Nonequilibrium discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation

Stefano Iubini, Stefano Lepri, Antonio Politi

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We study nonequilibrium steady states of the one-dimensional discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation. This system can be regarded as a minimal model for the stationary transport of bosonic particles such as photons in layered media or cold atoms in deep optical traps. Due to the presence of two conserved quantities, namely, energy and norm (or number of particles), the model displays coupled transport in the sense of linear irreversible thermodynamics. Monte Carlo thermostats are implemented to impose a given temperature and chemical potential at the chain ends. As a result, we find that the Onsager coefficients are finite in the thermodynamic limit, i.e., transport is normal. Depending on the position in the parameter space, the "Seebeck coefficient" may be either positive or negative. For large differences between the thermostat parameters, density and temperature profiles may display an unusual nonmonotonic shape. This is due to the strong dependence of the Onsager coefficients on the state variables.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011108
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2012


  • statistical-mechanics
  • heat-transport
  • lattices
  • breathers
  • systems
  • model


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