Unidirectional hopping transport of interacting particles on a finite chain

Mario Einax*, Gemma C. Solomon, Wolfgang Dieterich, Abraham Nitzan

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Particle transport through an open, discrete one-dimensional channel against a mechanical or chemical bias is analyzed within a master equation approach. The channel, externally driven by time-dependent site energies, allows multiple occupation due to the coupling to reservoirs. Performance criteria and optimization of active transport in a two-site channel are discussed as a function of reservoir chemical potentials, the load potential, interparticle interaction strength, driving mode, and driving period. Our results, derived from exact rate equations, are used in addition to test a previously developed time-dependent density functional theory, suggesting a wider applicability of that method in investigations of many particle systems far from equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054102
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2010


FundersFunder number
European Science Council
Israel-Niedersachsen Research Fund
Non-equilibrium Energy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Science
Basic Energy SciencesDE-SC0000989
Seventh Framework Programme226628
Lion Foundation
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftEI 859/1-1
Israel Science Foundation


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