Negative-tension instability of scroll waves and Winfree turbulence in the Oregonator model
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Excitable media support self-organized scroll waves which can be unstable and give rise to three-dimensional wave chaos. Winfree turbulence of scroll waves results from the negative-tension instability of scroll waves; it plays an important role in the cardiac tissue where it may lead to ventricular fibrillation. By numerical simulations of the Oregonator model, we show that this instability and, thus, the Winfree turbulence may also be observed in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. The region in the parameter space, where the instability takes place, is determined, and a relationship between the negative-tension instability and the meandering behavior of spiral waves is found. The application of global periodic forcing to control such turbulence in the Oregonator model is discussed.
CitationAlonso, S.; Sagués, F.; Mikhailov, A. Negative-tension instability of scroll waves and Winfree turbulence in the Oregonator model. "Journal of physical chemistry A", 6 Octubre 2006, vol. 110, núm. 43, p. 12063-12071.