Kinetics: Gaussian statistics in granular gases

Abstract

A kinetic theory of granular media, analogous to that described by Maxwell–Boltzmann statistics for molecular gases and liquids, has long been sought in the quest for a continuum theory. Here we present results from a two-layer, vertically vibrated granular system, in which an oscillating plate drives a horizontal layer of heavy grains, which in turn drives… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/425680a

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