Fast Voltage Dynamics of Voltage–Conductance Models for Neural Networks


We present the conductance limit of the voltage–conductance model with random firing voltage when conductance dynamics are slower than the voltage dynamics. The result of the limiting procedure is a transport/Fokker–Planck equation for conductance variable with a non-linear drift which depends on the total firing rate. We analyze the asymptotic behavior of the limit equation under two possible rescalings which relate the voltage scale, the conductance scale and the firing rate. We provide the sufficient framework in which the limiting procedure can be rigorously justified. Moreover, we also suggest a sufficient condition on the parameters and firing distribution in the limiting conductance equation under which we are able to obtain a unique stationary state and its asymptotic stability. Finally, we provide several numerical illustrations supporting the analytic results.

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BP has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s c innovation programme (Grant agreement no. 740623).

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Kim, J., Perthame, B. & Salort, D. Fast Voltage Dynamics of Voltage–Conductance Models for Neural Networks. Bull Braz Math Soc, New Series 52, 101–134 (2021).

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  • Voltage–conductance model
  • Integrate-and-Fire
  • Asymptotic behavior
  • Neuron assemblies

Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35Q92
  • 35Q84
  • 92B20