Thermal conductivity in 1d: disorder-induced transition from anomalous to normal scaling

Citation:

Amir A, Oreg Y, Imry Y. Thermal conductivity in 1d: disorder-induced transition from anomalous to normal scaling. Europhysics Letters [Internet]. 2018;124 (1).

Abstract:

It is well known that the contribution of harmonic phonons to the thermal conductivity of 1D systems diverges with the harmonic chain length L (explicitly, increases with L as a power-law with a positive power). Furthermore, within various one-dimensional models containing disorder it was shown that this divergence persists, with the thermal conductivity scaling as √L under certain boundary conditions, where L is the length of the harmonic chain. Here we show that when the chain is weakly coupled to the heat reservoirs and there is strong disorder this scaling can be violated. We find a weaker power-law dependence on L, and show that for sufficiently strong disorder the thermal conductivity stops being anomalous -- despite both density-of-states and the diverging localization length scaling anomalously. Surprisingly, in this strong disorder regime two anomalously scaling quantities cancel each other to recover Fourier's law of heat transport.

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