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Weak Ergodicity Breaking and Quantum Many-Body Scars in Spin-1 XY Magnets

TitleWeak Ergodicity Breaking and Quantum Many-Body Scars in Spin-1 XY Magnets
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsM. Schecter, and T. Iadecola
JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.
Volume123
Pagination147201
Date PublishedOCT 1
Type of ArticleArticle
ISSN0031-9007
Abstract

We study the spin-1 XY model on a hypercubic lattice in d dimensions and show that this well-known nonintegrable model hosts an extensive set of anomalous finite-energy-density eigenstates with remarkable properties. Namely, they exhibit subextensive entanglement entropy and spatiotemporal long-range order, both believed to be impossible in typical highly excited eigenstates of nonintegrable quantum many-body systems. While generic initial states are expected to thermalize, we show analytically that the eigenstates we construct lead to weak crgodicity breaking in the form of persistent oscillations of local observablcs following certain quantum quenches-in other words, these eigenstates provide an archetypal example of so-called quantum many-body scars. This Letter opens the door to the analytical study of the microscopic origin, dynamical signatures, and stability of such phenomena.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.147201