Bifurcation behaviour of a forced Lu system is analyzed as the system parameter c and a forcing parameter F are varied. The Lu system belongs to a family of generalized Lorenz system. Members of this family are known to exhibit different types of chaotic attractors. Some of these attractors have been named Lorenz type L, Lu or Transition type T, Chen type T and Transverse 8 Type S. These different types of chaotic attractors are visually distinct when the parameters are widely separated. However, there is a need for identifying the precise point where transition from one type of chaotic attractor to another takes place. We identified signatures in the return map, which could be used for determining the point of transition and classifying the different types of chaotic attractors. These signatures helped to identify the point in coordinate space associated with such transitions. We find that such transitions take place when a chaotic attractor comes very close to a one-dimensional manifold on which the time derivatives of two of the variables is zero. We also find that just before coming to this point in coordinate space associated with the transition, the trajectory had approached, very closely, the equilibrium point at the origin. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
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