Marcello Borromeo

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The nonequilibrium escape dynamics in a bistable system under the influence of two Gaussian noises, one obtained by recycling, the other with a constant delay time, is shown by numerical simulation to exhibit stochastic synchronization; i.e., under stationary conditions, an appreciable fraction of renewal trajectories gets locked to the noise-recycling(More)
The rectification efficiency of an underdamped ratchet operated in the adiabatic regime increases according to a scaling current-amplitude curve as the damping constant approaches a critical threshold; below threshold the rectified signal becomes extremely irregular and eventually its time average drops to zero. Periodic (locked) and diffusive (fully(More)
Diffusion of an overdamped Brownian particle on a symmetric periodic substrate is investigated in the presence of pulsated perturbations of two kinds: (i) Stepwise lateral displacements (flashing substrate) and (ii) instantaneous tilts (shot noise). Pulses are applied, as it is often observed, in either periodic or random sequences with assigned mean (bias)(More)
A linear defect, viz. an elastic string, diffusing on a planar substrate traversed by a travelling wave experiences a drag known as Stokes' drift. In the limit of an infinitely long string, such a mechanism is shown to be characterized by a sharp threshold that depends on the wave parameters, the string damping constant and the substrate temperature.(More)
We simulated numerically the time evolution of a one-kink bearing, damped elastic string sitting on noiseless periodic substrates of two types: (I) asymmetric, time independent, (II) symmetric, periodically deformable. An asymmetric kink subjected to an ac drive is shown to drift steadily with finite average speed independent of its initial kinetic(More)
In eccentric septate channels the pores connecting adjacent compartments are shifted off-axis, either periodically or randomly, so that straight trajectories parallel to the axis are not allowed. Driven transport of a Brownian particle in such a channel is characterized by a strong suppression of the current and its dispersion. For large driving forces,(More)
The one-dimensional motion of a massless Brownian particle on a symmetric periodic substrate can be rectified by reinjecting its driving noise through a realistic recycling procedure. If the recycled noise is multiplicatively coupled to the substrate, the ensuing feedback system works like a passive Maxwell's daemon, capable of inducing a net current that(More)
A Brownian particle hopping in a symmetric double-well potential can be statistically confined into a single well by the simultaneous action of (a) two periodic input signals, one tilting the minima and the other one modulating the barrier height, and (b) an additive and a purely multiplicative random signal, generated by a unique source and thus preserving(More)
Transport in a one-dimensional symmetric device can be activated by the combination of thermal noise and a bi-harmonic drive. The results of extensive simulations allow us to distinguish between two apparently different bi-harmonic regimes: (i) harmonic mixing, where the two drive frequencies are commensurate but not too high; (ii) vibrational mixing, where(More)
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