Selected publications related to the Space Grains project from scientists :


M. Noirhomme, A. Cazaubiel, E. Falcon, D. Fischer, Y. Garrabos, C. Lecoutre-Chabot, S. Mawet, E. Opsomer, F. Palencia, S. Pillitteri, & N. Vandewalle, Particle Dynamics at the Onset of the Granular Gas-Liquid Transition, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 128002 (2021) – PDF

D. Puzyrev, D. Fischer, K. Harth, T. Trittel, R. C. Hidalgo, E. Falcon, M. Noirhomme, E. Opsomer, N. Vandewalle, Y. Garrabos, C. Lecoutre, F. Palencia & R. Stannarius, Visual analysis of density and velocity profiles in dense 3D granular gases, Scientific Reports 11, 10621 (2021) – PDF


G. Castillo, S. Merminod, E. Falcon and M. Berhanu, Tuning the distance to equipartition by controlling the collision rate in a driven granular gas experiment, Physical Review E 101, 032903 (2020) – PDF

J. E. Kollmer, T. Shreve, J. Claussen, S. Gerth, M. Salamon, N. Uhlmann, M. Schröter, and T. Pöschel, Migrating Shear Bands in Shaken Granular Matter, Physical Review Letters 125, 048001 (2020)

D. Puzyrev, K. Harth, T. Trittel and R. Stannarius, Machine Learning for 3D Particle Tracking in Granular Gases, Microgravity Science and Technology (2020)

A. Sack, K. Windows‑Yule, M. Heckel, D. Werner, & T. Pöschel, Granular dampers in microgravity: Sharp transition between modes of operation, Granular Matter 22, 54 (2020)

K. Tell, C. Dreißigacker, A. Chiengue Tchapnda, P. Yu and M. Sperl, Acoustic waves in granular packings at low confinement pressure, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 033906 (2020)

H. Torres Menéndez, A. Sack and T. Pöschel, Granular Leidenfrost effect in microgravity, in press Granular Matter (2020)

P. Yu, M. Shröter and M. Sperl, Velocity Distribution of a Homogeneously Cooling Granular Gas Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 208007 (2020)


B. Apffel, A. Naert and S. Aumaître, Probing dissipative processes in stationary out-of-equilibrium systems through the fluctuations of injected power, J. Stat. Mech.: Theory and Exp. (2019) 013209

E. S. Bililign, J. E. Kollmer, K. E. Daniels, Protocol dependence and state variables in the force-moment ensemble, Physical review letters 122, 038001 (2019)

J. Brum, J.-L. Gennisson, M. Fink, A. Tourin, and X. Jia, Drastic slowdown of the Rayleigh-like wave in unjammed granular suspensions, Physical Review E 99, 042902 (2019)

D. Hestroffer, P. Sánchez, L. Staron, A. Campo Bagatin, S. Eggl, W. Losert, N. Murdoch, E. Opsomer, F. Radjai, D. C. Richardson, M. Salazar, D. J. Scheeres, S. Schwartz, N. Taberlet, H. Yano, Small Solar System Bodies as granular media, The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review 27, 6 (2019)

S. van den Wildenberg, X. Jia, J. Léopoldès, and A. Tourin, Ultrasonic tracking of a sinking ball in a vibrated dense granular suspension, Scientific Reports 9, 5460 (2019)

P. Yu, E. Stärk, G. Blochberger, M. Kaplik, M. Offermann, D. Tran, M. Adachi, and M. Sperl, Magnetically excited granular matter in low gravity, Review of Scientific Instrument 90, 054501 (2019)


S. Aumaître, R. P. Behringer, A. Cazaubiel, E. Clément, J. Crassous, D. J. Durian, E. Falcon, S. Fauve, D. Fischer, A. Garcimartin, Y. Garrabos, M. Hou, X. Jia, C. Lecoutre, S. Luding, D. Maza, M. Noirhomme, E. Opsomer, F. Palencia, T. Pöschel, J. Schockmel, M. Schröter, M. Sperl, R. Stannarius, N. Vandewalle & P. Yu, An instrument for studying granular media in low-gravity environment, Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 075103 (2018) – PDF

D. Gella, I. Zuriguel, and D. Maza, Decoupling Geometrical and Kinematic Contributions to the Silo Clogging Process, Physical Review Letters 121, 131008 (2018)

K. Harth, T. Trittel, S. Wegner, and R. Stannarius, Free Cooling of a Granular Gas of Rodlike Particles in Microgravity, Physical Review Letters 120, 214301 (2018)

