Infinite family of universal profiles for heat current statistics in Fourier's law
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P. L. Garrido, P. I. Hurtado, N. Tizón-Escamilla, Infinite family of universal profiles for heat current statistics in Fourier's law, Phys. Rev. E 99, 022134
SponsorshipWe acknowledge financial support from the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad project FIS2017-84256-P and Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte fellowship with reference FPU13/05633.
Using tools from large deviation theory, we study fluctuations of the heat current in a model of d-dimensional incompressible fluid driven out of equilibrium by a temperature gradient. We find that the most probable temperature fields sustaining atypical values of the global current can be naturally classified in an infinite set of curves, allowing us to exhaustively analyze their topological properties and to define universal profiles onto which all optimal fields collapse. We also compute the statistics of empirical heat current, where we find remarkable logarithmic tails for large current fluctuations orthogonal to the thermal gradient. Finally, we determine explicitly a number of cumulants of the current distribution, finding interesting relations between them.