Kinetic roughening in slow combustion of paper

J. Maunuksela, M. Myllys, J. Timonen, O.-P. Kähkönen, N. Provatas, M.J. Alava, T. Ala-Nissilä

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1518
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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    Maunuksela, J., Myllys, M., Timonen, J., Kähkönen, O-P., Provatas, N., Alava, M. J., & Ala-Nissilä, T. (1997). Kinetic roughening in slow combustion of paper. Physical Review Letters, 79(8), 1515-1518.