Russian Journal of Mathematical Physics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 183–199 | Cite as

Asymptotic Behavior of a Network of Oscillators Coupled to Thermostats of Finite Energy

  • A. V. Dymov


We study the asymptotic behavior of a finite network of oscillators (harmonic or anharmonic) coupled to a number of deterministic Lagrangian thermostats of finite energy. In particular, we consider a chain of oscillators interacting with two thermostats situated at the boundary of the chain. Under appropriate assumptions, we prove that the vector (p, q) of moments and coordinates of the oscillators in the network satisfies (p, q)(t) → (0, q c ) as t → ∞, where q c is a critical point of some effective potential, so that the oscillators just stop. Moreover, we argue that the energy transport in the system stops as well without reaching thermal equilibrium. This result is in contrast to the situation when the energies of the thermostats are infinite, studied for a similar system in [14] and subsequent works, where the convergence to a nontrivial limiting regime was established.

The proof is based on a method developed in [22], where it was observed that the thermostats produce some effective dissipation despite the Lagrangian nature of the system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steklov Mathematical Institute of the RASMoscowRussia

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