Numerical test of hydrodynamic fluctuation theory in the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chain

Suman G. Das, Abhishek Dhar, Keiji Saitou, Christian B. Mendl, Herbert Spohn

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Abstract

Recent work has developed a nonlinear hydrodynamic fluctuation theory for a chain of coupled anharmonic oscillators governing the conserved fields, namely, stretch, momentum, and energy. The linear theory yields two propagating sound modes and one diffusing heat mode, all three with diffusive broadening. In contrast, the nonlinear theory predicts that, at long times, the sound mode correlations satisfy Kardar-Parisi-Zhang scaling, while the heat mode correlations have Lévy-walk scaling. In the present contribution we report on molecular dynamics simulations of Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chains to compute various spatiotemporal correlation functions and compare them with the predictions of the theory. We obtain very good agreement in many cases, but also some deviations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012124
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 23

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Numerical test of hydrodynamic fluctuation theory in the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chain. / Das, Suman G.; Dhar, Abhishek; Saitou, Keiji; Mendl, Christian B.; Spohn, Herbert.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 90, No. 1, 012124, 23.07.2014.

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