Unusual spiral wave tip trajectories in a parametrically forced nonequilibrium system

Jysoo Lee, Jinha Kim, Goen Hee Yi, Kyoung J. Lee

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The effect of parametric modulations on spiral waves that form in a thin layer of liquid crystal under rotating magnetic field is studied in laboratory experiments and numerical simulations. Parametric forcings that are sinusoidal in time make a simply rotating spiral tip to meander, rendering a compound tip trajectory that is composed of a main circular orbit and a satellite orbit with an unusual crescent shape. No evidence of frequency locking is found. The underlying mechanism for the unusual shape of the satellite orbit is elucidated, and the dependence of the rotation frequency of the main circular orbit f̃o on the perturbation parameters are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046207
Pages (from-to)046207/1-046207/6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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