Diffusion-limited aggregation: a kinetic critical phenomenon?
Diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) is a model which represents noisy growth limited by diffusion. This process is quite common in nature and the simple algorithm gives a good representation of the large-scale structure of many natural objects. The clusters grown in the computer and the real objects in question are tenuous and approximately self-similar. A good deal is known about the algorithm, but a complete theory is not yet available. I review the current state of knowledge about the model, its applications and theoretical analysis of the results.