Europhys. Lett.
Volume 69, Number 3, February 2005
Page(s) 358 - 364
Section Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics
Published online 07 January 2005
Europhys. Lett., 69 (3), pp. 358-364 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10362-7

Heat conduction in a one-dimensional Yukawa chain

Bai-Song Xie1, 2, Haibin Li1, 3 and Bambi Hu1, 4

1  Department of Physics and Centre for Nonlinear Studies Hong Kong Baptist University - Hong Kong, PRC
2  Institute of Low Energy Nuclear Physics, Beijing Normal University Beijing 100875, PRC
3  Department of Applied Physics, Zhejiang University of Technology Hangzhou 310032, PRC
4  Department of Physics, University of Houston - Houston, TX 77204-5506, USA

received 27 September 2004; accepted in final form 23 November 2004
published online 7 January 2005

Heat conduction in a one-dimensional Yukawa chain is investigated. It is shown that the heat conductivity is abnormal in the absence of external potential. Effects of symmetric and asymmetric external potentials on the heat conduction of the system are also studied. It is found that the heat fluxes along opposite directions can be significantly different. One can control the heat flux through the external potential, which can induce a conductor-insulator transition of the system.

44.10.+i - Heat conduction.
05.45.-a - Nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear dynamical systems.

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