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Frontiers of Physics

Front. Phys.    2018, Vol. 13 Issue (5) : 130505
Cluster synchronization in complex network of coupled chaotic circuits: An experimental study
Ben Cao1,2, Ya-Feng Wang1, Liang Wang1, Yi-Zhen Yu1, Xin-Gang Wang1()
1. School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
2. School of Physical Education, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
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By a small-size complex network of coupled chaotic Hindmarsh-Rose circuits, we study experimentally the stability of network synchronization to the removal of shortcut links. It is shown that the removal of a single shortcut link may destroy either completely or partially the network synchronization. Interestingly, when the network is partially desynchronized, it is found that the oscillators can be organized into different groups, with oscillators within each group being highly synchronized but are not for oscillators from different groups, showing the intriguing phenomenon of cluster synchronization. The experimental results are analyzed by the method of eigenvalue analysis, which implies that the formation of cluster synchronization is crucially dependent on the network symmetries. Our study demonstrates the observability of cluster synchronization in realistic systems, and indicates the feasibility of controlling network synchronization by adjusting network topology.

Keywords chaos synchronization      pattern formation      neuronal circuits     
Corresponding Authors: Xin-Gang Wang   
Issue Date: 24 April 2018
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Ben Cao,Ya-Feng Wang,Liang Wang, et al. Cluster synchronization in complex network of coupled chaotic circuits: An experimental study[J]. Front. Phys. , 2018, 13(5): 130505.
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