Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1305.6140 (Máté Vigh et al.)

Diverging dc conductivity due to a flat band in disordered pseudospin-1
Dirac-Weyl fermions

Máté Vigh, László Oroszlány, Szabolcs Vajna, Pablo San-Jose, Gyula Dávid, József Cserti, Balázs Dóra
Several lattices, such as the dice or the Lieb lattice, possess Dirac cones and a flat band crossing the Dirac point, whose effective model is the pseudospin-1 Dirac-Weyl equation. We investigate the fate of the flat band in the presence of disorder by focusing on the density of states (DOS) and dc conductivity. While the central hub-site does not reveal the presence of the flat band, the sublattice resolved DOS on the non-central sites exhibits a narrow peak with height ~ 1/\sqrt{g} with g the dimensionless disorder variance. Although the group velocity is zero on the flat band, the dc conductivity diverges as ln(1/g) with decreasing disorder due to interband transitions around the band touching point between the propagating and the flat band. Generalizations to higher pseudospin are given.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.6140

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