Self-organized transition to coherent activity in disordered media

Rajeev Singh, Jinshan Xu, Nicolas G. Garnier, Alain Pumir, Sitabhra Sinha

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Synchronized oscillations are of critical functional importance in many biological systems. We show that such oscillations can arise without centralized coordination in a disordered system of electrically coupled excitable and passive cells. Increasing the coupling strength results in waves that lead to coherent periodic activity, exhibiting cluster, local and global synchronization under different conditions. Our results may explain the self-organized transition in a pregnant uterus from transient, localized activity initially to system-wide coherent excitations just before delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number068102
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


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