Directed chaotic motion in a periodic potential

Oded Farago*, Yacov Kantor

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We study the motion of a classical particle in an infinite, one-dimensional, sequence of equidistant potential barriers, whose position and height oscillate periodically. If these oscillations are properly synchronized, the right-left symmetry is broken and the particle drifts. Features of the motion are studied by investigating the two-dimensional map which describes the dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 2 Jan 1998


  • Area-preserving maps
  • Chaotic dynamics
  • Transport processes


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