Quantum pumping: How much charge is pushed by translating a scatterer? Academic Article uri icon


  • The amount of charge which is pushed by a moving scatterer is $ dQ=-G dX $, where $ dX $ is the displacement of the scatterer. The question is what is $ G $. Does it depend on the transmission $ g_0 $ of the scatterer? Does the answer depend on whether the system is open (with leads attached to reservoirs) or closed? In the latter case: what are the implications of having``quantum chaos" and/or coupling to to the environment? The answers to these questions illuminate some fundamental aspects of the theory of quantum pumping. For the analysis we take a network (graph) as a model system, and use the Kubo formula approach.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004