Volume 84, Number 4, November 2008
Article Number 40013
Number of page(s) 6
Section General
Published online 21 November 2008
EPL, 84 (2008) 40013
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/40013

Stabilization of unstable steady states by variable-delay feedback control

A. Gjurchinovski and V. Urumov

Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University P. O. Box 162, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia

received 2 April 2008; accepted in final form 16 October 2008; published November 2008
published online 21 November 2008

We report on a significant improvement of the performance of the classical time-delayed autosynchronization method (TDAS) to control unstable steady states, by applying a time-varying delay in the TDAS control scheme in a form of a deterministic or stochastic delay modulation in a fixed interval around a nominal delay value. The successfulness of this variable-delay feedback control (VDFC) is illustrated by a numerical control simulation of the chaotic Lorenz system using three different types of time-delay modulations: a sawtooth wave, a sine wave, and a uniform random distribution. We perform a comparative analysis between the VDFC method and the standard TDAS method for a sawtooth wave modulation by analytically determining the domains of control for the generic case of an unstable fixed point of focus type.

05.45.Gg - Control of chaos, applications of chaos.
02.30.Ks - Delay and functional equations.

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