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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 3, Pages 239-255

Synchronization in ensembles of coupled maps with a major element

1Institute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 Tereshchenkivska Street, Kyiv–4 01601, Ukraine
2Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby 2800 Kgs., Denmark

Received 16 March 2005

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The paper investigates the conditions for full and partial synchronization in systems of coupled chaotic maps that include the presence of a major element, that is, an element that interacts with all the other elements of the system. We consider a system which consists of two globally coupled populations of one-dimensional maps that interact via a major element. The presence of this element can induce synchronization in both of the globally coupled populations even though they operate in different states. If a parameter mismatch is introduced between two populations of uncoupled maps, the presence of a major element is found to provide for the existence of states in which peripheral elements with different parameter values display similar dynamics.