We consider a system of two coupled particles evolving in a periodic and spatially symmetric potential under the influence of external driving and damping. The particles are driven individually in such a way that in the uncoupled regime, one particle evolves on a chaotic attractor, while the other evolves on regular periodic attractors. Notably, only the latter supports coherent particle transport. The influence of the coupling between the particles is explored, and in particular how it relates to the emergence of a directed current. We show that increasing the (weak) coupling strength subdues the current in a process, which in phase-space, is related to a merging crisis of attractors forming one large chaotic attractor in phase-space. Further, we demonstrate that complete current suppression coincides with a chaos-hyperchaos transition.
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics