Abstract

The origin of fractal properties in diffusion limited aggregation is related to the persistence of screening in the scale invariant growth regime. This effect is described by the effective noise reduction parameter S spontaneously generated by the scale invariant dynamics. The renormalization of this parameter under scale transformation shows the following: (i) The fixed point is attractive, implying the self-critical nature of the process. (ii) The fixed point value S* is of the order of unity, showing that the small scale growth rules are already close to the scale invariant ones and that screening effects persist in the asymptotic regime.

Notes

Originally published in Physical Review Letters, v.70 no.25 (1993), pp.3939-3942. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.70.3939. Dr. Vespignani is affiliated with Northeastern University as of the time of deposit.

Keywords

diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA), screening, self-criticality

Subject Categories

Fractals

Disciplines

Physics

Publisher

American Physical Society

Publication Date

6-21-1993

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©1993 American Physical Society

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American Physical Society

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