The structure of Langevin's memory kernel from Lagrangian dynamics
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences
School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, 69978, Israel
Accepted: 30 March 2000
We obtain the memory kernel of the generalized Langevin equation, describing a particle interacting with longitudinal phonons in a liquid. The kernel is obtained analytically at and numerically at . We find that it shows some non-trivial structural features like negative correlations for some range of time separations. The system is shown to have three characteristic time scales, that control the shape of the kernel, and the transition between quadratic and linear behavior of the mean squared distance (MSD). Although the derivation of the structure in the memory kernel is obtained within a specific dynamical model, the phenomenon is shown to be quite generic.
PACS: 66.10.Cb – Diffusion and thermal diffusion / 45.50.-j – Dynamics and kinematics of a particle and a system of particles
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