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Quantum entanglement of pure states has led to new insights into a wide variety of topics. Entanglement of mixed states is however less well understood. In this talk I will focus on a few themes where mixed-state entanglement leads to new insights that are difficult to obtain otherwise. I will mainly focus on two topics: (i) Characterizing finite-temperature topological order [1] and classicality/quantum-ness of phase transitions [2] (ii) Detecting presence of quasiparticles and quantum chaos [3].

Work done in collaboration with Tsung-Cheng Lu, Tim Hsieh, Kai-Hsin Wu, Chia-Min Chung and Ying-Jer Kao.

[1] Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 116801 (2020).
[2] Phys. Rev. Research 2, 043345 (2020), Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 140603 (2020), Phys. Rev. B 99, 075157 (2019).
[3] Phys. Rev. B 102, 235110 (2020).

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June 22, 2021
5.00 PM Rome
Virtual Seminar
Tarun Grover
Mixed-state entanglement as a probe of topological order, quantum phase transitions and quasiparticles
Over the last few years it was realised that it is possible to understand string theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence by borrowing ideas techniques from the theory of integrable models. This lead to remarkable advances in AdS/CFT as well as in the study of integrable S matrices and form factors. In this talk I plan to give a pedagogical introduction to these advances. The talk does not require any advanced knowledge of string theory or of integrability; questions and discussions are highly encouraged.
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Jun 8, 2021, 2021
11:00 AM Rome
Virtual Seminar
Alessandro Sfondrini
New integrable models to understand string theory
Defining the chaotic properties of quantum systems is a notoriously difficult problem, because of the fundamental fact that in quantum mechanics trajectories are not well-defined. A historically very productive direction has been the investigation of spectral properties of quantum Hamiltonian in a statistical way: it emerges that chaos is associated with strong repulsion between energy levels. When one tries to apply this recipe to many-body systems, it is clear that a hierarchy of energy/time scales can emerge due to the interplay of farther components of the system which are less and less correlated. Recently, the use of quantum circuits composed by random gates has allowed explicit calculations clarifying to what extent chaos emerges for spatially extended systems. In this talk, I will review some recent advances in the field with an emphasis on the strong success of a peculiar symmetry which exchanges space and time. Thanks to this formulation, we have been able to connect spectral properties to a spectrum of Lyapunov exponents, which emerge from the infinite product of random operators in the space direction.
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May 18, 2021
11:00 AM
Virtual Seminar
Andrea De Luca
Spectral statistics in the thermodynamic limit of extended many-body quantum systems
We introduce a Metropolis-Hastings Markov chain for Boltzmann distributions of classical spin systems. It relies on approximate tensor network contractions to propose correlated collective updates at each step of the evolution. We present benchmarks for a wide variety of instances of the two-dimensional Ising model, including ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, (fully) frustrated and Edwards-Anderson spin glass cases, and we show that, with modest computational effort, our Markov chain achieves sizeable acceptance rates, even in the vicinity of critical points. In each of the situations we have considered, the Markov chain compares well with other Monte Carlo schemes such as the Metropolis or Wolff algorithm: equilibration times appear to be reduced by a factor that varies between 40 and 2000, depending on the model and the observable being monitored. We also present an extension to three spatial dimensions, and demonstrate that it exhibits fast equilibration for finite ferro and antiferromagnetic instances. Additionally, and although it is originally designed for a square lattice of finite degrees of freedom with open boundary conditions, the proposed scheme can be used as such, or with slight modifications, to study triangular lattices, systems with continuous degrees of freedom, matrix models, a confined gas of hard spheres, or to deal with arbitrary boundary conditions. Joint work with Miguel Frías-Pérez, Michael Mariën, David Pérez García, and Mari Carmen Bañuls (arXiv:2104.13264).
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
11.00 AM
Virtual Seminar
Sofyan Iblisdir
Collective Monte Carlo updates through tensor network renormalization
High-dimensional random functionals emerge ubiquitously when modeling the energy landscapes of complex systems, and are typically glassy: exploring them with stochastic dynamics is highly non-trivial due to the abundance of metastable minima that trap the system for very large times. The resulting slow dynamics is dominated by activated processes, in which the system jumps between local minima passing through the saddles (or transition states) connecting them. These jumps can be thought of as instantons of an associated dynamical theory. In simple cases (such as in double-well potentials in 1d), instantons can be constructed using the information on the two energy minima and the barrier between them. In high-dimension, the proliferation of minima renders the problem much more complicated: which other minima does the system reach once it escapes from a particular metastable state? Which are the saddles involved in the associated transition path? In this talk I will focus on random Gaussian functionals in high-dimension, for which these questions can be addressed statistically. I will discuss how to use random matrix theory to gain information on the distribution and reciprocal arrangement of the local minima and saddles, and how to exploit this information to build simple dynamical instantons describing activated jumps between nearby minima in configuration space.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
11.00 AM Rome
Virtual Seminar
Valentina Ros
Dynamics in random glassy landscapes: towards high-dimensional instantons
I will discuss exactly-solvable models of dynamics for some classes of isolated and dissipative Floquet-driven quantum systems.
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Apr 27th, 2021
11:00 AM Rome
Virtual Seminar
Vladimir Gritsev
Integrable Floquet dynamics of many-body quantum systems
Recently, the study of chaos in quantum systems has been revitalized due to what is now known as the bound to chaos. This result limits the rate of growth of chaos at low temperatures due to quantum effects.

In this talk, I will present ongoing work with Jorge Kurchan concerning the bound in the context of classical and quantum free dynamics on curved manifolds. Thanks to the curvature, such models display chaotic dynamics up to low temperatures, due to the absence of any localizing potentia
Remarkably, this chaotic behaviour is limited by the quantum effects of the curvature itself. The talk aims to discuss the different ways in which such quantum effects arise. As an illustrative example, I will consider the simple case of a free particle on a two-dimensional manifold, constructed by joining the surface of constant negative curvature — a paradigmatic model of quantum chaos — to a cylinder.
The resulting phenomenology can be generalized to the case of several (constant) curvatures. The presence of a hierarchy of length scales enforces the bound to chaos up to zero temperature. Our goal is to extend this study to macroscopic models, that may be studied as free propagation on a rugged manifold in n-dimensions.

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Apr 20th, 2021
11:00 AM Rome
Virtual Seminar
Silvia Pappalardi
Low temperature chaos and the quantum effects of curvature
In this talk I will review the main results and ideas of two recent papers [arXiv:2005.11266, arXiv:2103.03735]. In these papers we studied an integrable quantum field theory (IQFT) using the generalized hydrodynamics approach for different initial state configurations (equilibrium, partitioning protocol, gaussian temperature profile). The model we considered has two special features: it allows for the formation of an unstable particle from the scattering of two stables ones, and its scattering matrix breaks parity invariance. By studying typical hydrodynamic quantities such as the effective velocities of stable particles and their densities, we have found that they exhibit unique features that may be interpreted as universal signatures of the formation and decay of unstable particles. These signatures allow us to “visualize” the dynamics of unstable particles in IQFT hence, to give an interesting physical/phenomenological interpretation that is absent when they are merely associated with poles of the scattering matrix.
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Apr 13, 2021, 2021
11:00 AM
Virtual Seminar
Olalla Castro-Alvaredo
Unstable Particles and their Signatures from Generalized Hydrodynamics
Many-body localization is a fascinating theoretical concept describing the intricate interplay of quantum interference, i.e., localization, with many-body interaction-induced dephasing. While numerous computational tests and also several experiments have been put forward to reveal the basic concepts, the overall understanding of the phenomenon is still limit; an important contributing factor is the lack of a microscopic analytical theory.

In this talk we will survey the status and recent progress in numerical simulations of the charge dynamics in the ergodic and non-ergodic regimes of disorder. A particular emphasis will be on the long-time asymptotics of temporal phenomena in wires of a finite length: they reveal a plethora of phenomena, such as hypersensitivity to the finite system size and manifestatitions of multifractality in return probabilities and dephasing times.

The talk is based on the publications:
S. Nandy, FE, and S. Bera, Dephasing in strongly disordered interacting quantum wires, Phys. Rev. B 103, 085105 (2021).

F. Weiner, FE, and S. Bera, Slow dynamics and strongfinite-size effects in many-body localization with random andquasiperiodic potentials, Phys.Rev.B 100, 104204 (2019).

S. Bera, G. De Tomasi, F. Weiner, and FE, DensityPropagator for Many-Body Localization: Finite-Size Effects,Transient Subdiffusion, and Exponential Decay, Phys. Rev.Lett. 118, 196801 (2017).

