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Essential instability of pulses and bifurcations to modulated travelling waves

  • B. Sandstede (a1) and A. Scheel (a2)

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Reaction-diffusion systems on the real line are considered. Localized travelling waves become unstable when the essential spectrum of the linearization about them crosses the imaginary axis. In this article, it is shown that this transition to instability is accompanied by the bifurcation of a family of large patterns that are a superposition of the primary travelling wave with steady spatially periodic patterns of small amplitude. The bifurcating patterns can be parametrized by the wavelength of the steady patterns; they are time-periodic in a moving frame. A major difficulty in analysing this bifurcation is its genuinely infinite-dimensional nature. In particular, finite-dimensional Lyapunov–Schmidt reductions or centre-manifold theory do not seem to be applicable to pulses having their essential spectrum touching the imaginary axis.

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Essential instability of pulses and bifurcations to modulated travelling waves

  • B. Sandstede (a1) and A. Scheel (a2)

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