Europhys. Lett.
Volume 67, Number 3, August 2004
Page(s) 342 - 348
Section General
Published online 01 July 2004
Europhys. Lett., 67 (3), pp. 342-348 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10296-6

A multi-scaling analysis of the surface of a three-dimensional pile of rice

C. M. Aegerter, K. A. Lorincz and R. J. Wijngaarden

Division of Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit De Boelelaan 1081, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(Received 5 September 2003; accepted in final form 26 May 2004)

The scaling properties of the surface of a three-dimensional rice pile are studied. In time, the pile surface exhibits multi-scaling, where the exponents decrease with increasing moment. This is connected to the fact that the pile is in a self-organized critical state, where the dynamics of the steady state is influenced by transient properties, leading to multi-scaling. In contrast, when studying the transient properties directly, generic scaling is observed, as there is only one relevant cut-off. Similarly in space, multi-scaling is absent and within experimental error, the same scaling is observed for all moments. Again, this is connected to the properties of the critical state.

05.65.+b - Self-organized systems.
45.70.-n - Granular systems.

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