Fractional scaling for quantum kicked rotors without cantori

J. Wang*, T. S. Monteiro, S. Fishman, J. P. Keating, R. Schubert

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Previous studies of quantum delta-kicked rotors have found momentum probability distributions with a typical width (localization length L) characterized by fractional scaling; i.e., L∼ 2/3 in regimes and phase-space regions close to "golden-ratio" cantori. In contrast, in typical chaotic regimes, the scaling is integer, L∼-1. Here we consider a generic variant of the kicked rotor, the random-pair-kicked particle, obtained by randomizing the phases every second kick; it has no Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser mixed-phase-space structures, such as golden-ratio cantori, at all. Our unexpected finding is that, over comparable phase-space regions, it also has fractional scaling, but L∼ -2/3. A semiclassical analysis indicates that the 2/3 scaling here is of quantum origin and is not a signature of classical cantori.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234101
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2007

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