Emergence of quasiperiodic Bloch wave functions in quasicrystals

Omri Lesser, Ron Lifshitz

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Abstract

We study the emergence of quasiperiodic Bloch wave functions in quasicrystals, employing the one-dimensional Fibonacci model as a test case. We find that despite the fact that Bloch functions are not eigenfunctions themselves, superpositions of relatively small numbers of nearly degenerate eigenfunctions give rise to extended quasiperiodic Bloch functions. These functions possess the structure of earlier ancestors of the underlying Fibonacci potential, and it is often possible to obtain different ancestors as different superpositions around the same energy. There exists an effective crystal momentum that characterizes these ancestors, which is determined by the mean energy of the superimposed eigenfunctions, giving rise to an effective dispersion curve. We also find that quasiperiodic Bloch functions do emerge as eigenfunctions when weak disorder is introduced into the otherwise perfect quasiperiodic potential. These theoretical results may explain a number of experimental observations, and may have practical consequences on emerging theories of band topology and correlated electrons in quasicrystals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013226
JournalPhysical Review Research
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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