Volume 87, Number 1, July 2009
Article Number 10002
Number of page(s) 5
Section General
Published online 15 July 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 10002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/10002

Equivalence of transport coefficients in bath-induced and dynamical scenarios

R. Steinigeweg, M. Ogiewa and J. Gemmer

Fachbereich Physik, Universität Osnabrück - Barbarastrasse 7, D-49069 Osnabrück, Germany, EU

received 10 March 2009; accepted in final form 15 June 2009; published July 2009
published online 15 July 2009

We investigate the transport of a single excitation through a chain of weakly coupled subunits. At both ends the chain is exposed to baths which are incorporated by means of a master equation in Lindblad form. This master equation is solved by the use of stochastic unraveling in order to obtain excitation profile and current in the steady state. Completely diffusive transport is found for a range of model parameters, whereas signatures of ballistic behavior are observed outside this range. In the diffusive regime the conductivity is rather independent of the strength of the bath coupling and quantitatively agrees with the diffusion coefficient which has been derived from an investigation of the same model without baths. Also the ballistic behavior in the non-diffusive regime is in accord with results from this alternative approach.

05.60.Gg - Quantum transport.
05.30.-d - Quantum statistical mechanics.
05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.

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