Many-body localized systems are interacting quantum systems which generically fail to thermalize. The 'standard model' of systems is of interacting degrees of freedom particles (spins) on a one dimensional lattice in the presence of a random potential (Zeeman field). The many-body energy eigenstates of these systems are believed to be localized in the sense that their entanglement entropy is sub-extensive and they are consequently non-ergodic. The other widely studied generic class of quantum systems is of those which thermalize and whose energy eigenstates are delocalized (extensive entanglement entropy) and ergodic. In this talk, I will argue that a third class exists, of systems which have non-ergodic but delocalized energy eigenstates. An important characteristic of these systems is the presence of a mobility edge in the single particle spectrum, which can be obtained from suitable quasiperiodic potentials.
Subroto Mukerjee (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Date & Time
Tue, 09 May 2017, 14:00 to 15:30
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore