Edited by Vladimir Privman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year: 1997
Online Publication Date:December 2009
Online ISBN:9780511564284
Hardback ISBN:9780521559744
Paperback ISBN:9780521018340
Chapter DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511564284.024
Subjects: Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience and Mesoscopic Physics
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Two recent developments involving activation and transport processes in simple stochastic nonlinear systems are reviewed in this chapter. The first is the idea of ‘resonant activation’ in which the mean first-passage time for escape over a fluctuating barrier passes through a minimum as the characteristic time scale of the fluctuating barrier is varied. The other is the notion of active transport in a fluctuating environment by so-called ‘ratchet’ mechanisms. Here, nonequilibrium fluctuations combined with spatial anisotropy conspire to generate systematic motion. The fundamental principles of these phenomena are covered, and some motivations for their study are described.
Introduction
The study of the interplay of noise and nonlinear dynamics presents many challenges, and interesting phenomena and insights appear even in onedimensional (1D) systems. Examples include Kramers’ fundamental theory of the Arrhenius temperature dependence of activated rate processes, Landauer's further insights into the role of multiplicative noise, and the theory of noise-induced transitions. This chapter reviews more recent developments which go beyond those studies in that the characteristic time scale of the fluctuations plays a major role in the dynamics of the system, whereas the phenomena in are fundamentally white-noise effects. Specifically, the two effects to be described in this chapter are the phenomena of ‘resonant activation’ and transport in ‘stochastic ratchets’.
Resonant activation is a generalization of Kramers’ model of activation over a potential barrier to the situation where the barrier itself is fluctuating randomly.
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Part I - Reaction-Diffusion Systems and Models of Catalysis: Read PDF
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1 - Scaling theories of diffusion-controlled and ballistically controlled bimolecular reactions: Read PDF
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2 - The coalescence process, A + A → A, and the method of interparticle distribution functions: Read PDF
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3 - Critical phenomena at absorbing states: Read PDF
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Part II - Kinetic Ising Models: Read PDF
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4 - Kinetic Ising models with competing dynamics: mappings, correlations, steady states, and phase transitions: Read PDF
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5 - Glauber dynamics of the Ising model: Read PDF
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6 - 1D kinetic Ising models at low temperatures—critical dynamics, domain growth, and freezing: Read PDF
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Part III - Ordering, Coagulation, Phase Separation: Read PDF
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7 - Phase-ordering dynamics in one dimension: Read PDF
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8 - Phase separation, cluster growth, and reaction kinetics in models with synchronous dynamics: Read PDF
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9 - Stochastic models of aggregation with injection: Read PDF
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Part IV - Random Adsorption and Relaxation Processes: Read PDF
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10 - Random and cooperative sequential adsorption: exactly solvable models on 1D lattices, continuum limits, and 2D extensions: Read PDF
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11 - Lattice models of irreversible adsorption and diffusion: Read PDF
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12 - Deposition-evaporation dynamics: jamming, conservation laws, and dynamical diversity: Read PDF
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Part V - Fluctuations in Particle and Surface Systems: Read PDF
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13 - Microscopic models of macroscopic shocks: Read PDF
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14 - The asymmetric exclusion model: exact results through a matrix approach: Read PDF
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15 - Nonequilibrium surface dynamics with volume conservation: Read PDF
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16 - Directed-walk models of polymers and wetting: Read PDF
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Part VI - Diffusion and Transport in One Dimension: Read PDF
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17 - Some recent exact solutions of the Fokker-Planck equation: Read PDF
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18 - Random walks, resonance, and ratchets: Read PDF
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19 - One-dimensional interacting random walks in a random environment: Read PDF
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Part VII - Experimental Results: Read PDF
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20 - Diffusion-limited exciton kinetics in one-dimensional systems: Read PDF
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21 - Experimental investigations of molecular and excitonic elementary reaction kinetics in one-dimensional systems: Read PDF
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22 - Luminescence quenching as a probe of particle distribution: Read PDF
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