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Localization in quasiperiodic chains: A theory based on convergence of local propagators

Duthie, A and Roy, S and Logan, DE (2021) Localization in quasiperiodic chains: A theory based on convergence of local propagators. In: Physical Review B, 104 (6).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.104.064201


Quasiperiodic systems serve as fertile ground for studying localization, due to their propensity already in one dimension to exhibit rich phase diagrams with mobility edges. The deterministic and strongly correlated nature of the quasiperiodic potential nevertheless offers challenges distinct from disordered systems. Motivated by this, we present a theory of localization in quasiperiodic chains with nearest-neighbor hoppings, based on the convergence of local propagators; exploiting the fact that the imaginary part of the associated self-energy acts as a probabilistic order parameter for localization transitions and, importantly, admits a continued-fraction representation. Analyzing the convergence of these continued fractions, localization or its absence can be determined, yielding in turn the critical points and mobility edges. Interestingly, we find anomalous scalings of the order parameter with system size at the critical points, consistent with the fractal character of critical eigenstates. Self-consistent theories at high orders are also considered, shown to be conceptually connected to the theory based on continued fractions, and found in practice to converge to the same result. Results are exemplified by analyzing the theory for three quasiperiodic models covering a range of behavior. © 2021 American Physical Society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review B
Publisher: American Physical Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Authors
Keywords: Continued fraction; Disordered system; Fractal character; Nearest neighbors; Order parameter; Probabilistic order; Quasiperiodic potential; Quasiperiodic systems
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 11:18
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 11:18
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/69832

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