Mean-field theory revives in self-oscillatory fields with non-local coupling
A simple mean-field idea is applicable to the pattern dynamics of large assemblies of limit-cycle oscillators with non-local coupling. This is demonstrated by developing a mathematical theory for the following two specific examples of pattern dynamics. Firstly we disscuss propagation of phase waves in noisy oscillatory media, with particular concern with the existence of a critical condition for persistent propagation of the waves throughout the medium, and also with the possibility of noise-induced turbulence. Secondly, we discuss the existence of an exotic class of patterns peciliar to non-local coupling called chimera where the system is composed of two distinct domains, one coherent and the other incoherent, separated from each other with sharp boundaries.