Transient clusters in granular gases

Thorsten Pöschel, Nikolai V. Brilliantov, Thomas Schwager

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The most striking phenomenon in the dynamics of granular gases is the formation of clusters and other structures. We investigate a gas of dissipatively colliding particles with a velocity dependent coefficient of restitution where cluster formation occurs as a transient phenomenon. Although for small impact velocity the particles collide elastically, surprisingly the temperature converges to zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S2705-S2713
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


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