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Study of a class of models for self-organization: equilibrium analysis

A new class of nonlinear stochastic models is introduced with a view to explore self-organization. The model consists of an assembly of anharmonic oscillators, interacting via a mean field of system size range, in presence of white, Gaussian noise. Its properties are explored in the overdamped regime (Smoluchowski limit). The single oscillator potential is such that for small oscillator displacements it leads to a highly nonlinear force but becomes asymptotically harmonic. The shape of the potential can be a single-or double-well and is controlled by a set of parameters. Through equilibrium statistical mechanical analysis, we study the collective behavior and the nature of phase transition. Much of the analysis is analytic and exact. The treatment is not restricted to the thermodynamic limit so that we are also able to discuss finite size effects in the model. © 1983 Plenum Publishing Corporation.


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