CQD Special Seminar

1. October 2018 15:00

Konferenzraum 4, 01.106, Physikalisches Institut, INF 226

Microscopy of many-body localization in one dimension

Dr. Julian Leonard
Harvard University, USA

An interacting quantum system that is subject to disorder may cease to thermalize due to localization of its constituents, thereby marking the breakdown of thermodynamics. The key to our understanding of this phenomenon lies in the system’s entanglement, which is experimentally challenging to measure.

We realize such a many-body-localized system in a disordered Bose-Hubbard chain and characterize its entanglement properties. We observe that the particles become localized, suppressing transport and preventing the thermalization of subsystems. Notably, we measure the development of non-local correlations, whose evolution is consistent with a logarithmic growth of entanglement entropy–the hallmark of many-body localization. Our work experimentally establishes many-body localization as a qualitatively distinct phenomenon from localization in non-interacting, disordered systems.


Prof. Dr. M. Weidemüller
Physikalisches Institut
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120 Heidelberg
Claudia Krämer
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Dipolar quantum gases: From rotons to supersolids to vortices
Dr. Manfred Johann Mark, Institut für Experimentalphysik, Universität Innsbruck, INF 227, Hörsaal 1