We investigate the role of inhomogeneities in zero-range processes in condensation dynamics. We consider the dynamics of balls hopping between nodes of a network with one node of degree k(1) much higher than a typical degree k, and find that the condensation is triggered by the inhomogeneity and that it depends on the ratio k(1)/k. Although, on the average, the condensate takes an extensive number of balls, its occupation can oscillate in a wide range. We show that in systems with strong inhomogeneity, the typical melting time of the condensate grows exponentially with the number of balls.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2007|
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