The study of first order transition (explosive synchronization) in an ensemble (network) of coupled oscillators has been the topic of paramount interest among the researchers for more than one decade. Several frameworks have been proposed to induce explosive synchronization in a network and it has been reported that phase frustration in a network usually suppresses first order transition in the presence of pairwise interactions among the oscillators. However, on the contrary, by considering networks of phase frustrated coupled oscillators in the presence of higher-order interactions (up to 2-simplexes) we show here, under certain conditions, phase frustration can promote explosive synchronization in a network. A low-dimensional model of the network in the thermodynamic limit is derived using the Ott-Antonsen ansatz to explain this surprising result. Analytical treatment of the low-dimensional model, including bifurcation analysis, explains the apparent counter intuitive result quite clearly.
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