10 December 2018 from 10:30 to 11:30

PhD defence of Tatjana Puškarov

Non-equilibrium properties of quantum spin chains

In this thesis, we study the properties of the transverse field Ising (TFI) chain in several non-equilibrium setups.

One such setup is finite-time quantum quench—quench in which a Hamiltonian parameter is continuously changed during a finite-time, as opposed to the usual instantaneous change in the sudden quenches. A different type of quantum quench, which does not involve changing a Hamiltonian parameter, can be realised by the so-called partitioning protocol. In this protocol, two independent chains are prepared at different temperatures and then coupled into a single system and evolved as such. Another possibility to take the system out of equilibrium is to introduce a driving—for example, by suddenly and continuously changing a Hamiltonian parameter over long times.

We discuss the general treatment of each of these situations, and apply them to several quench and driving protocols in the TFI chain. We analyse the behaviour of several observables, such as the total energy, spin correlation functions and Loschmidt echo, during and after quenches and during driving. While we choose the specific protocols to display the dependence of observables on the protocol features, we also investigate the universal behaviours of the observables in the late-time limit. Isolated quenched TFI chains do not relax at late times, however, local observables in these systems do—they relax to a special stationary state described by the generalised Gibbs ensemble (GGE). A similar situation happens in the case of periodic driving of the TFI chain—the late time state of the driven TFI chain, at least as far as the local observables are concerned, it is a periodic steady state described by the periodic Gibbs ensemble (PGE). In this thesis, we observe the relaxation behaviour for various quench and driving protocols and observables.

In addition to studying statistical ensembles in the context of relaxation of out-of-equilibrium systems, we describe a machine learning algorithm based on the generalised Gibbs ensemble. We first describe a traditional machine learning algorithm, the Boltzmann machine, and its quantum version. Based on our knowledge of the relaxation of the out-of-equilibrium TFI chain, we modify the existing Boltzmann machine algorithm to include the many GGE charges and test it on the commonly used MNIST dataset. Rather than learning a complicated energy function and using the Boltzmann distribution, we then use the relatively simple TFI Hamiltonian and learn the effective temperatures of the GGE and find reasonably low error rates, while learning a comparatively low number of parameters. 

Start date and time
10 December 2018 10:30
End date and time
10 December 2018 11:30
PhD candidate
T. Puškarov
Dissertation
Non-equilibrium properties of quantum spin chains
PhD supervisor(s)
prof. dr. ir. H.T.C. Stoof
Co-supervisor(s)
dr. D. Schuricht