Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A 361 (2003) 2649-2664. doi:10.1098/rsta.2003.1267

Pattern formation in large domains

A.M. Rucklidge

Department of Applied Mathematics,
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Abstract. Pattern formation is a phenomenon that arises in a wide variety of physical, chemical and biological situations. A great deal of theoretical progress has been made in understanding the universal aspects of pattern formation in terms of amplitudes of the modes that make up the pattern. Much of the theory has sound mathematical justification, but experiments and numerical simulations over the last decade have revealed complex two-dimensional patterns that do not have a satisfactory theoretical explanation. This paper focuses on quasipatterns, where the appearance of small divisors causes the standard theoretical method to fail, and ends with a discussion of other outstanding problems in the theory of two-dimensional pattern formation in large domains.

Keywords: Pattern formation; quasipatterns; small divisors



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