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Phase Clusters in Large Populations of Chemical Oscillators

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  • This work was supported by the National Science Foundation grant CHE-0809058 (K.S.) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant GR/T11036/01 (A.F.T.).

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Complex synchronization: Chemical oscillators communicating by exchange of intermediate species through the surrounding solution form clusters of individuals with synchronized oscillations that are out of phase with other clusters. The system evolves from unsynchronized oscillations at low number density n to four, three, two, and finally one cluster with increasing n (see picture).

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