We investigate systems of nature where the common physical processes diffusion and fragmentation compete.We derive a rate equation for the size distribution of fragments. The equation leads to a third order differential equation which we solve exactly in terms of Bessel functions. The stationary state is a universal Bessel distribution described by one parameter, which fits perfectly experimental data from two very different systems of nature, namely, the distribution of ice-crystal sizes from the Greenland ice sheet and the length distribution of helices in proteins.
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|