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Nonequilibrium phase transitions in finite arrays of globally coupled Stratonovich models: strong coupling limit

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Altrock,  Philipp M.
Department Evolutionary Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;
Research Group Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Senf, F., Altrock, P. M., & Behn, U. (2009). Nonequilibrium phase transitions in finite arrays of globally coupled Stratonovich models: strong coupling limit. New Journal of Physics, 11: 063010. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/11/6/063010.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-D5A7-2
Abstract
A finite array of N globally coupled Stratonovich models exhibits a continuous nonequilibrium phase transition. In the limit of strong coupling, there is a clear separation of timescales of centre of mass and relative coordinates. The latter relax very fast to zero and the array behaves as a single entity described by the centre of mass coordinate. We compute analytically the stationary probability distribution and the moments of the centre of mass coordinate. The scaling behaviour of the moments near the critical value of the control parameter ac(N) is determined. We identify a crossover from linear to square root scaling with increasing distance from ac. The crossover point approaches ac in the limit N→∞ which reproduces previous results for infinite arrays. Our results are obtained in both the Fokker–Planck and the Langevin approach and are corroborated by numerical simulations. For a general class of models we show that the transition manifold in the parameter space depends on N and is determined by the scaling behaviour near a fixed point of the stochastic flow.