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Nonlinear topological edge states: From dynamic delocalization to thermalization

Many Manda, B and Chaunsali, R and Theocharis, G and Skokos, C (2022) Nonlinear topological edge states: From dynamic delocalization to thermalization. In: Physical Review B, 105 (10).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.105.104308


We consider a mechanical lattice inspired by the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model along with cubic Klein-Gordon-type nonlinearity. We investigate the long-time dynamics of the nonlinear edge states, which are obtained by nonlinear continuation of topological edge states of the linearized model. Linearly unstable edge states delocalize and lead to chaos and thermalization of the lattice. Linearly stable edge states also reach the same fate, but after a critical strength of perturbation is added to the initial edge state. We show that the thermalized lattice in all these cases shows an effective renormalization of the dispersion relation. Intriguingly, this renormalized dispersion relation displays a unique symmetry, i.e., its square is symmetric about a finite squared frequency, akin to the chiral symmetry of the linearized model. © 2022 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: Dispersions; Linearization; Topology, Critical strength; Delocalizations; Dispersion relations; Edge state; Klein-Gordon; Linearized models; Long-time dynamics; Mechanical; Su Schrieffer Heeger model; Thermalization, Quantum theory
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 11:13
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 11:13
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71787

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