International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 38, Issue 9, pp 2413–2417 | Cite as

The Rikitake Two-Disk Dynamo System and Domains with Periodic Orbits

  • Yorick Hardy
  • W.-H. Steeb


The Rikitake two-disk dynamo system is a simplemodel to describe the earth's magnetic field. We derivethe conditions to find periodic orbits of this systemusing an ellipsoid bounding condition. We prove that the conditions cannot besatisfied.


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  • Yorick Hardy
  • W.-H. Steeb

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