Physics of the rhythmic applause.

  title={Physics of the rhythmic applause.},
  author={Zolt{\'a}n N{\'e}da and Ersz{\'e}bet Ravasz and Tam{\'a}s Vicsek and Y. Br{\'e}chet and A L Barabasi},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics},
  volume={61 6 Pt B},
  • Z. NédaE. Ravasz A. Barabasi
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Physics
  • Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics
We report on a series of measurements aimed to characterize the development and the dynamics of the rhythmic applause in concert halls. Our results demonstrate that while this process shares many characteristics of other systems that are known to synchronize, it also has features that are unexpected and unaccounted for in many other systems. In particular, we find that the mechanism lying at the heart of the synchronization process is the period doubling of the clapping rhythm. The… 

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