Phase transitions in traffic models

E. Levine, G. Ziv, L. Gray, D. Mukamel

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It is suggested that the question of existence of a jamming phase transition in a broad class of single-lane cellular-automaton traffic models may be studied using a correspondence to the asymmetric chipping model. In models where such correspondence is applicable, jamming phase transition does not take place. Rather, the system exhibits a smooth crossover between free-flow and jammed states, as the car density is increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-830
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank M.R. Evans and J.L. Lebowitz for useful discussions. The support of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and NSF Grant DMR 01-279-26 is gratefully acknowledged.


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