Driven diffusive systems have been studied extensively in the past decade for their unorthodox nonequilibrium properties. We have studied in particular the finite-size effects and the derivation of suitable continuum theories.
Since the validity of the standard field theory of driven diffusive system
has been questioned, we decided to do a stringent test of the field theory
by conducting a precise anisotropic finite-size scaling analysis of the 3-dimensional driven diffusive lattice gas. Using a fast multispin coding technique, statistics several orders of magnitude better than before were obtained. Our results strongly support the field-theoretical prediction and rule out the competing proposal, hence resolving a long-standing controversy concerning the universality class of critical exponents.
Another attempt to settle the controversy is a proposal of an approximate scheme
to derive the continuum Langevin equation from discrete microscopics for stochastic
systems. The method was tested with the Ising model and driven diffusive
systems. The results derived are in complete agreement with known approaches.
Apart from reassuring our previous belief in the
standard field theory of driven diffusive system, the method is generally useful when more systematic and rigorous approaches fail, and when microscopic inputs in the continuum theory are desired.
For the generalization of the driven diffusive system to two species motivated by ionic conductors and traffic flow, we developed a continuum theory and compared to simulations. Excellent agreements were found. We discovered an intriguing transport property in which the cluster of particles drifts backwards with respect to the majority, contrary to naive expectation. It was explained by means of the asymmetry in the particle/hole mobility inside the cluster.
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