Frequency-modulated ratchet with autoresonance
V. I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Baltiyskaya Str. 43, Vladivostok, Russia
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 2 February 2010
Motion of an ensemble of non-interacting classical particles in a space-periodic potential subjected to a weak external wave-like perturbation is considered. With large values of the wavenumber, the perturbation causes a resonance-induced chaotic layer in a certain area of phase space. Different scenarios of the emergence of chaos are considered. Adiabatic space or time modulation of the phase of the perturbation changes the location of the chaotic layer. A significant number of particles trapped within the chaotic layer is retained inside in course of the adiabatic modulation, revealing autoresonant behavior. We show that this phenomenon can be used to generate a directed ballistic current using a weak perturbation, even if particle's energies are initially close to the minimal value.
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2010