Analytical Limit Distributions from Random Power-Law Interactions

Irwin Zaid, Daisuke Mizuno

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Nature is full of power-law interactions, e.g., gravity, electrostatics, and hydrodynamics. When sources of such fields are randomly distributed in space, the superposed interaction, which is what we observe, is naively expected to follow a Gauss or Lévy distribution. Here, we present an analytic expression for the actual distributions that converge to novel limits that are in between these already-known limit distributions, depending on physical parameters, such as the concentration of field sources and the size of the probe used to measure the interactions. By comparing with numerical simulations, the origin of non-Gauss and non-Lévy distributions are theoretically articulated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number030602
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 14 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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