, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1-35

Existence of Standing Pulse Solutions to an Inhomogeneous Reaction–Diffusion System

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We prove the existence of locally unique, symmetric standing pulse solutions to homogeneous and inhomogeneous versions of a certain reaction–diffusion system. This system models the evolution of photoexcited carrier density and temperature inside the cavity of a semiconductor Fabry–Pérot interferometer. Such pulses represent the fundamental nontrivial mode of pattern formation in this device. Our results follow from a geometric singular perturbation approach, based largely on Fenichel's theorems and the Exchange Lemma.