We present two hypotheses on the mathematical mechanism underlying bursting dynamics in a class of differential systems: (1) that the transition from continuous firing of spikes to bursting is caused by a crisis which destabilizes a chaotic state of continuous spiking; and (2) that the bursting corresponds to a homoclinicity to this unstable chaotic state. These propositions are supported by a numerical test on the Hindmarsh-Rose model, a prototype of its kind. We conclude by a unified view for three types of complex multi-modal oscillations: homoclinic systems, bursting, and the Pomeau-Manneville intermittency.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Applied Mathematics