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Post-edited Peierls substitution for magnetic Bloch bands

Auteurs : Teufel, Stefan (Auteur de la Conférence)
CIRM (Editeur )

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Résumé : We consider the one-particle Schrödinger operator in two dimensions with a periodic potential and a strong constant magnetic field perturbed by slowly varying non-periodic scalar and vector potentials, $\phi(\varepsilon x)$ and $A(\varepsilon x)$ , for $\epsilon\ll 1$ . For each isolated family of magnetic Bloch bands we derive an effective Hamiltonian that is unitarily equivalent to the restriction of the Schrödinger operator to a corresponding almost invariant subspace. At leading order, our effective Hamiltonian can be interpreted as the Peierls substitution Hamiltonian widely used in physics for non-magnetic Bloch bands. However, while for non-magnetic Bloch bands the corresponding result is well understood, both on a heuristic and on a rigorous level, for magnetic Bloch bands it is not clear how to even define a Peierls substitution Hamiltonian beyond a formal expression. The source of the difficulty is a topological obstruction: In contrast to the non-magnetic case, magnetic Bloch bundles are generically not trivializable. As a consequence, Peierls substitution Hamiltonians for magnetic Bloch bands turn out to be pseudodifferential operators acting on sections of non-trivial vector bundles over a two-torus, the reduced Brillouin zone. As an application of our results we construct a family of canonical one-band Hamiltonians $H_{\theta=0}$ for magnetic Bloch bands with Chern number $\theta\in\mathbb{Z}$ that generalizes the Hofstadter model $H_{\theta=0}$ for a single non-magnetic Bloch band. It turns out that the spectrum of $H_\theta$ is independent of $\theta$ and thus agrees with the Hofstadter spectrum depicted in his famous (black and white) butterfly. However, the resulting Chern numbers of subbands, corresponding to Hall conductivities, depend on $\theta$ , and thus the models lead to different colored butterflies.
This is joint work with Silvia Freund.

Codes MSC :
81Q20 - Semiclassical techniques including WKB and Maslov methods
81V10 - "Electromagnetic interaction; quantum electrodynamics"
82D20 - Solids

    Informations sur la Vidéo

    Réalisateur : Hennenfent, Guillaume
    Langue : Anglais
    Date de publication : 30/06/14
    Date de captation : 10/06/14
    Collection : Research talks
    Format : QuickTime (.mov) Durée : 00:55:03
    Domaine : Mathematical Physics
    Audience : Chercheurs ; Doctorants , Post - Doctorants
    Download : http://videos.cirm-math.fr/2014-06-10_Teufel.mp4

Informations sur la rencontre

Nom du congrès : Spectral days / Journées méthodes spectrales
Organisteurs Congrès : Barbaroux, Jean-Marie ; Germinet, François ; Joye, Alain ; Warzel, Simone
Dates : 09/06/14 - 13/06/14
Année de la rencontre : 2014
URL Congrès : http://barbarou.univ-tln.fr/spectraldays/sd.html

Citation Data

DOI : 10.24350/CIRM.V.18502703
Cite this video as: Teufel, Stefan (2014). Peierls substitution for magnetic Bloch bands. CIRM. Audiovisual resource. doi:10.24350/CIRM.V.18502703
URI : http://dx.doi.org/10.24350/CIRM.V.18502703

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