Feedback-controlled transport in an interacting colloidal system
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Secr. EW 7-1, Technical University Berlin - Hardenbergstr. 36, D-10623 Berlin, Germany
Accepted: 29 October 2010
Based on dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) we consider a non-equilibrium system of interacting colloidal particles driven by a constant tilting force through a periodic, symmetric “washboard” potential. We demonstrate that, despite pronounced spatio-temporal correlations, the particle current can be reversed by adding suitable feedback control terms to the DDFT equation of motion. We explore two distinct control protocols with time delay, focussing on either the particle positions or the density profile. Our study shows that the DDFT is an appropriate framework to implement time-delayed feedback control strategies widely used in other fields of non-linear physics.
PACS: 05.40.Jc – Brownian motion / 82.70.Dd – Colloids / 05.60.Cd – Classical transport
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