Multiple Time Scale Dynamics With Two Fast Variables And One Slow Variable
This thesis considers dynamical systems that have multiple time scales. The focus lies on systems with two fast variables and one slow variable. The twoparameter bifurcation structure of the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) equation is analyzed in detail. A singular bifurcation diagram is constructed and invariant manifolds of the problem are computed. A boundary-value approach to compute slow manifolds of saddle-type is developed. Interactions of classical invariant manifolds and slow manifolds explain the exponentially small turning of a homoclinic bifurcation curve in parameter space. Mixed-mode oscillations and maximal canards are detected in the FHN equation. An asymptotic formula to ﬁnd maximal canards is proved which is based on the first Lyapunov coefficient at a singular Hopf bifurcation.
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