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Energy Current Rectification and Mobility Edges

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Original languageEnglish
Article number020603
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
DateSubmitted - 27 Sep 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2019
DatePublished (current) - 10 Jul 2019


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.

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  • cond-mat.stat-mech, cond-mat.dis-nn, cond-mat.quant-gas

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