Volume 96, Number 2, October 2011
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||12 September 2011|
Current fluctuations at a phase transition
Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, École Normale Supérieure, UPMC Paris 6, Université Paris Diderot, CNRS 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France, EU
Accepted: 25 August 2011
The ABC model is a simple diffusive one-dimensional non-equilibrium system which exhibits a phase transition. Here we show that the cumulants of the currents of particles through the system become singular near the phase transition. At the transition, they exhibit an anomalous dependence on the system size (an anomalous Fourier's law). An effective theory for the dynamics of the single mode which becomes unstable at the transition allows one to predict this anomalous scaling.
PACS: 02.50.-r – Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics / 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion / 05.70.Ln – Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics
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