Monday, June 10, 2013

1306.1688 (Rosalie Laure Woulaché et al.)

Influence of substrate potential shape on the dynamics of a sliding
lubricant chain

Rosalie Laure Woulaché, Andrea Vanossi, Nicola Manini
We investigate the frictional sliding of an incommensurate chain of interacting particles confined in between two nonlinear on-site substrate potential profiles in relative motion. We focus here on the class of Remoissenet-Peyrard parametrized potentials $V_{\rm RP}(x,s)$, whose shape can be varied continuously as a function of $s$, recovering the sine-Gordon potential as particular case. The observed frictional dynamics of the system, crucially dependent on the mutual ratios of the three periodicities in the sandwich geometry, turns out to be significantly influenced also by the shape of the substrate potential. Specifically, variations of the shape parameter $s$ affects significantly and not trivially the existence and robustness of the recently reported velocity quantization phenomena [Vanossi {\it et al.}, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 056101 (2006)], where the chain center-of-mass velocity to the externally imposed relative velocity of the sliders stays pinned to exact "plateau" values for wide ranges of the dynamical parameters.
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