Rotating chemical waves: Theory and experiments

András Volford, Péter L. Simon, Henrik Farkas, Zoltán Noszticzius

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After a brief introduction in the first theoretic part of this work the geometrical wave theory and its application for rotating waves are discussed. Here the waves are rotating around a circular obstacle which is surrounded by two homogeneous wave conducting regions with different wave velocities. The interface of the inner slow and the outer fast region is also a circle but the two circles (the obstacle and interface) are not concentric. The various asymmetric cases are classified and described theoretically. In the second experimental part chemical waves rotating in a so-called moderately asymmetric reactor are studied. A piecewise homogeneous wave conducting medium is created applying a novel reactor design. All the three theoretical cases of the moderately asymmetric arrangement are realized experimentally and qualitative and quantitative comparison of these results with the theoretical predictions show a good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-49
Number of pages20
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 NATO Advanced Research Workshop 'Applications of Statistical Physics' - Budapest, Hung
Duration: May 19 1999May 22 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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