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Title:Dynamics of Self -Organization of Ramified Patterns in an Electromechanical System
Author(s):Jun, Joseph
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hubler, Alfred
Department / Program:Physics
Discipline:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Physics, Condensed Matter
Abstract:In the experiments described above, we explore the dynamics of how tree structures self-organize in the system. We are also interested, more generally, in how the detailed structure of ramified patterns affects the properties of systems that use them for transportation. Therefore, in collaboration with researchers at the Santa Fe Institute, we theoretically explore a biological system: ant foraging colonies. These are commonly known to forage along ramified trunk trail networks. We show that the structure of these foraging patterns has consequences on the net energy collection rate of the ant colony. From this, we predict that there should exist both an optimal and maximal colony size.
Issue Date:2004
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:106 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/80503
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153336
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004


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