Generalized elastic model yields a fractional langevin equation description

Alessandro Taloni, Aleksei Chechkin, Joseph Klafter

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Starting from a generalized elastic model which accounts for the stochastic motion of several physical systems such as membranes, (semi)flexible polymers, and fluctuating interfaces among others, we derive the fractional Langevin equation (FLE) for a probe particle in such systems, in the case of thermal initial conditions. We show that this FLE is the only one fulfilling the fluctuation-dissipation relation within a new family of fractional Brownian motion equations. The FLE for the time-dependent fluctuations of the donor-acceptor distance in a protein is shown to be recovered. When the system starts from nonthermal conditions, the corresponding FLE, which does not fulfill the fluctuation-dissipation relation, is derived.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160602
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2010


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