Effects of translational symmetry breaking induced by the boundaries in a driven diffusive system
Andersen, J. V.
Leung, K. T.
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We study the effects of the boundary conditions in a driven diffusive lattice-gas model which is known to display kinetic phase transitions. We find, in the case of attractive interaction, that a boundary-condition-induced symmetry breaking of the translational invariance, along the direction of the external field, destroys the second-order kinetic phase transition. This feature is absent in equilibrium systems. In the repulsive case, the phase diagram and critical properties are probably unaltered.