Using Hamiltonian control to desynchronize Kuramoto oscillators

Oltiana Gjata, Malbor Asllani, Luigi Barletti, Timoteo Carletti

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Many coordination phenomena are based on a synchronization process, whose global behavior emerges from the interactions among the individual parts. Often in nature, such self-organized mechanism allows the system to behave as a whole and thus grounding its very first existence, or expected functioning, on such process. There are, however, cases where synchronization acts against the stability of the system; for instance in some neurodegenerative diseases or epilepsy or the famous case of Millennium Bridge where the crowd synchronization of the pedestrians seriously endangered the stability of the structure. In this paper we propose an innovative control method to tackle the synchronization process based on the application of the Hamiltonian control theory, by adding a small control term to the system we are able to impede the onset of the synchronization. We present our results on a generalized class of the paradigmatic Kuramoto model.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022209
Pages (from-to)022209
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017


  • Kuramoto model
  • synchronization; coupled oscillators
  • Control of chaos
  • non linear dynamics
  • Hamiltonian control


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