Symmetry-independent stability analysis of synchronization patterns [article]

Yuanzhao Zhang, Adilson E. Motter
2020 arXiv   pre-print
The field of network synchronization has seen tremendous growth following the introduction of the master stability function (MSF) formalism, which enables the efficient stability analysis of synchronization in large oscillator networks. However, to make further progress we must overcome the limitations of this celebrated formalism, which focuses on global synchronization and requires both the oscillators and their interactions to be identical, while many systems of interest are inherently
more » ... geneous and exhibit complex synchronization patterns. Here, we establish a generalization of the MSF formalism that can characterize the stability of any cluster synchronization pattern, even when the oscillators and/or their interactions are nonidentical. The new framework is based on finding the finest simultaneous block diagonalization of matrices and does not rely on information about network symmetry. This leads to an algorithm that is error-tolerant and orders of magnitude faster than existing symmetry-based algorithms. As an application, we rigorously characterize the stability of chimera states in networks with multiple types of interactions.
arXiv:2003.05461v1 fatcat:w6acsvn7sncqtg5ajabwletnc4