Too Close to Integrable: Crossover from Normal to Anomalous Heat Diffusion

Stefano Lepri, Roberto Livi, Antonio Politi

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Energy transport in one-dimensional chains of particles with three conservation laws is generically anomalous and belongs to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang dynamical universality class. Surprisingly, some examples where an apparent normal heat diffusion is found over a large range of length scales were reported. We propose a novel physical explanation of these intriguing observations. We develop a scaling analysis that explains how this may happen in the vicinity of an integrable limit, such as, but not only, the famous Toda model. In this limit, heat transport is mostly supplied by quasiparticles with a very large mean free path â.,". Upon increasing the system size L, three different regimes can be observed: a ballistic one, an intermediate diffusive range, and, eventually, the crossover to the anomalous (hydrodynamic) regime. Our theoretical considerations are supported by numerical simulations of a gas of diatomic hard-point particles for almost equal masses and of a weakly perturbed Toda chain. Finally, we discuss the case of the perturbed harmonic chain, which exhibits a yet different scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040604
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2020


  • cond-mat.stat-mech
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • LAW


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