Equivalence of the Burridge-Knopoff train model of earthquakes and the dynamics of driven Edwards-Wilkinson interfaces


Prof. Dr. Purusattam Ray
Indian Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India

22. May 2019, 17.00
WW8, Raum 2.018, Dr.-Mack-Str. 77, Fürth

The equivalence of fracture and earthquakes has been established in recent years. While various aspects of the physics of fracture can be understood from the depinning of driven interfaces, the corresponding analogy for earthquake models has not been known. We show here, that the celebrated Burridge-Knopoff model of earthquakes, in the form of a train model, is equivalent to a driven Edwards-Wilkinson interface.