Kinetic order-disorder transitions in a pause-and-go swarming model with memory

Oren Rimer, Gil Ariel

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A two dimensional model of self-propelled particles combining both a pause-and-go movement pattern and memory is studied in simulations. It is shown, that in contrast to previously studied agent based models in two-dimensions, order and disorder are metastable states that can co-exist at some parameter range. In particular, this implies that the formation and decay of global order in swarms may be kinetic rather than a phase transition. Our results explain metastability recently observed in swarming locust and fish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
StatePublished - 21 Apr 2017

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  • Agent-based models
  • Collective motion
  • Intermittent motion
  • Memory
  • Metastability
  • Phase transitions


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