Field theory of the quantum kicked rotor

  • Altland A
  • Zirnbauer M
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The quantum kicked rotor is investigated by field theoretical methods. It is shown that the effective theory describing the long wavelength physics of the system is precisely the supersymmetric nonlinear σ model for quasi-one-dimensional metallic wires. This proves that the analogy between chaotic systems with dynamical localization and disordered metals can indeed be exact. The role of symmetries is discussed.

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