Can disorder induce a finite thermal conductivity in 1D lattices?

Baowen Li*, Hong Zhao, Bambi Hu

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We study heat conduction in one-dimensional mass-disordered harmonic and anharmonic lattices. It is found that the thermal conductivity κ of the disordered anharmonic lattice is finite at low temperature, whereas it diverges as κ∼N0.43 at high temperature. Moreover, we demonstrate that a unique nonequilibrium stationary state in the disordered harmonic lattice does not exist at all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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