Origin of chaotic transients in excitatory pulse-coupled networks

Hai Lin Zou, Menghui Li, Choy Heng Lai, Ying-Cheng Lai

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We develop an approach to understanding long chaotic transients in networks of excitatory pulse-coupled oscillators. Our idea is to identify a class of attractors, sequentially active firing (SAF) attractors, in terms of the temporal event structure of firing and receipt of pulses. Then all attractors can be classified into two groups: SAF attractors and non-SAF attractors. We establish that long transients typically arise in the transitional region of the parameter space where the SAF attractors are collectively destabilized. Bifurcation behavior of the SAF attractors is analyzed to provide a detailed understanding of the long irregular transients. Although demonstrated using pulse-coupled oscillator networks, our general methodology may be useful in understanding the origin of transient chaos in other types of networked systems, an extremely challenging problem in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number066214
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 21 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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