Lorenz system Information
The Lorenz system is a system of ordinary differential equations first studied by mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz. It is notable for having chaotic solutions for certain parameter values and initial conditions. In particular, the Lorenz attractor is a set of chaotic solutions of the Lorenz system. In popular media the " butterfly effect" stems from the real-world implications of the Lorenz attractor, namely that in a chaotic physical system, in the absence of perfect knowledge of the initial conditions (even the minuscule disturbance of the air due to a butterfly flapping its wings), our ability to predict its future course will always fail. This underscores that physical systems can be completely deterministic and yet still be inherently unpredictable. The shape of the Lorenz attractor itself, when plotted in phase space, may also be seen to resemble a butterfly.
Overview
In 1963, Edward Lorenz, with the help of Ellen Fetter who was responsible for the numerical simulations and figures,^{ [1]} and Margaret Hamilton who helped in the initial, numerical computations leading up to the findings of the Lorenz model,^{ [2]} developed a simplified mathematical model for atmospheric convection.^{ [1]} The model is a system of three ordinary differential equations now known as the Lorenz equations:
The equations relate the properties of a two-dimensional fluid layer uniformly warmed from below and cooled from above. In particular, the equations describe the rate of change of three quantities with respect to time: x is proportional to the rate of convection, y to the horizontal temperature variation, and z to the vertical temperature variation.^{ [3]} The constants σ, ρ, and β are system parameters proportional to the Prandtl number, Rayleigh number, and certain physical dimensions of the layer itself.^{ [3]}
The Lorenz equations also arise in simplified models for lasers,^{ [4]} dynamos,^{ [5]} thermosyphons,^{ [6]} brushless DC motors,^{ [7]} electric circuits,^{ [8]} chemical reactions^{ [9]} and forward osmosis.^{ [10]} The Lorenz equations are also the governing equations in Fourier space for the Malkus waterwheel.^{ [11]}^{ [12]} The Malkus waterwheel exhibits chaotic motion where instead of spinning in one direction at a constant speed, its rotation will speed up, slow down, stop, change directions, and oscillate back and forth between combinations of such behaviors in an unpredictable manner.
From a technical standpoint, the Lorenz system is nonlinear, aperiodic, three-dimensional and deterministic. The Lorenz equations have been the subject of hundreds of research articles, and at least one book-length study.^{ [3]}
Analysis
One normally assumes that the parameters σ, ρ, and β are positive. Lorenz used the values σ = 10, β = 8/3 and ρ = 28. The system exhibits chaotic behavior for these (and nearby) values.^{ [13]}
If ρ < 1 then there is only one equilibrium point, which is at the origin. This point corresponds to no convection. All orbits converge to the origin, which is a global attractor, when ρ < 1.^{ [14]}
A pitchfork bifurcation occurs at ρ = 1, and for ρ > 1 two additional critical points appear at
These correspond to steady convection. This pair of equilibrium points is stable only if
which can hold only for positive ρ if σ > β + 1. At the critical value, both equilibrium points lose stability through a subcritical Hopf bifurcation.^{ [15]}
When ρ = 28, σ = 10, and β = 8/3, the Lorenz system has chaotic solutions (but not all solutions are chaotic). Almost all initial points will tend to an invariant set – the Lorenz attractor – a strange attractor, a fractal, and a self-excited attractor with respect to all three equilibria. Its Hausdorff dimension is estimated from above by the Lyapunov dimension (Kaplan-Yorke dimension) as 2.06±0.01,^{ [16]} and the correlation dimension is estimated to be 2.05±0.01.^{ [17]} The exact Lyapunov dimension formula of the global attractor can be found analytically under classical restrictions on the parameters:^{ [18]}^{ [16]}^{ [19]}
The Lorenz attractor is difficult to analyze, but the action of the differential equation on the attractor is described by a fairly simple geometric model.^{ [20]} Proving that this is indeed the case is the fourteenth problem on the list of Smale's problems. This problem was the first one to be resolved, by Warwick Tucker in 2002.^{ [21]}
For other values of ρ, the system displays knotted periodic orbits. For example, with ρ = 99.96 it becomes a T(3,2) torus knot.
