Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6633 (Daniel Hurowitz et al.)

Non-equilibrium steady state and induced currents of a
mesoscopically-glassy system: interplay of resistor-network theory and Sinai

Daniel Hurowitz, Saar Rahav, Doron Cohen
We introduce an explicit solution for the non-equilibrium steady state (NESS) of a ring that is coupled to a thermal bath, and is driven by an external hot source with log-wide distribution of couplings. Having time scales that stretch over several decades is similar to glassy systems. Consequently there is a wide range of driving intensities where the NESS is like that of a random walker in a biased Brownian landscape. We investigate the resulting statistics of the induced current $I$. For a single ring we discuss how $sign(I)$ fluctuates as the intensity of the driving is increased, while for an ensemble of rings we highlight the fingerprints of Sinai physics on the $abs(I)$ distribution.
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