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Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 117, Issue 5–6, pp 819–830 | Cite as

Phase Transitions in Traffic Models

  • E. Levine
  • G. Ziv
  • L. Gray
  • D. Mukamel
Article

Abstract

It is suggested that the question of existence of a jamming phase transition in a broad class of single-lane cellular-automaton traffic models may be studied using a correspondence to the asymmetric chipping model. In models where such correspondence is applicable, jamming phase transition does not take place. Rather, the system exhibits a smooth crossover between free-flow and jammed states, as the car density is increased.

Keywords

Driven diffusive systems traffic jams condensation transition 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics of Complex SystemsWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.School of MathematicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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