Motion of spiral waves in the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Solutions of the general cubic complex Ginzburg-Landau equation comprising multiple spiral waves are considered. For parameters close to the vortex limit, and for a system of spiral waves with well-separated centres, laws of motion of the centres are found which vary depending on the order of magnitude of the separation of the centres. In particular, the direction of the interaction changes from along the line of centres to perpendicular to the line of centres as the separation increases, with the strength of the interaction algebraic at small separations and exponentially small at large separations. The corresponding asymptotic wavenumber and frequency are determined. These depend on the positions of the centres of the spirals, and so evolve slowly as the spirals move. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aguareles, M; Chapman, SJ; Witelski, T

Published Date

  • April 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 239 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 348 - 365

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-2789

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.physd.2009.12.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus