Freezing by heating in a driven mesoscopic system

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We investigate a simple model corresponding to particles driven in opposite directions and interacting via a repulsive potential. The particles move off-lattice on a periodic strip and are subject to random forces as well. We show that this model-which can be considered as a continuum version of some driven diffusive systems-exhibits a paradoxical, new kind of transition called here “freezing by heating.” One interesting feature of this transition is that a crystallized state with a higher total energy is obtained from a fluid state by increasing the amount of fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1243
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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