A WAVE CHAOTIC STUDY OF QUANTUM GRAPHS WITH MICROWAVE NETWORKS
Anlage, Steven M.
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Quantum graphs provide a setting to test the hypothesis that all ray-chaotic systems show universal wave chaotic properties. I study the quantum graphs with a wave chaotic approach. Here, an experimental setup consisting of a microwave coaxial cable network is used to simulate quantum graphs. Some basic features and the distributions of impedance statistics are analyzed from experimental data on an ensemble of tetrahedral networks. The random coupling model (RCM) is applied in an attempt to uncover the universal statistical properties of the system. Deviations from RCM predictions have been observed in that the statistics of diagonal and off-diagonal impedance elements are different. Waves trapped due to multiple reflections on bonds between nodes in the graph most likely cause the deviations from universal behavior in the finite-size realization of a quantum graph. In addition, I have done some investigations on the Random Coupling Model, which are useful for further research.