Granular Brownian motorB. Cleuren and C. Van den Broeck
Hasselt University - B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
received 6 November 2006; accepted in final form 5 January 2007; published March 2007
published online 16 February 2007
An asymmetric object, undergoing dissipative collisions with surrounding particles, acquires a nonzero average velocity. The latter is calculated analytically by an expansion of the Boltzmann equation and the result is compared with Monte Carlo simulations.
02.50.-r - Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics.
05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion.
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