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Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Ferdinand Evers
Dynamics and dephasing in strongly disordered interacting quantum wires
The ε expansion was invented almost 50 years ago and has been used extensively ever since to study aspects of renormalization group flows and critical phenomena. Its most famous applications are found in theories involving scalar fields in 4−ε dimensions. In this talk, we will discuss the structure of the ε expansion in scalar field theories and the fixed points that can be obtained within it. Our motivation is based on the goal of classifying conformal field theories in d=3 dimensions. We will describe recently discovered universal constraints obtained within the framework of the ε expansion, focusing mostly on the 4−ε case although 3−ε will also be discussed. It will be shown that a “heavy handed” way to search for fixed points yields a plethora of new fixed points that reveal aspects of the structure of the ε expansion and suggest that a classification of conformal field theories in d=3 is likely to be highly non-trivial.
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Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021
17.00
Virtual Seminar
Andreas Stergiou
Uncovering the Structure of the ε Expansion
Exceptional points (EPs) are ubiquitous in non-hermitian systems, and represent the complex counterpart of critical points. By driving a system through a critical point at finite rate induces defects, described by the Kibble-Zurek mechanism, which finds applications in diverse fields of physics. Here we generalize this to a ramp across an EP and demonstrate that for a variety of drives, the defect density scales as v^[−(d+z)ν/(zν+1]) in terms of the usual critical exponents and v the speed of the drive. Defect production is suppressed compared to the conventional hermitian case as the defect state can decay back to the ground state close to the EP. By using single-photon interferometry, we also reconstruct the above scaling experimentally.
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Tuesday, Mar 09, 2021
11h 00
Virtual Seminar
Balazs Dora
The Kibble-Zurek mechanism at exceptional points
Tensor network techniques have been crucial to study strongly coupled spin systems. The application of these techniques to quantum fields presents the challenge of dealing with infinite dimensional systems. Inspired on standard field theory techniques, we propose a new strategy based on preserving the continuum character of fields and use them as building blocks of an adapted Tensor Renormalization Group protocol. Its viability is tested by evaluating the partition function of a free massive boson on a 2D square lattice and a phi^4 theory at first order in the coupling constant. The Boltzmann weights of the free lattice model are shown to satisfy the Yang-Baxter equation with a uniformization given by trigonometric functions in the massless case, and Jacobi elliptic functions in the massive case. A related factorizable S-matrix model for continuous degrees of freedom is constructed. These results place the free boson in 2D in the same position as all other models that are exactly solvable `a la Yang-Baxter.
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Mar 2, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Esperanza Lopez
A tensor network for quantum fields
Entanglement phase transitions in quantum chaotic systems subject to projective measurements or in random tensor networks have emerged as a new class of critical points separating “phases” with different entanglement scaling. In this talk, I will propose a theoretical framework for studying the universal properties of such transitions, using a mapping onto replica statistical mechanics models. I will discuss consequences for the critical properties of entanglement dynamics near entanglement transitions, and focus on various solvable limits.
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February 23, 2021
14:00
Virtual Seminar
Romain Vasseur
Entanglement transitions
Identifying the relevant coarse-grained degrees of freedom in a complex physical system is a key stage in developing effective theories. The celebrated renormalization group (RG) provides a framework for this task, but its practical execution in unfamiliar systems is fraught with ad hoc choices. Machine learning approaches, on the other hand, though promising, often lack formal interpretability: it is unclear what relation, if any, the architecture- and training-dependent learned “relevant” features bear to standard objects of physical theory.
I will present recent results addressing both issues. We develop a fast algorithm, the RSMI-NE, employing state-of-art results in machine-learning-based estimation of information-theoretic quantities to construct the optimal coarse-graining. We use it to develop a new approach to identifying the most relevant field theory operators describing a statistical system, which we validate on the example of interacting dimer model. I will also discuss the formal results underlying our methods: we establish equivalence between the information-theoretic notion of relevance defined in the Information Bottleneck (IB) formalism of compression theory, and the field-theoretic relevance of the RG. We show analytically that for statistical physical systems the “relevant” degrees of freedom found using IB compression (and RSMI-NE) indeed correspond to operators with the lowest scaling dimensions. Our findings provide a dictionary connecting two distinct theoretical toolboxes, and conceptually pave the way towards automated theory-building.
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February 2, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Maciej Koch-Janusz
Statistical physics through the lens of real-space mutual information
The percolation properties of random fields arise naturally in many contexts, ranging from planet science to transport in disordered systems.
In this talk we will discuss new results concerning the percolation transition of long-range correlated random fields. In particular we show that the level sets of surfaces with negative Hurst exponent are conformal fractals. Moreover, we revisit and solve the long-standing problem of the percolation transition in the 2D Gaussian Free Field (GFF). We show the existence of a non-trivial transition where the level set of the GFF become “logarithmic fractals”. The correlation function of such fractals is also exactly computed.
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January 26, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Raoul Santachiara
The topography of random surfaces: percolation transitions and conformal fractals
Weyl semimetals are 3D condensed matter systems characterized by a degenerate Fermi surface, consisting of a pair of `Weyl nodes’. Correspondingly, in the infrared limit, these systems behave effectively as Weyl fermions in 3+1 dimensions. We consider a class of interacting 3D lattice models for Weyl semimetals and prove that the quadratic response of the quasi-particle flow between the Weyl nodes, which is the condensed matter analogue of the chiral anomaly in QED4, is universal, that is, independent of the interaction strength and form. Universality, which is the counterpart of the Adler-Bardeen non-renormalization property of the chiral anomaly for the infrared emergent description, is proved to hold at a non-perturbative level, notwithstanding the presence of a lattice (in contrast with the original Adler-Bardeen theorem, which is perturbative and requires relativistic invariance to hold). The proof relies on constructive bounds for the Euclidean ground state correlation functions combined with lattice Ward Identities, and it is valid arbitrarily close to the critical point where the Weyl points merge and the relativistic description breaks down. Joint work with V. Mastropietro and M. Porta.
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January 19, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Alessandro Giuliani
Non-renormalization of the `chiral anomaly’ in interacting lattice Weyl semimetals
Generic short-range interacting quantum systems with a conserved quantity exhibit universal diffusive transport at late times. We show how this universality is replaced by a more general superdiffusive transport process in the presence of long-range interactions, decaying algebraically with distance. While diffusive behavior is recovered for a sufficiently fast decay, longer-ranged couplings give rise to effective classical Levy flights; a random walk with step sizes following a heavy-tailed distribution (i.e. falling off algebraically at large distances). We study this phenomenon in a long-range interacting XY spin chain with conserved total magnetization, at infinite temperature. We investigate the dynamics by employing non-equilibrium quantum field theory and semi-classical phase space simulations. We find that the space-time dependent spin density profiles are self-similar, and show superdiffusive spreading, with scaling functions given by the stable symmetric distributions. We also extract the associated generalized diffusion constant, and demonstrate that it follows the prediction of classical Levy flights; quantum many-body effects manifest themselves in an overall time scale depending only weakly on the precise form of the algebraic long-range interaction. Our findings can be readily verified with current trapped ion experiments.
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January 12, 2021
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Izabella Lovas
Non-local emergent hydrodynamics in a long-range quantum spin system
2020 seminars
Over the past few decades, there have been spectacular experimental developments in manipulating cold atoms (bosons or fermions) [1, 2], which allow one to probe quantum many-body physics, both for interacting and noninteracting systems. In this talk we focus on the noninteracting Fermi gas, for which a general theoretical framework has been developed over the recent years [3,4].
We consider a generic model of N non-interacting spinless fermions in d dimensions confined by a general trapping potential (we assume a central potential for d>1), in the ground-state. In d=1, for specific potentials, this system is related to classical random matrix ensembles…
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Dec 15, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Naftali R. Smith
Counting statistics for non-interacting fermions in a d-dimensional potential
The connection between statistical mechanics and the combinatorics of alternating sign matrices is known since the work of Razumov and Stroganov on the spin-1/2 XXZ chain. One important example of this combinatorial relation occurs in the study of the emptiness formation probability EFP(N,m). This observable is defined as the sum of the squares of the ground state components of the Hamiltonian for the chain of length N, restricted to components where m consecutive spins are aligned. At the combinatorial point Δ = -1/2, it takes the form of a simple product of integers. This was shown by Cantini in 2012.

In this talk, I discuss joint work with C. Hagendorf and L. Cantini where we define a new family of overlaps C(N,m) for the spin-1/2 XXZ chain. It is equal to the linear sum of the groundstate components that have m consecutive aligned spins. For reasons that will be discussed, we refer to the ratio C(N,m)/C(N,0) as the boundary emptiness formation probability. We compute C(N,m) at the combinatorial point as a simple product of integers.

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December 10, 2020
14:00
Virtual Seminar
Alexi Morin-Duchesne
Boundary emptiness formation probabilities in the six-vertex model at Δ = -1/2
In this talk I will discuss some recent developments in the study of entanglement in 1+1 and 2+0 dimensions quantum field theories.
The seminar is divided into two parts, which are self-contained. In the first half I will review results for entanglement dynamics obtained in the scaling limit of the Ising spin chain, by using a form factor perturbation theory. Speculations about thermalization at large times and its absence will be given; this is a published joint work with O. Castro-Alvaredo, M. Lencses and I. Szecsenyi.
In the second part, I will explain how genus two partition functions in CFTs with c<1 can be calculated using the conformal bootstrap. Such partition functions appear in the study of the mutual information and negativity and so-far there was no general technique to determine them.
If not already in zeitnot, I will discuss two examples: the Lee Yang and the Ising CFT. The second part is an ongoing collaboration with F. Ares.
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December 1, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Jacopo Viti
Entanglement entropies and the modular bootstrap for Z_3 Riemann surfaces
Realizing strongly-correlated topological phases of ultracold gases is a central goal for ongoing experiments. And while fractional quantum Hall states could soon be implemented in small atomic ensembles, detecting their signatures in few-particle settings remains a fundamental challenge. In this work, we numerically analyze the center-of-mass Hall drift of a small ensemble of hardcore bosons, initially prepared in the ground state of the Harper-Hofstadter-Hubbard model in a box potential.
By monitoring the Hall drift upon release, for a wide range of magnetic flux values, we identify an emergent Hall plateau compatible with a fractional Chern insulator state: the extracted Hall conductivity approaches a fractional value determined by the many-body Chern number, while the width of the plateau agrees with the spectral and topological properties of the prepared ground state. Besides, a direct application of Streda’s formula indicates that such Hall plateaus can also be directly obtained from static density-profile measurements. Our calculations suggest that fractional Chern insulators can be detected in cold-atom experiments, using available detection methods.
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November 24, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Cécile Repellin
Detecting fractional Chern insulators in few-boson systems
We consider an active run-and-tumble particle (RTP) in arbitrary dimension d and compute exactly the probability S(t) that the x-component of the position of the RTP does not change sign up to time t. For the most relevant case of an exponential distribution of times between consecutive tumblings, we show that S(t) is independent of d for any finite time t, as a consequence of the celebrated Sparre Andersen theorem for discrete-time random walks in one dimension. Moreover, we show that this universal result holds for a much wider class of RTP models in which the velocity v of the particle after each tumbling is drawn randomly from an arbitrary probability distribution.
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November 17, 2020
11.00
Virtual Seminar
Satya Majumdar
Universal survival probability for a d-dimensional run-and-tumble particle
We consider the entanglement entropies of energy eigenstates in quantum many-body systems. For the typical models that allow for a field-theoretical description of the long-range physics, we find that the entanglement entropy of (almost) all eigenstates is described by a single scaling function. This is predicated on the applicability of the weak or strong eigenstate thermalization hypothesis (ETH), which then implies that the scaling functions can be deduced from subsystem entropies of thermal ensembles. The scaling functions describe the full crossover from the ground state entanglement regime for low energies and small subsystem size (area or log-area law) to the extensive volume-law regime for high energies or large subsystem size. For critical 1d systems, the scaling function follows from conformal field theory (CFT). We use it to also deduce the scaling function for Fermi liquids in d>1 dimensions. These analytical results are complemented by numerics for large non-interacting systems of fermions in d=1,2,3 and the harmonic lattice model (free scalar field theory) in d=1,2. Lastly, we demonstrate ETH for entanglement entropies and the validity of the scaling arguments in integrable and non-integrable interacting spin chains. In particular, we analyze the XXZ and transverse-field Ising models with and without next-nearest-neighbor interactions.

