Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 405–459 | Cite as

Existence and Homogenisation of Travelling Waves Bifurcating from Resonances of Reaction–Diffusion Equations in Periodic Media

  • Adam Boden
  • Karsten Matthies


The existence of travelling wave type solutions is studied for a scalar reaction diffusion equation in \(\mathbb {R}^2\) with a nonlinearity which depends periodically on the spatial variable. We treat the coefficient of the linear term as a parameter and we formulate the problem as an infinite spatial dynamical system. Using a centre manifold reduction we obtain a finite dimensional dynamical system on the centre manifold with fully degenerate linear part. By phase space analysis and Conley index methods we find conditions on the parameter and nonlinearity for the existence of travelling wave type solutions with particular wave speeds. The analysis provides an approach to the homogenisation problem as the period of the periodic dependence in the nonlinearity tends to zero.


Travelling waves Periodic media Spatial dynamics  Reaction-diffusion Conley index Homogenisation 



Financial support by EPSRC through DTA funding for Boden is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of BathBathUK

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