Fast phase randomisation via two-folds

D.J.W. Simpson, Mike Jeffrey

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A two-fold is a singular point on the discontinuity surface of a piecewise-smooth vector field, at which the vector field is tangent to the discontinuity surface on both sides. If an orbit passes through an invisible two-fold (also known as a Teixeira singularity) before settling to regular periodic motion, then the phase of that motion cannot be determined from initial conditions, and in the presence of small noise the asymptotic phase of a large number of sample solutions is highly random. In this paper we show how the probability distribution of the asymptotic phase depends on the global nonlinear dynamics. We also show how the phase of a smooth oscillator can be randomised by applying a simple discontinuous control law that generates an invisible two-fold. We propose that such a control law can be used to desynchronise a collection of oscillators, and that this manner of phase randomisation is fast compared to existing methods (which use fixed points as phase singularities) because there is no slowing of the dynamics near a two-fold.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20150782
Number of pages19
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2016


  • piecewise-smooth
  • desynchronization
  • Filippov system
  • sliding motion


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