Quantum response of weakly chaotic systems
Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University - Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
2 Code 6362, Naval Research Lab - Washington, DC 20375, USA
Accepted: 12 October 2010
Chaotic systems, that have a small Lyapunov exponent, do not obey the common random matrix theory predictions within a wide “weak quantum chaos” regime. This leads to a novel prediction for the rate of heating for cold atoms in optical billiards with vibrating walls. The Hamiltonian matrix of the driven system does not look like one from a Gaussian ensemble, but rather it is very sparse. This sparsity can be characterized by parameters s and gs that reflect the percentage of large elements, and their connectivity, respectively. For gs we use a resistor network calculation that has direct relation to the semilinear response characteristics of the system.
PACS: 03.65.-w – Quantum mechanics / 05.45.Mt – Quantum chaos; semiclassical methods
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