Breathers in a nonautonomous Toda lattice with pulsating coupling

Y. Kominis, T. Bountis, K. Hizanidis

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We study a nonautonomous Toda lattice, with a periodically switched on-off coupling coefficient, describing a pulsating strength of neighbor particle interaction. It is shown that when the uncoupled oscillations are linear and under appropriate conditions for the duration of the time intervals where the coupling is switched off, breather solutions can be obtained analytically. Their dynamics and collisions are related to the soliton dynamics of the corresponding autonomous Toda lattice, while a "ratchet" effect is shown to result in breather deceleration, providing a mechanism for breather velocity and collision control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number066601
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 16 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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