Stochastic pump of interacting particles
Europhys. Lett. , Volume 94 - Issue 3, Article number: 30006 p. 1- 5
We consider the overdamped motion of Brownian particles, interacting via particle exclusion, in an external potential that varies with time and space. We show that periodic potentials that maintain specific position-dependent phase relations generate time-averaged directed current of particles. We obtain analytic results for a lattice version of the model using a recently developed perturbative approach. Many interesting features like particle-hole symmetry, current reversal with changing density, and system size dependence of current are obtained. We propose possible experiments to test our predictions.