Geometry, statistics, and asymptotics of quantum pumps

J. E. Avron, A. Elgart, G. M. Graf, L. Sadun, L. Sadun

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We give a pedestrian derivation of a formula of Büttiker, Pretre, and Thomas [Z. Phys. B 94, 133 (1994)] (BPT) relating the adiabatically pumped current to the S-matrix and its (time) derivatives. We relate the charge in BPT to Berry's phase and the corresponding Brouwer pumping formula to curvature. As applications we derive explicit formulas for the joint probability density of pumping and conductance when the S-matrix is uniformly distributed; and derive a formula that describes hard pumping when the S-matrix is periodic in the driving parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberR10618
Pages (from-to)R10618-R10621
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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