Semiclassical analysis of spectral correlations in mesoscopic systems

Nathan Argaman, Yoseph Imry, Uzy Smilansky

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We consider the recently developed semiclassical analysis of the quantum-mechanical spectral form factor, which may be expressed in terms of classically definable properties. When applied to electrons whose classical behavior is diffusive, the results of earlier quantum-mechanical perturbative derivations, which were developed under a different set of assumptions, are reproduced. The comparison between the two derivations shows that the result depends not on their specific details, but to a large extent on the principle of quantum coherent superposition, and on the generality of the notion of diffusion. The connection with classical properties facilitates application to many physical situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4440-4457
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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