Line-defects-mediated complex-oscillatory spiral waves in a chemical system

Jin Sung Park, Kyoung J. Lee

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In this paper, we summarize our experimental observations on complex-oscillatory spiral waves that arise in a Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction-diffusion system. The observed wave structures generically bear line defects across which the phase of local oscillation changes by a multiple of 2π. The local oscillation at every spatial point along a line defect of period-2 (P-2) oscillatory media is period-1 (P-1) oscillatory. For the homogeneous BZ reaction can be excitable, simply periodic, complex periodic, or chaotic as the control parameters are tuned, a number of different complex wave states are revealed. A two-dimensional phase diagram, which includes domains of P-2 oscillatory spirals, intermittently breathing spirals, period-3 (P-3) oscillatory spirals, two different types of mixed-mode periodic spirals, and line-defect-mediated turbulence, is constructed. Several different transitions among different dynamic states are described systematically. In all cases, line defects are found to play an important role.

Original languageEnglish
Article number066219
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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