Chaos in symmetric phase oscillator networks
Physical Review Letters
American Physical Society
Phase-coupled oscillators serve as paradigmatic models of networks of weakly interacting oscillatory units in physics and biology. The order parameter which quantifies synchronization so far has been found to be chaotic only in systems with inhomogeneities. Here we show that even symmetric systems of identical oscillators may not only exhibit chaotic dynamics, but also chaotically fluctuating order parameters. Our findings imply that neither inhomogeneities nor amplitude variations are necessary to obtain chaos; i.e., nonlinear interactions of phases give rise to the necessary instabilities.
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Vol. 107 (24), article 244101
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