## Abstract

In this paper we carry out quantum Monte Carlo simulations of a quantum particle in a one-dimensional random potential (plus a fixed harmonic potential) at a finite temperature. This is the simplest model of an interface in a disordered medium and may also pertain to an electron in a dirty metal. We compare with previous analytical results, and also derive an expression for the sample-to-sample fluctuations of the mean square displacement from the origin which is a measure of the glassiness of the system. This quantity as well as the mean square displacement of the particle are measured in the simulation. The similarity to the quantum spin glass in a transverse field is noted. The effect of quantum fluctuations on the glassy behaviour is discussed.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1803-1816 |

Number of pages | 14 |

Journal | Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General |

Volume | 30 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 21 Mar 1997 |