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  1. Christian Bick, Carlo Laing, Marc Goodfellow and Erik A. Martens
    Understanding Synchrony Patterns in Biological and Neural Oscillator Networks through Mean-Field Reductions: A Review
    > Abstract
    Many biological and neural system can be seen as networks of interacting periodic processes. Importantly, the function of these networks depends on the collective dynamics: Synchrony of oscillations is probably amongst the most prominent examples of collective behavior and has been associated both with function and dysfunction. Understanding how network structure and interactions, as well as the microscopic properties of individual units, shape the emergent collective dynamics is critical to find factors that lead to malfunction. However, many biological systems such as the brain consist of a large number of dynamical units. Hence, their analysis has either primarily relied on simplified heuristic models on a coarse scale, or the analysis comes at a huge computational cost. Here we review recently introduced approaches—commonly known as the Ott-Antonsen and Watanabe-Strogatz reductions—that allow to simplify the analysis by bridging small and large scales: To obtain reduced model equations, a subpopulation in an oscillator network is replaced by a single variable that describes its collective state exactly. The resulting equations are next-generation models: Rather than being heuristic, they capture microscopic properties of the underlying system. At the same time, they are sufficiently simple to analyze without great computational effort. In the last decade, these reduction methods have become instrumental to understand how network structure and interaction shapes the collective dynamics and the emergence of synchrony. We review this progress based on concrete examples and outline possible limitations. Finally, we discuss how linking the reduced models with experimental data can guide the way towards the development of new treatment approaches, for example, for neural disease.
  2. Dumitru Călugăru, Jan Frederik Totz, Erik A. Martens, Harald Engel
    First-order Synchronization Transition in a Large Population of Relaxation Oscillators
    > Abstract
    We study the synchronization transition in a large population of coupled oscillators. In contrast to a continuous non-equilibrium transition for weakly coupled phase oscillators with a unimodal symmetric frequency distribution, we find in experiments with photo-chemically coupled catalytic micro-oscillators a discontinuous synchronization transition with hysteresis. Closer examination reveals that the relaxation character of the oscillators and their strong coupling are responsible for the hard synchronization transition. Accompanying numerical simulations support the hypothesis that the discontinuous character of the transition is structurally stable with respect to changes in network connectivity and modality of the frequency distribution. Due to the prevalence of relaxation oscillators in nature and technology, we expect the discontinuous synchronization transition to play role in diverse systems including neural tissue and genetic regulatory networks.

Published / in Press

  1. Nicolás Deschle, Andreas Daffertshofer, Demian Battaglia and Erik A. Martens
    Directed Flow of Information in Chimera States
    Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 5, 28, (2019); doi:10.3389/fams.2019.00028; arXiv:1904.11553
    > Abstract
    We investigated interactions within chimera states in a phase oscillator network with two coupled subpopulations. To quantify interactions within and between these subpopulations, we estimated the corresponding (delayed) mutual information that — in general— quantifies the capacity or the maximum rate at which information can be transferred to recover a sender's information at the receiver with a vanishingly low error probability. After verifying their equivalence with estimates based on the continuous phase data, we determined the mutual information using the time points at which the individual phases passed through their respective Poincaré sections. This stroboscopic view on the dynamics may resemble, e.g., neural spike times, that are common observables in the study of neuronal information transfer. This discretization also increased processing speed significantly, rendering it particularly suitable for a fine-grained analysis of the effects of experimental and model parameters. In our model, the delayed mutual information within each subpopulation peaked at zero delay, whereas between the subpopulations it was always maximal at non-zero delay, irrespective of parameter choices. We observed that the delayed mutual information of the desynchronized subpopulation preceded the synchronized subpopulation. Put differently, the oscillators of the desynchronized subpopulation were “driving” the ones in the synchronized subpopulation. These findings were also observed when estimating mutual information of the full phase trajectories. We can thus conclude that the delayed mutual information of discrete time points allows for inferring a functional directed flow of information between subpopulations of coupled phase oscillators.
  2. Erik A. Martens and Konstantin Klemm
    Cyclic Structure Induced by Load Fluctuations in Adaptive Transportation Networks
    ECMI book subseries of Mathematics in Industry (to appear); doi: DOINR; arXiv:1810.10049
    > Abstract
    Transport networks are crucial to the functioning of natural systems and technological infrastructures. For flow networks in many scenarios, such as rivers or blood vessels, acyclic networks (i.e., trees) are optimal structures when assuming time-independent in- and outflow. Dropping this assumption, fluctuations of net flow at source and/or sink nodes may render the pure tree solutions unstable even under a simple local adaptation rule for conductances. Here, we consider tree-like networks under the influence of spatially heterogeneous distribution of fluctuations, where the root of the tree is supplied by a constant source and the leaves at the bottom are equipped with sinks with fluctuating loads. We find that the network divides into two regions characterized by tree-like motifs and stable cycles. The cycles emerge through transcritical bifurcations at a critical amplitude of fluctuation. For a simple network structure, depending on parameters defining the local adaptation, cycles first appear close to the leaves (or root) and then appear closer towards the root (or the leaves). The interaction between topology and dynamics gives rise to complex feedback mechanisms with many open questions in the theory of network dynamics. A general understanding of the dynamics in adaptive transport networks is essential in the study of mammalian vasculature, and adaptive transport networks may find technological applications in self-organizing piping systems.
  3. Christian Bick, Mark J. Panaggio, Erik A. Martens
    Chaos in Kuramoto Oscillator Networks
    Chaos (AIP), 28, 071102 (2018), Fast Track; doi: 10.1063/1.5041444; arXiv:1802.05481
    > Abstract

