Characterization of the electronic states in weakly disordered one-dimensional systems

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The problem of characterization of electronic states in disordered systems is readdressed. For this task, we present our ensemble-averaged calculations of both density of states and de-conductivity for linear chains containing up to 3500 sites and modeling the Anderson Hamiltonian with on-site energies randomly chosen from a box distribution of width W. The analysis of the spatial behaviour of eigenfunctions when increasing the disorder shows an increase of the curdling of the wavefunction amplitude, which reflects a stronger localization. The de-conductivity results show that, for low disorder W/V < 2, the states at the midband seem to have localization length λ at least as large as the system sizes considered here. For larger disorder, the system exhibits "almost an Anderson transition" between localized and quasi-extended states, which are localized with very large λ. Our de-conductivity results suggest a critical fractal dimension dc* = 0.70 ± 0.09 to discriminate between the exponentially and the power-law localized states. The relatively large error bar Δdc* may reflect the nature of a continuous transition between the two regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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