Date: July 19, 2011
Creator: Allegrini, Paolo; Aquino, Gerardo; Grigolini, Paolo; Palatella, Luigi & Rosa, Angelo
Description: Article discussing the breakdown of the Onsager principle as a sign of aging. Abstract: We discuss the problem of the equivalence between Continuous Time Random Walk (CTRW) and Generalized Master Equation (GME). The walker, making instantaneous jumps from one site of the lattice to another, resides in each site or extended time. The sojourn times have a distribution ψ (t) that is assumed to be an inverse power law with the power index μ. We assume that the Onsager principle is fulfilled, and we use this assumption to establish a complete equivalence between GME and the Montroll-Weiss CTRW. We prove that this equivalence is confined to the case when ψ (t) is an exponential. We argue that is so because the Montroll-Weiss CTRW, as recently proved by Barkai [E. Barkai, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 104101 (2003)], is non-stationary, thereby implying aging, while the Onsager principle, is valid only in the case of fully aged systems. The case of Poissonian distribution of sojourn times is the only one with no aging associated to it, and consequently with no need to establish special initial conditions to fulfill the Onsager principle. We consider the case of a dichotomous fluctuation, and we prove that ...
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