Using the sensitive dependence of chaos (the ‘‘butterfly effect’’) to direct trajectories in an experimental chaotic system

Troy Shinbrot, William Ditto, Celso Grebogi, Edward Ott, Mark Spano, James A. Yorke

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In this paper we present the first experimental verification that the sensitivity of a chaotic system to small perturbations (the "butterfly effect") can be used to rapidly direct orbits from an arbitrary initial state to an arbitrary accessible desired state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2863-2866
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 1992

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