Lorenz system

An interactive simulation of a chaotic attractor

created by Hendrik Wernecke

— summer term 2018 —
The Lorenz system was defined by Lorenz [1] and is very important.


time $t = $0.00


This simulation is damn hard to use. Press the START button and it runs. Press STOP and it stops.


This is the Lorenz system: \begin{align} \dot{x} &= \sigma(y-x)\\ \dot{y} &= x(\rho-z)-y\\ \dot{z} &= xy-\beta z\,. \end{align} We use $\beta=8/3$ and $\sigma=10$ and keep $\rho$ as a parameter The syste has the following fixed points \begin{align} \mathbf{v}_\text{o} &= (0,0,0)\\ \mathbf{v}_{1,2} &= \left(\pm\sqrt{\beta(\rho-1)},\pm\sqrt{\beta(\rho-1)},\rho-1\right) \end{align} which are also indicated on the canvas.

For $r=28$ the Lorenz system is chaotic and then it looks like
Chaotic Lorenz attractor for r=28.

Figure: The Lorenz butterfly.

Code & documentation

Here I want to show some parts of the JavaScript code that I am fond of:

Acknowledgements, authors & contact

Acknowledgements The author would like to thank everyone.

About the authors Hendrik Wernecke is a PhD student in the group of Prof. C. Gros at Goethe University Frankfurt (Main).

Contact For questions, suggestions or comments on this simulation, please contact click to show email

References & further reading

E. Lorenz: Deterministic nonperiodic flow., J. Atmos. Sci. 20(2) 1963.

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