Study of transients in the propagation of nonlinear waves in some reaction diffusion systems
Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Science and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131, USA
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Revised: 2 March 2008
Published online: 11 April 2008
We study the transient dynamics of single species reaction diffusion systems whose reaction terms f(u) vary nonlinearly near u ≈ 0, specifically as f(u) ≈ u2 and f(u) ≈ u3. We consider three cases, calculate their traveling wave fronts and speeds analytically and solve the equations numerically with different initial conditions to study the approach to the asymptotic front shape and speed. Observed time evolution is found to be quite sensitive to initial conditions and to display in some cases nonmonotonic behavior, ascribable to the disparity in time scales between the evolution of the front interior and the front tail.
PACS: 82.40.Ck – Pattern formation in reactions with diffusion, flow and heat transfer / 47.20.Ky – Nonlinearity, bifurcation, and symmetry breaking / 05.45.-a – Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
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