Self-similarity in Laplacian Growth

Ar Abanov, M. Mineev-Weinstein, A. Zabrodin

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We consider Laplacian Growth of self-similar domains in different geometries. Self-similarity determines the analytic structure of the Schwarz function of the moving boundary. The knowledge of this analytic structure allows us to derive the integral equation for the conformal map. It is shown that solutions to the integral equation obey also a second-order differential equation which is the 1D Schroedinger equation with the sinh- 2-potential. The solutions, which are expressed through the Gauss hypergeometric function, characterize the geometry of self-similar patterns in a wedge. We also find the potential for the Coulomb gas representation of the self-similar Laplacian growth in a wedge and calculate the corresponding free energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number1-2 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Hele-Shaw cell
  • Schwarz function


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