Thermal Ratchet Effect in Confining Geometries
AbstractThe stochastic model of the Feynman–Smoluchowski ratchet is proposed and solved using generalization of the Fick–Jacobs theory. The theory fully captures nonlinear response of the ratchet to the difference of heat bath temperatures. The ratchet performance is discussed using the mean velocity, the average heat flow between the two heat reservoirs and the figure of merit, which quantifies energetic cost for attaining a certain mean velocity. Limits of the theory are tested comparing its predictions to numerics. We also demonstrate connection between the ratchet effect emerging in the model and rotations of the probability current and explain direction of the mean velocity using simple discrete analogue of the model. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Holubec, V.; Ryabov, A.; Yaghoubi, M.H.; Varga, M.; Khodaee, A.; Foulaadvand, M.E.; Chvosta, P. Thermal Ratchet Effect in Confining Geometries. Entropy 2017, 19, 119.
Holubec V, Ryabov A, Yaghoubi MH, Varga M, Khodaee A, Foulaadvand ME, Chvosta P. Thermal Ratchet Effect in Confining Geometries. Entropy. 2017; 19(4):119.Chicago/Turabian Style
Holubec, Viktor; Ryabov, Artem; Yaghoubi, Mohammad H.; Varga, Martin; Khodaee, Ayub; Foulaadvand, M. E.; Chvosta, Petr. 2017. "Thermal Ratchet Effect in Confining Geometries." Entropy 19, no. 4: 119.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.