Jun 2 – 4, 2021
Institut de Physique Théorique
Europe/Paris timezone

Many-body delocalisation as symmetry breaking

Jun 2, 2021, 2:40 PM


J. Chalker


I will give an overview of recent work on minimal models for quantum chaos and many-body localisation. The models are Floquet quantum circuits for lattice spin systems, in which time evolution is generated by unitary gates that couple neighbouring sites. In particular, I will discuss the circumstances in which a version of the so-called diagonal approximation (originally developed for the semiclassical limit in low-dimensional chaotic systems) can be applied to these systems. Within this framework I will show that the many-body delocalisation transition can be seen as a form of symmetry breaking transition, having many of the features generally associated with conventional phase transitions in classical statistical mechanical models. Joint work with Sam Garratt: arXiv:2008.01697 and arXiv:2012.11580

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