- Granular flow,
- Combinatorial dynamics,
- Avalanches -- Mathematical models
We discuss a toy model to study the dynamics of individual particles in avalanches. The model describes a particle launched from an inclined infinite staircase. The particle is not allowed to bounce when it collides with the staircase. During the collision, the particle loses some energy, and after that slides on to the end of the step it landed on. The process then repeats itself. The dynamics of this no-bounce model can essentially be completely understood. Partial versions of some results were stated and argued in previous work. Here we give a full description together with all the proofs. We also briefly mention a second model where the no-bounce restriction is lifted and briefly describe the main features of that more complicated model.
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