References: arXiv:1905.07760, arXiv:1912.10045, arXiv:2010.07265

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November 10, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Thomas Barthel
Entanglement entropy of energy eigenstates follows a universal scaling function
Controlling the spread of correlations in quantum many-body systems is a key challenge at the heart of quantum science and technology. Desired correlations are usually destroyed by dissipation arising from coupling between a system and its environment. Here, we show that dissipation can instead be used to engineer a wide variety of spatio-temporal correlation profiles in an easily tunable manner that is not possible using purely unitary dynamics. We describe how dissipation with any translationally-invariant spatial profile can be realized in cold atoms trapped in an optical cavity. A uniform external field and the choice of spatial profile can be used to design when and how dissipation creates or destroys correlations. We demonstrate this control by preferentially generating entanglement at a desired ‘wavelength’. We thus establish spatially inhomogeneous dissipation as a new route towards engineering the far-from-equilibrium dynamics of quantum information, with potential applications in quantum metrology, state preparation, and transport.
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November 4, 2020
14:00
Virtual Seminar
Jamir Marino
Spatio-temporal control of correlations via inhomogeneous dissipation
I will discuss the results contained in https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.07381 on how the entanglement spectrum of a region made by adjacent constituents in a one-dimensional quantum system becomes universal after quenches at the critical point or across it.
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July 14, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Luca Tagliacozzo
Signatures of universality out of equilibrium
Investigation of strongly interacting quantum field theories (QFTs) remains one of the outstanding challenges of modern physics. Quantum simulation has the potential to be a crucial technique towards solving this problem. By harnessing the power of quantum information processing, quantum simulation can potentially perform tasks deemed intractable by the classical information processing paradigm. In this talk, I will describe analog quantum simulators for strongly interacting QFTs using mesoscopic quantum electronic circuit lattices. The tunable, robust and dispersive Josephson nonlinearity gives rise to the nonlinear interactions in these QFTs…
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June 30, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Ananda Roy
Quantum Electronic Circuit Simulation of Quantum Field Theories
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June 23, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Jakub Zakrzewski
Cold atoms inspired interacting systems: Beyond the ergodic paradigm
I will review some recent work on the connection between chaos, thermalization, quantum gravity and holography.
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June 16, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Jan de Boer
Thermalization, chaos and holography
In this talk I will review the state of the art and the new perspectives in the theoretical and experimental study of analog models of quantum field theories in flat, curved, or time-dependent backgrounds using condensed matter and optical systems. After a brief presentation of the theory and experiments on Hawking emission of phonons from acoustic horizons in quantum fluids of ultracold atoms and of light, I will present recent results (in collaboration with Luca Giacomelli) on superradiance effects in different geometries. In rotating configurations, the instability of multiply charged vortices can be understood in terms of an ergoregion instability at the vortex core. Introduction of synthetic gauge fields in planar geometries extends the range of space-time metrics that can be generated and allows for analytical insight into superradiant scattering processes…
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June 9, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Iacopo Carusotto
Quantum fields in curved space-times with atomic and optical systems: new directions from synthetic gauge fields and quantum emitters
I present a novel soliton equation which is related to a particular integrable system of Calogero-Moser-Sutherland (CMS) type.
I plan to spend time on background and motivation to our results (starting with Russell’s first observation of solitary waves in 1834).
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May 26, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Edwin Langmann
On solitons and Calogero-Moser-Sutherland systems
Brownian motion is a paradigmatic stochastic process, and well studied both theoretically as well as experimentally. A natural occurance of Brownian motion is found for micron sized particles immersed in simple, Newtonian fluids. The motion of this particle is then a (nearly) perfect random walk, and obeys a linear (Markovian) stochastic equation. This is not true if the particle is suspended in a viscoelastic fluid, which is characterized by long relaxation times and pronounced nonlinear properties. The latter case if thus a good model system for nonlinear stochastic processes, and studying it is challenging, both theoretically as well experimentally. For example, driving the particle drives the viscoelastic fluid out of equilibrium, so that Brownian motion in a non-equilibrium bath is obtained. We will discuss recent theoretical and experimental progress regarding this scenario.
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May 19, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Matthias Krüger
Brownian Motion in a Non-equilibrium Bath: Theory and Experiment
Path integrals are a central tool when it comes to describing quantum or thermal fluctuations of particles or fields. Their success dates back to Feynman who showed how to use them within the framework of quantum mechanics. Since then, path integrals have pervaded all areas of physics where fluctuation effects, quantum and/or thermal, are of paramount importance. Their appeal is based on the fact that one converts a problem formulated in terms of operators into one of sampling classical paths with a given weight.
Many different definitions are used to define path-integral weight. In statistical mechanics, time-discretization is the standard approach; it implies that, unlike conventional integrals, path integration suffers a serious drawback: in general, one cannot make non-linear changes of variables without committing an error of some sort. In such approach, no path-integral based calculus is possible. We explain which are the mathematical reasons causing this important caveat, and we come up with cures for systems described by one degree of freedom. Our main result is a construction of path integration free of this problem, through a direct time-discretization procedure. We also compare our time-discretized approach to other definitions of path-integral weights that were used in field theories of quantum problems.
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May 12, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Viviene Lecomte
Building a path-integral calculus: a covariant discretization approach
It is often said that perturbation theory is insufficient to understand many physical problems, and that non-perturbative effects are needed. It turns out that making this statement precise requires the mathematical framework of resurgence theory, in which perturbative series are extended to so-called trans-series, and non-perturbative effects can be detected by looking at perturbation theory at large orders. In this talk I will first review the basics of the theory of resurgence, and then present some of its recent applications to condensed matter systems. In particular, I will argue that the superconducting gap can be understood in terms of the Borel singularities of the perturbative series in the normal state, and is similar to the renormalon singularity of quantum chromodynamics.
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April 21, 2020
11:00
Virtual Seminar
Marcos Mariño
Resurgence and non-perturbative physics: applications in condensed matter
Matrix product states, and operators, are powerful tools for the description of low energy eigenstates and thermal equilibrium states of quantum many-body systems in one spatial dimension. But in out-of-equilibrium scenarios, and for high energy eigenstates of generic systems, the scaling of entanglement with time and system size makes a direct application often impossible. However, MPS and more general TNS techniques can still be used to explore some of the most interesting dynamical properties.
We have recently introduced a method in which MPO techniques are combined with Chebyshev polynomial expansions to explore spectral properties of quantum many-body Hamiltonians. In particular, we show how this method can be used to probe thermalization of large spin chains without explicitly simulating their time evolution, as well as to compute full and local densities of states.
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April 7, 2020
11:00
Virtual seminar
Mari Carmen Bañuls
Spectral properties and thermalization with matrix product operators
A central tenant in the classification of phases is that boundary conditions cannot affect the bulk properties of a system. We have uncovered striking, yet puzzling, evidence of a clear violation of this assumption. We use the prototypical example of an XYZ chain with no external field in a ring geometry with an odd number of sites and both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions. In such a setting, even at finite sizes, we are able to calculate directly the spontaneous magnetizations that are traditionally used as order parameters to characterize the system’s phases. While when ferromagnetic interactions dominate, we recover the expected behavior, when the system is governed by one antiferromagnetic interaction, the magnetizations decay algebraically to zero with the system size and are not staggered, despite the AFM coupling. We term this behavior ferromagnetic mesoscopic magnetization. With two competing AFM interactions a third, new type of order can emerge, with a magnetization profile that varies in space with an incommensurate pattern…
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March 31, 2020
11:00
Zoom (CMSP – Seminars)
Fabio Franchini
The frustration of being odd: boundary conditions and bulk, local order
Sine-Gordon model is a paradigmatic integrable quantum field theory featuring strongly correlated dynamics, topological excitations, bound states and strong-weak coupling duality. It is also realised experimentally, allowing us to submit theoretical ideas to reality check. In this talk I overview a number of recent results concerning its non-equilibrium dynamics following a (global) quantum quench, highlighting results as well as outstanding challenges.
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January 28, 2020
11:30
SISSA, Room 128
Gábor Takács
Quantum Quenches in Sine-Gordon Theory: Progress and Challenges
(1) When non-interacting Bose-Einstein condensate is confined to a quasi one-dimensional channel it will spread due to dispersion as dictated by the Schrödinger equation. The spreading rate can be affected by changing the interaction between the atoms via the Feshbach resonance. If the interaction is set to just the right value, the attraction between atoms exactly compensates the dispersion. In this case the BEC doesn’t spread and we get a bright matter-wave soliton.
(2) Modulating the interaction between the atoms in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) can give raise to diverse phenomena depending on the frequency and amplitude of shaking. When the frequency of modulation is tuned close to collective mode resonance, Faraday waves appear. At low frequencies granulation of BEC is observed, whereas at high frequencies matter-wave jets are emitted. We demonstrate the emission of correlated atom jets from a matter-wave soliton in a quasi-one-dimensional optical trap. All stages of the jet emission are captured in a simple model based on the 1D Gross-Pitaevskii equation (GPE).
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January 21, 2020
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Tadej Mežnaršič & Peter Jeglič
Cesium matter-wave solitons & Emission of correlated jets from a driven matter-wave soliton
What would you do if you were a system at criticality confined in a bounded domain? Of course you would forget about details of the interaction, and lattice spacing, flowing to an RG fixed point. Besides attaining this bulk universal behavior you would also try (boundary condition permitting) to forget about the confinement becoming “as uniform as possible”. Implementing this requirement in absolute geometric language, the one used by general relativity, we obtain novel predictions for the structure of one- and two-point correlators. These predictions are tested successfully against numerical experiments yielding a precise estimate of a critical exponent of the Ising model in three dimension. New preliminary results for the three dimensional 3d xy model will also be presented.
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January 16, 2020
15:00
SISSA, Room 128
Giacomo Gori
Geometry of bounded critical phenomena
Quantum devices could perform some informational tasks with much better performances than classical systems, with profound implications for cryptography, chemistry, material science, and many areas of physics. However, to reach this goal we need to control large quantum systems, where the many-body dynamics becomes fragile and the system quickly heats up to its thermal state. There are then two key questions: How does a closed quantum system thermalize (thus losing its “quantum power”)? How can we preserve quantum information in the presence of strong interactions? Using a nuclear spin chain as an exemplary experimental system, and the tools of Hamiltonian engineering, I will show how to choreograph the dynamics in order to prevent the system from heating up, even in the presence of strong interactions among spins. In particular, I will show how disorder can quench the scrambling of quantum information, a phenomenon known as localization, and thus prevent thermalization…
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January 9, 2020
11:30
SISSA, Room 128
Paola Cappellaro
How to avoid “heated” arguments among your spins
2019 seminars
Laser cooled trapped ions offer unprecedented control over both internal and external degrees of freedom at the single-particle level. They are considered among the foremost candidates for realizing quantum simulation and computation platforms that can outperform classical computers at specific tasks. In this talk I will show how linear arrays of trapped 171Yb+ ions can be used as a versatile platform for studying out-of-equilibrium strongly correlated many-body quantum systems. In particular I will present our observation of a new type of out-of-equilibrium dynamical phase transition in a spin system with over 50 spins. Moreover, I will show our latest efforts towards scaling up the trapped-ion quantum simulator using a cryo-pumped vacuum chamber where we can trap more than 100 ions indefinitely. The reliable production and lifetime of large linear ion chains enabled us to use up to 40 trapped-ion qubits to observe real-time domain wall confinement in an interacting spin chain and to implement a Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) to approximate the ground state energy of a transverse field Ising model.
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December 17, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Guido Pagano
From Quantum Algorithms to Out-of-Equilibrium Phenomena in Interacting Trapped-Ion Spin Chains
