This paper gives a review of our recent work on the quantum Frenkel-Kontorova model. Using the squeezed state theory and the quantum Monte Carlo method, we have studied the effects of quantum fluctuations on the Aubry transition and the behavior of the ground state wave function. We found that quantum fluctuations renormalize the sinusoidal standard map to a sawtooth map. Although quantum fluctuations have smeared the Aubry transition, the remnants of this transition are still discernible. The ground state wave function also changes from an extended state to a localized state. The squeezed state results agree very well with those from the Monte Carlo and mean field studies.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2000|
Scopus Subject Areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics