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Sharp fractional charges in Luttinger liquids
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
2009 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 80, no 11, 115327- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine charge fractionalization by chiral separation in a one-dimensional fermion system described by Luttinger liquid theory. The focus is on the question of whether the fractional charges are quantum-mechanically sharp, and in the analysis we make a distinction between the global charge, which is restricted by boundary conditions, and the local charge where a background contribution is subtracted. We show, by way of examples, that fractional charges of arbitrary values, all which are quantum-mechanically sharp, can be introduced by different initial conditions. Since the system is gapless, excitations of arbitrary low frequency contribute to the fluctuations, it is important to make a precise definition of sharp charges, and this we we do by subtraction of the ground-state contribution. We very briefly comment on the relevance of our analysis for proposed experiments.

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2009. Vol. 80, no 11, 115327- p.
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fermi gas, quantum, statistics, solitons, model, excitations, field
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59667DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.115327ISI: 000270383200102OAI: diva2:432135
authorCount :3Available from: 2011-08-01 Created: 2011-07-05 Last updated: 2012-01-15Bibliographically approved

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