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One-parameter scaling: some open questions

Kumar, N (1994) One-parameter scaling: some open questions. In: Ordering Disorder: Prospect and Retrospect in Condensed Matter Physics. Indo-U.S. Workshop, 29 Dec. 1992-5 Jan. 1993, Hyderabad, India, pp. 3-11.

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Abstract

After a re-statement of the one-parameter scaling ansatz in the strong (global) sense, the main predictions of and the experimental/numerical support for it are briefly reviewed. A mathematical condition implied by this ansatz for the simplest model with a white-noise Gaussian potential characterized by the disorder parameter $k_F\int_e$ and the sample size $L\int\int_e$ is pointed out. It is shown that in the 1D case the one-parameter scaling in terms of distribution of non-selfaveraging resistance holds only in the limit of weak disorder and long sample length. The critical role of coherent-backscattering is discussed and it is suggested that its suppression by a strong magnetic field may not eliminate the mobility-edge, but may alter the nature of the transition qualitatively. The possible role of resonances interpolating between the strong and the weak localization regimes is pointed out. It is argued that in a magnetic field the non-perturbative physics at the mobility edge is similar to that at the ionization threshold of a hydrogenic potential problem and may reveal the fine-structure of the mobility edge

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Keywords: localised electron states;particle backscattering;reviews; white noise
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 05:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/11065

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