M. Noirhomme, A. Cazaubiel, A. Darras, E. Falcon, D. Fischer, Y. Garrabos, C. Lecoutre-Chabot, S. Merminod, E. Opsomer, F. Palencia, J. Schockmel, R. Stannarius & N. Vandewalle, Threshold of gas-like to clustering transition in driven granular media in low-gravity environment, EPL (Europhysics Letters) 123, 14003 (2018) – PDF

W. Wang, M. Hou, K. Chen, P.-D. Yu & M. Sperl, Experimental and numerical study on energy dissipation in freely cooling granular gases under microgravity, Chin. Phys. B 27, 084501 (2018)


A. Amon, P. Born, K. E. Daniels, J. A. Dijksman, K. Huang, D. Parker, M. Schröter, R. Stannarius, A. Wierschem, Focus on imaging methods in granular physics, Rev. Sci. Instr. 88, 051701 (2017)

K. Asencio, M. Acevedo, I. Zuriguel, D. Maza, Experimental study of ordering of hard cubes by shearing, Physical Review Letters 119, 228002 (2017)

M. Creyssels, C. Laroche, E. Falcon and B. Castaing, Pressure dependence of the electrical transport in granular materials, Eur. Phys. J. E 40, 56 (2017)

K. E. Daniels, J. E. Kollmer, J. G. Puckett, Photoelastic force measurements in granular materials, Review of Scientific Instruments 88, 051808 (2017)

E. Falcon, J.-C. Bacri and C. Laroche, Dissipated power within a turbulent flow forced homogeneously by magnetic particles, Physical Review Fluids 2, 102601(R) (2017)

D. Gella, D. Maza, I. Zuriguel, A. Ashour, R. Arévalo, and R. Stannarius, Linking bottleneck clogging with flow kinematics in granular materials: The role of silo width, Phys. Rev. Fluids 2, 084304 (2017)

M. Noirhomme, F. Ludwig, N. Vandewalle and E. Opsomer, Cluster growth in driven granular gases, Phys. Rev. E 95, 022905 (2017)

E. Opsomer, M. Noirhomme, N. Vandewalle, E. Falcon and S. Merminod, Segregation and pattern formation in dilute granular media under microgravity conditions, Nature PJ Microgravity 3, 1 (2017) – Brief Comm. – PDF

T. Trittel, K. Harth, and R. Stannarius, Mechanical excitation of rodlike particles by a vibrating plate, Physical Review E 95, 062904 (2017)

W. Whang, Z. Zhou, J. Zhong, and M. Hou, DEM simulation of granular segregation in two-compartment system under zero gravity, Chin. Phys. B 26, 044501 (2017)


Wildenberg, A. Tourin, and X. Jia, Sound velocity fluctuations in confined granular materials: Coarse-graining lengths and elastic heterogeneitiesEPL 115, 34005 (2016)

D. Fischer, T. Börzsönyi, D. Nasato, T. Poeschel, R. Stannarius, Heaping and secondary flows in sheared granular materials, New J. Phys. 18, 113006 (2016)

T. Finger, F. von Rüling, S. Levay, B. Szabo, T. Börzsönyi, R. Stannarius, Segregation of granular mixtures in a spherical tumbler, Phys. Rev. E 93, 032903 (2016)

E. Opsomer, M. Noirhomme, F. Ludwig, and N. Vandewalle, On the coarsening dynamics of a granular lattice gas, Eur. Phys. J. E 39, 62 (2016)

H. Mizuno, L. E. Silbert, M. Sperl, Spatial Distributions of Local Elastic Moduli Near the Jamming Transition, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 068302 (2016)


K. Harth, T. Trittel, K. May, S. Wegner, R. Stannarius, Three-dimensional (3d) experimental realization and observation of a granular gas in microgravity, Adv. Space Res. 55, 1901 (2015)

K. Harth, A. Mauney, R. Stannarius, Frustrated packing of spheres in a flat container under symmetry-breaking bias, Phys. Rev. E 91, 030201(R) (2015)

Wildenberg, Y. Yang, and X. Jia, Probing the effect of particle shape on the rigidity of jammed granular solids with sound speed measurements, Granular Matter 17, 419 (2015)

C. Lozano, I. Zuriguel, A. Garcimartín and T. Mullin, Granular segregation driven by particle interactions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 178002 (2015)

S. Merminod, T. Jamin, E. Falcon and M. Berhanu, Transition to a labyrinthine phase in a driven granular medium, Phys. Rev. E 92, 062205 (2015) – PDF