Motzkin spin chains and their area-weighted deformations are a countinuous family of one-dimensional frustration-free Hamiltonians, whose ground states exhibit a novel quantum phase transition. By tuning a single parameter, they go from a phase obeying an area law to a highly entangled rainbow phase, where the half-chain entropy scales with the volume. Using the representation of these ground states as superpositions of random walks, we introduce tensor networks for these ground states where local and global rules of the walker are baked into bulk tensors, thereby providing an efficient description of the ground states (some of which satisfy a volume law scaling of entanglement entropy).
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November 26, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 005
Zhao Zhang
Motzkin spin chains and their exact holographic tensor network representations
We explore the intriguing spatial patterns that emerge in a two-dimensional spatially inhomogeneous Katz–Lebowitz–Spohn (KLS) driven lattice gas with attractive nearest-neighbor interactions. The domain is split into two regions with hopping rates governed by different temperatures T > Tc and Tc, respectively, where Tc indicates the critical temperature for phase ordering, and with the temperature boundaries oriented perpendicular to the drive. In the hotter region, the system behaves like the (totally) asymmetric exclusion processes (TASEP), and experiences particle blockage in front of the interface to the critical region. To explain this particle density accumulation near the interface, we have measured the steady-state current in the KLS model at T > Tc and found it to decay as 1/T.
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November 21, 2019
10:30
SISSA, Room 005
Uwe Tauber
Temperature Interfaces in the Katz–Lebowitz–Spohn Driven Lattice Gas
One of the most interesting current research directions in theoretical high energy physics is studying hardness (complexity) of preparing states or transformation using only simple states and simple operations. This is the essence of conjectured holographic complexity proposals, as well as of ongoing studies of complexity in quantum field theories. In my talk I will discuss complexity in 2-dimensional conformal field theories with a view towards finding a genuine AdS dual of such a notion in quantum field theory. Based on 1904.02713 and an ongoing work with Mario Flory and Volker Schomerus.
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November 12, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 005
Michal Heller
Complexity and conformal field theory
Characterizing states of matter through the lens of their ergodic properties is a fascinating new direction of research. In the quantum realm, the many-body localization (MBL) was proposed to be the paradigmatic nonergodic phenomenon, which extends the concept of Anderson localization to interacting systems. At the same time, random matrix theory has established a powerful framework for characterizing the onset of quantum chaos and ergodicity (or the absence thereof) in quantum many-body systems. Here we study a paradigmatic class of models that are expected to exhibit MBL, i.e., disordered spin chains with Heisenberg-like interactions. Surprisingly, we observe that exact calculations show no evidence of approaching MBL while increasing disordered strength in the ergodic regime. Moreover, a scaling analysis suggests that quantum chaotic properties survive for any disorder strength in the thermodynamic limit. Our results are based on calculations of the spectral form factor, which provides a powerful measure for the emergence of many-body quantum chaos.
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November 7, 2019
11:30
SISSA, Room 128
Lev Vidmar
Quantum chaos challenges many-body localization
Concepts from quantum information theory have become increasingly important in our understanding of entanglement in QFTs. One prominent example of this is the entanglement (or modular) Hamiltonian. Using complex analysis, we determine this operator for the chiral fermion at finite temperature on the circle — which is not fixed by conformal symmetry — and show that it exhibits surprising new features. This simple system illustrates how a modular flow can transition from complete locality to complete non-locality as a function of temperature, thus bridging the gap between previously known limits. We derive the first exact results for the entanglement for the different spin sectors on the torus.
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November 5, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 5
Ignacio Reyes
Entanglement of 2d fermions on the torus
This is going to be an informal seminar on a current work in progress on the possibility of studying the Ising model using non-local fields on the complex plane. The mapping applies to more general models but we discuss the O(1) for simplicity. We introduce an exact mapping between fields indexed in N with functions on the complex plane – which does not require a continuous limit. The binary character of the Ising model is enforced via an interaction with an auxiliary field whose coupling is the temperature. This is going to be a whiteboard talk, and we focus in particular where to go from here, and the drawbacks and the advantages of using this approach. We show in particular the connection to a U(1) Group Field Theory, a certain parameter scaling limit for the perturbation theory, and end with a discussion on future work: the connection to random matrix theory for the study of glasses in this limit and discuss the constructive approach for this theory. Based on arXiv:1908.08065.
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September 26, 2019
10:00
SISSA, Room 138
Francesco Caravelli
Continuum field theory for the Ising model
It has been well known and used extensively that the lowest eigenmodes of the QCD quark Dirac operator are described by random matrix theory. More recently it was shown that the high-temperature cross-over to the quark-gluon plasma state is accompanied by an Anderson-type transition in the quark Dirac spectrum. In the talk I will review some recent results concerning this transition. (The presentation will be quite elementary, in particular no familiarity with QCD will be assumed.)
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September 6, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 138
Tamás G. Kovács
Anderson-type transition of quarks in the quark-gluon plasma
The understanding of driven-dissipative systems is of fundamental importance to grasp the physics of a large variety of systems, such as photonic quantum simulators and realistic quantum hardware. In this talk, I will review recent developments of this field with particular emphasis on numerical methods. In particular, I will discuss recent applications of neural network tools to simulate the behavior of an open many-body quantum system [1, 2] describing results and open challenges. Next, I will describe how these techniques allow one to study the phase-diagram of paradigmatic strongly-interacting dissipative spin [3, 4] and bosonic [5] systems. Particular attention will be devoted to the stabilization of exotic phases (without an equilibrium counterpart) and to the characterization of criticalities.
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July 18, 2019
11:30
SISSA, Room 132
Alberto Biella
A neural-network approach to the many-body problem in open quantum system
We present solutions of the Einstein equations that extend the static Schwarzschild solution in empty space into regions of non-zero energy density ρ and radial pressure P = w/ρ, where w is a constant equation of state parameter. For simplicity we focus mainly on solutions with constant ρ. For w = 0 we find solutions both with and without a singularity at the origin. Possible applications to galaxies are considered, where we find enhanced velocity rotation curves towards the edge of a galaxy. We propose that our explicit non-singular solution with w = −1 describes the interior of a black hole, which is a form of vacuum energy. We verify that its entropy is consistent with the Bekenstein–Hawking entropy, if one assumes the Hawking temperature. We further suggest that this idea can perhaps be applied to the dark energy of the observable universe, if one views the latter as arising from black holes as pockets of vacuum energy. We estimate the average density of such a dark energy to be ρΛ ≈ 10−30 g/cm3.
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June 18, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Andre Leclair
What is inside a Black Hole?
In 1959 Mark Kac introduced a simple model for the evolution of a gas of hard spheres undergoing elastic collisions. The main simplification consisted in replacing deterministic collisions with random Poisson distributed collisions. It is possible to obtain many interesting results for this simplified dynamics, like estimates on the rate of convergence to equilibrium and validity of the Boltzmann equation. The price paid is that this system has no space structure. I will review some classical results on the Kac model and report on an attempt to reintroduce some form of space structure and non-equilibrium evolution in a way that preserves the mathematical tractability of the system.
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June 13, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 4
Federico Bonetto
The Kac Model and (Non-)Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Extensivity is an essential thermodynamic requirement which is usually broken for long-range correlated and non-exponential growth rate complex systems. The standard approach that deals with this issue is normalization of the system Hamiltonian by a quantity which explicitly depends on the system size (Kac’s prescription). However, as noted by several authors, the prescription does not justify its use from the physical point of view. In this talk we present an alternative approach based on physically consistent generalized thermostatistics which is defined from non-additive entropies and internal energies. The approach is applied for thermostatistical characterization of non-extensive traveling salesman problem. Possible applications to Curie–Weiss model, Sherrington–Kirkpatrick model and Hamiltonian mean field model are also pointed out.
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June 11, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 138
Velimir Ilić
On the extensive generalized thermostatistics for non-extensive complex systems
Quenched or continuously driven quantum systems can show universal dynamics near non-thermal fixed points, generically in the form of scaling behavior in space and time. Key aspects of the theory of non-thermal fixed points will be briefly summarized, as well as recent experimental results for quenched systems. In a dilute Bose gas, universal scaling dynamics can be due to both linear and non-linear excitations of the system. Considering scaling transport of excitations to larger wave numbers similar to an inverse cascade, the underlying excitations can be either irregular phase excitations or (quasi-)topological defects exhibiting the implications for quantum turbulence. As an example, strongly anomalous scaling of inverse transport in a two-dimensional superfluid due to higher-order vortex annihilation will be discussed both from the theoretical and experimental point of view.
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May 14, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 5
Thomas Gasenzer
Universal Dynamics Near Non-Thermal Fixed Points and Quantum Turbulence
In my talk I will give a review on the logarithmic terms that appear in the entanglement entropy, their relation to conformal anomaly and the geometry of the entangling surfaces. I will discuss how the presence of boundaries may effect these terms.
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May 7, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Sergey Solodukhin
Logarithmic terms in entanglement entropy: black holes, anomalies and boundaries
The jamming transition in packings of hard particles is of fundamental interest in the physics of granular materials and glasses. In recent years the physics of jamming has gained momentum in several interdisciplinary contexts, going from Machine Learning to Inference, Ecology and beyond. I will introduce the Simplest Model of Jamming and show how jammed points share peculiar critical properties, highly universal and deeply related glass physics. After discussing the implications of the vicinity to jamming in a glassy phase, I will consider the problem of Information Storage in Machine Learning. Going from the single neuron to multilayer networks, the capacity limit becomes a jamming point.
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April 16, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Silvio Franz
The Paradigm of Jamming: from Low-Temperature Glasses to Machine Learning and more
We demonstrate for the first time extremely smooth, coherence-preserving matterwave guides based on time-averaged adiabatic potentials (TAAP). We do so by guiding Bose–Einstein condensates (BEC) over macroscopic distances without affecting their internal coherence: We use a novel magnetic accelerator ring to accelerate BECs to more than 16x their velocity of sound. We transport the BECs in the TAAP over truly macroscopic distances (15 cm) whilst preserving their internal coherence. The BECs can also be released into the waveguide with barriers controllable down to 200 pK giving rise to new regimes of tunnelling and transport through mesoscopic channels. The high angular momentum of more than 40000 ħ per atom and high velocities raises interesting possibilities with respect to the higher Landau levels of quantum Hall states of atoms and open new perspectives in the study of superfluidity. Coherent matterwave guides will result in much longer measurement times (here > 4 s) and much increased sensitivity in highly compact devices. This will raise the spectre of compact, portable guided-atom interferometers for fundamental experiments and applications like gravity mapping or navigation.
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April 15, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Wolf von Klitzing
Hypersonic Transport of Bose-Einstein Condensates in a Neutral-Atom Accelerator Ring
In this talk, I will discuss a semiclassical numerical method, based on a large-S path integral approach, to study systems whose spin liquid behaviour is underpinned by perturbative ring-exchange Hamiltonians. The method can readily access both thermodynamic and spectral properties. I will focus in particular on quantum spin ice and its photon and vison excitations. After benchmarking the method against existing results on photons, I will show how it can be used to characterise visons and their thermodynamic behaviour. We find that visons form a weak electrolyte — in contrast to spinons in classical spin ice. That is, vison pairs are the dominant population at low temperatures. This is reflected in the behaviour of thermodynamic quantities, such as pinch point motifs in the relevant correlators. Moreover, visons appear to strongly hybridise with the photon background, a phenomenon that likely affects the way these quasiparticles may show up in inelastic response measurements. I will conclude with a brief discussion of the significance of our results and an outlook on further applications of our method.
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April 11, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Claudio Castelnovo
Seeing Beyond the Light: Vison and Photon Electrodynamics in Quantum Spin Ice
I will present a class of models for quantum chaos in a spatially extended many-body system. It consists of a chain of sites with nearest-neighbour coupling under Floquet time evolution. Quantum states at each site span a q-dimensional Hilbert space and the time evolution is specified as a random circuit, whose local gates are random in space but periodic in time (Floquet). I will discuss a diagrammatic formalism useful to average over realisations of the random circuit.

