Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 90, Issue 4, pp 2371–2386 | Cite as

Stability properties of a two-dimensional system involving one Caputo derivative and applications to the investigation of a fractional-order Morris–Lecar neuronal model

  • Oana Brandibur
  • Eva KaslikEmail author
Original Paper


Necessary and sufficient conditions are given for the asymptotic stability and instability of a two-dimensional incommensurate order autonomous linear system, which consists of a differential equation with a Caputo-type fractional-order derivative and a classical first-order differential equation. These conditions are expressed in terms of the elements of the system’s matrix, as well as of the fractional order of the Caputo derivative. In this setting, we obtain a generalization of the well-known Routh–Hurwitz conditions. These theoretical results are then applied to the analysis of a two-dimensional fractional-order Morris–Lecar neuronal model, focusing on stability and instability properties. This fractional-order model is built up taking into account the dimensional consistency of the resulting system of differential equations. The occurrence of Hopf bifurcations is also discussed. Numerical simulations exemplify the theoretical results, revealing rich spiking behavior. The obtained results are also compared to similar ones obtained for the classical integer-order Morris–Lecar neuronal model.


Caputo derivative Morris–Lecar Mathematical model Fractional-order derivative Stability Instability Bifurcation Numerical simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute e-Austria TimişoaraTimişoaraRomania
  2. 2.West University of TimişoaraTimişoaraRomania

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