Noise-Induced Quenched Disorder in Dense Active Systems

Guozheng Lin, Zhangang Han*, Amir Shee, Cristián Huepe*

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We report and characterize the emergence of a noise-induced state of quenched disorder in a generic model describing a dense sheet of active polar disks. In this state, self-propelled disks become jammed with random orientations, only displaying small fluctuations about their mean positions and headings. The quenched disorder phase appears at intermediate noise levels, between moving polar order and standard dynamic disorder. We show that it results from retrograde forces produced by angular fluctuations with Ornstein-Uhlenbeck dynamics, compute its critical noise, and argue that it could emerge in a variety of systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number168301
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 20 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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