Period doubling cascade in glow discharges: Local versus global differential conductivity

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SIJACIC D., EBERT U., Rafatov I.

PHYSICAL REVIEW E, vol.70, no.5, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 70 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physreve.70.056220
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW E


Short planar glow discharges coupled to a resistive layer exhibit a wealth of spontaneous spatiotemporal patterns. Due to similarities with other pattern forming systems that are described by reaction-diffusion models, several authors have tried to derive such models from discharge physics. We investigate the temporal oscillations of the discharge system and find a cascade of period doubling events. This shows that the inner structure of the discharge is more complex than can be described by a two-component reaction-diffusion-model with negative differential conductivity. We also derive an alternative reduced model.