Existence of pulses in excitable media with nonlocal coupling

Grégory Faye, Arnd Scheel

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We prove the existence of fast traveling pulse solutions in excitable media with non-local coupling. Existence results had been known, until now, in the case of local, diffusive coupling and in the case of a discrete medium, with finite-range, non-local coupling. Our approach replaces methods from geometric singular perturbation theory, that had been crucial in previous existence proofs, by a PDE oriented approach, relying on exponential weights, Fredholm theory, and commutator estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-456
Number of pages57
JournalAdvances in Mathematics
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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  • FitzHugh-Nagumo system
  • Fredholm operators
  • Nonlocal equation
  • Traveling wave


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