Physics at Virginia

"Entanglement, chaos and order"

Xiaoliang Qi , Stanford University
[Host: Israel Klich ]

In classical mechanics, chaos refers to the phenomenon that an arbitrarily small perturbation leads to a dramatic change at a later time. The analogous phenomenon in quantum mechanics---quantum chaos is generic in many-body systems. Although chaos makes it difficult to solve the many-body problem exactly, it actually provides new knowledge about dynamics of the system, such as thermalization. In understanding quantum chaos and thermalization, the concept of quantum entanglement plays an essential role. In this talk, I will discuss the connection between several related phenomena, including the dynamics of quantum entanglement, thermalization of isolated systems, and measure of quantum chaos. As a concrete model to study quantum chaos, I will discuss the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK) model and its generalizations. This model provides an example of strongly correlated systems in which new kinds of "order" emerges from chaos. Entanglement dynamics in this model suggests an interesting interplay between thermalization and many-body localization.


References: arXiv:1511.04021




Friday, December 1, 2017
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special room.

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