Physics of the rhythmic applause

Z. Néda, E. Ravasz, T. Vicsek, Y. Brechet, A. L. Barabási

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The dynamics of the rhythmic applause are clarified by recognizing two characteristic clapping modes of the individuals during the applause and by applying the results of the Kuramuto model. It is demonstrated that the rhythmic applause is formed by lowering the natural clapping frequency of each individual, thus lowering the clapping frequency distribution of the audience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6987-6992
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number6 B
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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