R. Messina, S. Aljawhari, L. Bécu, J. Schockmel, G. Lumay and N. Vandewalle, Quantitatively mimicking wet colloidal suspensions with dry granular mediaScientific Reports 5, 10348 (2015)

A. Garcia-Cid, P. Gutiérrez, C. Falcón, S. Aumaître and E. Falcon, Statistics of injected power on a bouncing ball in a randomly accelerating piston, Physical Review E 92, 032915 (2015) – PDF

M. Noirhomme, E. Opsomer, N. Vandewalle and F. Ludewig, Granular transport in driven granular gasEur. Phys. J. E 38, 9 (2015)


S. Merminod, M. Berhanu and E. Falcon, Transition from a dissipative to a quasi-elastic system of particles with tunable repulsive interactions, EPL 106, 44005 (2014) – PDF

E. Opsomer, N. Vandewalle, M. Noirhomme, and F. Ludewig, Clustering and segregation in driven granular fluids, Eur. Phys. J. E 37, 115 (2014)


Wildenberg, M. van Hecke, and X. Jia, Evolution of granular packings by nonlinear acoustic waves, EPL 101, 14004 (2013)

E. Falcon, J.-C. Bacri and C. Laroche, Equation of state of a granular gas homogeneously driven by particle rotations, EPL (Europhysics Letters) 103, 64004 (2013) – PDF

E. Opsomer, M. Noirhomme, N. Vandewalle, F. Ludewig, How dynamical clustering triggers Maxwell’s demon in microgravityPhys. Rev. E 88, 012202 (2013)

K. Harth, T. Trittel, U. Kornek, S. Höme, K. Will, U. Strachauer, R. Stannarius, Microgravity experiments on a granular gas of elongated grains, AIP Conf. Proc. 1542, 807 (2013)

K. Harth, U. Kornek, T. Trittel, U. Strachauer, S. Höme, K. Will and R. Stannarius, Granular Gases of Rod-Shaped Grains in Microgravity, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 144102 (2013)

W. T. Kranz, M. Sperl, A. Zippelius, The Glass Transition in Driven Granular Fluids: A Mode-Coupling Approach, Phys. Rev. E 87, 022207 (2013)


T. Bertrand, C. Bonnoit, E. Clément, A. Lindner, Dynamics of drop formation in granular suspensions: The role of volume fraction, Granular Matter 14, 169 (2012)

G. A. Caballero-Robledo, C. Goldenberg, E. Clement, Local dynamics and synchronization in a granular glass, Granular Matter 14, 239 (2012)

A. Janda, I. Zuriguel and D. Maza, Flow Rate of Particles through Apertures Obtained from Self-Similar Density and Velocity Profiles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 248001 (2012)

Y. Li, R. Liu, and M. Hou, Gluing bifurcation and noise-induced hopping in the oscillatory phenomena of compartmentalized bi-disperse granular gases, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 198001 (2012)

Y. Li, R. Liu, M. Shinde, M. Hou, Flux measurement in compartmentalized mono-disperse and bi-disperse granular gases, Granular Matter 14, 137 (2012)

C. Lozano, A. Janda, A. Garcimartín, D. Maza and I. Zuriguel, Flow and clogging in a silo with an obstacle above the orifice, Phys. Rev. E 86, 031306 (2012)

C. Lozano, G. Lumay, I. Zuriguel, R.C. Hidalgo, A. Garcimartín, Breaking Arches with Vibrations: The Role of Defects, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 068001 (2012)

E. Opsomer, F. Ludewig, and N. Vandewalle, Dynamical clustering in driven granular gas, EPL 99, 40001 (2012)

H. S. Sajjad, Y. Li, F. Cui, Q. Zhang, and M. Hou, Directed segregation in compartmentalized bi-disperse granular gas, Chin. Phys. B 21, 014501 (2012)

H. S. Sajjad, Y. Li, F. Cui, Q. Zhang, and M. Hou, Irregular Oscillation of Bi-disperse Granular Gas in Cyclic Three Compartments, Chin. Phys. Lett. 29, 034501 (2012)

M. Sperl, W.T. Kranz, A. Zippelius, Single-particle dynamics in dense granular fluids under driving, EPL 98, 28001 (2012)

A. Tordesillas, D.M. Walker, G. Froyland, J. Zhang, R.P. Behringer, Transition dynamics and magic-number-like behavior of frictional granular clusters, Phys. Rev. E 86, 011306 (2012)

C. Yanpei, P. Evesque, and M. Hou, Breakdown of Energy Equipartition in Vibro-Fluidized Granular Media in Micro-Gravity, Chin. Phys. Lett. 29, No.7, P.074501 (2012)


