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Asban, Ofek

PhD student
Asban, Ofek
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We investigate the effects of interactions and disorder in open quantum systems.

Past projects:
(1) Using a mean-field master equation approach we calculate the effects of disorder and interactions on the relaxation of interacting Two-level systems (dipolar spin-glass) near equilibrium. We found that interactions increase the relaxation rate contrary to the Electron-glass system.
(2) We derived an effective action that describes the effects of disordered Fermi liquid on the conductance of the Electron-glass system coupled to phonons. We found competing effects between the renormalization of the density of states which tends to increase the conductivity and the polaronic effect which decreases it. The total effect in a wide regime of parameters was a reduction in the conductivity as observed in experiments.

Current Project:
We investigate the effects of corrections beyond the static (Hartree) mean-field solution on the conductance of the electron glass system. Using $\Psi$ functional approach (a generalization of the Luttinger–Ward functional) we calculate systematically the self-energy corrections to the propagators of the model. The different contributions are (1) renormalization of the density of states, (2) renormalization of the polaronic effect, (3) Electron-hole interactions (ladder resummation), and (4) a non-perturbative coulomb blockade (similar to zero bias anomaly).
Contributions Num. 1 - Num. 3 seems to contribute to the increase of the conductivity while Num .4 decreases it. It is then left to estimate qualitatively if the overall effect increases or decreases the conductivity.

Secondary project:
Localization-Delocalization and Damped-Overdamped transitions of the Spin-boson model at finite temperature.


Researcher identification


  1. Asban, O. and Burin, A. and Shnirman, A. and Schechter, M., "Polaronic Effect Of A Metal Layer On Variable Range Hopping", Phys. Rev. B 103, 045129 (2021)
  2. Asban, Ofek And Amir, Ariel And Imry, Yoseph And Schechter, Moshe, "Effect Of Interactions And Disorder On The Relaxation Of Two-Level Systems In Amorphous Solids", Physical Review B 95, 144207 (2017)