Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1212.1951 (Hui Khoon Ng et al.)

One-dimensional transport revisited: A simple and exact solution for
phase disorder

Hui Khoon Ng, Berthold-Georg Englert
Disordered systems have grown in importance in the past decades, with similar phenomena manifesting themselves in many different physical systems. Because of the difficulty of the topic, theoretical progress has mostly emerged from numerical studies or analytical approximations. Here, we provide an exact, analytical solution to the problem of uniform phase disorder in a system of identical scatterers arranged with varying separations along a line. Relying on a relationship with Legendre functions, we demonstrate a simple approach to computing statistics of the transmission probability (or the conductance, in the language of electronic transport), and its reciprocal (or the resistance). Our formalism also gives the probability distribution of the conductance, which reveals features missing from previous approaches to the problem.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.1951

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