Application of a center manifold theory to a reaction-diffusion system of collective motion of camphor disks and boats. (English) Zbl 1340.37085

Summary: Unidirectional motion along an annular water channel can be observed in an experiment even with only one camphor disk or boat. Moreover, the collective motion of camphor disks or boats in the water channel exhibits a homogeneous and an inhomogeneous state, depending on the number of disks or boats, which looks like a kind of bifurcation phenomena. In a theoretical research, the unidirectional motion is represented by a traveling wave solution in a model. Hence it suffices to investigate a linearized eigenvalue problem in order to prove the destabilization of a traveling wave solution. However, the eigenvalue problem is too difficult to analyze even if the number of camphor disks or boats is 2. Hence we need to make a reduction on the model. In the present paper, we apply the center manifold theory and reduce the model to an ordinary differential system.


37L10 Normal forms, center manifold theory, bifurcation theory for infinite-dimensional dissipative dynamical systems
35C07 Traveling wave solutions
70K50 Bifurcations and instability for nonlinear problems in mechanics
34K18 Bifurcation theory of functional-differential equations
35K57 Reaction-diffusion equations
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