We study the synchronization properties in a network of leaky integrate-and-fire oscillators with nonlocal connectivity under probabilistic small-world rewiring. We demonstrate that the random links lead to the emergence of chimera-like states where the coherent regions are interrupted by scattered, short-lived solitaries; these are termed “shooting solitaries.” Moreover, we provide evidence that random links enhance the appearance of chimera-like states for values of the parameter space that otherwise support synchronization. This last effect is counter-intuitive because by adding random links to the synchronous state, the system locally organizes into coherent and incoherent domains.

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