Percolation

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Percolation describes a process by which sites or links on a (potentially random) graph or lattice can be connected. In the context of materials physics, the theory of percolation has three obvious applications: (i) understanding the flow of fluid through a disordered porous medium - this could be oil flowing through the ground, or soot particles being filtered by a gas mask, for example; (ii) understanding the conductivity of random networks, such as granular metal films or carbon nanotube films, for example; (iii) understanding the formation and physical properties of gels.