Delocalization of relativistic dirac particles in disordered one-dimensional systems and its implementation with cold atoms

Phys Rev Lett. 2009 May 29;102(21):210403. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.210403. Epub 2009 May 29.


We study theoretically the localization of relativistic particles in disordered one-dimensional chains. It is found that the relativistic particles tend to delocalization in comparison with the nonrelativistic particles with the same disorder strength. More intriguingly, we reveal that the massless Dirac particles are entirely delocalized for any energy due to the inherent chiral symmetry, leading to a well-known result that particles are always localized in one-dimensional systems for arbitrary weak disorders to break down. Furthermore, we propose a feasible scheme to detect the delocalization feature of the Dirac particles with cold atoms in a light-induced gauge field.