Probabilistic hysteresis in integrable and chaotic isolated hamiltonian systems

Ralf Bürkle, Amichay Vardi, Doron Cohen, James R. Anglin

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We propose currently feasible experiments using small, isolated systems of ultracold atoms to investigate the effects of dynamical chaos in the microscopic onset of irreversibility. A control parameter is tuned past a critical value, then back to its initial value; hysteresis appears as a finite probability that the atoms fail to return to their initial state even when the parameter sweep is arbitrarily slow. We show that an episode of chaotic dynamics during part of the sweep time produces distinctive features in the distribution of final states that will be clearly observable in experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114101
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2019

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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