Continuous-time quantum walk on an extended star graph: Disorder-enhanced trapping process

Saad Yalouz, Vincent Pouthier

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Using a tight binding model, we investigate the dynamics of an exciton on a disordered extended star graph whose central site acts as an energy trap. When compared with what happens in an ordered network, our results reveal that the disorder drastically improves the excitonic absorption that becomes complete. Moreover, we show the occurrence of an optimal disorder for which the absorption time is strongly minimized, a surprising effect that originates in a disorder-induced restructuring process of the exciton eigenstates. Finally, we also show the existence of an optimal value of the absorption rate that reduces even more the absorption time. The resulting superoptimized trapping process is interpreted as a positive interplay between both the disorder and the so-called superradiance transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012310
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


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