Chemistry and Physics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures


Resistor–Inductor– Diode Chaos: A Simple Circuit with Extraordinarily Complex Behavior and Far Reaching Potential Applications

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Dynamic Days 2006: Bethesda MD

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This poster explores and documents the nonlinear behavior exhibited by a sinusoidal driven serial circuit consisting of a resistor, an inductor, and a diode (all available from Radio Shack). Power and frequency transitions to chaos are demonstrated. The circuit exhibits period doubling, transitions to chaos, and “transition synchronization” between two circuits. The potential for “Transition Synchronization Encryption” techniques are also documented and presented.

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