Burton Research 2013
Jamming and Shocklike Dynamics in Granular Clustersand collaborators have recently used computer simulations and experiments with levitated particles to show how energy is dissipated during a collision between two granular clusters. A "jamming front", similar to a shock wave, propagates throughout the system as particles collide. The study has implications for collisions in astrophysical settings as well as terrestrial granular flows.
This research was published and featured on the cover of Physical Review Letters, 111, 188001 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.188001