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Christos Volos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Ioannis Kyprianidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Ioannis Stouboulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Viet-Thanh Pham (Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam)

Source Title: Performance Optimization Techniques in Analog, Mixed-Signal, and Radio-Frequency Circuit Design

Copyright: © 2015
|Pages: 35
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6627-6.ch015

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TopOne of the most significant scientific revolutions in the previous century was the foundation of chaos theory. The study of chaos may be said to have started with the pioneering work of the French mathematician Henri Poincaré in 1880. Poincaré’s motivation was partly provided by the problem of the orbits of three celestial bodies experiencing mutual gravitational attraction. By considering the behavior of orbits arising from sets of initial points, Poincaré was able to show that very complicated orbits (now these orbits called chaotic) were possible (Poincaré, 1890). In 1898 Jacques Hadamard published an influential study of the chaotic motion of a free particle gliding frictionlessly on a surface of constant negative curvature (Hadamard, 1896). In the system studied, “Hadamard's billiards”, Hadamard was able to show that all trajectories are unstable in that all particle trajectories diverge exponentially from one another.

Much of the earlier theory was developed almost entirely by mathematicians, under the name of ergodic theory. Later studies, also in the topic of nonlinear differential equations, were carried out by Birkhoff (1927), Kolmogorov (1941), Cartwright and Littlewood (1945) and Stephen Smale (1960). Except for Smale, these studies were all directly inspired by physics: the three-body problem in the case of Birkhoff, turbulence and astronomical problems in the case of Kolmogorov, and radio engineering in the case of Cartwright and Littlewood.

The main catalyst for the development of chaos theory was the electronic computer. Much of the mathematics of chaos theory involves the repeated iteration of simple mathematical formulas, which would be impractical to be done by hand. Electronic computers made these repeated calculations practical, while figures and images made it possible to visualize these systems. An early pioneer of the theory was the meteorologist Edward Lorenz whose interest in chaos came about accidentally through his work on weather prediction in 1961 (Lorenz, 1963). Lorenz, who was using a simple digital computer to run his weather simulation, had discovered that small changes in initial conditions produced large changes in the long-term outcome. Also, chaos was observed by a number of experiments before it was recognized; e.g., in 1927 by van der Pol (1927) and in 1958 by Ives (1958).

After Lorenz, a large number of scientists noticed the signs of chaos in a plethora of dynamical systems revealing its basic principles. As dynamical system, a physical phenomenon that evolves in time, is meant. In mathematical terms, the states of the system are described by a set of variables and its evolution is given by a set of differential equations with the values of the initial states. This is summarized in Equation (1),

So, a dynamical system of Equation (1), in order to be considered as chaotic, must fulfill three basic conditions (Hasselblatt, 2003).

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