Effects of small world connection on the dynamics of a delayed ring network
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This paper presents a detailed analysis on the dynamics of a ring network with small world connection. On the basis of Lyapunov stability approach, the asymptotic stability of the trivial equilibrium is first investigated and the delay-dependent criteria ensuring global stability are obtained. The existence of Hopf bifurcation and the stability of periodic solutions bifurcating from the trivial equilibrium are then analyzed. Further studies are paid to the effects of small world connection on the stability interval and the stability of periodic solution. In particular, some complex dynamical phenomena due to short-cut strength are observed numerically, such as: period-doubling bifurcation and torus breaking to chaos, the coexistence of multiple periodic solutions, multiple quasi-periodic solutions, and multiple chaotic attractors. The studies show that small world connection may be used as a simple but efficient “switch” to control the dynamics of a system.
KeywordsRing network Small world Global stability Bifurcation Chaos
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