The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 223, Issue 4, pp 649–663 | Cite as

Order and disorder in coupled metronome systems

  • Sz. Boda
  • L. Davidova
  • Z. Néda
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Synchronization of Pendula Systems


Metronomes placed on a smoothly rotating disk are used for exemplifying order-disorder type phase-transitions. The ordered phase corresponds to spontaneously synchronized beats, while the disordered state is when the metronomes swing in unsynchronized manner. Using a given metronome ensemble, we propose several methods for switching between ordered and disordered states. The system is studied by controlled experiments and a realistic model. The model reproduces the experimental results, and allows to study large ensembles with good statistics. Finite-size effects and the increased fluctuation in the vicinity of the phase-transition point are also successfully reproduced.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Pendula System Nominal Frequency Boda Kuramoto Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sz. Boda
    • 1
  • L. Davidova
    • 1
  • Z. Néda
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBabeş-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Department of Mechatronics, Optics, Mechanical Engineering and InformaticsEdutus CollegeBudapestHungary

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