Europhys. Lett.
Volume 71, Number 1, July 2005
Page(s) 8 - 14
Section General
Published online 27 May 2005
Europhys. Lett., 71 (1), pp. 8-14 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10065-7

Nonuniversal exponents in sandpiles with stochastic particle number transfer

K. Jain

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität zu Köln Zülpicher Strasse 77, 50937 Köln, Germany

received 14 March 2005; accepted in final form 3 May 2005
published online 27 May 2005

We study fixed density sandpiles in which the number of particles transferred to a neighbor on relaxing an active site is determined stochastically by a parameter p. Using an argument, the critical density at which an active-absorbing transition occurs is found exactly. We study the critical behavior numerically and find that the exponents associated with both static and time-dependent quantities vary continuously with p.

02.50.-r - Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics.
64.60.-i - General studies of phase transitions.
05.65.+b - Self-organized systems.

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