Phase transitions in full counting statistics for periodic pumping
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800, USA
Accepted: 25 October 2010
We discuss the problem of full counting statistics for periodic pumping. The probability generating function is usually defined on a circle of the “physical” values of the counting parameter, with its periodicity corresponding to charge quantization. The extensive part of the generating function can either be an analytic function on this circle or have singularities. These two cases may be interpreted as different thermodynamic phases in time domain. We discuss several examples of phase transitions between these phases for classical and quantum systems. Finally, we prove a criterion for the “analytic” phase in the problem of a quantum pump for non-interacting fermions.
PACS: 72.70.+m – Noise processes and phenomena / 05.60.-k – Transport processes / 73.23.-b – Electronic transport in mesoscopic systems
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