Local Spectral Weight of a Luttinger Liquid: Effects from Edges and Impurities
Preprint, 2006

We calculate the finite-temperature local spectral weight (LSW) of a Luttinger liquid with an "open" (hard wall) boundary. Close to the boundary the LSW exhibits characteristic oscillations indicative of spin-charge separation. The line shape of the LSW is also found to have a Fano-like asymmetry, a feature originating from the interplay between electron-electron interaction and scattering off the boundary. Our results can be used to predict how edges and impurities influence scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of one-dimensional electron systems at low temperatures and voltage bias. Applications to STM on single-walled carbon nanotubes are discussed.


Paata Kakashvili

Chalmers, Teknisk fysik

Henrik Johannesson

Sebastian Eggert

Chalmers, Teknisk fysik


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