Pei Yu, Maoan Han and Yuzhen Bai
In this paper, we study dynamics and bifurcation of limit cycles in a recently developed new chaotic system, called extended Lorenz system. A complete analysis is provided for the existence of limit cycles bifurcating from Hopf critical points. The system has three equilibrium solutions: a zero one at the origin and two non-zero ones at two symmetric points. It is shown that the system can either have one limit cycle around the origin, or three limit cycles enclosing each of the two symmetric equilibria, giving a total six limit cycles. It is not possible for the system to have limit cycles simultaneously bifurcating from all the three equilibria. Simulations are given to verify the analytical predictions.