Emergence of continual directed flow in Hamiltonian systems

Dirk Hennig, Andrew Burbanks, Colm Mulhern, Andrew Osbaldestin

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We propose a minimal model for the emergence of a directed flow in autonomous Hamiltonian systems. It is shown that internal breaking of the spatio-temporal symmetries, via localised initial conditions, that are unbiased with respect to the transporting degree of freedom, and transient chaos conspire to form the physical mechanism for the occurrence of a current. Most importantly, after passage through the transient chaos, trajectories perform solely regular transporting motion so that the resulting current is of continual ballistic nature. This has to be distinguished from the features of transport reported previously for driven Hamiltonian systems with mixed phase space where transport is determined by intermittent behaviour exhibiting power-law decay statistics of the duration of regular ballistic periods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)026210
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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