Volume 124, Number 1, October 2018
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||30 October 2018|
Thermal conductivity in 1d: Disorder-induced transition from anomalous to normal scaling
1 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University - Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
2 Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot, 76100, Israel
Received: 7 October 2018
Accepted: 8 October 2018
It is well known that the contribution of harmonic phonons to the thermal conductivity of 1D systems diverges with the harmonic chain length L. Within various one-dimensional models containing disorder it was shown that the thermal conductivity scales as under certain boundary conditions. Here we show that when the chain is weakly coupled to the heat reservoirs and there is strong disorder this scaling can be violated. We find a weaker power-law dependence on L, and show that for sufficiently strong disorder the thermal conductivity ceases to be anomalous – it does not depend on L and hence obeys Fourier's law. This is despite both density of states and the diverging localization length scaling anomalously. Surprisingly, in this strong disorder regime two anomalously scaling quantities cancel each other to recover Fourier's law of heat transport.
PACS: 63.50.-x – Vibrational states in disordered systems / 63.20.Pw – Localized modes / 66.70.-f – Nonelectronic thermal conduction and heat-pulse propagation in solids; thermal waves
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