Enhancing complex-network synchronization

A. E. Motter*, Changsong ZHOU, J. Kurths

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Heterogeneity in the degree (connectivity) distribution has been shown to suppress synchronization in networks of symmetrically coupled oscillators with uniform coupling strength (unweighted coupling). Here we uncover a condition for enhanced synchronization in weighted networks with asymmetric coupling. We show that, in the optimum regime, synchronizability is solely determined by the average degree and does not depend on the system size and the details of the degree distribution. In scale-free networks, where the average degree may increase with heterogeneity, synchronizability is drastically enhanced and may become positively correlated with heterogeneity, while the overall cost involved in the network coupling is significantly reduced as compared to the case of unweighted coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

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