Inter-particle ratchet effect determines global current of heterogeneous particles diffusing in confinement

Emil Mallmin*, Richard A. Blythe, Martin R Evans

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Abstract

In a model of N volume-excluding spheres in a d-dimensional tube, we consider how differences between the drift velocities, diffusivities, and sizes of particles influence the steady-state distribution and axial particle current. We show that the model is exactly solvable when the geometrical constraints prevent any particle from overtaking all others—a notion we term quasi-one-dimensionality. Then, due to a ratchet effect, the current is biased towards the velocities of the least diffusive particles. We consider special cases of this model in one dimension, and derive the exact joint gap distribution for driven tracers in a passive bath. We describe the relationship between phase-space structure and irreversible drift that makes the quasi-one-dimensional (q1D) supposition key to the model's solvability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013209
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Journal Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Volume2021
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • cond-mat.stat-mech

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    Mallmin, E.

    1/09/1730/09/21

    Project: Other

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