    Kuramoto oscillators are widely used to explain collective phenomena in networks of coupled oscillatory units. We show that simple networks of two populations with a generic coupling scheme can exhibit chaotic dynamics as conjectured by Ott and Antonsen [Chaos, 18, 037113 (2008)]. These chaotic mean field dynamics arise universally across network size, from the continuum limit of infinitely many oscillators down to very small networks with just two oscillators per population. Hence, complicated dynamics are expected even in the simplest description of oscillator networks.

  4. Erik A. Martens and Konstantin Klemm
    Transitions from Trees to Cycles in Adaptive Flow Networks
    Frontiers in Physics, Vol. 5, Article 62, 2017, Open Access; arXiv:1711.00401
    Supplementary Videos here.
    > Abstract

    Transport networks are crucial to the functioning of natural and technological systems. Nature features transport networks that are adaptive over a vast range of parameters, thus providing an impressive level of robustness in supply. Theoretical and experimental studies have found that real-world transport networks exhibit both tree-like motifs and cycles. When the network is subject to load fluctuations, the presence of cyclic motifs may help to reduce flow fluctuations and, thus, render supply in the network more robust. While previous studies considered network topology via optimization principles, here, we take a dynamical systems approach and study a simple model of a flow network with dynamically adapting weights (conductances). We assume a spatially non-uniform distribution of rapidly fluctuating loads in the sinks and investigate what network configurations are dynamically stable. The network converges to a spatially non-uniform stable configuration composed of both cyclic and tree-like structures. Cyclic structures emerge locally in a transcritical bifurcation as the amplitude of the load fluctuations is increased. The resulting adaptive dynamics thus partitions the network into two distinct regions with cyclic and tree-like structures. The location of the boundary between these two regions is determined by the amplitude of the fluctuations. These findings may explain why natural transport networks display cyclic structures in the micro-vascular regions near terminal nodes, but tree-like features in the regions with larger veins.

  5. Erik A. Martens, Christian Bick, Mark J. Panaggio
    Chimera States in Two Populations with Heterogeneous Phase-lag
    Chaos 26 (9), 094819 (2016); doi: 10.1063/1.4958930; arXiv:1606.0187
    > Abstract

    The simplest network of coupled phase-oscillators exhibiting chimera states is given by two populations with disparate intra- and inter-population coupling strengths. We explore the effects of heterogeneous coupling phase-lags between the two populations. Such heterogeneity arises naturally in various settings, for example as an approximation to transmission delays, excitatory-inhibitory interactions, or as amplitude and phase responses of oscillators with electrical or mechanical coupling. We find that breaking the phase-lag symmetry results in a variety of states with uniform and non-uniform synchronization, including in-phase and anti-phase synchrony, full incoherence (splay state), chimera states with phase separation of 0 or π between populations, and states where both populations remain desynchronized. These desynchronized states exhibit stable, oscillatory, and even chaotic dynamics. Moreover, we identify the bifurcations through which chimera and desynchronized states emerge. Stable chimera states and desynchronized solutions, which do not arise for homogeneous phase-lag parameters, emerge as a result of competition between synchronized in-phase, anti-phase equilibria, and fully incoherent states when the phase-lags are near ±π/2 (cosine coupling). These findings elucidate previous experimental results involving a network of mechanical oscillators and provide further insight into the breakdown of synchrony in biological systems.

