Symmetry breaking through a sequence of transitions in a driven diffusive system
Abstract
In this paper we study a twospecies driven diffusive system with open boundaries that exhibits spontaneous symmetry breaking in one dimension. In a symmetry broken state the currents of the two species are not equal, although the dynamics is symmetric. A meanfield theory predicts a sequence of two transitions from a strong symmetry broken state through an intermediate symmetry broken state to a symmetric state. However, a recent numerical study has questioned the existence of the intermediate state and instead suggested a single discontinuous transition. We present an extensive numerical study that supports the existence of the intermediate phase but shows that this phase and the transition to the symmetric phase are qualitatively different from the meanfield predictions.
 Publication:

Journal of Physics A Mathematical General
 Pub Date:
 November 2001
 DOI:
 10.1088/03054470/34/47/301
 arXiv:
 arXiv:condmat/0108022
 Bibcode:
 2001JPhA...34.9923C
 Keywords:

 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics
 EPrint:
 19 pages, 12 figures