Reaction-diffusion front width anomalies in disordered media

Inbal Hecht, Yochi Moran, Haim Taitelbaum

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We study the front characteristics of the A+B→C reaction-diffusion system with initially separated reactants in disordered media, exemplified by two-dimensional (2D) percolation. We investigate the front characteristics as a function of the disorder degree in this system, in particular close to criticality. We show that the front width exponent is larger than the mean-field (MF) exponent of 1/6, and at criticality it approaches 1/4, which is the one-dimensional (1D) exponent. We show that previous predictions in the literature for the 2D percolation cluster at criticality are wrong. The results are discussed in the context of other systems with attenuated transport where the front width exponent is smaller than the MF exponent. We also study the short-time behavior of the front width exponent, and discuss the validity of the scaling relations between the relevant exponents.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051109
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006


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