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Self Similar Renormalization Group Applied to Diffusion in non-Gaussian Potentials

David S. Dean and Clement Touya

par David Dean - 28 octobre 2008

We study the problem of the computation of the effective diffusion constant of a Brownian particle diffusing in a random potential which is given by a function $V(\phi)$ of a Gaussian field $\phi$. A self similar renormalization group analysis is applied to a mathematically related problem of the effective permeability of a random porous medium from which the diffusion constant of the random potential problem can be extracted. This renormalization group approach reproduces practically all known exact results in one and two dimensions. The results are confronted with numerical simulations and we find that their accuracy is good up to points well beyond the expected perturbative regime. The results obtained are also tentatively applied to interacting particle systems without disorder and we obtain expressions for the self-diffusion constant in terms of the excess thermodynamic entropy. This result is of a form that has commonly been used to fit the self diffusion constant in molecular dynamics simulations.