This approach leads to exact expressions in the large-q limit and sheds light on the universality of random matrices in many-body quantum spectra and the ubiquitous entanglement growth in out-of-equilibrium dynamics. I will also discuss universal behaviour which goes beyond random matrix theory and the manifestation of ergodicity breaking which can emerge at finite q.

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March 19, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Andrea De Luca
Solvable minimal models for many-body quantum chaos
The simplest model of granular material is a “fluid” made of inelastic hard spheres. For such a system—in the dilute limit—the classical program of kinetic theory Boltzmann equation, Chapman–Enskog-based hydrodynamics has been developed by physicists and mathematicians in the last decades.
In this seminar, after recalling a few key results of such a theoretical activity, I will focus on a series of experiments made in my laboratory in the last 5 years. They concern the statistical properties of a massive probe immersed in a steady state granular fluid. The fluid is obtained by vibro-fluidization of a large number of solid spheres of different materials, while the probe is a rigid rotator whose angular displacement and angular velocity are the key observables. In the dilute limit one conjectures a Markovian approximation for the rotator’s dynamics which explains many aspects of the experiment, including a qualitative understanding of “motor effects” in the presence of rotator’s geometrical asymmetries. Further noticeable facts appear when the granular fluid is no more dilute, mainly anomalous diffusion and non-monotonous viscosity.
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March 12, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Andrea Puglisi
Granular Brownian Motion
We study inhomogeneous quenches in integrable models. The Non-Equilibrium Steady State emerging in such systems has been recently conjectured to be described by a Generalised Hydrodynamic theory. We develop a mathematically rigorous method to calculate the asymptotics of observables at large times and distances and show how certain predictions of this conjecture can be derived from analyticity properties of the Slavnov formula for Bethe state overlaps.
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March 5, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Spyros Sotiriadis
Quantum Transport after Inhomogeneous Quenches
The determination of four-point correlation functions of two-dimensional lattice models is of fundamental importance in statistical physics. In the limit of an infinite lattice, this question can be formulated in terms of conformal field theory (CFT). For the so-called minimal models the problem was solved more than 30 years ago, by using that the existence of singular states implies that the correlation functions must satisfy certain differential equations. This settles the issue for models defined in terms of local degrees of freedom, such as the Ising and 3-state Potts models. However, for geometrical observables in the Fortuin–Kasteleyn cluster formulation of the Q-state Potts model, for generic values of Q, there is in general no locality and no singular states, and so the question remains open. As a warm-up to solving this problem, we discuss which states propagate in the s-channel of such correlation functions, when the four points are brought together two by two. To this end we combine CFT methods with algebraic and numerical approaches to the lattice model.
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February 19, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Jesper Jacobsen
Four-point functions in the Fortuin–Kasteleyn cluster model
I will present recent work on ferromagnetic quantum Hall states that form on (111) surfaces of elemental Bismuth in high magnetic fields. This unusual states of matter combine the topological features of quantum Hall states with orientational symmetry breaking characteristic of nematic order. Recent scanning tunneling microscopy measurements have directly visualized the spontaneous formation of boundary modes between distinct nematic domains and investigated their electronic structure. I will demonstrate that these boundary modes belong to a new class of `symmetry-protected’ Luttinger liquid that arise from the interplay of symmetry-breaking with quantum Hall physics, and that they provide a concrete realization of ‘anomaly inflow’. The analysis reveals strikingly different behavior of domain wall transport at quantum Hall filling factor ν = 1.2, in striking agreement with the STM results. I will explore implications of these ideas for the global phase diagram of quantum Hall valley nematics.
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January 29, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Siddharth Parameswaran
Topology, symmetry, and anomalies: investigating domain wall physics in quantum Hall nematic states
One of the paradigms of quantum mechanics is the statistical nature of measurements: the result of measurements is indeed described by a probability distribution function (PDF), and measuring the same observable in identical systems will give different outcomes in accordance with this distribution. The PDF carries very detailed information about the system, going much beyond the simple average. Here I exploit the Matrix Product Operator (MPO) representation of the Generating Functions to efficiently perform local measurements in one-dimensional spin systems using Tensor Network Methods, both in and out-of-equilibrium. Finally, inspired by such formulation, I show some preliminary results connecting MPS with Neural Network Quantum States.
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January 24, 2019
14:00
SISSA, Room 128
Mario Collura
Tensor Network Methods for Probability Distribution Functions and beyond…
Several atomic, molecular, and optical systems, as well as certain condensed matter models, exhibit long-range interactions that decay with distance r as a power law 1/rα. In this talk, we will present recent results for the localization properties of correlation functions of these long-range quantum models in the presence of disorder. The latter is usually associated with exponential localization of wave functions and correlations. We demonstrate that in most situations in 1D power-law interactions imply algebraic decay of correlations. We will discuss the generality of these results and their application to experiments in atomic and molecular physics.
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January 22, 2019
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Guido Pupillo
Algebraic localization of disordered long-range quantum models
Quantum optimal control allows one to find the optimal strategy to drive a quantum system into a target state. We review an efficient algorithm to optimally control many-body quantum dynamics and apply it to quantum annealing, going beyond the adiabatic strategy. We present an information theoretical analysis of quantum optimal control processes and its implications.
We review some recent advancements we have obtained in tensor network algorithms that enable such investigations and that can be exploited to support the development of quantum technologies via classical numerical simulations: novel approaches to study abelian and non-abelian lattice gauge theories, open many-body quantum systems and systems with long-range interactions or periodic boundary conditions.
Finally, we report some theoretical and experimental applications of these approaches to relevant scenarios, such as Rydberg atoms in optical lattices and the gauge theory resulting from the mapping of classical hard problems to short-range quantum Hamiltonians.
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January 15, 2019
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Simone Montangero
Optimal control, lattice gauge theories, and quantum annealing
2018 seminars
In this talk, I briefly review recent experimental advances in the generation of topological band structures in the non-interacting regime using Floquet engineering and present first studies of interacting atoms in driven 1D lattices. In particular, I will present experimental results obtained with bosonic atoms in driven 1D lattices that directly reveal the existence of parametric instabilities that lead to a depletion of the condensate. Our results point out ways to overcome these limitations in future experiments.
In the last part of my talk I will present recent results, where we have used a combination of periodic modulation and strong Hubbard interactions to realize a minimal building block of Z2 lattice gauge theories. We engineer a minimal coupling between matter and gauge fields using two different internal states of bosonic Rb atoms. The obtained lattice model displays local Z2 gauge symmetry, which we study experimentally in a double-well potential – the building block of extended lattice models.
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December 18, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Monika Aidelsburger
Ultracold atoms in periodically-driven optical lattices
The infrared fixed point of graphene under the renormalization group flow is a relatively under studied yet important example of a boundary conformal field theory with a number of remarkable properties. It has a close relationship with three dimensional QED. It maps to itself under electric-magnetic duality. Moreover, it along with its supersymmetric cousins all possess an exactly marginal coupling — the charge of the electron — which allows for straightforward perturbative calculations in the weak coupling limit. I will review past work on this model and also discuss my own contributions, which focus on understanding the boundary contributions to the anomalous trace of the stress tensor and their role in helping to understand the structure of boundary conformal field theory.
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December 11, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Christopher Herzog
Graphene and Boundary Conformal Field Theory
Critical lattice models with a non-hermitian Hamiltonian are described by non-unitary CFTs. There are many physical applications such as open quantum systems, geometrical problems or electronic disordered systems. We know that in many cases we can define the notion of effective central charge.I will show why this quantity is important in two problems: the scaling of the entanglement entropy and the identification of universality classes in truncated models. I will illustrate the discussion with examples such as the XXZ model, supersymmetric spin chains, loop models and truncations of the Brownian motion.
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November 27, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Romain Couvreur
Role of the effective central charge in non-unitary conformal field theories
We study a non-unitary spin chain with orthosymplectic symmetry that generalizes the O(N) model to any positive or negative integer N. The lack of unitarity allows a stable massless Goldstone phase to appear, otherwise forbidden by the Mermin–Wagner theorem, that is described by a supersphere sigma model. On the 2D lattice it is represented as a dense loop model with loop weight N in which crossings are allowed. Unlike the usual O(N) loop model, the presence of crossings makes the model flow to a different regime where correlations involve logarithms. We compute these logarithmic critical exponents with field theory and the Bethe ansatz.
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November 20, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Etienne Granet
A study of a non-unitary statistical model: super spin chains and intersecting loops
We demonstrate the existence of a new quantum phase of matter that arises in antiferromagnetic spin chains with a weak frustration—just one bond in a large chain. This is the case, for instance, of systems with an odd number of spins with periodic boundary conditions. Such new phase is extended, gapless, but not relativistic: the low-energy excitations have a quadratic (Galilean) spectrum. Locally, the correlation functions on the ground state do not show significant deviations compared to the non-frustrated case, but correlators involving a number of sites (or distances) scaling like the system size display new behaviors. In particular, the von Neumann entanglement entropy is found to follow new rules, for which neither area law applies, nor one has a divergence of the entropy with the system size. Such very long-range correlations are novel and of potential technological interest. We display such new phase in a few prototypical chains using numerical simulations and we study analytically the paradigmatic example of the Ising chain. Through these examples we argue that this phase emerges generally in (weakly) frustrated systems with discrete symmetries.
