Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 295–322 | Cite as

Numerical approach to transient dynamics of oscillatory pulses in a bistable reaction–diffusion system

  • Masaharu Nagayama
  • Kei-ichi UedaEmail author
  • Masaaki Yadome
Original Paper Area 1


Various types of interesting pattern dynamics such as self-replicating patterns and spiral patterns have been observed in reaction–diffusion (RD) systems. In recent years, periodically oscillating pulses called breathers have been found in several RD systems. In addition, the transient dynamics from traveling breathers to standing breathers have been numerically investigated, and the existence and stability of breathers have been studied by (semi-)rigorous approaches. However, the mechanism of transient dynamics has yet to be clarified, even using numerical approaches, since the global bifurcation diagram of breathers has not been obtained. In this article, we propose a numerical scheme that enables unstable breathers to be tracked. By using the global bifurcation diagram, we numerically investigate the global behavior of unstable manifolds emanating from the bifurcation point associated with the transient dynamics and clarify the onset mechanism of the transient dynamics.


Oscillatory pulse Reaction–diffusion system Transient dynamics Bifurcation 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

35B36 35B32 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaharu Nagayama
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kei-ichi Ueda
    • 3
    Email author
  • Masaaki Yadome
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Institute of Science and EngineeringKanazawa UniversityKanazawa, IshikawaJapan
  2. 2.JST PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology AgencyKawaguchi, SaitamaJapan
  3. 3.Research Institute for Mathematical SciencesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and TechnologyKanazawa UniversityKanazawa, IshikawaJapan

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