Skip to main content

Alexander Elgart: Localization for a disordered XXZ spin chain

Time: Thu 2019-04-18 14.00 - 15.00

Location: Seminar Hall Kuskvillan, Institut Mittag-Leffler

Participating: Alexander Elgart, Virginia Tech

Quantum spin chains provide some of the mathematically most accessible examples of quantum many-body systems. However, even these toy models pose considerable analytical and numerical challenges, due to the fact that the number of degrees of freedom involved grows exponentially fast with the system’s size. Last years have seen a significant effort in physics community to understand the dynamical behavior of disordered quantum systems, in particular to provide at least phenomenological description of their quantum phases. We will discuss the recent progress in establishing many body localization at the bottom of the spectrum of a disordered XXZ chain. In particular, we will introduce a new approach to many body localization that works beyond the droplet phase (joint work in progress with A. Klein).