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A Numerical Study of the Lorenz and Lorenz-Stenflo Systems

by Ekola, Tommy

Abstract (Summary)
In 1998 the Swedish mathematician Warwick Tucker used rigorous interval arithmetic and normal form theory to prove the existence of a strange attractor in the Lorenz system. In large parts, that proof consists of computations implemented and performed on a computer. This thesis is an independent numerical verification of the result obtained by Warwick Tucker, as well as a study of a higher-dimensional system of ordinary differential equations introduced by the Swedish physicist Lennart Stenflo.The same type of mapping data as Warwick Tucker obtained is calculated here via a combination of numerical integration, solving optimisation problems and a coordinate change that brings the system to a normal form around the stationary point in the origin. This data is collected in a graph and the problem of determining the existence of a strange attractor is translated to a few graph theoretical problems. The end result, after the numerical study, is a support for the conclusion that the attractor set of the Lorenz system is a strange attractor and also for the conclusion that the Lorenz-Stenflo system possesses a strange attractor.
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School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MATHEMATICS; Mathematics; Warwick Tucker; Strange attractor; Lorenz equations; Lorenz-Stenflo equations; Lorenz attractor; Lorenz-Stenflo attractor; Dynamical systems; Normal form theory; MATEMATIK

ISBN:91-7283-997-X

Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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