  6. D.D. Postnov, D. J. Marsh, D. E. Postnov, T.H. Braunstein, N.H. Holstein-Rathlou, Erik A. Martens, and O. Sosnovtseva.
    Modeling of Kidney Hemodynamics: Probability-Based Topology of an Arterial Network.
    PLoS Computational Biology 12(7): e1004922 (2016). doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004922
    > Abstract

    Through regulation of the extracellular fluid volume, the kidneys provide important long-term regulation of blood pressure. At the level of the individual functional unit (the nephron), pressure and flow control involves two different mechanisms that both produce oscillations. The nephrons are arranged in a complex branching structure that delivers blood to each nephron and, at the same time, provides a basis for an interaction between adjacent nephrons. The functional consequences of this interaction are not understood, and at present it is not possible to address this question experimentally. We provide experimental data and a new modeling approach to clarify this problem. To resolve details of microvascular structure, we collected 3D data from more than 150 afferent arterioles in an optically cleared rat kidney. Using these results together with published micro-computed tomography (μCT) data we develop an algorithm for generating the renal arterial network. We then introduce a mathematical model describing blood flow dynamics and nephron to nephron interaction in the network. The model includes an implementation of electrical signal propagation along a vascular wall. Simulation results show that the renal arterial architecture plays an important role in maintaining adequate pressure levels and the self-sustained dynamics of nephrons.

  7. Erik A. Martens, Mark Panaggio, Daniel M. Abrams
    Basins of Attraction for Chimera States
    New Journal of Physics, Fast Track Communication, 18:022002 (2016), Open Access; doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/2/022002; arXiv:1507.01457
    Supplementary Videos here.
    > Abstract

    Separatrix around R0
    Chimera states---curious symmetry-broken states in systems of identical coupled oscillators---typically occur only for certain initial conditions. Here we analyze their basins of attraction in a simple system comprised of two populations. Using perturbative analysis and numerical simulation we evaluate asymptotic states and associated destination maps, and demonstrate that basins form a complex twisting structure in phase space. Understanding the basins' precise nature may help in the development of control methods to switch between chimera patterns, with possible technological and neural system applications.

  8. Simona Olmi, Erik A. Martens, Shashi Thutupalli, Alessandro Torcini
    Intermittent Chaotic Chimeras for Coupled Rotators
    Phys. Rev. E Rapid Communications, 92, 030901 (R) (2015), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.92.030901; arXiv:1507.07685

    Intermittent Chaotic Chimera
    Two symmetrically coupled populations of N oscillators with inertia m display chaotic solutions with broken symmetry similar to experimental observations with mechanical pendula. In particular, we report the first evidence of intermittent chaotic chimeras, where one population is synchronized and the other jumps erratically between laminar and turbulent phases. These states have finite life-times diverging as a power-law with N and m. Lyapunov analyses reveal chaotic properties in quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions for globally coupled dissipative systems.

  9. Erik A. Martens*, Navish Wadhwa*, Nis S. Jacobsen, Christian Lindemann, Ken H. Andersen, and André Visser
    Size Structures Sensory Hierarchy in Ocean Life
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282:20151346 (2015); doi: 10.1101/018937; biorXiv:10.1101/018937

    Life in the ocean is shaped by the trade-off between a need to encounter other organisms for feeding or mating, and to avoid encounters with predators. Avoiding or achieving encounters necessitates an efficient means of collecting the maximum possible information from the surroundings through the use of remote sensing. In this study, we explore how sensing mode and range depend on body size. We reveal a hierarchy of sensing modes (chemosensing, mechanosensing, vision, hearing, and echolocation) where body size determines the available battery of sensing modes and where larger body size means a longer sensing range. The size-dependent hierarchy and the transitions between primary sensory modes are explained on the grounds of limiting factors set by physiology and the physical laws governing signal generation, transmission and reception. We characterize the governing mechanisms and theoretically predict the body size limits for various sensory modes, which align very well with size ranges found in literature. The treatise of all ocean life, from unicellular organisms to whales, demonstrates how body size determines available sensing modes, and thereby acts as a major structuring factor of aquatic life.

    Supplementary Text (Press Release)

  10. K.H. Andersen, T. Berge, R.J. Gonçalves, M. Hartvig, J. Heuschele, S. Hylander,
    N.S. Jacobsen, C.Lindemann, E.A. Martens, A.B. Neuheimer, K. Olsson, A. Palacz,
    F. Prowe, J.Sainmont, S.J. Traving, A.W. Visser, N. Wadhwa and T. Kiørboe

    Characteristic Sizes of Life in the Oceans, from Bacteria to Whales.
    Annual Review of Marine Science 8:3.1–3.25 (2016), doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-122414-034144

    The size of an individual organism is a key trait to characterize its physiology and feeding ecology. Size-based scaling laws may have a limited size range of validity or undergo a transition from one scaling exponent to another at some characteristic size. We collate and review data on size-based scaling laws for resource acquisition, mobility, sensory range, and progeny size for all pelagic marine life, from bacteria to whales. Further, we review and develop simple theoretical arguments for observed scaling laws and the characteristic sizes of a change or breakdown of power laws. We divide life in the ocean into seven major realms based on trophic strategy, physiology, and life history strategy. Such a categorization represents a move away from a taxonomically oriented description toward a trait-based description of life in the oceans. Finally, we discuss life forms that transgress the simple size-based rules and identify unanswered questions.

