A while back I spent a great deal of time crumpling paper.
might ask? Well, it turns out that many of the systems that physicists
interested in emit pulses of energy that vary broadly in energy
with a power law distribution: a few examples are
noise pulses emitted by materials under stress.
Crumpling paper puts a world of interesting physics between your hands.
If your browser supports Java, you can
read my paper in the
original LaTeX form without any plug-ins or helper applications
thanks to the
IDVI applet by
Garth Dickie from the Geometry Center.
Publications and Talks
- My paper Acoustic Emission from crumpling paper
was published in
Phys. Rev. E 54 278 (1996). You can read the
abstract, or read the
- An article about my work and similar work done by other people was
in the 15 July 1996 issue of Science News.
- I gave a talk about crumpling at the March Meeting of the APS; the
talk abstract is available in
Co-conspirators and collaborators
Sethna was a co-author of my paper and supervised this research.
- Naresh Kannan
and I talked alot about crumpling, and Naresh helped me drag
up to the anechoic chamber because he has a car.
- I also talked with Olga Perkokic and
Karin Dahmen, and conversations with
Eric Kramer suggested the idea of weak crumpling to us.
- This research was funded by the
Department of Energy
and the National Science Foundation.
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