Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1303.4560 (Matteo Colangeli et al.)

Current in a quantum driven thermostatted system with off-diagonal

Matteo Colangeli, Marco Pizzi, Lamberto Rondoni
We analyze a one-dimensional quantum model with off-diagonal disorder, consisting of a sequence of potential energy barriers whose width is a random variable either uniformly or "half-normally" distributed, subjected to an external electric field. We shed light on how the microscopic disorder affects the value of the transmission coefficient, and on the structure of the fluctuations around the solutions corresponding to the regular lattice configuration. We also characterize the asymptotic limit obtained by letting the number of barriers diverge, while their total width is kept constant. Thus, we explain the novelty of our method with respect to the standard thermodynamic limit discussed in the literature, and also evidence the onset of a large deviations principle for the transmission coefficient.
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