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Title: Stability of cluster solutions in a cooperative consumer chain model
Authors: Wei, J
Winter, M
Keywords: Pattern formation;Reaction-diffusion system;Consumer chain model;Cluster solutions;Stability;Primary 35B35;92C40;Secondary 35B40
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Journal of Mathematical Biology, 68(1-2), 1 - 39, 2014
Abstract: We study a cooperative consumer chain model which consists of one producer and two consumers. It is an extension of the Schnakenberg model suggested in Gierer and Meinhardt [Kybernetik (Berlin), 12:30-39, 1972] and Schnakenberg (J Theor Biol, 81:389-400, 1979) for which there is only one producer and one consumer. In this consumer chain model there is a middle component which plays a hybrid role: it acts both as consumer and as producer. It is assumed that the producer diffuses much faster than the first consumer and the first consumer much faster than the second consumer. The system also serves as a model for a sequence of irreversible autocatalytic reactions in a container which is in contact with a well-stirred reservoir. In the small diffusion limit we construct cluster solutions in an interval which have the following properties: The spatial profile of the third component is a spike. The profile for the middle component is that of two partial spikes connected by a thin transition layer. The first component in leading order is given by a Green's function. In this profile multiple scales are involved: The spikes for the middle component are on the small scale, the spike for the third on the very small scale, the width of the transition layer for the middle component is between the small and the very small scale. The first component acts on the large scale. To the best of our knowledge, this type of spiky pattern has never before been studied rigorously. It is shown that, if the feedrates are small enough, there exist two such patterns which differ by their amplitudes.We also study the stability properties of these cluster solutions. We use a rigorous analysis to investigate the linearized operator around cluster solutions which is based on nonlocal eigenvalue problems and rigorous asymptotic analysis. The following result is established: If the time-relaxation constants are small enough, one cluster solution is stable and the other one is unstable. The instability arises through large eigenvalues of order O(1). Further, there are small eigenvalues of order o(1) which do not cause any instabilities. Our approach requires some new ideas: (i) The analysis of the large eigenvalues of order O(1) leads to a novel system of nonlocal eigenvalue problems with inhomogeneous Robin boundary conditions whose stability properties have been investigated rigorously. (ii) The analysis of the small eigenvalues of order o(1) needs a careful study of the interaction of two small length scales and is based on a suitable inner/outer expansion with rigorous error analysis. It is found that the order of these small eigenvalues is given by the smallest diffusion constant ε22.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.
ISSN: 0303-6812
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mathematics Research Papers
Mathematical Sciences

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