Spectral dimensionality of random superconducting networks

A. R. Day, W. Xia, M. F. Thorpe

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We compute the spectral dimensionality d of random superconducting-normal networks by directly examining the low-frequency density of states at the percolation threshold. We find that d=4.1±0.2 and 5.8±0.3 in two and three dimensions, respectively, which confirms the scaling relation d=2d/(2-s/ν), where s is the superconducting exponent and ν the correlation-length exponent for percolation. We also consider the one-dimensional problem where scaling arguments predict, and our numerical simulations confirm, that d=0. A simple argument provides an expression for the density of states of the localized high-frequency modes in this special case. We comment on the connection between our calculations and the ''termite'' problem of a random walker on a random superconducting-normal network and point out difficulties in inferring d from simulations of the termite problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4930-4935
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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