Canard explosion of limit cycles in templator models of self-replication mechanisms

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    Templators are differential equation models for self-replicating chemical systems. Beutel and Peacock-López [J. Chem. Phys. 126, 125104 (2007)]10.1063/1.2716396 have numerically analyzed a model for a cross-catalytic self-replicating system and found two cases of canard explosion, that is, a substantial change of amplitude of a limit cycle over a very short parameter interval. We show how the model can be reduced to a two-dimensional system and how canard theory for slow-fast equations can be applied to yield analytic information about the canard explosion. In particular, simple expressions for the parameter value where the canard explosion occurs are obtained. The connection to mixed-mode oscillations also observed in the model is briefly discussed. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
    Issue number14
    Pages (from-to)144105
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Two-dimensional systems
    • Delta sigma modulation
    • Parameter intervals
    • Differential equation model
    • Limit cycle
    • Explosions
    • Differential equations
    • Simple expression
    • Canard explosion
    • Self-replication mechanism
    • Self-replicating system
    • Chemical systems
    • Explosives
    • Mixed mode oscillations


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