Anomalous interface roughening: The role of a gradient in the density of pinning sites

Luis AN Amaral, A L Barabasi, S V Buldyrev, S Havlin, H E Stanley

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Abstract

We study the effect on interface roughening of a gradient ∇p in the density of pinning sites p. We identify a new correlation length, ξ, which is a function of ∇p: ξ~(∇p)−γ/α, where α=ν⊥/ν|| is the roughness exponent, and γ=ν⊥/(1+ν⊥). The exponents ν⊥ and ν|| characterize the transverse and longitudinal correlation lengths. To investigate the effect of ∇p on the scaling properties of the interface in (1+1) and (2+1) dimensions, we calculate the critical concentration, pc, and the exponents γ and α from which ν⊥ and ν|| can be determined. Our results are in qualitative agreement with some of the features of imbibition experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-826
JournalFractals
Volume1
StatePublished - 1993

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