Coherent synchronization in linearly coupled nonlinear systems

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1375-1387
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


This paper presents a novel result on the effect of coupling through both analytical and numerical investigations on linearly coupled systems including chaotic and nonchaotic systems. It is found that when a single system has potential of oscillation but is currently in a "marginal" state to produce a limit cycle via Hopf bifurcation due to the change of a parameter, an appropriate coupling strength can excite the potential limit cycle such that the coupled system oscillates synchronously. Similarly, when a stable limit cycle is at the "margin" of a chaotic attractor in a single system, a certain coupling strength can induce the potential chaotic attractor such that the coupled system has a synchronous chaotic behavior. This excitation mechanism is different from the traditional function of coupling in that the latter mainly drives the coupled system to synchronize with the ongoing dynamics of a single system but does not recover its disappearing dynamics. This newly observed synchronization is called coherent synchronization to distinguish it from various common types of synchronization. Several numerical examples are presented for quantitative description of this interesting phenomenon. © World Scientific Publishing Company.

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  • Chaotic attractor, Coherent synchronization, Coupled systems, Hopf bifurcation, Limit cycle