Extreme Events in Delay-Coupled FitzHugh-Nagumo Oscillators

Research paper by Arindam Saha, Ulrike Feudel

Indexed on: 24 Mar '17Published on: 24 Mar '17Published in: arXiv - Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics


We study two identical FitzHugh-Nagumo oscillators which are coupled with one or two different time delays. If only a single delay coupling is used, the length of the delay determines whether the synchronization manifold is transversally stable or unstable, exhibiting mixed mode or chaotic oscillations in which the small amplitude oscillations are always in-phase but the large amplitude oscillations are in-phase or out-of-phase respectively. For two delays we find an intricate dynamics which comprises an irregular alteration of small amplitude oscillations, in-phase and out-of-phase large amplitude oscillations, also called events. This transient chaotic dynamics is sandwiched between a bubbling transition and a blowout bifurcation.