Lagrangian statistical mechanics applied to non-linear stochastic field equations

Sam F. Edwards, Moshe Schwartz

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We consider non-linear stochastic field equations such as the KPZ equation for deposition and the noise driven Navier-Stokes equation for hydrodynamics. We focus on the Fourier transform of the time dependent two-point field correlation, Φk(t). We employ a Lagrangian method aimed at obtaining the distribution function of the possible histories of the system in a way that fits naturally with our previous work on the static distribution. Our main result is a non-linear integro-differential equation for Φk(t), which is derived from a Peierls-Boltzmann type transport equation for its Fourier transform in time Φk,ω. That transport equation is a natural extension of the steady state transport equation, we previously derived for Φk(0). We find a new and remarkable result which applies to all the non-linear systems studied here. The long time decay of Φk(t) is described by Φk(t) ∼ exp(-a|k|tγ), where a is a constant and γ is system dependent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-386
Number of pages30
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2002


  • Ballistic deposition
  • Correlation function
  • Non-linear stochastic field equations


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