WIAS Preprint No. 1547, (2010)

Symmetry breaking in quasi-1D Coulomb systems


  • Aizenman, Michael
  • Jansen, Sabine
  • Jung, Paul

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 82B05


  • Coulomb systems, jellium, translation symmetry breaking, quasi one dimensional systems, tight cocycles


Quasi one-dimensional systems are systems of particles in domains which are of infinite extent in one direction and of uniformly bounded size in all other directions, e.g. on a cylinder of infinite length. The main result proven here is that for such particle systems with Coulomb interactions and neutralizing background, the so-called ``jellium'', at any temperature and at any finite-strip width there is translation symmetry breaking. This extends the previous result on Laughlin states in thin, two-dimens The structural argument which is used here bypasses the question of whether the translation symmetry breaking is manifest already at the level of the one particle density function. It is akin to that employed by Aizenman and Martin (1980) for a similar statement concerning symmetry breaking at all temperatures in strictly one-dimensional Coulomb systems. The extension is enabled through bounds which establish tightness of finite-volume charge fluctuations.

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