Stochastic Bursting Outbreaks: Why Epidemics are like Lasers
Ira Schwartz
Naval Research Laboratory
Head, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Section

Many population systems, such as epidemics, lasers, and mass  action chemistry, can be shown to belong to a very general class of  perturbed Hamiltonian models. In particular, there is an excellent correspondence between laser  models and epidemic models. In this talk, I will explore some of the ramifications of how noise induces chaos-like bursting in such models, and how it might be controlled. Experimental considerartions will be discussed, time permiting.