Experimental determination of the dispersion relation for spiral waves

Andrew Belmonte, Jean Marc Flesselles

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We have experimentally measured the dispersion relation of spiral waves in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in an open spatial reactor, for different concentrations. Appropriate rescaling permits the collapse of all data onto a single line. From this, we infer an analytic form for the dispersion relation, which only depends on two physical quantities. In particular, this relation implies that the ratio between the front velocity of the selected spiral and the isolated front velocity is fixed and equal to 0.62, in agreement with previous results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1174-1177
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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