  11. Christian Bick and Erik A. Martens
    Controlling Chimeras
    New Journal of Physics 17:033030 (2015), Open Access, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/17/3/033030; arXiv:1402.6363

    Supplementary Video here.

    Logo_ChimeraControl Coupled phase oscillators model a variety of dynamical phenomena in nature and technological applications. Non-local coupling gives rise to chimera states which are characterized by a distinct part of phase-synchronized oscillators while the remaining ones move incoherently. Here, we apply the idea of control to chimera states: using gradient dynamics to exploit drift of a chimera, it will attain any desired target position. Through control, chimera states become functionally relevant; for example, the controlled position of localized synchrony may encode information and perform computations. Since functional aspects are crucial in (neuro-)biology and technology, the localized synchronization of a chimera state becomes accessible to develop novel applications. Based on gradient dynamics, our control strategy applies to any suitable observable and can be generalized to arbitrary dimensions. Thus, the applicability of chimera control goes beyond chimera states in non-locally coupled systems.

  12. C. Kuehn*, Erik A. Martens*, D. Romero
    Critical Transitions in Social Network Activity
    Journal of Complex Networks 2(2), p.1-12 (2014), doi:10.1093/comnet/cnt022; arXiv:1307.8250
    > Abstract
    Logo_CritialTransitions A large variety of complex systems in ecology, climate science, biomedicine and engineering have been observed to exhibit tipping points, where the dynamical state of the system abruptly changes. For example, such critical transitions may result in the sudden change of ecological environments and climate conditions. Data and models suggest that detectable warning signs may precede some of these drastic events. This view is also corroborated by abstract mathematical theory for generic bifurcations in stochastic multi-scale systems. Whether such stochastic scaling laws used as warning signs for apriori unknown events in society are present in social networks is an exciting open problem, to which at present only highly speculative answers can be given. Here, we instead provide a first step towards tackling a simpler question by focusing on a priori known events and analyse a social media data set with a focus on classical variance and autocorrelation warning signs. Our results thus pertain to one absolutely fundamental question: Can the stochastic warning signs known from other areas also be detected in large-scale social media data? We answer this question affirmatively as we find that several apriori known events are preceded by variance and autocorrelation growth. Our findings thus clearly establish the necessary starting point to further investigate the relationship between abstract mathematical theory and various classes of critical transitions in social networks.

    Covered in Oxford University Press Blog, 2014
  13. Erik A. Martens, Shashi Thutupalli, Antoine Fourrière and Oskar Hallatschek
    Chimera States in Mechanical Oscillator Networks
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., Vol. 110 (26), p. 10563–10567 (2013), doi:10.1073/pnas.1302880110; arXiv:1301.7608
    Supplementary informations here and here.

    Logo_PHJ The synchronization of coupled oscillators is a striking manifestation of self-organization that nature employs to orchestrate essential processes of life, such as the beating of the heart. While it was long thought that synchrony or disorder were mutually exclusive steady states for a network of identical oscillators, numerous theoretical studies over the last 10 years revealed the intriguing possibility of `chimera states', in which the symmetry of the oscillator population is broken into a synchronous and an asynchronous part. Particularly, numerous analytical studies, involving different network topologies, and various sources of random perturbations establish chimeras as a robust theoretical concept and suggest that they exist in complex systems in nature. Yet, a striking lack of empirical evidence raises the question of whether chimeras are indeed characteristic to natural systems. This calls for a palpable realization of chimera states without any fine-tuning, from which physical mechanisms underlying their emergence can be uncovered. Here, we devise a simple experiment with mechanical oscillators coupled in a hierarchical network to show that chimeras emerge naturally from a competition between two antagonistic synchronization patterns. We identify a wide spectrum of complex states, encompassing and extending the set of previously described chimeras. Our mathematical model shows that the self-organization observed in our experiments is controlled by elementary dynamical equations from mechanics that are ubiquitous in many natural and technological systems. The symmetry breaking mechanism revealed by our experiments may thus be prevalent in systems exhibiting collective behaviour, such as power grids, opto-mechanical crystals or cells communicating via quorum sensing in microbial populations.

    Featured in Physik Journal, "Die Schimäre lebt", by Arkady Pikovsky, Michael Rosenblum and Jürgen Kurths. Issue of September 2013.

