Implementation of a Laboratory-Based Educational Tool for Teaching Nonlinear Circuits and Chaos

  • A. E. Giakoumis
  • Ch. K. Volos
  • I. N. Stouboulos
  • I. M. Kyprianidis
  • H. E. Nistazakis
  • G. S. Tombras
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 636)


The last three decades the subject of nonlinear circuits has become an interesting topic not only due to its applications in various fields but also for educational aims. In this direction, Chua’s circuit is considered a cornerstone because it is a unique platform both for the understanding of nonlinear phenomena and the study of experimental chaos as well. So, in this chapter, a new laboratory setup of Chua’s oscillator circuit is presented. The proposed realization is suitable for studying, in the laboratory, the design of a nonlinear circuit step by step. It is also a very useful tool for illustrating in the oscilloscope well-known phenomena related with chaos theory, such as period doubling route to chaos, crisis phenomena, intermittency, and attractors’ coexistence. The proposed platform could be a useful laboratory-based educational tool for teaching nonlinear circuits in courses related with nonlinear dynamics and chaos for undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. students.


Nonlinear circuit Chaos Chua’s oscillator Chua’s diode Period doubling route to chaos Crisis phenomena Intermittency Attractor’s coexistence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. E. Giakoumis
    • 1
  • Ch. K. Volos
    • 1
  • I. N. Stouboulos
    • 1
  • I. M. Kyprianidis
    • 1
  • H. E. Nistazakis
    • 2
  • G. S. Tombras
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Faculty of Physics, Department of Electronics, Computers, Telecommunications and ControlNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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