Traffic jams and ordering far from thermal equilibrium

E. Levine, G. Ziv, L. Gray, D. Mukamel

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The recently suggested correspondence between domain dynamics of traffic models and the asymmetric chipping model is reviewed. It is observed that in many cases traffic domains perform the two characteristic dynamical processes of the chipping model, namely chipping and diffusion. This correspondence indicates that jamming in traffic models in which all dynamical rates are non-deterministic takes place as a broad crossover phenomenon, rather than a sharp transition. Two traffic models are studied in detail and analyzed within this picture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)636-646
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number4 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Sep 15 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank M.R. Evans and J.L. Lebowitz for useful discussions. The support of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and NSF Grant DMR 01-279-26 is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Phase separation
  • Stochastic processes
  • Transportation


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