Destabilization and localization of traveling waves by an advected field

Alex Roxin*, Hermann Riecke

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We study a model of small amplitude traveling waves arising in a supercritical Hopf bifurcation, that are coupled to a slowly varying, real field. The field is advected by the waves and, in turn, affects their stability via a coupling to the growth rate. In the absence of dispersion, we identify two distinct short-wave instabilities. One instability induces a phase slip of the waves and a corresponding reduction of the winding number, while the other leads to a modulated wave structure. The bifurcation to modulated waves can be either forward or backward, in the latter case permitting the existence of localized, traveling pulses which are bistable with the basic, conductive state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-38
Number of pages20
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2001


  • Ginzburg-Landau equation
  • Long-wave mode
  • Short-wave instability
  • Traveling waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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