    Appeared in Physics Today, Backscatter: "A Mechanical Chimera". Vol. 66, Issue 10 of October 2013.

    FOKOS award for the most surprising/striking discovery reported in 2013 (PDF of Award)

  14. Erik A. Martens, S. Watanabe and T. Bohr
    Model for Polygonal Hydraulic Jumps
    Phys. Rev. E Vol. 85, 036316 (2012); arXiv:1111.4599
    Supplementary Videos here

    hexagon We propose a phenomenological model for the polygonal hydraulic jumps discovered by Ellegaard et al., based on the known flow structure for the type II hydraulic jumps with a "roller" (separation eddy) near the free in the jump region. The model consists of mass conservation and radial force balance between hydrostatic pressure and viscous stresses on the roller surface. In addition, we consider the azimuthal force balance, primarily between pressure and viscosity, but also including non-hydrostatic pressure contributions from surface tension in light of recent observations by Bush et al. The model can be analyzed by linearization around the circular state, resulting in a parameter relationship for nearly circular polygonal states. A truncated, but fully nonlinear version of the model can be solved analytically. This simpler model gives rise to polygonal shapes that are very similar to those observed in experiments, even though surface tension is neglected, and the condition for the existence of a polygon with N corners depends only on a single dimensionless number φ. Finally, we include time-dependent terms in the model and study linear stability of the circular state. Instability occurs for suffciently small Bond number and the most unstable wave length is expected to be roughly proportional to the width of the roller as in the Rayleigh-Plateau instability.

    Highlighted in Physical Review E. Kaleidoscope

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  15. Erik A. Martens, R. Kostadinov, C. C. Maley and O. Hallatschek
    Spatial Structure Increases the Waiting for Cancer
    New Journal of Physics 13, 115014 (2011); arXiv:1106.3005
    Focus Issue "Physics of Cancer"

    hexagon Cancer results from a sequence of genetic and epigenetic changes that lead to a variety of abnormal phenotypes including increased proliferation and survival of somatic cells and thus to a selective advantage of pre-cancerous cells. The notion of cancer progression as an evolutionary process has been attracting increasing interest in recent years. A great deal of effort has been made to better understand and predict the progression to cancer using mathematical models; these mostly consider the evolution of a well-mixed cell population, even though pre-cancerous cells often evolve in highly structured epithelial tissues. In this study, we propose a novel model of cancer progression that considers a spatially structured cell population where clones expand via adaptive waves. This model is used to assess two different paradigms of asexual evolution that have been suggested to delineate the process of cancer progression. The standard scenario of periodic selection assumes that driver mutations are accumulated strictly sequentially over time. However, when the mutation supply is sufficiently high, clones may arise simultaneously on distinct genetic backgrounds, and clonal adaptation waves interfere with each other. We find that in the presence of clonal interference, spatial structure increases the waiting time for cancer, leads to a patchwork structure of non-uniformly sized clones and decreases the survival probability of virtually neutral (passenger) mutations, and that genetic distance begins to increase over a characteristic length scale Lc. These characteristic features of clonal interference may help us to predict the onset of cancers with pronounced spatial structure and to interpret spatially sampled genetic data obtained from biopsies. Our estimates suggest that clonal interference likely occurs in the progression of colon cancer and possibly other cancers where spatial structure matters.

  16. Reviewed in 'Cancer in Light of Experimental Evolution' by Sprouffske, Merlo, Gerrish, Maley, Sniegowski. Current Biology 22, (2012).
  17. Erik A. Martens and O. Hallatschek
    Interfering Waves of Adaptation Promote Spatial Mixing
    Genetics 189(3), 1045–1060 (2011), Open Access


    A fundamental problem of asexual adaptation is that beneficial substitutions are not efficiently accumulated in large populations: Beneficial mutations often go extinct because they compete with one another in going to fixation. It has been argued that such clonal interference may have led to the evolution of sex and recombination in well-mixed populations. Here, we study clonal interference, and mechanisms of its mitigation, in an evolutionary model of spatially structured populations with uniform selection pressure. Clonal interference is much more prevalent with spatial structure than without, due to the slow wave-like spread of beneficial mutations through space. We find that the adaptation speed of asexuals saturates when the linear habitat size exceeds a characteristic interference length, which becomes shorter with smaller migration and larger mutation rate. The limiting speed is proportional to μ1/2 and μ1/3 in linear and planar habitats, respectively, where the mutational supply μ is the product of mutation rate and local population density. This scaling and the existence of a speed limit should be amenable to experimental tests as they fall far below predicted adaptation speeds for well-mixed populations (that scale as the logarithm of population size). Finally, we show that not only recombination, but also long-range migration is a highly efficient mechanism of relaxing clonal competition in structured populations. Our conservative estimates of the interference length predict prevalent clonal interference in microbial colonies and biofilms, so clonal competition should be a strong driver of both genetic and spatial mixing in those contexts.

