Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie (TKM)
Many-body localisation: a tale of correlations and constraints on Fock space

Seminar über Theoretische Festkörperphysik


Sthitadhi Roy


27.04.2020 14:00


This seminar will take place as an online event.


Physics Department, University of Oxford, UK


PD Dr. Igor Gornyi


Please note that this talk will take place online via Zoom. Members of the Institutes for Theory of Condensed Matter (TKM), for Solid State Theory (TFP), and for Quantum Materials and Technologies (IQMT) will receive an e-mail invitation by default. Others interested in participating should send an e-mail to

Many-body localised phases of matter fall outside the paradigm the conventional statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. A natural question thus is what minimal and generic properties random many-body Hamiltonians must possess for a localised phase to be stable. In this talk, I will discuss two complementary answers by treating the problem on the Fock space wherein it is a disordered hopping problem on a complex correlated graph. The first of them is strong correlations in the Fock-space on-site energies which arise since the exponentially large in system size number of Fock-space site energies are built out of polynomially large random numbers for local Hamiltonians. Secondly, constrained dynamics on the Fock space can also lead to localisation. The theory is rooted in analytic but approximate calculations of the propagators on the Fock space and supported by numerical results of spectral and dynamical properties of microscopic Hamiltonians.