Gentle Dragging of Reaction Waves

J. Wolff, A. G. Papathanasiou, H. H. Rotermund, G. Ertl, X. Li, I. G. Kevrekidis

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Using a recently realized “addressable catalyst surface” [Science 294, 134 (2001)] we study the interaction of chemical reaction waves with prescribed spatiotemporal fields. In particular, we study how a traveling chemical pulse is “dragged” by a localized, moving temperature heterogeneity as a function of its intensity and speed. The acceleration and eventual “detachment” of the wave from the heterogeneity is also explored through simulation and stability analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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