Phase-locked patterns and amplitude death in a ring of delay-coupled limit cycle oscillators

Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2004 May;69(5 Pt 2):056217. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.69.056217. Epub 2004 May 24.


We study the existence and stability of phase-locked patterns and amplitude death states in a closed chain of delay coupled identical limit cycle oscillators that are near a supercritical Hopf bifurcation. The coupling is limited to nearest neighbors and is linear. We analyze a model set of discrete dynamical equations using the method of plane waves. The resultant dispersion relation, which is valid for any arbitrary number of oscillators, displays important differences from similar relations obtained from continuum models. We discuss the general characteristics of the equilibrium states including their dependencies on various system parameters. We next carry out a detailed linear stability investigation of these states in order to delineate their actual existence regions and to determine their parametric dependence on time delay. Time delay is found to expand the range of possible phase-locked patterns and to contribute favorably toward their stability. The amplitude death state is studied in the parameter space of time delay and coupling strength. It is shown that death island regions can exist for any number of oscillators N in the presence of finite time delay. A particularly interesting result is that the size of an island is independent of N when N is even but is a decreasing function of N when N is odd.