Figure 3: Chimera emergence in space–time representation.

From: Laser chimeras as a paradigm for multistable patterns in complex systems

Figure 3

Examples of emerging and stabilization of Nσ-headed chimera, both from numerics (left plots) and experiment (right plots), at point C in Fig. 2 (Nσ=7 and 1 for a and b, and for c and d, respectively). (a,c) Asymptotic (biggest n) functional trajectory xn(σ). (b,d) Spatio-temporal pattern birth of Nσ-headed chimera. (b) Seven-periodic small initial forcing. (d) Same as b but with eight-periodic small initial forcing; Nσ=8 is not stable, thus leading to a single-headed asymptotic chimera state.