Statistics of wave functions in disordered systems with applications to Coulomb blockade peak spacing

Journal Article

Despite considerable work on the energy-level and wave function statistics of disordered quantum systems, numerical studies of those statistics relevant for electron-electron interactions in mesoscopic systems have been lacking. We plug this gap by using a tight-binding model to study a wide variety of statistics for the two-dimensional, disordered quantum system in the diffusive regime. Our results are in good agreement with random matrix theory (or its extensions) for simple statistics such as the probability distribution of energy levels or spatial correlation of a wave function. However, we see substantial disagreement in several statistics which involve both integrating over space and different energy levels, indicating that disordered systems are more complex than previously thought. These are exactly the quantities relevant to electron-electron interaction effects in quantum dots; in fact, we apply these results to the Coulomb blockade, where we find altered spacings between conductance peaks and wider spin distributions than traditionally expected. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller, M; Ullmo, D; Baranger, HU

Published Date

  • July 15, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 4

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.045305

Citation Source

  • Scopus