Publications [#246419] of Daniel J Gauthier

Papers Published
  1. Berger, CM; Zhao, X; Schaeffer, DG; Dobrovolny, HM; Krassowska, W; Gauthier, DJ, Period-doubling bifurcation to alternans in paced cardiac tissue: crossover from smooth to border-collision characteristics., Physical Review Letters, vol. 99 no. 5 (August, 2007), pp. 058101(Selected to appear in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, Volume 14, Issue 3, April 15, 2007.) [17930795], [doi] .

    We investigate, both experimentally and theoretically, the period-doubling bifurcation to alternans in heart tissue. Previously, this phenomenon has been modeled with either smooth or border-collision dynamics. Using a modification of existing experimental techniques, we find a hybrid behavior: Very close to the bifurcation point, the dynamics is smooth, whereas further away it is border-collision-like. The essence of this behavior is captured by a model that exhibits what we call an unfolded border-collision bifurcation. This new model elucidates that, in an experiment, where only a limited number of data points can be measured, the smooth behavior of the bifurcation can easily be missed.