## Abstract

We consider a reaction-diffusion equation that is homogeneous of degree one. This homogeneity is a symmetry. The dynamics is factorized into trivial evolution due to symmetry and nontrivial behavior by a projection to an appropriate hypermanifold. The resulting evolution equations are rather complex. We examine the bifurcation behavior of a stationary point of the projected system. For these purposes we develop techniques for dimension reduction similar to the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) approximation, the modulation equations. Since we are not in the classical GL situation, the remaining approximative equations have a quadratic nonlinearity and the amplitude does not scale with ∈ but with ∈^{2} where ∈^{2} denotes the bifurcation parameter. Moreover, the symmetry requires that not only one but two equations are necessary to describe the behavior of the system. We investigate traveling fronts for the modulation equations. This result is used to analyze an epidemic model.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 149-168 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Journal of Nonlinear Science |

Volume | 9 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1999 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Epidemic models
- Modulation equations
- Phase equation
- Symmetry