Dynamic Blockage in an Exclusion Process
We study an asymmetric exclusion model with one dynamic roadblock particle. The roadblock particle is allowed to move diffusively as well as by longrange jumps mimicking an unbinding/rebinding process. Using Monte Carlo simulations and analytical arguments, the two types of roadblock moves are considered both separately and in combination. Several interesting dynamic phenomena are observed. The long-range jumps of the roadblock lead to a current that depends on the number of particles in the system rather than on the particle density, and thus scales linearly with the system size (up to a critical size). This behavior can be explained by a collective motion of all particles following the roadblock. The diffusive roadblock movements on the other hand lead to a ratcheting motion with the active (driven) particles pushing the roadblock forward.
Journal of Physics A--Mathematical and Theoretical
Physics & Astronomy
Sahoo, Mamata; Dong, Jiajia; and Klumpp, Stefan. "Dynamic Blockage in an Exclusion Process." Journal of Physics A--Mathematical and Theoretical (2015) : 015007.