Anomalous phase synchronization in populations of nonidentical oscillators


We report the phenomenon of anomalous phase synchronization in interacting oscillator systems with randomly distributed parameters. We show that coupling is first able to enlarge the frequency disorder leading to maximal decoherence for intermediate levels of coupling strength before reaching synchronization. Anomalous synchronization arises when the natural frequency covaries with nonisochronicity and allows for synchronization control by adjustment of system parameters.

Physical Review E 67, 035204