Delay-enhanced coherence of spiral waves in noisy Hodgkin-Huxley neuronal networks

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5681-5687
Journal / PublicationPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2008


We study the spatial dynamics of spiral waves in noisy Hodgkin-Huxley neuronal ensembles evoked by different information transmission delays and network topologies. In classical settings of coherence resonance the intensity of noise is fine-tuned so as to optimize the system's response. Here, we keep the noise intensity constant, and instead, vary the length of information transmission delay amongst coupled neurons. We show that there exists an intermediate transmission delay by which the spiral waves are optimally ordered, hence indicating the existence of delay-enhanced coherence of spatial dynamics in the examined system. Additionally, we examine the robustness of this phenomenon as the diffusive interaction topology changes towards the small-world type, and discover that shortcut links amongst distant neurons hinder the emergence of coherent spiral waves irrespective of transmission delay length. Presented results thus provide insights that could facilitate the understanding of information transmission delay on realistic neuronal networks. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Coherence resonance, Delay, Neuronal networks, Spiral wave

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