Quantum response of weakly chaotic systems Academic Article uri icon


  • Chaotic systems, that have a small Lyapunov exponent, do not obey the common random matrix theory predictions within a wide "weak quantum chaos" regime. This leads to a novel prediction for the rate of heating for cold atoms in optical billiards with vibrating walls. The Hamiltonian matrix of the driven system does not look like one from a Gaussian ensemble, but rather it is very sparse. This sparsity can be characterized by parameters $s$ and $g$ that reflect the percentage of large elements, and their connectivity respectively. For $g$ we use a resistor network calculation that has direct relation to the semi-linear response characteristics of the system. Comment: 7 pages, 5 figures, expanded improved version

publication date

  • January 1, 2010

published in

  • epl  Journal