Phase Transition in the KMP Model with Slow/Fast Boundaries

T. Franco

2017, v.23, Issue 1, 171-186


The Kipnis\tire Marchioro\tire Presutti (KMP) is a known model consisting on a one-dimensional chain of mechanically uncoupled oscillators, whose interactions occur via independent Poisson clocks: when a Poisson clock rings, the total energy at two neighbors is redistributed uniformly at random between them. Moreover, at the boundaries, energy is exchanged with reservoirs of fixed temperatures. We study here a generalization of the KMP model by considering different rates at energy is exchanged with the reservoirs, and we then prove the existence of a phase transition for the heat flow.

Keywords: harmonic oscillators, weak convergence, heat flow


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