Testing the adapting exponential integrate and fire model in NEST (Brette and Gerstner Fig 3D)

This example tests the adaptive integrate and fire model (AdEx) according to Brette and Gerstner 1 reproduces Figure 3D of the paper.

Note that Brette and Gerstner give the value for b in nA. To be consistent with the other parameters in the equations, b must be converted to pA (pico Ampere).



Brette R and Gerstner W (2005). Adaptive exponential integrate-and-fire model as an effective description of neuronal activity J. Neurophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00686.2005

import nest
import nest.voltage_trace
import pylab


First we make sure that the resolution of the simulation is 0.1 ms. This is important, since the slop of the action potential is very steep.

res = 0.1
nest.SetKernelStatus({"resolution": res})
neuron = nest.Create("aeif_cond_exp")

Set the parameters of the neuron according to the paper.

nest.SetStatus(neuron, {"V_peak": 20., "E_L": -60.0, "a": 80.0, "b": 80.5,
                        "tau_w": 720.0})

Create and configure the stimulus which is a step current.

dc = nest.Create("dc_generator")

nest.SetStatus(dc, [{"amplitude": -800.0, "start": 0.0, "stop": 400.0}])

We connect the DC generators.

nest.Connect(dc, neuron, 'all_to_all')

And add a voltmeter to record the membrane potentials.

voltmeter = nest.Create("voltmeter")

We set the voltmeter to record in small intervals of 0.1 ms and connect the voltmeter to the neuron.

nest.SetStatus(voltmeter, {"withgid": True, "withtime": True, 'interval': 0.1})

nest.Connect(voltmeter, neuron)

Finally, we simulate for 1000 ms and plot a voltage trace to produce the figure.


pylab.axis([0, 1000, -85, 0])

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 0.000 seconds)

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