Landauer conductance and twisted boundary conditions for Dirac fermions in two space dimensions

S. Ryu, C. Mudry, A. Furusaki, A. W.W. Ludwig

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We apply the generating function technique developed by Nazarov to the computation of the density of transmission eigenvalues for a two-dimensional free massless Dirac fermion, which, e.g., underlies theoretical descriptions of graphene. By modeling ideal leads attached to the sample as a conformal invariant boundary condition, we relate the generating function for the density of transmission eigenvalues to the twisted chiral partition functions of fermionic (c=1) and bosonic (c=-1) conformal field theories. We also discuss the scaling behavior of the ac Kubo conductivity and compare its different dc limits with results obtained from the Landauer conductance. Finally, we show that the disorder-averaged Einstein conductivity is an analytic function of the disorder strength, with vanishing first-order correction, for a tight-binding model on the honeycomb lattice with weak real-valued and nearest-neighbor random hopping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205344
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 30 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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