The Olsen Oscillator

  • Bruce Hannon
  • Matthias Ruth
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


In this chapter we build on the law of mass action that we applied in Chapters 8 and 9 to model a chemical oscillator known as the Olsen oscillator. Chemical oscillators are unique in that they do not necessarily reach a single equilibrium state for a given set of initial conditions; rather, they seem to oscillate between two or more bounds of stability.


Integration Method Mass Action Rate Expression Reaction Intermediate Chaotic Behavior 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Hannon
    • 1
  • Matthias Ruth
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and National Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.School of Public AffairsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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