TY - JOUR

T1 - An exponentially increasing semiclassical spectral form factor for a class of chaotic systems

AU - Aurich, R.

AU - Sieber, M.

PY - 1994

Y1 - 1994

N2 - The spectral form factor K( tau ) plays a crucial role in the understanding of the statistical properties of quantal energy spectra of strongly chaotic systems in terms of periodic orbits. It allows the semiclassical computation of those statistics that are bilinear in the spectral density d(E), like the spectral rigidity Delta 3(L) and the number variance Sigma 2(L). Since Berry's (1985, 1991) work on the semiclassical approximation of the spectral rigidity in terms of periodic orbits, it is generally assumed that the periodic-orbit expression for the spectral form factor universally obeys K( tau )=1 for tau >>1. We show that for a wide class of strongly chaotic systems, including billiards with Neumann boundary conditions and the motion on some Riemann surfaces, the asymptotic behaviour of the semiclassical spectral form factor K( tau ) depends very sensitively on the averaging employed. A Gaussian averaging is preferable from a theoretical as well as from a numerical point of view to, for example, a rectangular averaging. However, we show in this paper that the Gaussian averaging leads in some cases to an asymptotic behaviour like K( tau ) approximately ec tau. Where c>0 depends only on the energy E at which the statistic is considered.

AB - The spectral form factor K( tau ) plays a crucial role in the understanding of the statistical properties of quantal energy spectra of strongly chaotic systems in terms of periodic orbits. It allows the semiclassical computation of those statistics that are bilinear in the spectral density d(E), like the spectral rigidity Delta 3(L) and the number variance Sigma 2(L). Since Berry's (1985, 1991) work on the semiclassical approximation of the spectral rigidity in terms of periodic orbits, it is generally assumed that the periodic-orbit expression for the spectral form factor universally obeys K( tau )=1 for tau >>1. We show that for a wide class of strongly chaotic systems, including billiards with Neumann boundary conditions and the motion on some Riemann surfaces, the asymptotic behaviour of the semiclassical spectral form factor K( tau ) depends very sensitively on the averaging employed. A Gaussian averaging is preferable from a theoretical as well as from a numerical point of view to, for example, a rectangular averaging. However, we show in this paper that the Gaussian averaging leads in some cases to an asymptotic behaviour like K( tau ) approximately ec tau. Where c>0 depends only on the energy E at which the statistic is considered.

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U2 - 10.1088/0305-4470/27/6/021

DO - 10.1088/0305-4470/27/6/021

M3 - Article (Academic Journal)

AN - SCOPUS:21344497599

SN - 0305-4470

VL - 27

SP - 1967

EP - 1979

JO - Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General

JF - Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General

IS - 6

M1 - 021

ER -