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November 6, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 4
Fabio Franchini
The Frustration in being Odd: area law violation in local systems
I will discuss walking behavior in gauge theories and weakly first order phase transition in statistical models. Despite being phenomena appearing in very different physical systems, they both show a region of approximate scale invariance. They can be understood as a theory passing between two fixed points living at complex couplings, which we call complex CFTs. By using conformal perturbation theory, knowing the conformal data of the complex CFTs allows us to make predictions on the observables of the walking theory. As an example, I will discuss the two dimensional Q-state Potts model with Q>4.
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October 16, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 4
Bernardo Zan
Walking behavior, weakly first order phase transitions and complex CFTs
In this talk, I will discuss an exact mapping between many-body quantum spin systems and classical stochastic processes. This approach can handle integrable and non-integrable systems, including those in higher dimensions, in a unified framework, and can be applied both in and out of equilibrium. Focusing on quantum quenches, I will discuss dynamical quantum phase transitions in the Loschmidt amplitude, showing that these correspond to enhanced fluctuations and other features in the classical stochastic coordinates.
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October 9, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 138
Stefano De Nicola
A Stochastic Approach to Quantum Spin Systems
We revisit the calculation of multi-interval modular Hamiltonians for free fermions using a Euclidean path integral approach. We show how the multi-interval modular flow is obtained by gluing together the single interval modular flows. Our methods are based on a derivation of the non-local field theory describing the reduced density matrix, and makes manifest its non-local conformal symmetry and U(1) symmetry. We will show how the non local conformal symmetry provides a simple calculation of the entanglement entropy. Time-permitting, we will connect multi-interval modular flows to the frame work of extended quantum field theory.
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September 18, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Gabriel Wong
Gluing together modular flows with free fermions
Consider a quantum chain in its ground state and then take a subdomain of this system with natural truncated Hamiltonian. Since the total Hamiltonian does not commute with the truncated Hamiltonian the subsystem can be in one of its eigenenergies with different probabilities. Since the global energy eigenstates are locally close to diagonal in the local energy eigenbasis we argue that the Shannon (Rényi) entropy of these probabilities follows an area-law for the gapped systems. When the system is at the critical point the Shannon (Rényi) entropy follows a logarithmic behaviour with a universal coefficient. Our results show that the Shannon (Rényi) entropy of the subsystem energies closely mimics the behaviour of the entanglement entropy in quantum chains. We support the arguments by detailed numerical calculations performed on the transverse field XY chain.
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July 31, 2018
11:10
ICTP, Stasi Room
Mohammad Ali Rajabpour
Area-law and universality in the statistics of the subsystem energy
Integrated Information Theory (IIT) has emerged as one of the leading research lines in computational neuroscience to provide a mechanistic and mathematically well-defined description of the neural correlates of consciousness. Integrated Information quantifies how much the integrated cause/effect structure of the global neural network fails to be accounted for by any partitioned version of it. The holistic IIT approach is in principle applicable to any information-processing dynamical network regardless of its interpretation in the context of consciousness. In this talk I will describe the first steps towards a possible formulation of a general and consistent version of IIT for interacting networks of quantum systems irrespective of potential applications to consciousness. A variety of different phases, from the dis-integrated to the holistic one can be identified and their cross-overs studied.
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July 3, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Paolo Zanardi
Quantum Integrated Information Theory
Models for active matter have brought a new type of experiments in statistical physics where the source of nonequilibrium lies within the particles themselves or on their surface. In this talk, I will take the viewpoint of molecular simulations to study matching experiments on chemically-powered anomotors: self-propulsion by symmetry-breaking, chemotaxis, sedimentation and anisotropic nanomotors. I will comment on the design of consistent microscopic models with respect to energy conservation, to chemical kinetic, and to thermal fluctuations. As a perspective, I will discuss enzyme nanomotors. On the one hand, they consist in elaborate catalytic devices with interesting thermodynamic properties and on the other hand they might inspire or serve as molecular scale machine for nano- and bio-technology in the coming years.
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June 19, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Pierre de Buyl
Nanomotors: symmetry, chemotaxis, sedimentation and anisotropy
The partial transpose of density matrices in many-body systems has been known as a good candidate to diagnose quantum entanglement of mixed states. In particular, it can be used to define the (logarithmic) entanglement negativity for bosonic systems. In this talk, I introduce partial time-reversal transformation as an analog of partial transpose for fermions. This definition naturally arises from the spacetime picture of partially transposed density matrices in which partial transpose is equivalent to reversing the arrow of time for one subsystem relative to the other subsystem. I show the success of this definition in capturing the entanglement of fermionic symmetry-protected topological phases as well as conformal field theories in (1+1) dimensions.
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June 18, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Hassan Shapourian
Partial time-reversal transformation and entanglement negativity in fermionic systems
The Schur process is in some sense a discrete analogue of a random matrix. Their edge behavior are known to be in the same universality class, described by the Airy kernel and the Tracy–Widom distribution. In this talk we consider two variants of the Schur process: the periodic case introduced by Borodin, and the “free boundary” case recently introduced by us. We are able to compute their correlation functions in a unified manner using the machinery of free fermions. We then investigate the edge asymptotic behavior and show it corresponds to two nontrivial deformations of the Airy kernel and of the Tracy–Widom distribution. Based on joint work with Dan Betea, Peter Nejjar and Mirjana Vuletić.
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May 29, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Jeremie Bouttier
Edge behavior of the periodic and the free boundary Schur processes
Every physicist has a pretty clear idea of how to define equilibrium phases of matter (e.g. using free energy considerations), whether disordered or ordered (and if ordered, a variety of situations can be encountered). By contrast, dynamics-wise, no generic and clear-cut definition a dynamical phase (disordered, intermittent, uniform, ergodicity-breaking, pattern-forming, etc) can be found. Instead, one works on a system-to-system basis.
I will illustrate, on the simple example of a classical system of mutually excluding particles diffusing on a line, how a robust definition of what a dynamical phase is can be achieved. As I will go along, we will see that there may even exist transitions between dynamical phases. On a formal level, these dynamical transitions have everything in common with the quantum phase transitions that appear in hard-condensed matter. I will show that, in turn, approaching quantum problems with a classical eye, can, even with the simple example I’ll discuss, lead to unexpected progress on the quantum side.
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May 8, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Frédéric van Wijland
Dynamical phase transitions
This talk addresses the low energy physics of the Sachdev–Ye–Kitaev model, a paradigm of strongly interacting (Majorana) quantum matter. A salient feature of this system is its exceptionally high degree of symmetry under reparameterizations of physical time. At low energies this symmetry is spontaneously broken and the ensuing infinite dimensional Goldstone mode manifold takes strong influence on all physical observables. We will discuss the effects of these fluctuations on the example of the so-called out of time ordered correlation functions, diagnostic tools to describe both manifestations of quantum chaos in the system and its conjectured duality to an AdS2 gravitational bulk. While previous work predicts exponential decay of these correlations in time our main finding is that at large time scales non-perturbative Goldstone mode fluctuations generate a crossover to power law behavior. This phenomenon must have ramifications in the physics of the holographic bulk which, however, we do not understand at present.
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April 24, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Alex Altland
Large Conformal Goldstone Mode Fluctuations in the SYK Model
The grand canonical ensemble lies at the core of quantum and classical statistical mechanics. A small system thermalizes to this ensemble while exchanging heat and particles with a bath. A quantum system may exchange quantities represented by operators that fail to commute. Whether such a system thermalizes and what form the thermal state has are questions about truly quantum thermodynamics. Here we investigate this thermal state from three perspectives. First, we introduce an approximate microcanonical ensemble. If this ensemble characterizes the system-and-bath composite, tracing out the bath yields the system’s thermal state. This state is expected to be the equilibrium point, we argue, of typical dynamics. Finally, we define a resource-theory model for thermodynamic exchanges of noncommuting observables. Complete passivity — the inability to extract work from equilibrium states — ​implies the thermal state’s form, too. Our work opens new avenues into equilibrium in the presence of quantum noncommutation.
[Based on 1512.01189 with N. Yunger Halpern, P. Faist and J. Oppenheim.]
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April 17, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Andreas Winter
Microcanonical and resource-theoretic derivations of the grand canonical thermal state of a system with non-commuting charges
In this talk I will describe our work on the simulation of the Schwinger model (i.e. d=1+1 QED) with matrix product states (MPS). I will discuss some systematic aspects of our approach like the truncation of the local infinite bosonic gauge field Hilbert space, or the incorporation of local gauge invariance into the MPS ansatz. Furthermore, I will go through some of our results: the simulation of the particle excitations (“mesons” of confined electron/positron pairs), of string breaking for heavy probe charges and last but not least of the real-time evolution that occurs from a background electric field quench (i.e. the full quantum Schwinger effect).
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March 27, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Karel Van Acoleyen
Matrix product states for relativistic quantum gauge field theories
I will first start with a general introduction on theoretical ecology, stressing the reasons that make connections with statistical physics interesting and timely.
I will then focus on Lotka–Volterra equations, which provide a general model to study large assemblies of strongly interacting degrees of freedom in many different fields: biology, economy and in particular ecology. I will present our analysis of Lotka–Volterra equations as model of ecosystems formed by a large number of species and show the different phases that emerge. Two of them are particularly interesting: when interactions are symmetric we find a regime characterised by an exponential number of multiple equilibria, all poised at the edge of stability for a large number of species. For non symmetric interactions, this phase is replaced by a chaotic one. I will then conclude discussing relationships with experiments and general consequences of our works.
