- Published 2011

Motivated by a model for the perception of textures by the visual cortex in primates, we analyse the bifurcation of periodic patterns for nonlinear equations describing the state of a system defined on the space of structure tensors, when these equations are further invariant with respect to the isometries of this space. We show that the problem reduces to a bifurcation problem in the hyperbolic plane D (Poincaré disc). We make use of the concept of periodic lattice in D to further reduce the problem to one on a compact Riemann surface D/Γ, where Γ is a cocompact, torsion-free Fuchsian group. The knowledge of the symmetry group of this surface allows to carry out the machinery of equivariant bifurcation theory. Solutions which generically bifurcate are called ”Hplanforms”, by analogy with the ”planforms” introduced for pattern formation in Euclidean space. This concept is applied to the case of an octagonal periodic pattern, where we are able to classify all possible H-planforms satisfying the hypotheses of the Equivariant Branching Lemma. These patterns are however not straightforward to compute, even numerically, and in the last section we describe a method for computation illustrated with a selection of images of octagonal H-planforms.

@inproceedings{Chossat2011hal00807355VB,
title={[hal-00807355, v1] Bifurcation of hyperbolic planforms},
author={Pascal Chossat and Gr{\'e}gory Faye and Olivier P. Faugeras},
year={2011}
}