Negative filament tension of scroll rings in an excitable system

Tamás Bánsági, Oliver Steinbock

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Scroll rings are three-dimensional spiral waves of excitation that rotate around circular filaments. In a modified Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, these filaments expand, buckle, and build up gradients in rotation phase. The instability is caused by negative filament tension (-4.3× 10-4 cm2 s). Initial deformations are strongest in the direction normal to the filament's osculating plane, and their growth rates decrease rapidly with increasing wave number.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045202
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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