Transport anisotropy and percolation in the two-dimensional random-hopping model

Kalyan Kundu, Paul E. Parris, Philip Phillips

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We consider hopping transport on an anisotropic two-dimensional square lattice. The displacements parallel to one axis are governed by uniform, nearest-neighbor hopping rates c, while the displacements parallel to the other axis are governed by static but spatially fluctuating rates wn. Adapting a new class of generating functions recently introduced for the random-trapping problem, we are able to obtain expressions for the mean-square displacement in the fluctuating direction through an exact decoupling of the effects due to displacements in the uniform direction. The resulting expressions for the low-frequency diffusion coefficient D() are exact in the limits c0 [D(0)=1/w-1] and c [D(0)=w]. Moreover, when the condition of long-time isotropy is imposed we obtain expressions which are, to lowest order in the fluctuations, identical to results obtained in the effective-medium approximation for the square lattice with fluctuating rates in both directions. The present method offers the possibility of systematic improvements to the effective-medium results for the dc conductivity and frequency corrections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3468-3477
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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