Non-perturbative response: Chaos versus disorder Academic Article uri icon


  • Quantized chaotic systems are generically characterized by two energy scales: the mean level spacing $\Delta$, and the bandwidth $\Delta_b\propto\hbar$. This implies that with respect to driving such systems have an adiabatic, a perturbative, and a non-perturbative regimes. A "strong" quantal non-perturbative response effect is found for {\em disordered} systems that are described by random matrix theory models. Is there a similar effect for quantized {\em chaotic} systems? Theoretical arguments cannot exclude the existence of a "weak" non-perturbative response effect, but our numerics demonstrate an unexpected degree of semiclassical correspondence. Comment: 8 pages, 2 figures, final version to be published in JPA

publication date

  • January 1, 2003