Summary: The dynamics and stability of multispot patterns to the Gray-Scott (GS) reaction-diffusion model in a two-dimensional domain is studied in the singularly perturbed limit of small diffusivity of one of the two solution components.
A hybrid asymptotic-numerical approach based on combining the method of matched asymptotic expansions with the detailed numerical study of certain eigenvalue problems is used to predict the dynamical behavior and instability mechanisms of multispot quasi-equilibrium patterns for the GS model in the limit . For , a quasi-equilibrium -spot pattern is constructed by representing each localized spot as a logarithmic singularity of unknown strength for at an unknown spot location for . A formal asymptotic analysis is then used to derive a differential algebraic ODE system for the collective coordinates and for , which characterizes the slow dynamics of a spot pattern. Instabilities of the multispot pattern due to the three distinct mechanisms of spot self-replication, spot oscillation, and spot annihilation are studied by first deriving certain associated eigenvalue problems by using singular perturbation techniques. From a numerical computation of the spectrum of these eigenvalue problems, phase diagrams in the GS parameter space corresponding to the onset of spot instabilities are obtained for various simple spatial configurations of multispot patterns.
In addition, it is shown that there is a wide parameter range where a spot instability can be triggered only as a result of the intrinsic slow motion of the collection of spots. The construction of the quasi-equilibrium multispot patterns and the numerical study of the spectrum of the eigenvalue problems relies on certain detailed properties of the reduced-wave Green’s function.
The hybrid asymptotic-numerical results for spot dynamics and spot instabilities are validated from full numerical results computed from the GS model for various spatial configurations of spots.