can already have a considerable effect, this suggests that periodic processes such as annual or diurnal cycles should not be omitted even in simple climate models.

Author(s): Franz, MO. and Zhang, MH.
Journal: Physical Review
Volume: E 52
Pages: 3558-3565
Year: 1995
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Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

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Organization: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
School: Biologische Kybernetik


  title = {Suppression and creation of chaos in a periodically forced Lorenz system.},
  author = {Franz, MO. and Zhang, MH.},
  journal = {Physical Review},
  volume = {E 52},
  pages = {3558-3565},
  organization = {Max-Planck-Gesellschaft},
  school = {Biologische Kybernetik},
  year = {1995}