The dynamics of spiral waves rotating in a thin layer of the light sensitive Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction mixture are studied under a homogeneous and steady illumination. At a given composition of the excitable medium, the spiral waves meand, when no or low intensity light is applied, or rigidly rotate, when the light intensity is increased sufficiently. There exists, however, a critical value of light intensity above which no wave activity is supported by the medium, since its excitability is too strongly reduced by the illumination. In the vicinity of this critical value the basic kinematical parameters of rigidly rotating spirals (such as the rotation period, wavelength, propagation velocity, and the diameter of the spiral core) are measured as a function of the illumination intensity. The experimental observations are in good agreement with the predictions based on an earlier proposed kinematical theory of spiral waves in media of low excitability.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry