Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Working with Chaos: Simulating Chua's circuit
  3. Datasheets
  4. Working with Chaos: Building Chua's circuit
  5. Previous Work

1. Introduction Return to Table of Contents
Chaos is a fascinating nonlinear phenomenon. Dr. Leon Chua invented Chua's circuit (circa 1983), a simple nonlinear circuit capable of producing strange attractors. Before you can get started on Chua's circuit, it would be instructive to understand the basic concept of nonlinear circuits: the DP (or driving-point) plot. This term was coined in the classic book "Linear and Nonlinear Circuits" by Chua, Leon O., Desoer, Charles A. and Kuh, Ernest S. 1987. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0070108986. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT. Here is the Amazon link to where you may find used copies of the book. But, here is a document on introductory nonlinear circuit analysis that I wrote for sophomore electronics students. This should be enough background for you to understand the implementation of Chua's circuit.

Once you understand the basics of nonlinear circuit analysis, here are some links and papers to get you started with chaos and Chua's circuit:
1. What is Chaos?
2. The Chaos hypertextbook
3. Michael Peter Kennedy's classic op-amp implementation of Chua's circuit

2. Working with Chaos: Simulating Chua's Circuit Return to Table of Contents
First we need to simulate Chua's circuit. The simulation tool we use is MultiSim. Here is the MultiSim schematic, click for a screen shot. Two points: First, this version of the circuit uses the LMC6482 which is more robust and easier to obtain than the JFET op-amps used in Michael Peter Kennedy's paper. A more subtle point is the series resistance of the inductor. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT WHILE BUILDING CHUA'S CIRCUIT.

3. Datasheets Return to Table of Contents
Here I provide links and datasheets to the two most important items in the circuit: the dual op-amp and inductor. The rest of the components in the circuit are standard: a 2k pot, a 100 nF capacitor, a 10 nF capacitor and 22k x 2, 220 ohm x 2, 2.2k, 3.3k resistors and +/- 9 V batteries. You can find these at a local Radioshack. Hence, the total cost of the circuit is around $10!

4. Working with Chaos: Building the circuit Return to Table of Contents

5. Previous Work Return to Table of Contents
In Spring - Summer 2009, people who worked in this area were: We investigated inductorless versions of Chua's circuit (here is the EECS technical report), memristor-based chaotic circuits (here is the EECS technical report) and rigorous proof of chaos in a version of Chua's circuit with only 4-elements. Here are some documents related to this work:
  1. Inductorless Chua's Circuit
    1. 8 mH inductor version, MultiSim 10 schematic
    2. 18 mH inductor version, MultiSim 10 schematic
  2. Memristor Based Chaotic Circuits
    1. Here are various MATLAB r2007b and Mathematica 6 simulation files. If you have questions, please email Bharath (m,$b$$harat ^@
    2. We are using a LABVIEW real-time platform to try and implement the memristor based chaotic circuits (systems).

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