Exact gap statistics for the random average process on a ring with a tracer

Julien Cividini 1 Anupam Kundu 2, 3, 1 Satya N. Majumdar 3 David Mukamel 1

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, IOP Publishing, 2016, 49, pp.085002

We study statistics of the gaps in Random Average Process (RAP) on a ring with particles hopping symmetrically, except one tracer particle which could be driven. These particles hop either to the left or to the right by a random fraction $\eta$ of the space available till next particle in the respective directions. The random fraction $\eta \in [0,~1)$ is chosen from a distribution $R(\eta)$. For non-driven tracer, when $R(\eta)$ satisfies a necessary and sufficient condition, the stationary joint distribution of the gaps between successive particles takes an universal form that is factorized except for a global constraint. Some interesting explicit forms of $R(\eta)$ are found which satisfy this condition. In case of driven tracer, the system reaches a current-carrying steady state where such factorization does not hold. Analytical progress has been made in the thermodynamic limit, where we computed the single site mass distribution inside the bulk. We have also computed the two point gap-gap correlation exactly in that limit. Numerical simulations support our analytical results.

  • 1. Weizmann Institute
  • 2. International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
  • 3. LPTMS – Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques
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