Multifractality and pre-thermalization in the quasi-periodically kicked Aubry-Andr\'e-Harper model

Wen Chen, Pedro D. Sacramento, Rubem Mondaini
Condensed Matter, Disordered Systems and Neural Networks, Disordered Systems and Neural Networks (cond-mat.dis-nn), Quantum Gases (cond-mat.quant-gas)
2023-11-06 16:00:00
In a class of periodically driven systems, multifractal states in non-equilibrium conditions and robustness of dynamical localization when the driving is made aperiodic have received considerable attention. In this paper, we explore a family of one-dimensional Aubry-Andr\'e-Harper models that are quasi-periodically kicked with protocols following different binary quasi-periodic sequences, which can be realized in ultracold atom systems. The relationship between the systems' localization properties and the sequences' mathematical features is established utilizing the Floquet theorem and the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff formula. We investigate the multifractality and pre-thermalization of the eigenstates of the unitary evolution operator combined with an analysis of the transport properties of initially localized wave packets. We further contend that the quasi-periodically kicked Aubry-Andr\'e-Harper model provides a rich phase diagram as the periodic case but also brings the range of parameters to observe multifractal states and pre-thermalization to a regime more amenable to experiments.
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