Incoherence-Mediated Remote Synchronization

Liyue Zhang, Adilson E. Motter, Takashi Nishikawa

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In previously identified forms of remote synchronization between two nodes, the intermediate portion of the network connecting the two nodes is not synchronized with them but generally exhibits some coherent dynamics. Here we report on a network phenomenon we call incoherence-mediated remote synchronization (IMRS), in which two noncontiguous parts of the network are identically synchronized while the dynamics of the intermediate part is statistically and information-theoretically incoherent. We identify mirror symmetry in the network structure as a mechanism allowing for such behavior, and show that IMRS is robust against dynamical noise as well as against parameter changes. IMRS may underlie neuronal information processing and potentially lead to network solutions for encryption key distribution and secure communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174102
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 28 2017

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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