Self-organized critical forest-fire model on large scales.


We discuss the scaling behavior of the self-organized critical forest-fire model on large length scales. As indicated in earlier publications, the forest-fire model does not show conventional critical scaling, but has two qualitatively different types of fires that superimpose to give the effective exponents typically measured in simulations. We show that this explains not only why the exponent characterizing the fire-size distribution changes with increasing correlation length, but allows us also to predict its asymptotic value. We support our arguments by computer simulations of a coarse-grained model, by scaling arguments and by analyzing states that are created artificially by superimposing the two types of fires.

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@article{Schenk2002SelforganizedCF, title={Self-organized critical forest-fire model on large scales.}, author={Klaus Schenk and Barbara Drossel and Franz Schwabl}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2002}, volume={65 2 Pt 2}, pages={026135} }