Unexpected universality in static and dynamic avalanches

Yang Liu, Karin A. Dahmen

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We find that some equilibrium systems and their nonequilibrium counterparts actually show the same jerky response or avalanche behavior on many scales in response to slowly changing external conditions. In other words, their static and dynamic avalanches behave statistically the same. This suggests that their critical properties are much more generally applicable than previously assumed. In this case, systems far from equilibrium may be used to predict equilibrium critical behavior and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061124
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 24 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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