Suppression of spiral waves and spatiotemporal chaos by generating target waves in excitable media

Hong Zhang, Bambi Hu, Gang Hu
Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 2003, 68 (2): 026134
A method for suppressing spiral waves and spatiotemporal chaos in excitable media is proposed. Applying suitable periodic force to a single point, we can successfully suppress spiral waves as well as spatiotemporal chaos by generating target waves. After we turn off the external force, target waves finally disappear and the whole system which was in the state of spiral wave or spatiotemporal chaos goes to the spatially homogeneous steady state. It is shown that our control method is not sensitively model dependent. It works for a model for catalytic CO oxidation on platinum as well as for a model for cardiac muscle.

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