Collective motion of self-propelled particles: Kinetic phase transition in one dimension

András Czirók, Albert László Barabási, Tamás Vicsek

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Abstract

We demonstrate that a system of self-propelled particles exhibits spontaneous symmetry breaking and self-organization in one dimension, in contrast with previous analytical predictions. To explain this surprising result we derive a new continuum theory that can account for the development of the symmetry broken state and belongs to the same universality class as the discrete self-propelled particle model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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