Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Science (BS)
M. Drew Lamar
Gregory D. Smith
Rex K. Kincaid
Networks of pulse-coupled oscillators can be used to model systems from firing neurons to blinking fireflies. Many past studies have focused on numerical simulations and locating the synchronous state of such systems. In this project, we construct a Poincare map for a system of three pulse-coupled oscillators and use rigorous computational techniques and topological tools to study both synchronous and asynchronous dynamics. We present sample results, including the computed basin of attraction for the synchronous state as well as a depiction of gradient-like dynamics in the remainder of the phase space. In the future, we hope to automate this process so that it can be applied to a wide range of network topologies and parameter values.
Corish, Allison Leslie, "Global Dynamics of Pulse-Coupled Oscillators" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 496.
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