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Nonlinear dynamics

Spontaneous synchrony breaking

Research on synchronization of coupled oscillators has helped explain how uniform behaviour emerges in populations of non-uniform systems. But explaining how uniform populations engage in 'chimera states' — states of sustainable non-uniform synchronization — may prove to be just as fascinating.

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Motter, A. Spontaneous synchrony breaking. Nature Phys 6, 164–165 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys1609

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