Example solutions of the Lorenz system for different values of ρ | |
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ρ = 14, σ = 10, β = 8/3 (Enlarge) | ρ = 13, σ = 10, β = 8/3 (Enlarge) |
ρ = 15, σ = 10, β = 8/3 (Enlarge) | ρ = 28, σ = 10, β = 8/3 (Enlarge) |
For small values of ρ, the system is stable and evolves to one of two fixed point attractors. When ρ > 24.74, the fixed points become repulsors and the trajectory is repelled by them in a very complex way. |
Sensitive dependence on the initial condition | ||
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Time t = 1 (Enlarge) | Time t = 2 (Enlarge) | Time t = 3 (Enlarge) |
These figures — made using ρ = 28, σ = 10 and β = 8/3 — show three time segments of the 3-D evolution of two trajectories (one in blue, the other in yellow) in the Lorenz attractor starting at two initial points that differ only by 10^{−5} in the x-coordinate. Initially, the two trajectories seem coincident (only the yellow one can be seen, as it is drawn over the blue one) but, after some time, the divergence is obvious. |
Connection to tent map
In Figure 4 of his paper,^{ [1]} Lorenz plotted the relative maximum value in the z direction achieved by the system against the previous relative maximum in the z direction. This procedure later became known as a Lorenz map (not to be confused with a Poincaré plot, which plots the intersections of a trajectory with a prescribed surface). The resulting plot has a shape very similar to the tent map. Lorenz also found that when the maximum z value is above a certain cut-off, the system will switch to the next lobe. Combining this with the chaos known to be exhibited by the tent map, he showed that the system switches between the two lobes chaotically.
Simulations
MATLAB simulation
% Solve over time interval [0,100] with initial conditions [1,1,1]
% ''f'' is set of differential equations
% ''a'' is array containing x, y, and z variables
% ''t'' is time variable
sigma = 10;
beta = 8/3;
rho = 28;
f = @(t,a) [-sigma*a(1) + sigma*a(2); rho*a(1) - a(2) - a(1)*a(3); -beta*a(3) + a(1)*a(2)];
[t,a] = ode45(f,[0 100],[1 1 1]); % Runge-Kutta 4th/5th order ODE solver
plot3(a(:,1),a(:,2),a(:,3))
Mathematica simulation
Standard way:
tend = 50;
eq = {x'[t] == σ (y[t] - x[t]),
y'[t] == x[t] (ρ - z[t]) - y[t],
z'[t] == x[t] y[t] - β z[t]};
init = {x[0] == 10, y[0] == 10, z[0] == 10};
pars = {σ->10, ρ->28, β->8/3};
{xs, ys, zs} =
NDSolveValue[{eq /. pars, init}, {x, y, z}, {t, 0, tend}];
ParametricPlot3D[{xs[t], ys[t], zs[t]}, {t, 0, tend}]
Less verbose:
lorenz = NonlinearStateSpaceModel[{{σ (y - x), x (ρ - z) - y, x y - β z}, {}}, {x, y, z}, {σ, ρ, β}];
soln[t_] = StateResponse[{lorenz, {10, 10, 10}}, {10, 28, 8/3}, {t, 0, 50}];
ParametricPlot3D[soln[t], {t, 0, 50}]
Python simulation
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from scipy.integrate import odeint
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D
rho = 28.0
sigma = 10.0
beta = 8.0 / 3.0
def f(state, t):
x, y, z = state # Unpack the state vector
return sigma * (y - x), x * (rho - z) - y, x * y - beta * z # Derivatives
state0 = [1.0, 1.0, 1.0]
t = np.arange(0.0, 40.0, 0.01)
states = odeint(f, state0, t)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.gca(projection="3d")
ax.plot(states[:, 0], states[:, 1], states[:, 2])
plt.draw()
plt.show()
Applications
Model for atmospheric convection
As shown in Lorenz's original paper,^{ [22]} the Lorenz system is a reduced version of a larger system studied earlier by Barry Saltzman.^{ [23]} The Lorenz equations are derived from the Oberbeck–Boussinesq approximation to the equations describing fluid circulation in a shallow layer of fluid, heated uniformly from below and cooled uniformly from above.^{ [24]} This fluid circulation is known as Rayleigh–Bénard convection. The fluid is assumed to circulate in two dimensions (vertical and horizontal) with periodic rectangular boundary conditions.^{ [25]}
The partial differential equations modeling the system's stream function and temperature are subjected to a spectral Galerkin approximation: the hydrodynamic fields are expanded in Fourier series, which are then severely truncated to a single term for the stream function and two terms for the temperature. This reduces the model equations to a set of three coupled, nonlinear ordinary differential equations. A detailed derivation may be found, for example, in nonlinear dynamics texts from Hilborn (2000), Appendix C; or 1984 Bergé, Pomeau & Vidal (1984), Appendix D.
Resolution of Smale's 14th problem
Smale's 14th problem says, 'Do the properties of the Lorenz attractor exhibit that of a strange attractor?'. The problem was answered affirmatively by Warwick Tucker in 2002.^{ [21]} To prove this result, Tucker used rigorous numerics methods like interval arithmetic and normal forms. First, Tucker defined a cross section that is cut transversely by the flow trajectories. From this, one can define the first-return map , which assigns to each the point where the trajectory of first intersects .
