Nonlinear response of a linear chain to weak driving

Dirk Hennig, C. Mulhern, Andrew Burbanks, L. Schimansky-Geier

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We study the escape of a chain of coupled units over the barrier of a metastable potential. It is demonstrated that a very weak external driving field with a suitably chosen frequency suffices to accomplish speedy escape. The latter requires passage through a transition state, the formation of which is triggered by permanent feeding of energy from a phonon background into humps of localized energy and elastic interaction of the arising breather solutions. In fact, cooperativity between the units of the chain entailing coordinated energy transfer is shown to be crucial for enhancing the rate of escape in an extremely effective and low-energy cost way where the effects of entropic localization and breather coalescence conspire.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012906
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2014


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