High-temperature ratchets driven by deterministic and stochastic fluctuations

V. M. Rozenbaum, I. V. Shapochkina, Yoshiaki Teranishi, L. I. Trakhtenberg

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We consider the overdamped dynamics of a Brownian particle in an arbitrary spatial periodic and time-dependent potential on the basis of an exact solution for the probability density in the form of a power series in the inverse friction coefficient. The expression for the average velocity of a Brownian ratchet is simplified in the high-temperature consideration when only the first terms of the series can be used. For the potential of an additive-multiplicative form (a sum of a time-independent contribution and a time-dependent multiplicative perturbation), general explicit expressions are obtained which allow comparative analysis of frequency dependencies of the average velocity, implying deterministic and stochastic potential energy fluctuations. For qualitative and quantitative analysis of these dependences, we choose illustrative examples for spatial harmonic fluctuations: with deterministic time dependences of a relaxation type and stochastic time dependences describing Markovian dichotomous and harmonic noise processes. We explore the influence of fluctuation types on the ratchet effect and demonstrate its enhancement in the case of harmonic noise.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012103
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 3 Jan 2019


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