project duration: 1995-1997
Mixed-mode oscillations are a phenomenon quite often encountered in chemical systems. They owe their name to the alternating large and small amplitute heigths in the observed time series. A second characteristic feature of mixed-mode oscillations are the alternating chaotic and periodic responses occuring in special sequences as a parameter is varied. One of the simplest sets of kinetic equations exhibiting misxed mode oscillations is the 3-dimensional autocatalator. This model consists of three nonlinearly coupled ordinary differential equations. The pictures below show the evolution of this system for a whole set of initial conditions in the part of phase space where the complex behaviour of the system is generated. As the set of initial conditions is a line in phase space this gives a surface. A second 'inverse' surface is generated by simulating a line of initial conditions backwards in time. The intersection of the two surfaces plays a crucial role in explaining the complex dynamics of this system.
System with with noise texture(98 K)
System and Inverse System (Example 1)(399 K)
System and Inverse System (Example 2)(229 K)
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