Flat band states: Disorder and nonlinearity

Daniel Leykam, Sergej Flach, Omri Bahat-Treidel, Anton S. Desyatnikov

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We study the critical behavior of Anderson localized modes near intersecting flat and dispersive bands in the quasi-one-dimensional diamond ladder with weak diagonal disorder W. The localization length ξ of the flat band states scales with disorder as ξ∼W-γ, with γ≈1.3, in contrast to the dispersive bands with γ=2. A small fraction of dispersive modes mixed with the flat band states is responsible for the unusual scaling. Anderson localization is therefore controlled by two different length scales. Nonlinearity can produce qualitatively different wave spreading regimes, from enhanced expansion to resonant tunneling and self-trapping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224203
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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