We present the results of an experimental investigation of a network of nonlinear coupled oscillators which are coupled in feed-forward mode. By exploiting the nonlinear response of each oscillator near its intrinsic Hopf bifurcation point, we have found remarkable amplification of small signals over a narrow bandwidth with a large dynamic range. The effect is exploited to extract a small amplitude periodic signal from an input time series which is dominated by noise. Specifically, we have used this relatively simple experimental system to measure responses with a bandwidth of ∼1% of the central frequency, amplifications of ∼60 dB, and a dynamic range of ∼80 dB and can extract signals from a time series with a signal to noise ratio of ∼-50 dB.
- Signal Processing
- Oscillators (electronic)