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General Formalism for Singly-Thermostated Hamiltonian Dynamics
Physical Review E
  • John D. Ramshaw, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-1-2015
Subjects
  • Hamiltonian systems,
  • System analysis,
  • Field theory (Physics) -- Mathematics
Disciplines
Abstract
A general formalism is developed for constructing modified Hamiltonian dynamical systems which preserve a canonical equilibrium distribution by adding a time evolution equation for a single additional thermostat variable. When such systems are ergodic, canonical ensemble averages can be computed as dynamical time averages over a single trajectory. Systems of this type were unknown until their recent discovery by Hoover and colleagues. The present formalism should facilitate the discovery, construction, and classification of other such systems by encompassing a wide class of them within a single unified framework. This formalism includes both canonical and generalized Hamiltonian systems in a state space of arbitrary dimensionality (either even or odd), and therefore encompasses both few- and many-particle systems. Particular attention is devoted to the physical motivation and interpretation of the formalism, which largely determine its structure. An analogy to stochastic thermostats and fluctuation-dissipation theorems is briefly discussed.
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This is the publisher's final PDF. Article appears in Physical Review E, Vol. 92, 052138 (2015) and can be found online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.92.052138

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DOI
10.1103/PhysRevE.92.052138
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16351
Citation Information
Ramshaw, John D. (2015). General Formalism for Singly-Thermostated Hamiltonian Dynamics. Physical Review E, Volume 92, Issue 5.