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Dissipative phase transitions and autonomous error correction

April 12, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Simon Lieu
JQI postdoc

Quantum phase transitions are ubiquitous in nature and come in a variety of flavors, including symmetry-breaking transitions and symmetry-protected topological transitions. While these paradigms are by now well understood for closed systems, their generalization to dissipative open systems remains largely unexplored. In this talk, I describe recent progress in this direction. This task has practical relevance: A non-trivial phase can be characterized by an emergent steady state degeneracy in the thermodynamic limit, which is the key ingredient for "autonomous" error correction. I will describe photonic cat codes in the language of symmetry breaking transitions, and show that error correcting properties are related to the model's phase diagram. I will also comment on a theory of symmetry-protected topological transitions in open band insulators.

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