Europhys. Lett.
Volume 70, Number 1, April 2005
Page(s) 22 - 28
Section General
Published online 09 March 2005
Europhys. Lett., 70 (1), pp. 22-28 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10458-0

Drift bifurcation of dissipative solitons in barrier gas discharge

L. Stollenwerk and H.-G. Purwins

WWU Münster, Institut für Angewandte Physik Corresnstr. 2/4, 48149 Münster, Germany

received 24 August 2004; accepted in final form 31 January 2005
published online 9 March 2005

In an ac-driven planar barrier gas-discharge system we observe solitary structures in the luminescence radiation density and the related current distribution that exhibit rather irregular motion. Using a stochastic data analysis, it can be demonstrated that two types of trajectories can be found: the first type originates from a uniform motion which is superimposed with noise, whereas the latter type is purely noise driven. The bifurcation between the two types of motion can be observed when changing the external driving voltage.

05.10.Gg - Stochastic analysis methods (Fokker-Planck, Langevin, etc.).
05.45.Yv - Solitons.
52.25.Gj - Fluctuation and chaos phenomena.

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