Diffractive energy spreading and its semiclassical limit Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider driven systems where the driving induces jumps in energy space: (1) particles pulsed by a step potential; (2) particles in a box with a moving wall; (3) particles in a ring driven by an electro-motive-force. In all these cases the route towards quantum-classical correspondence is highly non-trivial. Some insight is gained by observing that the dynamics in energy space, where $n$ is the level index, is essentially the same as that of Bloch electrons in a tight binding model, where $n$ is the site index. The mean level spacing is like a constant electric field and the driving induces long range hopping 1/(n-m). Comment: 19 pages, 11 figs, published version with some improved figures

publication date

  • January 1, 2006