Equilibration of a spinless Luttinger liquid

K. A. Matveev, A. V. Andreev

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We study how a Luttinger liquid of spinless particles in one dimension approaches thermal equilibrium. Full equilibration requires processes of backscattering of excitations, which occur at energies of the order of the bandwidth. Such processes are not accounted for by the Luttinger-liquid theory. We treat the high-energy excitations as mobile impurities and derive an expression for the equilibration rate in terms of their spectrum. Our results apply at any interaction strength.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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