Chunking Rhythmic Synchronization: Bellerophon States and Quantized Clusters of Globally Coupled Phase Oscillators

S. Boccaletti, H. Bi, T. Qiu, I. Bonamassa, S. Guan

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The emergence of phase coherence in interacting oscillators is one of the main phenomena for the coordination of events that make a system to behave cooperatively. Examples range from rhythmic physiological processes to the collective behaviors of technological and natural networks. We concentrate here on Bellerophon states, which are coherent states of rhythmic synchrony occurring in globally coupled oscillators close to the point where the transition from disorder to phase order converts from abrupt to continuous. Within Bellerophon states, oscillators form quantized clusters, where their instantaneous phases and frequencies are unlocked. Within each cluster, the oscillators’ instantaneous frequencies form a characteristic cusped pattern and, more importantly, they behave periodically in time, so that their long-time average values are the same. Along the manuscript, we give analytical and numerical description of these states, and we discuss their general appearance behind the collective rhythms reported in other systems of interacting oscillators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Physical Science
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameNonlinear Physical Science
ISSN (Print)1867-8440
ISSN (Electronic)1867-8459

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements Work partly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under the Grants No. 11875132 and 11835003, the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai under the Grant No. 18ZR1411800, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under the Grant No. GK201303002.

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