The structure of Langevin's memory kernel from Lagrangian dynamics

G. Frenkel*, M. Schwartz

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We obtain the memory kernel of the generalized Langevin equation, describing a particle interacting with longitudinal phonons in a liquid. The kernel is obtained analytically at T = 0 K and numerically at T > 0 K. We find that it shows some non-trivial structural features like negative correlations for some range of time separations. The system is shown to have three characteristic time scales, that control the shape of the kernel, and the transition between quadratic and linear behavior of the mean squared distance (MSD). Although the derivation of the structure in the memory kernel is obtained within a specific dynamical model, the phenomenon is shown to be quite generic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-634
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2000


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