Revisiting the flocking transition using active spins

Statistical Physics and Complexity Group meeting

Revisiting the flocking transition using active spins

  • Event time: 11:30am
  • Event date: 24th April 2013
  • Speaker: Julien Tailleur (Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

I will present an active Ising model in which spins both diffuse and align on lattice in one and two dimensions. The diffusion is biased so that plus or minus spins hop preferably to the left or to the right, which generates a flocking transition at low temperature/high density.


I will show how to construct a coarse-grained description of the model that predicts this transition to be a first-order liquid-gas transition in the temperature-density ensemble, with a critical density sent to infinity. In this first-order phase transition, the magnetization is proportional to the liquid fraction and thus varies continuously. I will show that this theoretical prediction holds in 2d whereas the fluctuations alter the transition in 1d, preventing for instance any spontaneous symmetry breaking.