Perturbation analysis for competing reactions with initially separated components

Inbal Hecht, Haim Taitelbaum

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We study a competitive reaction-diffusion system with initially separated components. In this system, two similar species on one side of the system compete to react with the species on the other side. The competition is due to significant differences in the microscopic reaction constants and the initial densities of the two competing species. In the short-time limit, each of the competitive reactions is considered as perturbation with respect to the diffusion, the latter is essential for the effective mixing of the reactants. We identify the small parameters required for the perturbation analysis of the competitive scheme. The resulting perturbative expressions provide the rich spatiotemporal reaction front patterns, which were experimentally observed for Cr3+ +Xylenol Orange (XO) →products, where the aggregated and nonaggregated forms of Cr3+ in aqueous solution compete to react with the XO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012101
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2006


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