  18. Highlighted in ’Cutting through the complexity of cell collectives’ by Nadell, Bucci, Drescher, Levin, Bassler, Xavier. Proc. R. Soc. B, 280 (2013).

  19. Erik A. Martens
    Chimeras in a Network of Three Oscillator Populations with Varying Network Topology
    Chaos 20, 043122 (2010); arXiv:1003.2916

    hexagon We study a network of three populations of coupled phase oscillators with identical frequencies. The populations interact nonlocally, in the sense that all oscillators are coupled to one another, but more weakly to those in neighboring populations than to those in their own population. Using this system as a model system, we discuss for the first time the influence of network topology on the existence of so-called chimera states. In this context, the network with three populations represents an interesting case because the populations may either be connected as a triangle, or as a chain, thereby representing the simplest discrete network of either a ring or a line segment of oscillator populations. We introduce a special parameter that allows us to study the effect of breaking the triangular network structure, and to vary the network symmetry continuously such that it becomes more and more chain-like. By showing that chimera states only exist for a bounded set of parameter values, we demonstrate that their existence depends strongly on the underlying network structures, and conclude that chimeras exist on networks with a chain-like character.
  20. Erik A. Martens
    Bistable Chimeras on a Triangular Network of Oscillator Populations
    Phys. Rev. E, Vol. 82, 016216 (2010); arXiv:1003.2827

    hexagon We study a triangular network of three populations of coupled phase oscillators with identical frequencies. The populations interact nonlocally, in the sense that all oscillators are coupled to one another, but more weakly to those in neighboring populations than to those in their own population. This triangular network is the simplest discretization of a continuous ring of oscillators. Yet it displays an unexpectedly different behavior: in contrast to the lone stable chimera observed in continuous rings of oscillators, we find that this system exhibits two coexisting stable chimeras. Both chimeras are, as usual, born through a saddle-node bifurcation. As the coupling becomes increasingly local in nature they lose stability through a Hopf bifurcation, giving rise to breathing chimeras, which in turn get destroyed through a homoclinic bifurcation. Remarkably, one of the chimeras reemerges by a reversal of this scenario as we further increase the locality of the coupling, until it is annihilated through another saddle-node bifurcation.

  21. Erik A. Martens, C. R. Laing and S. H. Strogatz
    Solvable Model of a Spiral Wave Chimeras
    Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 104, 044101 (2010); arXiv:0910.5389

    Spiral waves are ubiquitous in two-dimensional systems of chemical or biological oscillators coupled locally by diffusion. At the center of such spirals is a phase singularity, a topological defect where the oscillator amplitude drops to zero. But if the coupling is nonlocal, a new kind of spiral can occur, with a circular core consisting of desynchronized oscillators running at full amplitude. Here, we provide the first analytical description of such a spiral wave chimera and use perturbation theory to calculate its rotation speed and the size of its incoherent core.

    Featured in A. Motter, Spontaneous synchrony breaking, News and Views, Nature Physics 6 (2010)

  22. Erik A. Martens, E. Barreto, S. H. Strogatz, E. Ott, P. So and T. Antonsen
    Exact Results for the Kuramoto Model with a Bimodal Frequency Distribution
    Phys. Rev. E, Vol. 79, No.2 (2009); arXiv:0809.2129

    hexagon We analyze a large system of globally coupled phase oscillators whose natural frequencies are bimodally distributed. The dynamics of this system has been the subject of long-standing interest. In 1984 Kuramoto proposed several conjectures about its behavior; ten years later, Crawford obtained the first analytical results by means of a local center manifold calculation. Nevertheless, many questions have remained open, especially about the possibility of global bifurcations. Here we derive the system’s stability diagram for the special case where the bimodal distribution consists of two equally weighted Lorentzians. Using an ansatz recently discovered by Ott and Antonsen, we show that in this case the infinite-dimensional problem reduces exactly to a flow in four dimensions. Depending on the parameters and initial conditions, the long-term dynamics evolves to one of three states: incoherence, where all the oscillators are desynchronized; partial synchrony, where a macroscopic group of phase-locked oscillators coexists with a sea of desynchronized ones; and a standing wave state, where two counter-rotating groups of phase-locked oscillators emerge. Analytical results are presented for the bifurcation boundaries between these states. Similar results are also obtained for the case in which the bimodal distribution is given by the sum of two Gaussians.

