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Clustering, Condensation and Jamming

Clustering phenomena are ubiquitous with applications ranging from raindrops to galaxies, and from facebook to traffic jams. A key question we address is: how fast do clusters grow how large, and even effectively infinite?

Problems such as traffic flow have conserved quantities but no absorbing state, leading to phase separation between a localised condensate (e.g. traffic jam) and a background (e.g. flowing traffic) at critical density.

 Application areas:

  • weather & climate
  • social sciences (traffic and transport modeling)
  • physics (granular media, Bose Einstein condensation).
  • biology (molecular transport, ant trails)