Consideration is given to a system of reaction-diffusion equations which have qualitative significance for several applications including nerve conduction and distributed chemical-biochemical systems. These equations are of the FitzHugh-Nagumo type and contain three parameters. For certain ranges of the parameters the system exhibits two stable singular points. A singular perturbation construction is given to illustrate that there may exist both pulse type and transition type traveling waves. A complete, rigorous, description of which of these waves exist for a given set of parameters and how the velocities of the waves vary with the parameters is given for the case when the system has a piecewise linear nonlinearity. Numerical results of solutions to these equations are also presented.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics|
|State||Published - 1982|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Mathematics