Through multiple-scales and symmetry arguments we derive a model set of amplitude equations describing the interaction of two steady-state pattern-forming instabilities, in the case that the wavelengths of the instabilities are nearly in the ratio 1:2. In the case of exact 1:2 resonance the amplitude equations are ODEs; here they are PDEs. We discuss the stability of spatially periodic solutions to long-wavelength disturbances. By including these modulational effects we are able to explore the relevance of the exact 1:2 results to spatially extended physical systems for parameter values near to this codimension-two bifurcation point. These new instabilities can be described in terms of reduced 'normal form' PDEs near various secondary codimension-two points. The robust heteroclinic cycle in the ODEs is destabilised by long-wavelength perturbations and a stable periodic orbit is generated that lies close to the cycle. An analytic expression giving the approximate period of this orbit is derived.
- Heteroclinic cycle
- Mode interaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics