Journal Club : Clélia de Mulatier


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B. Houchmandzadeh, Phys. Rev. E 80, 051920 (2009): Theory of neutral clustering for growing populations

Clélia de Mulatier (PhD student LPTMS)

The spatial distribution of most species in nature is nonuniform. We have shown recently [ B. Houchmandzadeh Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 078103 (2008)] on an experimental ecological community of amoeba that the most basic facts of life—birth and death—are enough to cause considerable aggregation which cannot be smoothened by random movements of the organisms. This clustering, termed neutral and always present, is independent of external causes and social interaction. We develop here the theoretical groundwork of this phenomenon by explicitly computing the pair-correlation function and the variance to mean ratio of the above neutral model and its comparison to numerical simulations.

See also :

W. R. Young, A. J. Roberts & G. Stuhne, Nature 412, 328-331 (19 July 2001)

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