Ph.D. Thesis

  1. Erik A. Martens
    Cooperative Behavior in Networks of Coupled Oscillators
    Cornell University, USA (2009) eCommons@Cornell

Professional Activites

  1. International Workshop/Conference: "Oscillations, Transients and Fluctuations: Bridging Theory and Applications in Network Dynamics". Copenhagen, July 1-3, Denmark.
    Organizer of conference with Susanne Ditlevsen (KU-Math), Mogens Høgh Jensen (KU-NBI), Mads Peter Sørensen (DTU Compute).
  2. International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience ICMNS, Copenhagen, June 2019
    Co-Organizer of conference.
  3. Dynamics Days Europe, Loughborough, United Kingdom, September 2018
    Organization of mini-symposium: "Linking the dynamics of oscillator models to real-world networks"
  4. Dynamics Days Europe, Szeged, Hungary, June 2017
    Organization of mini-symposium: "Complex patterns on networks"
  5. Rhythms in Complex Networks: From Theory to Experiment, 2014
    Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network & Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
    Main organizer of workshop.
  6. Dynamics Days Europe, Bayreuth, Germany, Sep 2014
    Organization of mini-symposium: "Chimera States in Biological Systems and Technological Applications"
  7. Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life (International Workshop), Copenhagen, Aug 2013.
    Co-organization of speed talks
  8. Dynamics Days Europe, Madrid, June 2013
    Organization of mini-symposium: "Emergent Dynamics in Coupled Oscillators"
  9. SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, May 2013
    Organization of mini-symposium: "Ensemble dynamics in experiments: from synchrony to chimera states"

