Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie (TKM)
Minimal models for chaotic quantum dynamics in spatially extended many-body systems

TKM Institutsseminar


John Chalker


30.04.2020 12:30


This seminar takes place as an online event


Physics Department, University of Oxford, UK


PD Dr. Igor Gornyi


I will give an overview of recent work on minimal models for quantum chaos in spatially extended many-body quantum systems, describing simple, solvable models.

The detailed study of generic quantum systems -- ones without exact or approximate conservation laws -- goes back at least as far as investigations of highly-excited states in nuclei in the 1950s. It saw revivals in the 1980s with work on systems such as quantum billiards, that have only a few degrees of freedom, and also in the context of mesoscopic conductors. It is attracting renewed current interest with a focus on many-body systems that are spatially extended.

The study of dynamics in spatially many-body systems introduces new questions that do not arise in finite systems such as quantum billiards, or in extended single-particle systems, such as mesoscopic conductors. These questions concern the dynamics of quantum information and the approach to equilibrium. For minimal models I will discuss both these new questions and established ways of characterising generic quantum systems via statistical properties of spectra.

A. Chan, A. De Luca, and J. T. Chalker, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 060601 (2018) and Phys. Rev. X 8, 041019 (2018) and S. Garratt and J. T. Chalker, in progress.