Boundary-induced heterogeneous absorbing states

Juan A. Bonachela, Miguel A. Muñoz

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We study two different types of systems with many absorbing states (with and without a conservation law) and scrutinize the effect of walls/boundaries (either absorbing or reflecting) into them. In some cases, non-trivial structured absorbing configurations (characterized by a background field) develop around the wall. We study such structures using a mean-field approach as well as computer simulations. The main results are: i) for systems in the directed percolation class, a very fast (exponential) convergence of the background to its bulk value is observed; ii) for systems with a conservation law, power-law decaying landscapes are induced by both types of walls: while for absorbing walls this effect is already present in the mean-field approximation, for reflecting walls the structured background is a noise-induced effect. The landscapes are shown to converge to their asymptotic bulk values with an exponent equal to the inverse of the bulk correlation length exponent. Finally, the implications of these results in the context of self-organizing systems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2009


  • absorbing states
  • non-equilibrium phase transition
  • self-organized criticality


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