Corentin Morice, Dmitry Chernyavsky, Jasper van Wezel, Jeroen van den Brink, Ali G. Moghaddam
SciPost Phys. Core 5, 042 (2022) ·
published 29 August 2022
We investigate the wave packet dynamics and eigenstate localization in recently proposed generalized lattice models whose low-energy dynamics mimic a quantum field theory in (1+1)D curved spacetime with the aim of creating systems analogous to black holes. We identify a critical slowdown of zero-energy wave packets in a family of 1D tight-binding models with power-law variation of the hopping parameter, indicating the presence of a horizon. Remarkably, wave packets with non-zero energies bounce back and reverse direction before reaching the horizon. We additionally observe a power-law localization of all eigenstates, each bordering a region of exponential suppression. These forbidden regions dictate the closest possible approach to the horizon of states with any given energy. These numerical findings are supported by a semiclassical description of the wave packet trajectories, which are shown to coincide with the geodesics expected for the effective metric emerging from the considered lattice models in the continuum limit.
Ali G. Moghaddam, Dmitry Chernyavsky, Corentin Morice, Jasper van Wezel, Jeroen van den Brink
SciPost Phys. 11, 109 (2021) ·
published 22 December 2021
We investigate the spectral properties of one-dimensional lattices with
position-dependent hopping amplitudes and on-site potentials that are smooth
bounded functions of the position. We find an exact integral form for the density
of states (DOS) in the limit of an infinite number of sites, which we derive
using a mixed Bloch-Wannier basis consisting of piecewise Wannier functions.
Next, we provide an exact solution for the inverse problem of constructing the
position-dependence of hopping in a lattice model yielding a given DOS. We
confirm analytic results by comparing them to numerics obtained by exact
diagonalization for various incarnations of position-dependent hoppings and
on-site potentials. Finally, we generalize the DOS integral form to
multi-orbital tight-binding models with longer-range hoppings and in higher
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