Chua's circuit (also known as a Chua circuit) is a simple electronic circuit that exhibits classic chaos theory behavior. It was introduced in 1983 by Leon O. Chua, who was a visitor at Waseda University in Japan at that time. The ease of construction of the circuit has made it a ubiquitous real-world example of a chaotic system, leading some to declare it "a paradigm for chaos."
- one or more nonlinear elements
- one or more locally active resistors
- three or more energy-storage elements.
Chua's circuit is the simplest electronic circuit meeting these criteria. As shown in the figure, the energy storage elements are two capacitors (labeled C1 and C2) and an inductor (labeled L1). There is an active resistor (labeled R). There is a nonlinear resistor made of two linear resistors and two diodes. At the far right is a negative impedance converter made from three linear resistors and an operational amplifier. The section to the right simulates Chua's diode, a component that is currently not sold commercially.
By means of the application of the laws of electromagnetism, the dynamics of Chua's circuit can be accurately modeled by means of a system of three nonlinear ordinary differential equations in the variables x(t), y(t) and z(t), which give the voltages across the capacitors C1 and C2, and the intensity of the electrical current in the inductor L1, respectively. These equations read:
The function f(x) describes the electrical response of the nonlinear resistor, and its shape depends on the particular configuration of its components. The parameters α and β are determined by the particular values of the circuit components.
A chaotic attractor, known as "The Double Scroll" because of its shape in the (x,y,z) space, was first observed in a circuit containing a nonlinear element such that f(x) was a 3-segment piecewise-linear function.
The easy experimental implementation of the circuit, combined with the existence of a simple and accurate theoretical model, makes Chua's circuit a useful system to study many fundamental and applied issues of chaos theory. Because of this, it has been object of much study, and appears widely referenced in the literature. Further, Chua' s circuit can be easily realized by using a multilayer CNN (Cellular Nonlinear Network). CNNs were invented by Leon Chua in 1988. To date, а large number of various types of chaotic attractors in Chua's system have been discovered,. These may be obtained numerically, with relative ease, by standard computational procedure (after transient process a trajectory, started from a point of unstable manifold in a small neighborhood of unstable zero equilibrium, reaches an attractor and computes it). Also, recently, a hidden Chua's attractor was discovered in the classical Chua circuit, and later smooth and discontinous variants were identified. 
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