Volume 86, Number 1, April 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||20 April 2009|
Spiral wave annihilation by low-frequency planar fronts in a model of excitable media
Departamento de Física Fundamental, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia c/Senda del Rey 9, 28080 Madrid, Spain, EU
2 Department of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA 02115, USA
3 Center for Polymer Studies and Department of Physics, Boston University - Boston, MA 02215, USA
4 Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, EU
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 March 2009
We perform numerical lattice simulations of an excitable medium. We show that the interaction of a spiral wave with a periodic train of planar fronts leads to annihilation of the spiral wave even when i) the period of the fronts is longer than the period of the spiral and ii) the annihilating fronts are released at a significant distance from the spiral. The observed annihilation is not due to spiral drift, and occurs well inside the lattice.
PACS: 87.19.Hh – Cardiac dynamics / 87.85.Tu – Modeling biomedical systems / 89.75.Kd – Patterns
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