Internal Fluctuations Effects on Fisher Waves

Esteban Moro
Physical Review Letters 87, 238303 (2001) [pdf]



We study the diffusion-limited reaction A ↔ A = A in various spatial dimensions to observe the effect of internal fluctuations on the interface between stable and unstable phases. We find that, similar to what has been observed in d = 1 dimensions, internal fluctuations modify the mean-field predictions for this process, which is given by Fisher’s reaction-diffusion equation. In d > 1 the front displays local fluctuations perpendicular to the direction of motion which, with a proper definition of the interface, can be fully described within the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality class. This clarifies the apparent discrepancies with KPZ predictions reported recently.

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