99-356 Jean-Pierre Eckmann, Martin Hairer
Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of Strongly Anharmonic Chains of Oscillators (334K, postscript) Sep 24, 99
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Abstract. We study the model of a strongly non-linear chain of particles coupled to two heat baths at different temperatures. Our main result is the existence and uniqueness of a stationary state at all temperatures. This result extends those of Eckmann, Pillet, Rey-Bellet to potentials with essentially arbitrary growth at infinity. This extension is possible by introducing a stronger version of H\"ormander's theorem for Kolmogorov equations to vector fields with polynomially bounded coefficients on unbounded domains.

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