Mapping of diffusion in a channel with abrupt change of diameter

Pavol Kalinay, Jerome K. Percus

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Mapping of the diffusion equation in a channel of varying cross section onto the longitudinal coordinate is already a well studied procedure for a slowly changing radius. We examine here the mapping of diffusion in a channel with abrupt change of diameter. In two dimensions, our considerations are based on solution of the exactly solvable geometry with abruptly doubled width at x=0. We verify the surmise of Berezhkovskii [J. Chem. Phys. 131, 224110 (2009)]10.1063/1.3271998 that one-dimensional diffusion behaves as free in such channels everywhere except at the point of change, which looks like a local trap for the particles. Applying the method of "sewing" of solutions, we show that this picture is valid also for three-dimensional symmetric channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031143
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 30 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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