Spatially modulated kinks in shallow granular layers

J. E. Macías, M. G. Clerc, C. Falcón, M. A. García-Ñustes

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We report on the experimental observation of spatially modulated kinks in a shallow one-dimensional fluidized granular layer subjected to a periodic air flow. We show the appearance of these solutions as the layer undergoes a parametric instability. Due to the inherent fluctuations of the granular layer, the kink profile exhibits an effective wavelength, a precursor, which modulates spatially the homogeneous states and drastically modifies the kink dynamics. We characterize the average and fluctuating properties of this solution. Finally, we show that the temporal evolution of these kinks is dominated by a hopping dynamics, related directly to the underlying spatial structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number020201
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


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