Collective behaviour in electrical dipolar systems

K. X. Wang, Z. Ye

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This paper reports a new wave phenomenon. We show that in a system consisting of many electric dipoles, the interaction between dipoles, mediated by radiated electromagnetic waves, leads to a kind of phase transition in the system. When the phase transition occurs, all dipoles tend to oscillate in phase, displaying a global coherent behaviour. It is also found that this feature is independent of the precise configuration of the dipole system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8031-8038
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 3 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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