Coarsening of granular clusters: Two types of scaling behaviors

M. V. Sapozhnikov, I. S. Aranson, J. S. Olafsen

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We report on an experimental study of small cluster dynamics during the coarsening process in driven granular submonolayers of [Formula presented] bronze particles. The techniques of electrostatic and vertical mechanical vibration were employed to excite the granular gas. We measure the scaling exponent for the evaporation of small clusters during coarsening. It was found that the surface area of small clusters S vs time t behaves as [Formula presented] for lower frequencies and [Formula presented] for higher frequencies. We argue that the change in the scaling exponent is related to the transition from three-dimensional (3D) to 2D character of motion in the granular gas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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