Particle-hole symmetric localization in two dimensions

Olexei Motrunich, Kedar Damle, David A. Huse

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We revisit two-dimensional particle-hole symmetric sublattice localization problem, focusing on the origin of the observed singularities in the density of states ρ(E) at the band center E = 0. The most general system of this kind [R. Gade, Nucl. Phys. B 398, 499 (1993)] exhibits critical behavior and has ρ(E) that diverges stronger than any integrable power law, while the special random vector potential model of Ludwig et al. [Phys. Rev. B 50, 7526 (1994)] has instead a power-law density of states with a continuously varying dynamical exponent. We show that the latter model undergoes a dynamical transition with increasing disorder-this transition is a counterpart of the static transition known to occur in this system; in the strong-disorder regime, we identify the low-energy states of this model with the local extrema of the defining two-dimensional Gaussian random surface. Furthermore, combining this "surface fluctuation" mechanism with a renormalization group treatment of a related vortex glass problem leads us to argue that the asymptotic low-E behavior of the density of states in the general case is ρ(E)∼E-1e-c1n E2/3, different from earlier prediction of Gade. We also study the localized phases of such particle-hole symmetric systems and identify a Griffiths "string" mechanism that generates singular power-law contributions to the low-energy density of states in this case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064206
Pages (from-to)642061-6420617
Number of pages5778557
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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