Bifurcation Analysis of Liesegang Ring Pattern Formation

Marina Ivanovna Lebedeva, D. G. Vlachos, M. Tsapatsis

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Bifurcation analysis is introduced to a prototype Liesegang ring (LR) model to explain pattern formation as an instability of a propagating plane reaction front. A theoretical criterion for the onset of patterning is derived and numerically tested. The uneven spacing law of LR bands is explained as a consequence of the time varying velocity of the moving reaction front. Suggestions for controlling pattern formation are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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