The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 146, Issue 1, pp 323–330 | Cite as

Symmetry breaking and clustering in a vibrated granular gas with several macroscopically connected compartments

  • J. J. BreyEmail author
  • R. García-Rojo
  • F. Moreno
  • M. J. Ruiz-Montero


The spontaneous symmetry breaking in a vibro-fluidized low-density granular gas in three connected compartments is investigated. When the total number of particles in the system becomes large enough, particles distribute themselves unequally among the three compartments. Particles tend to concentrate in one of the compartments, the other two having the (relatively small) same average number of particles. A hydrodynamical model that accurately predicts the bifurcation diagram of the system is presented. The theory can be easily extended to the case of an arbitrary number of connected compartments.


Symmetry Breaking European Physical Journal Special Topic Bifurcation Diagram Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking Granular System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Brey
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. García-Rojo
    • 1
  • F. Moreno
    • 1
  • M. J. Ruiz-Montero
    • 1
  1. 1.Física Teórica, Facultad de Fisica, Universidad de SevillaSevillaSpain

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