Patterns of propagating pulses

C. Elphick, E. Meron, E. A. Spiegel

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The complex dynamics that arise in certain nonlinear partial differential equations in time and in one space dimension are studied. In the general case considered, the equation admits a solitary wave in the form of a pulse tailing off exponentially, fore and aft, with possibly oscillatory character. Complicated solutions are described by a superposition of many such solitary structures in interaction. The description is asymptotic in terms of a parameter that becomes exponentially small as the ratio of typical pulse separation to pulse width becomes large. The outcome is a set of dynamical equations for the motion of the individual pulses with nearest neighbor interactions. This system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) admits a wide range of patterns, both regular and chaotic. The stability theory of such patterns is sketched and the continuum limit of the lattice-dynamical equations of the pulses is given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-503
Number of pages14
JournalSIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Applied Mathematics


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