Phase control of excitable systems

S. Zambrano, J. M. Seoane, I. P. Mariño, M. A F Sanjuán, S. Euzzor, R. Meucci, F. T. Arecchi

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Here we study how to control the dynamics of excitable systems by using the phase control technique. Excitable systems are relevant in neuronal dynamics and therefore this method might have important applications. We use the periodically driven FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) model, which displays both spiking and non-spiking behaviours in chaotic or periodic regimes. The phase control technique consists of applying a harmonic perturbation with a suitable phase φ that we adjust in search of different behaviours of the FHN dynamics. We compare our numerical results with experimental measurements performed on an electronic circuit and find good agreement between them. This method might be useful for a better understanding of excitable systems and different phenomena in neuronal dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073030
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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