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Energy Current Rectification and Mobility Edges


Clark,  S. R.
Quantum Condensed Matter Dynamics, Condensed Matter Dynamics Department, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Max Planck Society;
H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol;
Department of Physics, University of Bath;
University of Hamburg CFEL;

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Balachandran, V., Clark, S. R., Goold, J., & Poletti, D. (2019). Energy Current Rectification and Mobility Edges. Physical Review Letters, 123(2): 020603. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.020603.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-68E7-3
We investigate how the presence of a single-particle mobility edge in a system can generate strong energy current rectification. Specifically, we study a quadratic bosonic chain subject to a quasiperiodic potential and coupled at its boundaries to spin baths of differing temperature. We find that rectification increases by orders of magnitude depending on the spatial position in the chain of localized eigenstates above the mobility edge. The largest enhancements occur when the coupling of one bath to the system is dominated by a localized eigenstate, while the other bath couples to numerous delocalized eigenstates. By tuning the parameters of the quasiperiodic potential it is thus possible to vary the amplitude, and even invert the direction, of the rectification.