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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2012 Jul;86(1 Pt 2):016101. Epub 2012 Jul 6.

Enhanced response of regular networks to local signals in the presence of a fast impurity.

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  • 1Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, P.O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan, Iran.


We consider an array of inductively coupled Josephson junctions with a fast impurity (a junction with a smaller value of the critical current) and study the consequences of imposing a small amplitude periodic signal at some point in the array. We find that when the external signal is imposed at the impurity, the response of the array is boosted and a small amplitude signal can be detected throughout the array. When the signal is imposed elsewhere, minor effects are seen on the dynamics of the array. The same results have also been seen in the presence of a single fast-spiking neuron in a chain of diffusively coupled FitzHugh-Nagumo neurons.

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