Jamming of multiple persistent random walkers in arbitrary spatial dimension

M J Metson, M R Evans, R A Blythe

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We consider the persistent exclusion process in which a set of persistent random walkers interact via hard-core exclusion on a hypercubic lattice in $d$ dimensions. We work within the ballistic regime whereby particles continue to hop in the same direction over many lattice sites before reorienting. In the case of two particles, we find the mean first-passage time to a jammed state where the particles occupy adjacent sites and face each other. This is achieved within an approximation that amounts to embedding the one-dimensional system in a higher-dimensional reservoir. Numerical results demonstrate the validity of this approximation, even for small lattices. The results admit a straightforward generalisation to dilute systems comprising more than two particles. A self-consistency condition on the validity of these results suggest that clusters may form at arbitrarily low densities in the ballistic regime, in contrast to what has been found in the diffusive limit.
Original languageEnglish
Journal Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2020


  • cond-mat.stat-mech


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