Sluggish kinetics in the parking lot model
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
We investigate, both analytically and by computer simulation, the kinetics of a microscopic model of hard rods adsorbing on a linear substrate. For a small, but finite desorption rate, the system reaches the equilibrium state very slowly, and the long-time kinetics display three successive regimes: an algebraic one where the density varies as 1/t, a logarithmic one where the density varies as 1/ln(t), followed by a terminal exponential approach. A mean-Held approach fails to predict the relaxation rate associated with the latter. We show that the correct answer can only be provided by using a systematic description based on a gap-distribution approach.
Talbot, J., Tarjus, G., & Viot, P. (1999). Sluggish kinetics in the parking lot model. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 32 (16), 2997-3003. https://doi.org/10.1088/0305-4470/32/16/008