Directed chaotic motion in a periodic potential Academic Article uri icon


  • We study the motion of a classical particle in an infinite, one-dimensional, sequence of equidistant potential barriers, whose position and height oscillate periodically. If these oscillations are properly synchronized, the right–left symmetry is broken and the particle drifts. Features of the motion are studied by investigating the two-dimensional map which describes the dynamics.

publication date

  • January 1, 1998