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%pylab inline
Populating the interactive namespace from numpy and matplotlib
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import numpy as np

On Browniam motion and Diffusion coefficient

In this notebook we perform a mini Brownian motion simulation in 3D and check that the mean squared displacement (the variance of the instantaneous position) follows the theoretical equation

For a general introduction on Brownian motion simulation see Theory - Introduction to Brownian Motion simulation

$$\langle|\vec{r}(t)-\vec{r}(t+\tau)|^2\rangle = \sigma^2 = 2 D N \tau$$
  • $\vec{r}(t)$ position at time $t$
  • $N$ number of dimensions ($N$=3 for 3D simulations)
  • $D$ diffusion coefficient
  • $\tau$ time interval.
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D = 1
t = 1
N = 3
sigma = np.sqrt(2*N*D*t)
sigma_1d = np.sqrt(2*D*t)
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n_trajectories = 100
n_time_steps = 1000
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dx = sigma_1d*np.random.randn(n_time_steps, n_trajectories)
dy = sigma_1d*np.random.randn(n_time_steps, n_trajectories)
dz = sigma_1d*np.random.randn(n_time_steps, n_trajectories)
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x, y, z = np.cumsum(dx, 0), np.cumsum(dy, 0), np.cumsum(dz, 0)

r_squared = x**2 + y**2 + z**2      # squared distance form the origin
dr_squared = dx**2 + dy**2 + dz**2  # squared delta-distance 

As a consistency check we fit the diffusion coefficient from the simulated data:

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D_fitted = dr_squared.mean()/(2*N*t)  # Fitted diffusion coefficient
print('Fitted diffusion coefficient: %.5f , True value %.5f' % (D_fitted, D))
Fitted diffusion coefficient: 0.99889 , True value 1.00000

NOTE: To fit $D$ we are averaging the squared distance covered at each time step in each trajectory.

Finally we plot as a function of time:

  1. the squared distance $|\vec{r}(t)|^2$ for all the simulated trajectories (light blue lines),
  2. the mean squared displacement $\langle |\vec{r}(t)|^2 \rangle$(the variance of the distance), (red line)
  3. the theoretical mean-squared-displacement (dashed black line)
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time = np.arange(r_squared.shape[0])*t

plot(time, r_squared, lw=1.5, alpha=0.1, color='b')
plot(time, r_squared.mean(1), 'r', lw=3, alpha=0.7)
plot(time, (2*N*D)*time, 'k', lw=4, ls='--', alpha=0.6);
ylabel('Squared distance')

We note that the simulated $\langle |\vec{r}(t)|^2 \rangle$ follows the theoretical trend $2\,D\,N\,t$.

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