- Published in issue 7/1995 on page 58
Chaos is all around us: on the roads, in nature, in the weather, and in everyday life. Electronic systems may also show chaotic behaviour, such as the Colpitts oscillator in the diagram. This suffers from what has been called the multi-oscillation phenomenon. In this, two or more oscillations exist simultaneously in the steady state. In other words, there are parasitic or unwanted oscillations existing together with the main oscillation. The resultant steady-state signal is severely distorted, which limits its application in communication systems.