Heat flow in an exactly solvable model
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A chain of one-dimensional oscillators is considered. They are mechanically uncoupled and interact via a stochastic process which redistributes the energy between nearest neighbors. The total energy is kept constant except for the interactions of the extremal oscillators with reservoirs at different temperatures. The stationary measures are obtained when the chain is finite; the thermodynamic limit is then considered, approach to the Gibbs distribution is proven, and a linear temperature profile is obtained.
Key wordsHeat conduction Fourier's law stochastic dynamics for infinitely many particles additive processes
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