Flowing Sand—A Possible Physical Realization of Directed Percolation

  title={Flowing Sand—A Possible Physical Realization of Directed Percolation},
  author={Haye Hinrichsen and Andrea Jim{\'e}nez-Dalmaroni and Yadin Rozov and Eytan Domany},
  journal={Journal of Statistical Physics},
A simple model for flowing sand on an inclined plane is introduced. The model is related to recent experiments by Douady and Daerr and reproduces some of the experimentally observed features. Avalanches of intermediate size appear to be compact, placing the critical behavior of the model into the universality class of compact directed percolation. On very large scales, however, the avalanches break up into several branches, leading to a crossover from compact to ordinary directed percolation… 
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