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March 21, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 005
Giulio Biroli
Emergent phenomena in large interacting ecosystems
I will discuss several recent results, both numerical and analytical, regarding disordered models in external field, focusing mainly on random field ferromagnetic models and spin glasses in a field. I will mainly treat models with Ising variables, but also some new results on XY models will be presented. Exact analytical results are derived for models defined on random graphs under the Bethe approximation, while numerical results are obtained via large scale Monte Carlo simulations for finite dimensional models and via improved message passing algorithms for models on random graphs.
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March 13, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Federico Ricci-Tersenghi
On the complex behavior of disordered models in a field
In August 1859 the young and still little known Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academic titled “On the number of primes less than a given quantity”. In the middle of that paper, Riemann made a guess — remark or conjecture — on the zeros of analytic function which controls the growth of the primes. Mathematics has never been the same since.
The seminar presents the captivating story behind this problem and discusses how the original conjecture can be extended to all Dirichlet functions, giving rise to the Generalised Riemann Hypothesis for the non-trivial zeros of all these functions. We show that the solution of the Generalised Riemann Hypothesis can be obtained employing ideas and methods which come statistical physics, i.e. from the stochastic world of random walks and alike.
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February 28, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Giuseppe Mussardo
The Riemann conjecture
We study the XXZ spin chain in the presence of a slowly varying magnetic field gradient. First, it is shown that a local density approximation perfectly captures the ground-state magnetization profile. Furthermore, we demonstrate how the recently introduced technique of curved-spacetime CFT yields a very good approximation of the entanglement profile. Finally, the front dynamics is also studied after the gradient field has been switched off.
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February 27, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 005
Viktor Eisler
Entanglement in the XXZ chain with a gradient
(Boltzmann lecture) I will address one of the fundamental questions in statistical physics: how to conciliate the laws of quantum mechanics for a macroscopic system — which predict a memory of the initial state of the system — with the familiar irreversible phenomena that bring any extended system to a thermal equilibrium, where all memory of the initial state is lost. I will present a series of new results on cold atom quantum systems made of mixtures of fermions, which lead to a physical phenomenon known as Many Body Localization Transition. Moreover, I will discuss the possibility to realize quantum systems with negative temperature in the laboratory.
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February 20, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Immanuel Bloch
Using Ultracold Quantum Gases to Probe New and Old Frontiers of Statistical Physics
The Tan’s contact is an ubiquitous quantity in systems with zero-range interactions: it corresponds for example to the average interaction energy, to the weight of the tails of the momentum distribution function at large momenta, to the inelastic two-body loss rate, just to cite a few. We focus on strongly interacting one-dimensional bosons at finite temperature under harmonic confinement. As it is associated to short-distance correlations, the calculation of the Tan’s contact cannot be obtained within the Luttinger-liquid formalism. We derive the Tan’s contact by employing an exact solution at infinite interactions, as well as a local-density approximation on the Bethe Ansatz solution for the homogeneous system and numerical ab initio calculations for finite interactions. In the limit of infinite interactions, we demonstrate its universal properties, associated to the scale invariance of the model. We then obtain the full scaling function for arbitrary interactions.
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February 19, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Anna Minguzzi
Tan’s contact for a strongly interacting one-dimensional Bose gas in harmonic confinement: universal properties and scaling functions
In this talk I will discuss the motion of a tracer particle driven by an external constant force through a quiescent lattice gas. Due to the interaction between the tracer and the bath particles, here modelled as an exclusion process, the driven tracer reaches a steady-state when the external force and the friction exerted by the bath balance each other. The steady-state is characterised by a non equilibrium broad inhomogeneity of the bath density surrounding the driven tracer yielding a rich variety of behaviours. I show that depending on the effective dimension of the lattice, the driven tracer exhibits from sub-diffusive to strong super-diffusive transport in the limit of high of bath particles. Moreover, when more than one driven tracers exist, the external and friction forces mediate an anisotropic attractive interacting force between the tracers, leading to the formation of clusters. I will show through numerical results that such scenario extends into continuous-space and continuous-time dynamics.
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February 13, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Carlos Mejía Monasterio
Driven tracer in quiescent baths: anomalous diffusion and induced-interaction
Irreversibility, which is usually quantified by the entropy production, is one of the most fundamental concepts in thermodynamics, with deep scientific and technological consequences. It is also an emergent concept, that stems from the complex interactions between a system and its environment. However, as will be discussed in this talk, the standard theory of entropy production breaks down in the quantum case, in particular in the limit of zero temperature. Motivated by this, I will present recent results which overcome these difficulties using the idea of phase space entropy measures for bosonic systems. As I will show, our theory not only overcomes the zero temperature limitations but also allows one to extend the results to deal with non-equilibrium reservoirs. As an application, we will consider squeezed thermal baths, which are instance of a grand-canonical Generalized Gibbs Ensemble and therefore allow us to construct an Onsager transport theory, akin to the theory of thermoelectricity. Finally, I will also discuss how entropy production emerges from the perspective of the environment and the system environment correlations.
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February 6, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Gabriel Landi
Measures of irreversibility in quantum phase space
We present a new method to compute Rényi entropies in one-dimensional critical systems using the mapping of the Nth Rényi entropy to a correlation function involving twist fields in a ℤN cyclic orbifold. When the CFT describing the universality class of the critical system is rational, so is the corresponding cyclic orbifold. It follows that the twist fields are degenerate: they have null vectors. From these null vectors a Fuchsian differential equation is derived, although this step can be rather involved since the null-vector conditions generically involve fractional modes of the orbifold algebra. The last step is to solve this differential equation and build a monodromy invariant correlation function, which is done using standard bootstrap methods. This method is applicable in a variety of situations where no other method is available, for instance when the subsystem A is not connected (e.g. two-intervals EE).
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January 30, 2018
11:00
SISSA, Room 128
Benoit Estienne
Entanglement entropies of 1d critical systems, orbifold and null-vectors
By the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis (ETH), a highly excited energy eigenstate behaves like a thermal state. It is related to the black hole information paradox by the AdS/CFT correspondence. I will talk about ETH in two-dimensional large central charge CFT and compare the excited state of a primary operator with the thermal state. To define ETH precisely, one needs to know how similar, or equivalently dissimilar, the excited state and thermal state are. I will talk about short interval expansions of the entanglement entropy, relative entropy, Jensen–Shannon divergence. For the canonical ensemble, the excited state and thermal state are the same at the leading order of large central charge and are different at the next-to-leading order. I will also discuss briefly ETH for generalized Gibbs ensemble, and ETH for the descendant excited states.
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January 25, 2018
14:00
SISSA, Room 138
Jia-Ju Zhang
Eigenstate thermalization hypothesis in two-dimensional large central charge CFT
In this talk I will motivate the interest for studying SU(N) quantum magnetism, and present three recent results on:
i) a microscopic model exhibiting SU(N) chiral spin liquids and their characterization,
ii) the phase diagram of SU(N) two-leg spin ladders and
iii) finite temperature “phase diagrams” of SU(N) Heisenberg models on two-dimensional lattices.
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January 23, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Andreas Läuchli
SU(N) Quantum Magnetism in 1D and 2D
Recent experiments on large chains of Rydberg atoms [H. Bernien et al., arXiv:1707.04344] have demonstrated the possibility of realizing 1D systems with locally constrained Hilbert spaces, along with some surprising signatures of non-ergodic dynamics, such as persistent oscillations following a quench from the Neel product state. I will argue that this phenomenon is a manifestation of a “quantum many-body scar”, i.e., a concentration of extensively many eigenstates of the system around special many-body states. The special states are analogs of unstable classical periodic orbits in the single-particle quantum scars. I will present a model based on a single particle hopping on the Hilbert space graph, which quantitatively captures the scarred wave functions up to large systems of 32 atoms. These results suggest that scarred many-body bands give rise to a new universality class of quantum dynamics, which opens up opportunities for creating and manipulating novel states with long-lived coherence in systems that are now amenable to experimental study.
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January 16, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Zlatko Papic
Quantum Many-body Scars and Non-ergodic Dynamics in the Fibonacci Chain
Strongly correlated quantum systems exhibit a wide range of phases with unconventional behavior. These phases are characterized by non-trivial global entanglement patterns and cannot be described within the Landau paradigm due to their lack of local order parameters. In my talk, I will discuss how quantum information theory allows us to describe such systems in a way which reconciles their global entanglement with a local description, based on the framework of tensor networks. I will show how tensor networks allow to capture both the structure of the physical interactions as well as global topological entanglement within a unified local description, and how this allows us to build a comprehensive framework to study topologically ordered systems and their excitations. I will then discuss applications of this framework: First, I will show how it allows to characterize the precise nature of topological spin liquids; and second, I will discuss how it can be used to explain topological phase transitions driven by anyon condensation through phases in their entanglement, allowing us to devise measurable order parameters for anyon condensation and thus to study topological phase transitions at a microscopic level.
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January 9, 2018
11:00
ICTP, Stasi Room
Norbert Schuch
Topological Order and Tensor Networks: A Local Perspective on Global Entanglement
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December 19, 2017
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Marco Baiesi
Entanglement in protein native states
