Wednesday, July 4, 2012

1207.0725 (Alain Comtet et al.)

Lyapunov exponents, one-dimensional Anderson localisation and products
of random matrices

Alain Comtet, Christophe Texier, Yves Tourigny
The concept of Lyapunov exponent has long occupied a central place in the theory of Anderson localisation; its interest in this particular context is that it provides a reasonable measure of the localisation length. The Lyapunov exponent also features prominently in the theory of products of random matrices pioneered by Furstenberg. After a brief historical survey, we describe some recent work that exploits the close connections between these topics. We review the known solvable cases of disordered quantum mechanics involving random point scatterers and discuss a new solvable case. Finally, we point out some limitations of the Lyapunov exponent as a means of studying localisation properties.
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