### Abstract

We investigate the diffusion of particles in an attractive one-dimensional potential that grows logarithmically for large {pipe}x{pipe} using the Fokker-Planck equation. An eigenfunction expansion shows that the Boltzmann equilibrium density does not fully describe the long-time limit of this problem. Instead this limit is characterized by an infinite covariant density. This non-normalizable density yields the mean square displacement of the particles, which for a certain range of parameters exhibits anomalous diffusion. In a symmetric potential with an asymmetric initial condition, the average position decays anomalously slowly. This problem also has applications outside the thermal context, as in the diffusion of the momenta of atoms in optical molasses.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1524-1545 |

Number of pages | 22 |

Journal | Journal of Statistical Physics |

Volume | 145 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2011 Dec 1 |

Externally published | Yes |

### Keywords

- Anomalous diffusion
- Ergodicity breaking
- Fokker-Planck equation
- Logarithmic potential

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics

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## Cite this

*Journal of Statistical Physics*,

*145*(6), 1524-1545. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10955-011-0363-z