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December 12, 2017
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Matteo Polettini
Effective thermodynamics for a marginal observer
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December 5, 2017
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Achilleas Lazarides
Floquet Systems-Ensembles and Order Under Periodic Driving
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November 28, 2017
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Alessandro Vezzani
Single big jump and probability condensation in correlated random walks: the case of Lévy Lorentz gas
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November 14, 2016
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Ingo Peschel
The Entanglement Hamiltonian of a Free-Fermion Chain
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November 7, 2017
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Maurizio Fagotti
Beyond (first-order) generalized hydrodynamics: why? and how!?
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October 17, 2017
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Sascha Wald
Thermalisation and Relaxation of Quantum Systems
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October 11, 2017
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Juan R. Gomez-Solano
Self-propelled colloidal particles in viscoelastic fluids
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October 4, 2017
11:00
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Enrique Rico Ortega
Exploring SO(3) “Nuclear Physics” with Ultra-cold Gases
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September 26, 2017
11:00
SISSA, Big Meeting Room
Alessandro Codello
Functional perturbative RG and CFT data in the ε-expansion
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September 18, 2017
11:00
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Markus Müller
Creating Cool Quantum Matter by Non-linear Driving
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September 4, 2017
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Fabian H.L. Essler
Quantum Master Equations and Integrability
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June 6, 2017
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Pranjal Bordia
Many-Body Localization Through the Lens of Ultracold Quantum Gases
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May 23, 2017
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Masud Haque
Non-equilibrium dynamics in isolated quantum systems
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May 4, 2017
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P.K. Mohanty
Zeroth law in non-equilibrium — a hot needle in water
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May 2, 2017
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G. Biroli
Non-Linear Responses, Soft Modes and the True Nature of Glasses
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April 27, 2017
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S. Sinha
Recent developments in Quantum Chaos
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April 20, 2017
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A. Bernamonti
Heavy–Heavy–Light–Light correlators in Liouville theory
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April 18, 2017
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R. Moessner
Thermodynamics and Order Beyond Equilibrium — The Physics of Periodically Driven Quantum Systems
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April 12, 2017
14:00
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F. Galli
Entanglement scrambling in 2d CFT
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April 11, 2017
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G. Santoro
Floquet Topological Insulators? A few warnings
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March 28, 2017
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F.S. Cataliotti
Quantum Control on an Atom Chip
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March 23, 2017
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N. Pranjal
Virasoro coadjoint orbits of SYK/tensor-models & Emergent 2-D Quantum Gravity
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March 21, 2017
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A. Rosso
Liouville Field Theory and Log-correlated Random Energy Models
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March 16, 2017
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A. de Quieroz
Dualities and Symmetries in the Entanglement Entropy of Fermionic Chains
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March 14, 2017
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T. Roscilde
Quantum correlations: equilibrium and non-equilibrium aspects
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February 28, 2017
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I. Lesanovsky
Exploring far-from-equilibrium physics of dissipative spin systems with highly excited atoms
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February 21, 2017
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S. Ciliberto
A Protocol for Reaching Equilibrium Arbitrarily Fast
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February 2, 2017
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J. Viti
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January 26, 2017
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G. Parisi
The physics of jamming: a journey from marble pebbles toward scaling invariant field theory
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January 17, 2017
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S. Simon
Big Surprises from Small Quantum Hall Droplets
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January 11, 2017
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N. Defenu
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November 22, 2016
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M. Serone
The Effective Bootstrap
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November 15, 2016
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G. Mussardo
Prime Suspects and Coprime Accomplices: Quantum Tales in Number Theory
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November 8, 2016
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E. Tartaglia
Logarithmic minimal models with Robin boundary conditions
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October 11, 2016
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M. Mintchev
Non-equilibrium quantum transport: quantum heat engines and full counting statistics
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October 5, 2016
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Huan-Qiang Zhou
Fidelity mechanics: analogues of four thermodynamic laws and Landauer’s principle
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October 4, 2016
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M. Batchelor
Free parafermions
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July 15, 2016
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Z. Zimboras
Negativity in free fermion systems
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July 12, 2016
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V. Eisler
Universal front propagation in the XY spin chain with domain wall initial conditions
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June 28, 2016
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B. Poszgay
Quantum quenches and exact correlations in the Heisenberg spin chains
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June 17, 2016
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A. Lode
Fragmentation and correlations of interacting ultracold multicomponent bosons
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May 26, 2016
11:30
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F. Marquardt
Light, sound and topology
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May 24, 2016
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E. Dalla Torre
Parametric resonances: from single atoms to many-body systems
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May 19, 2016
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A. Jakovac
Functional renormalization group in fermionic systems
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May 10, 2016
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R. Egger
Multichannel Kondo dynamics and Surface Code from Majorana bound states
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May 6, 2016
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A. Fring
Non-Hermitian quasi-exactly solvable models of E2 Lie algebraic type
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May 5, 2016
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U. Schneider
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May 3, 2016
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F. Bouchet
Large deviation theory applied to climate physics, a new frontier of statistical physics
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April 28, 2016
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E. Collini
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April 28, 2016
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O.A. Castro-Alvaredo
Measures of entanglement from quantum field theory methods
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April 26, 2016
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B. Doyon
Non-equilibrium energy transport at quantum criticality
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April 22, 2016
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M. Polini
Hydrodynamic transport, laminar flow, and the AdS/CFT viscosity bound in a graphene field effect transistor
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April 20, 2016
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A. Varlamov
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April 15, 2016
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J.M. Stephan
Entanglement evolution after inhomogeneous quantum quenches, and the arctic circle
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April 14, 2016
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A.K. Heidelberg
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April 12, 2016
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J. Dubail
Inhomogeneous quantum systems in 1d: how does one describe them with Conformal Field Theory?
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March 31, 2016
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E. Vesselli
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March 22, 2016
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J. Kurchan
Darwinian versus thermal optimization
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March 18, 2016
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R. Sinha
Thermalization with Chemical Potentials, and Higher Spin Black Holes
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March 17, 2016
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D. Fausti
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March 15, 2016
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S. Diehl
Universal Quantum Physics in Driven Open Many-Body Systems
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March 8, 2016
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G. Sierra
Entanglement over the Rainbow
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March 3, 2016
14:00
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C. Maes
Driving-induced stability with long-range effects
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February 22, 2016
14:30
ICTP, Stasi Room
M. Kruger
Fluctuation Induced Interactions In and Out of Equilibrium
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February 17, 2016
15:00
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I. Carusotto
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February 16, 2016
11:00
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W. Krauth
Fast Irreversible Monte Carlo simulations beyond the Metropolis paradigm: Applications to interacting particles and to spin systems
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February 9, 2016
11:00
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T. Fokkema
Supersymmetric lattice models: the field theory connection
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February 2, 2016
11:00
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A. Chiocchetta
Short-time universality and aging in isolated quantum systems
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January 26, 2016
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F. Corberi
Condensation of large fluctuations in a statistical system

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