Constraint relaxation leads to jamming

Eial Teomy, Yair Shokef

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Adding transitions to an equilibrium system increases the activity. Naively, one would expect this to hold also in out-of-equilibrium systems. We demonstrate, using relatively simple models, how adding transitions to an out of equilibrium system may in fact reduce the activity and even cause it to vanish. This surprising effect is caused by adding heretofore forbidden transitions into less and less active states. We investigate six related kinetically constrained lattice gas models, some of which behave as naively expected while others exhibit this nonintuitive behavior. These models exhibit an absorbing state phase transition, which is also affected by the added transitions. We introduce a semi-mean-field approximation describing the models, which agrees qualitatively with our numerical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062155
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number6
StatePublished - 31 Dec 2020


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