02-523 Jochen Bruening, Pavel Exner, Vladimir A. Geyler
Large gaps in point-coupled periodic systems of manifolds (64K, LaTeX) Dec 18, 02
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Abstract. We study a free quantum motion on periodically structured manifolds composed of elementary two-dimensional "cells" connected either by linear segments or through points where the two cells touch. The general theory is illustrated with numerous examples in which the elementary components are spherical surfaces arranged into chains in a straight or zigzag way, or two-dimensional square-lattice "carpets". We show that the spectra of such systems have an infinite number of gaps and that the latter dominate the spectrum at high energies.

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