Title

Synchronization of Oscillators: An Ideal Introduction to Phase Transitions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2008

Department

Physics

Language

English

Publication Title

European Journal of Physics

Abstract

The spontaneous synchronization of phase-coupled, non-identical oscillators is explored numerically via the famous Kuramoto model. The conditions for synchronization are examined as a function of the coupling network. I argue that such a numerical exploration provides a feasible way to introduce the topic of phase transitions early in the physics curriculum. Furthermore, this approach can be used to familiarize undergraduate students with the notions of emergence and universality.

Comments

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DOI

10.1088/0143-0807/29/1/015

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