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Intermittent Motion, Nonlinear Diffusion Equation and Tsallis Formalism

Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Ponta Grossa, PR 87030-900, Brazil
National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22290-180, Brazil
Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN 59072-970, Brazil
Departamento de Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR 81531-990, Brazil
Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, PR 87020-900, Brazil
National Institute of Science and Technology on Complex Fluids, Instituto de Física da USP, São Paulo, SP 05508-090, Brazil
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Academic Editors: Kevin H. Knuth and Angelo Plastino
Entropy 2017, 19(1), 42;
Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 15 January 2017 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 21 January 2017
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We investigate an intermittent process obtained from the combination of a nonlinear diffusion equation and pauses. We consider the porous media equation with reaction terms related to the rate of switching the particles from the diffusive mode to the resting mode or switching them from the resting to the movement. The results show that in the asymptotic limit of small and long times, the spreading of the system is essentially governed by the diffusive term. The behavior exhibited for intermediate times depends on the rates present in the reaction terms. In this scenario, we show that, in the asymptotic limits, the distributions for this process are given by in terms of power laws which may be related to the q-exponential present in the Tsallis statistics. Furthermore, we also analyze a situation characterized by different diffusive regimes, which emerges when the diffusive term is a mixing of linear and nonlinear terms. View Full-Text
Keywords: anomalous diffusion; nonlinear diffusion equation; Tsallis entropy anomalous diffusion; nonlinear diffusion equation; Tsallis entropy

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Lenzi, E.K.; Da Silva, L.R.; Lenzi, M.K.; Dos Santos, M.A.F.; Ribeiro, H.V.; Evangelista, L.R. Intermittent Motion, Nonlinear Diffusion Equation and Tsallis Formalism. Entropy 2017, 19, 42.

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