Then the proof is split in three main points that are proved and imply the existence of a strange attractor.^{ [26]} The three points are:
- There exists a region invariant under the first-return map, meaning .
- The return map admits a forward invariant cone field.
- Vectors inside this invariant cone field are uniformly expanded by the derivative of the return map.
To prove the first point, we notice that the cross section is cut by two arcs formed by .^{ [26]} Tucker covers the location of these two arcs by small rectangles , the union of these rectangles gives . Now, the goal is to prove that for all points in , the flow will bring back the points in , in . To do that, we take a plan below at a distance small, then by taking the center of and using Euler integration method, one can estimate where the flow will bring in which gives us a new point . Then, one can estimate where the points in will be mapped in using Taylor expansion, this gives us a new rectangle centered on . Thus we know that all points in will be mapped in . The goal is to do this method recursively until the flow comes back to and we obtain a rectangle in such that we know that . The problem is that our estimation may become imprecise after several iterations, thus what Tucker does is to split into smaller rectangles and then apply the process recursively. Another problem is that as we are applying this algorithm, the flow becomes more 'horizontal',^{ [26]} leading to a dramatic increase in imprecision. To prevent this, the algorithm changes the orientation of the cross sections, becoming either horizontal or vertical.
Gallery
A solution in the Lorenz attractor rendered as an SVG.
An animation showing trajectories of multiple solutions in a Lorenz system.
A solution in the Lorenz attractor rendered as a metal wire to show direction and 3D structure.
An animation showing the divergence of nearby solutions to the Lorenz system.
See also
- Eden's conjecture on the Lyapunov dimension
- Lorenz 96 model
- List of chaotic maps
- Takens' theorem
Notes
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Lorenz (1963)
- ^ Lorenz (1960)
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Sparrow (1982)
- ^ Haken (1975)
- ^ Knobloch (1981)
- ^ Gorman, Widmann & Robbins (1986)
- ^ Hemati (1994)
- ^ Cuomo & Oppenheim (1993)
- ^ Poland (1993)
- ^ Tzenov (2014)^{[ citation needed]}
- ^ Kolář & Gumbs (1992)
- ^ Mishra & Sanghi (2006)
- ^ Hirsch, Smale & Devaney (2003), pp. 303–305
- ^ Hirsch, Smale & Devaney (2003), pp. 306+307
- ^ Hirsch, Smale & Devaney (2003), pp. 307–308
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} Kuznetsov, N.V.; Mokaev, T.N.; Kuznetsova, O.A.; Kudryashova, E.V. (2020). "The Lorenz system: hidden boundary of practical stability and the Lyapunov dimension". Nonlinear Dynamics. 102 (2): 713–732. doi: 10.1007/s11071-020-05856-4.
- ^ Grassberger & Procaccia (1983)
- ^ Leonov et al. (2016)
- ^ Kuznetsov, Nikolay; Reitmann, Volker (2020). Attractor Dimension Estimates for Dynamical Systems: Theory and Computation. Cham: Springer.
- ^ Guckenheimer, John; Williams, R. F. (1979-12-01). "Structural stability of Lorenz attractors". Publications Mathématiques de l'Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques. 50 (1): 59–72. doi: 10.1007/BF02684769. ISSN 0073-8301. S2CID 55218285.
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} Tucker (2002)
- ^ Lorenz (1963)
- ^ Saltzman (1962)
- ^ Lorenz (1963)
- ^ Lorenz (1963)
- ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Viana (2000)
- ^ Heitmann, S., Breakspear, M (2017-2022) Brain Dynamics Toolbox. bdtoolbox.org doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5625923
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Further reading
- G.A. Leonov & N.V. Kuznetsov (2015). "On differences and similarities in the analysis of Lorenz, Chen, and Lu systems" (PDF). Applied Mathematics and Computation. 256: 334–343. doi: 10.1016/j.amc.2014.12.132.
External links
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- "Lorenz attractor", Encyclopedia of Mathematics, EMS Press, 2001 [1994]
- Weisstein, Eric W. "Lorenz attractor". MathWorld.
- Lorenz attractor by Rob Morris, Wolfram Demonstrations Project.
- Lorenz equation on planetmath.org
- Synchronized Chaos and Private Communications, with Kevin Cuomo. The implementation of Lorenz attractor in an electronic circuit.
- Lorenz attractor interactive animation (you need the Adobe Shockwave plugin)
- 3D Attractors: Mac program to visualize and explore the Lorenz attractor in 3 dimensions
- Lorenz Attractor implemented in analog electronic
- Lorenz Attractor interactive animation (implemented in Ada with GTK+. Sources & executable)
- Web based Lorenz Attractor (implemented in JavaScript/HTML/CSS)
- Interactive web based Lorenz Attractor made with Iodide