Anomalous transport in integrable spin chains

Speaker: Sarang Gopalakrishnan , The City University of New York

When: November 6, 2019 (Wed), 03:30PM to 05:00PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 328
Hosted by: Anushya Chandran

This event is part of the Condensed Matter Theory Seminar Series.

The XXZ spin chain is a canonical model of one-dimensional quantum magnetism. We consider spin transport at nonzero temperature in this model. Spin transport is ballistic in the easy-plane regime, diffusive in the easy-axis regime, and superdiffusive at the isotropic Heisenberg point. Energy transport, by contrast, is ballistic in all cases. The framework of generalized hydrodynamics offers an elementary explanation of these phenomena [1] in terms of the quasiparticle content of the XXZ model. It also predicts new transport anomalies, e.g., in local relaxation in the easy-axis regime in the presence of a magnetic field [2], and in the a.c. conductivity in the easy-plane regime [3]. These anomalies come from the asymptotic behavior of large bound states of many quasiparticles, as we will discuss.

[1] SG, R. Vasseur, PRL 122, 127202 (2019) [2] SG, R. Vasseur, B. Ware, PNAS 116, 16250 (2019) [3] U. Agrawal, SG, R. Vasseur, and B. Ware, arXiv:1909.05263