1fα spectra in elementary cellular automata and fractal signals

Jan Nagler*, Jens Christian Claussen

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We systematically compute the power spectra of the one-dimensional elementary cellular automata introduced by Wolfram. On the one hand our analysis reveals that one automaton displays 1f spectra though considered as trivial, and on the other hand that various automata classified as chaotic or complex display no 1f spectra. We model the results generalizing the recently investigated Sierpinski signal to a class of fractal signals that are tailored to produce 1fα spectra. From the widespread occurrence of (elementary) cellular automata patterns in chemistry, physics, and computer sciences, there are various candidates to show spectra similar to our results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number067103
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005

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©2005 American Physical Society


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