We present results from an experimental study on the kinetic roughening of slow combustion fronts in paper sheets. The sheets were positioned inside a combustion chamber and ignited from the top to minimize convection effects. The emerging fronts were videotaped and digitized to obtain their time-dependent heights. The data were analyzed by calculating two-point correlation functions in the saturated regime. Both the growth and roughening exponents were determined and found consistent with the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation, in agreement with recent theoretical work.
- kinetic roughening