This article shows that for a large class of discrete periodic Schrödinger operators, most wavefunctions resemble Bloch states. More precisely, we prove quantum ergodicity for a family of periodic Schrödinger operators H on periodic graphs. This means that most eigenfunctions of H on large finite periodic graphs are equidistributed in some sense, hence delocalized. Our results cover the adjacency matrix on Zd , the triangular lattice, the honeycomb lattice, Cartesian products, and periodic Schrödinger operators on Zd . The theorem applies more generally to any periodic Schrödinger operator satisfying an assumption on the Floquet eigenvalues.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics