Diffusion-Limited Aggregation

Overview

Diffusion-Limited Aggregation (DLA) is a process whereby particles undergoing Brownian motion aggregate to form clusters of particles. “Diffusion” because the particles diffuse randomly before attaching themselves (“Aggregating”) to the structure. “Diffusion-limited” because the particles are considered to be in low concentrations so the structure grows one particle at a time.

DLA can be observed in many natural phenomenon, such as the formation of snowflakes and the formation of electrically conducting regions in a dielectric breakdown. These clusters are an example of a fractal, i.e. a pattern that replicates itself in any scale.

Dielectric Breakdown
DLA zinc Crystal