Energy diffusion in hard-point systems

L. Delfini, S. Denisov, S. Lepri, R. Livi, P. K. Mohanty, A. Politi

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We investigate the diffusive properties of energy fluctuations in a one- dimensional diatomic chain of hard- point particles interacting through a square- well potential. The evolution of initially localized infinitesimal and finite perturbations is numerically investigated for different density values. All cases belong to the same universality class which can be also interpreted as a Levy walk of the energy with scaling exponent gamma= 3/5. The zero- pressure limit is nevertheless exceptional in that normal diffusion is found in tangent space and yet anomalous diffusion with a different rate for perturbations of finite amplitude. The different behaviour of the two classes of perturbations is traced back to the " stable chaos" type of dynamics exhibited by this model. Finally, the effect of an additional internal degree of freedom is investigated, finding that it does not modify the overall scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalThe European Physical Journal. Special Topics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • thermal-conductivity
  • dimensional lattices
  • heat-conduction
  • transport
  • dynamics
  • behavior


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