D. Bi, J. Zhang, B. Chakraborty, R.P. Behringer, Jamming by shear, Nature 480, 355 (2011)

A. Garcimartín, I. Zuriguel, A. Janda and D. Maza, Fluctuations of grains inside a discharging two-dimensional silo, Phys. Rev. E 84, 031309 (2011)

R. Harich, T. Darnige, E. Kolb, E. Clément, Intruder mobility in a vibrated granular packing, EPL 96, 54003 (2011)

T. Kanzaki, M. Acevedo, I. Zuriguel, I. Pagonabarraga, D. Maza, R.C. Hidalgo, Stress distribution of faceted particles in a silo after its partial dischargeEur. Phys. J. E 34, 133 (2011)

L. Kondic, X. Fang, W. Losert, C.S. O’Hern, R.P. Behringer, Microstructure evolution during impact on granular matter, Phys. Rev. E 85, 011305 (2011)

Y. Li, M. Hou and P. Evesque, Directed clustering in driven compartmentalized granular gas systems in zero gravityJ. Phys. Conf. Ser. 327, 012034 (2011) – open access article

V.B. Nguyen, T. Darnige, A. Bruand, E. Clement, Creep and fluidity of a real granular packing near jamming, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 138303 (2011)

E. Opsomer, F. Ludewig and N. Vandewalle, Phase transitions in vibrated granular systems in microgravityPhys. Rev. E. 84, 051306 (2011) – PDF

E. Opsomer, F. Ludewig and N. Vandewalle, Dynamical regimes of a granular gas in microgravity : a molecular dynamics studyJ. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 327, 012035 (2011) – open access article

L. A. Pugnaloni, José Damas, I. Zuriguel, D. Maza, Master curves for the stress tensor invariants in stationary states of static granular beds. Implications for the thermodynamic phase space, Papers in Physics 3, 030004 (2011)

C. Yanpei, P. Evesque, M. Hou, C. Lecoutre, F. Palencia, Y. Garrabos, Long range boundary effect of 2D intermediate number density vibro-fluidized granular media in micro-gravity, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 327, 012033 (2011)

I. Zuriguel, A. Janda, A. Garcimartín, C. Lozano, R. Arévalo, D. Maza, Silo Clogging Reduction by the Presence of an Obstacle, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 278001 (2011)

S. Dorbolo, T. Scheller, F. Ludewig, G. Lumay and N. Vandewalle, Influence of a reduced gravity on the volume fraction of a monolayer of spherical grainsPhys. Rev. E 84, 041305 (2011) – PDF


M. Hou, H. Tu, R. Liu, Y. Li, K. Yu, P.-Y. Lai, and C. K. Chan, Temperature oscillations in a compartmentalized bidisperse granular gasPhys. Rev. Lett.  100, 068001 (2008)

S. Luding, Gran. Matt. 10, 235 (2008)

S. McNamara and E. Falcon, Simulation of dense granular gases in zero gravity with impact-velocity-dependent restitution coefficient, Powder Technology 182, 232 (2008) – PDF


T.  S. Majmudar, M. Sperl, S. Luding, and R. P. Behringer, Jamming Transition in Granular Systems Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 058001 (2007)

A. Garcimartin, J.M. Pastor, R. Arévalo, and D. Maza, Convection in a vibrated granular layer, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 146, 331–340 (2007)


S. Aumaître, A. Alastuey and S. Fauve, A quasi-elastic regime for vibrated granular gases, Eur. Phys. J. B 54, 263–266 (2006)

E. Falcon, S. Aumaître, P. Evesque, F. Palencia, C. Chabot, S. Fauve, D. Beysens, and Y. Garrabos, Collision statistics in a dilute granular gas fluidized by vibrations in low gravity, Europhysics Letters 74, 830 (2006) – PDF


S. McNamara and E. Falcon, Simulations of vibrated granular medium with impact velocity dependent restitution coefficient, Phys. Rev. E 71, 031302 (2005) – PDF


S. Aumaître, J. Farago, S. Fauve and S. Mc Namara, Energy and power fluctuations in vibrated granular gases, Eur. Phys. J. B. 42, 255 (2004)


E. Falcon, R. Wunenburger, P. Evesque, S. Fauve, C. Chabot, Y. Garrabos and D. Beysens, Cluster formation in a granular medium fluidized by vibrations in low gravity, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 2, 440 (1999) – PDF

E. Falcon, S. Fauve and C. Laroche, Cluster formation, pressure and density measurements in a granular medium fluidized by vibbrations, Eur. Phys. J. B. 9, 183 (1999) – PDF

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