Shared histories lead to strong correlations. Thus, particles which find themselves in the same evolving environment have a tendency to cluster and approach an interesting state. This talk is about such states, their scaling properties, and how they develop in time. A key signature is that the scaled correlation function is singular at small argument, with either a cusp or a divergence. Possible manifestations in the context of biology (clustering of membrane components on cell surfaces) and granular media (vibrated rods) will be discussed.
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Clustering and Correlations in Fluctuating Environments
School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building
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