Anomalous diffusion in disordered media and random quantum spin chains

Ferenc Iglói, Heiko Rieger

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Using exact expressions for the persistence probability and for the leading eigenvalue of the Fokker-Planck operator of a random walk in a random environment, we establish a fundamental relation between the statistical properties of anomalous diffusion and the critical and off-critical behavior of random quantum spin chains. Many exact results are obtained from this correspondence, including the space and time correlations of surviving random walks and the distribution of the gaps of the corresponding Fokker-Planck operator. In turn we derive analytically the dynamical exponent of the random transverse-field Ising spin chain in the Griffiths-McCoy region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4238-4241
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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