Disorder-induced zero-bias anomaly in the Anderson-Hubbard model: Numerical and analytical calculations

Hong Yi Chen*, R. Wortis, W. A. Atkinson

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Using a combination of numerical and analytical calculations, we study the disorder-induced zero bias anomaly (ZBA) in the density of states of strongly correlated systems modeled by the two-dimensional Anderson-Hubbard model. We find that the ZBA comes from the response of the nonlocal inelastic self-energy to the disorder potential, a result which has implications for theoretical approaches that retain only the local self-energy. Using an approximate analytic form for the self-energy, we derive an expression for the density of states of the two-site Anderson-Hubbard model. Our formalism reproduces the essential features of the ZBA, namely that the width is proportional to the hopping amplitude t and is independent of the interaction strength and disorder potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045113
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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