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We study a vector-valued reaction-diffusion equation with Neumann boundary conditions (u: [0,π] → ℝ2). Unlike what is observed for scalar equations, where no heteroclinic connections involving periodic solutions occur, we find that steady-state/Hopf and Hopf/Hopf mode interactions produce heteroclinic solutions connecting at least one solution of standing wave type. This is achieved by restricting a problem with periodic boundary conditions and equivariant under O(2) symmetry to a suitable fixed-point space.
For completeness, we include a description of the solutions for Hopf bifurcation and mode interactions involving Hopf bifurcation, namely, steady-state/Hopf and Hopf/Hopf.