Computing the stable manifold of a saddle slow manifold

Saeed Farjami, Vivien Kirk, and Hinke M. Osinga


The behavior of systems with fast and slow time scales is organized by families of locally invariant slow manifolds. Recently, numerical methods have been developed for the approximation of attracting and repelling slow manifolds. However, the accurate computation of saddle slow manifolds, which are typical in higher dimensions, is still an active area of research. A saddle slow manifold has associated stable and unstable manifolds that contain both fast and slow dynamics, which makes them challenging to compute. We give a precise definition for the stable manifold of a saddle slow manifold and design an algorithm to compute it; our computational method is formulated as a two-point boundary value problem and uses pseudo-arclength continuation with Auto. We explain how this manifold acts as a separatrix and determines the number of spikes in the transient response generated by a stimulus with fixed amplitude and duration in two different models.

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