Covering graphs, magnetic spectral gaps and applications to polymers and nanoribbons Articles uri icon

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  • September 2019

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  • 1

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  • 21


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  • In this article, we analyze the spectrum of discrete magnetic Laplacians (DML) on an infinite covering graph G˜→G=G˜/Gamma with (Abelian) lattice group Gamma and periodic magnetic potential beta˜ . We give sufficient conditions for the existence of spectral gaps in the spectrum of the DML and study how these depend on beta˜ . The magnetic potential can be interpreted as a control parameter for the spectral bands and gaps. We apply these results to describe the spectral band/gap structure of polymers (polyacetylene) and nanoribbons in the presence of a constant magnetic field.


  • covering graphs; discrete magnetic laplacian; magnetic field; nanoribbons; polymers; spectral gaps