Diffusion-Limited Aggregation: A Real-Time Agent-Based Simulation

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Diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) is a growth process of particle clusters. This Demonstration simulates the random walk of many particles in a 2D bounded square, where each particle has its own state, either "free" or "fixed", and only free particles move around randomly. When a free particle collides into a fixed particle, it becomes fixed. This rule leads to the growth of complex spatial patterns made of fixed particles, which are known to be self-similar, meaning that these patterns maintain the same statistical properties at every scale (which is not apparent in this small-scale simulation). You can stop and restart the real-time simulation using the "run simulation" checkbox.

Contributed by: Hiroki Sayama (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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