Stability of N-fronts bifurcating from a twisted heteroclinic loop and an application to the FitzHugh-Nagumo equation
- Sandstede, Björn
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
- 34C37 35B35 58F14
- Heteroclinic orbits, Stability, FitzHugh-Nagumo equation
In this article existence and stability of N-front travelling wave solutions of partial differential equations on the real line is investigated. The N-fronts considered here arise as heteroclinic orbits bifurcating from a twisted heteroclinic loop in the underlying ordinary differential equation describing travelling wave solutions. It is proved that the N-front solutions are linearly stable provided the fronts building the twisted heteroclinic loop are linearly stable. The result is applied to travelling waves arising in the FitzHugh-Nagumo equation.