Synchronization, chaos, and the breakdown of collective domain oscillations in reaction-diffusion systems

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The universal equations describing collective oscillations of the multidomain patterns of small period in an arbitrary d-dimensional reaction-diffusion system of the activator-inhibitor type are asymptotically derived. It is shown that not far from the instability leading to the formation of the pulsating multidomain pattern the oscillations of different domains synchronize. In one dimension standing and traveling waves of the oscillation phase are realized. In addition to these, in two dimensions target and spiral waves of the oscillation phase, as well as spatiotemporal chaos of domain oscillations, are feasible. Further inside the unstable region the collective oscillations break down, so the pulsating multidomain pattern transforms into an irregular pulsating pattern, uniform self-oscillations, or turbulence. The parameter regions where these effects occur are analyzed. The effects of the pattern's disorder are also studied. The conclusions of the analysis are supported by the numerical simulations of a concrete model. The obtained results explain the dynamics of Turing patterns observed in experiments on the chlorite-iodide-malonic acid reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1463-1477
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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