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Acceleration of diffusion in switching periodic sawtooth potential
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Paper Abstract

We investigate an overdamped Brownian motion in symmetric periodic potential switching by Markovian dichotomous noise between two configurations. Second configuration differs from the first one by the half of spatial period displacement when the maxima of a potential profile become the minima and vice versa. We establish a validity of the formula for effective diffusion constant previously obtained in the case of fixed periodic potentials and, thus, reduce the problem to calculation of mean first-passage times (MFPTs). At the same time the MFPT in this formula should be substituted for the semi-sum of MFPTs regarding two initial configurations of potential profile. A set of equations for MFPTs in flipping potentials can be solved for the sawtooth periodic potential. As a result, after cumbersome calculations we obtain the exact complex expression for effective diffusion coefficient of Brownian particles in such a medium which is valid for arbitrary mean frequency of potential switchings. We detect the acceleration of diffusion in comparison with the case of fixed sawtooth potential profile as it was demonstrated for a symmetric periodic potential modulating by external Gaussian white noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5471, Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics II, (25 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547045
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Alexander A. Dubkov, Nizhni Novgorod State Univ. (Russia)
Bernardo Spagnolo, INFM (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5471:
Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics II
Zoltan Gingl, Editor(s)

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