Relativistic quantum chaos - An emergent interdisciplinary field

Ying Cheng Lai, Hong Ya Xu, Liang Huang, Celso Grebogi

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Quantum chaos is referred to as the study of quantum manifestations or fingerprints of classical chaos. A vast majority of the studies were for nonrelativistic quantum systems described by the Schrödinger equation. Recent years have witnessed a rapid development of Dirac materials such as graphene and topological insulators, which are described by the Dirac equation in relativistic quantum mechanics. A new field has thus emerged: relativistic quantum chaos. This Tutorial aims to introduce this field to the scientific community. Topics covered include scarring, chaotic scattering and transport, chaos regularized resonant tunneling, superpersistent currents, and energy level statistics - all in the relativistic quantum regime. As Dirac materials have the potential to revolutionize solid-state electronic and spintronic devices, a good understanding of the interplay between chaos and relativistic quantum mechanics may lead to novel design principles and methodologies to enhance device performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052101
Number of pages22
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

Bibliographical note

We would like to acknowledge support from the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship program sponsored by the Basic Research Office of the Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Research and Engineering and funded by the Office of Naval Research through Grant No. N00014-16-1-2828. L.H. was supported by the NSF of China under Grant No. 11422541.


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