par Tiani, Reda ;Rongy, Laurence
Référence Physical Review E, 100, 3, 030201(R)
Publication Publié, 2019-09-01
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Pattern interaction has so far been restricted to systems with relatively complex reaction schemes, such as activator-inhibitor systems, that lead to rich spatio-temporal dynamics. Surprisingly, a simple second-order chemical reaction is capable of generating similar complex phenomena, such as attractive or repulsive interaction modes between the localized reaction zones (or fronts). We illustrate the latter statement both analytically and numerically with two initially separated A+B→C reaction-diffusion fronts when the solution of B is initially confined between two solutions of A. The nature of the front-front interaction changes from an attractive type to a repulsive one above a critical distance separating the two fronts initially. The complexity of the pattern dynamics emerges here due to finite-size effects. A scaling law relating the critical distance dc above which the repulsion occurs and kinetic parameters gives insights into (i) extracting those parameters from experiments for bimolecular reactions and (ii) the control strategy of periodic patterns.