Talks and Presentations

  1. Workshop: Chimera States: From Theory and Experiments to Technology and Living Systems, Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, Dresden, May 2020
    Invited Talk.
  2. Int. Workshop: MRI imaging of the glymphatic/lymphatic system: Emerging topics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Invited Talk.
  3. Int. Workshop: MRI imaging of the glymphatic/lymphatic system: Emerging topics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Invited Talk.
  4. SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS19), Utah, USA, Minisymposium on "Regular and Chaotic Dynamics of Oscillator Populations in the Kuramoto Model and Beyond"
    Invited Talk.
  5. School and Workshop on Patterns of Synchrony: Chimera States and Beyond | (smr 3286), Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
    Invited Lecture.
  6. Dynamics Days Europe, Loughbourough, United Kingdom, Sep 2018
    Invited Talk.
  7. The 20th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry, Bolyai Institute, Budapest, Hungary, Jun 2018. Minisymposium on "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Biological Modelling".
    Invited talk (minisymposium).
  8. Workshop on Long-range Interactions and Synchronization. International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP-SAIFR), South American Institute for Fundamental Research, Sao Paolo, Brazil, May 2018.
    Invited Talk. Video link
  9. IMFUFA Seminar. Roskilde University Center, Denmark, April 2018.
    Invited Talk. Two problems in self-organized network dynamics.
  10. Symposium: Synchronization patterns in networks of nonlinear oscillators, Berlin Center for Studies of Complex Chemical Systems (BCSCCS), Technische Universität Berlin, Dec 2017.
    Invited Talk.
  11. Workshop: Future Trends in Mathematical Biology: In vitro, in vivo, and in silico, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Nov 2017.
    Invited Talk.
  12. Advanced Study Group "From Microscopic to Collective Dynamics in Neural Circuits", Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, Aug 2017.
    Invited Talk.
  13. SIAM Applications of Dynamical Systems. Snowbird, Utah, USA, May 2017.
  14. ICMS Winterschool Complexity. TU Eindhoven, Netherlands, February 2017.
    Invited Topical lecture.
  15. Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), Campus Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma, Spain, January 2017.
    Invited Talk.
  16. Biomedical Engineering Group. Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, January 2017.
    Invited Talk.
  17. International Conference on Control of Complex Systems and Networks. Collaborative Research Center 910 (SFB910), Heringsdorf, Germany, September 2016.
    Invited Talk.
  18. Dynamics Days Europe, Corfu, Greece, June 2016
  19. Workshop on synchronization and oscillators with generalized coupling, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, April 2016.
    Organizers: Chris Bick, Peter Ashwin, Kyle Wedgwood.
    Invited Talk.
  20. Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network Seminar, Denmark, Oct 2016.
  21. Workshop on Cancer Evolution Through Space And Time (CEST), September 2015, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany.
    Invited Talk: Cancer Progression and Evolution in Spatially Structured Tissues.
  22. Workshop: Dynamics of Coupled Oscillators: 40 years of the Kuramoto Model, Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, Dresden, July 2015
    Invited Talk: From Kuramoto to Mechanical Chimeras - and Back Again.
  23. SIAM Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, May 2015.
    Talk: Basins of Attraction for Chimera States.
  24. DPG Spring meeting, Berlin, Mar 2015.
    Invited Talk: Basins of attraction of chimera states.
  25. "Collective dynamics in coupled oscillator systems", Weierstrass Institute, Berlin, Nov 2014.
    Talk: Chimeras, Controlling and basins of attractions.
  26. Dynamical Systens Interdisciplinary Network Seminar, Denmark, Oct 2014.
    Talk: A tale of Greek monsters, the brain, control, and a bit about networks.
  27. Dynamics Days Europe, Bayreuth, Sep 2014.
    Talk: Controlling Chimeras.
  28. Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR/INFN, Firenze, Italy, Dec 2013.
    Invited Talk: Chimera states - mythological monsters from math arise in the real world
  29. International Conference on Systems Biology, Copenhagen, Sep 2013.
    Talk: Spatial structure increases the waiting time for cancer
  30. Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life (International Workshop), Copenhagen, Aug 2013.
    Poster: Trait-based modeling of trophic chains and seasonal forcing
  31. Complex Motion in Fluids, DTU Summer School, Krogerup, Denmark, Aug 2013.
    Poster: Chimera States in Mechanical Oscillator Networks
  32. Dynamics Days Europe, Madrid, Jun 2013.
    Talk: Chimera states - how mythological monsters from math arise in the real world
  33. SIAM Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, USA, May 2013.
    Talk: Realization of Chimera States in a Network of Mechanical Oscillators
  34. Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, May 2013.
    Invited talk: Chimera states - mythological monsters from mathematics in the real world
  35. Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, March 2013
    Invited Talk: Chimera States - or how mathematical creatures emerge in the real world
  36. Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Copenhagen University, Dec 2012
    Invited Talk: Chimera States - mythological monsters from mathematics in the real world
  37. Dynamics Days Europe, Gothenburg, September 2012
    Talk: (with Demian Battaglia): Self-organized routing of information in hierarchic networks of oscillators
  38. Dynamics Days Europe, Gothenburg, September 2012
    Talk: Realization of chimeras in a network of mechanical oscillators
  39. Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark, April 2012
    Invited talk: Synchronization and symmetry breaking in coupled oscillators networks
  40. Centre for congestive diseases (N. Wright), Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Queen Mary, University of London (UK), March 2012
    Invited talk: Evolution in Spatially Structured Cell Populations and Cancer Progression
  41. Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg (Germany), Februar 2012
    Invited talk: Adaptation in Spatially Extended Populations
  42. Statistical Physics / Theory of Chaos Group (Arkady Pikovsky), University of Potsdam, Germany, January 2012
    Invited talk: Speed of evolution in spatially structured populations and dynamics of interfering Fisher waves
  43. Niels Bohr Institute Copenhagen, Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, January 2012
    Invited talk: Problems in oscillator dynamics and in evolutionary dynamics of spatially structured habitats
  44. XXXI Dynamics Days Europe, Oldenburg (Germany), September 2011
    Talk: Dynamical model of spatial evolution and cancer progression
  45. 75th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting: Section on Statistical Physics and Biological Evolution, Dresden (Germany), March 2011
    Talk: Speed of evolution in spatially extended populations
  46. Laboratory of Genetics (de Visser Group), Wageningen University (NL), November 2010
    Invited talk: Speed of adaptation in spatially extended populations
  47. EMBO Conference Series: Experimental Approaches to Evolution and Ecology using Yeast, EMBL Heidelberg, September 2010
    Poster: Speed of evolution in spatially extended populations
  48. Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) in Lyon, July 2010
    Talk: Speed of adaptation in spatially extended systems
  49. Statistical Physics / Theory of Chaos Group (Arkady Pikovsky), University of Potsdam, Germany, January 2010:
    Invited talk: Chimera states in 2D nonlocally coupled oscillator systems
  50. FOR 608 Nonlineary Dynamics, University of Bayreuth, Germany, October 2009:
    Talk: Coexistence of synchronized and desynchronized states in nonlocally coupled oscillator systems
  51. Dynamics Days Europe, Göttingen, August 2009:
    Talk: Coexistence of synchronized and desynchronized states in coupled oscillators
  52. SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, May 17 2009:
    Talk: Kuramoto model with bimodal distribution (minisymposium)
  53. Fluid Dynamics Group (Paul Steen), Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, November 2008
    Invited Talk: Pattern formation in fluids
  54. Gordon Conference, Nonlinear Science, Maine, 2005:
    Poster: Pattern formation in fluids: polygonal hydraulic jumps
  55. Complex Motions in Fluids, Summer School at Krogerup Højskole, Denmark
    Talk: The hydraulic jump and Its polygonal regime

2010 Erik (technique by Sven)