Theories of crackling noise

James P. Sethna, Karin A. Dahmen

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Crackling noise arises when a system responds to changing external conditions through discrete, impulsive events spanning a broad range of sizes. A wide variety of physical systems exhibiting crackling noise have been studied. Earthquakes arise to relieve the strain due to the slow motions of techtonic plates. The slow contraction of your fingers causes a piece of paper to respond with a series of impulsive events as it crumples. Because these impulsive events have smooth statistical distributions over a huge range of sizes, their behaviour is likely to be independent of microscopic and macroscopic details, and progress can be made by the use of simple models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)xxxii
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 13 2004
EventFluctuations and Noise in Materials - Maspalomas
Duration: May 26 2004May 28 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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