Volume 117, Number 2, January 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||10 March 2017|
Entanglement continuous unitary transformations
1 Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University - 55099 Mainz, Germany
2 Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg - Staudtstraße 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Received: 5 October 2016
Accepted: 20 February 2017
Continuous unitary transformations are a powerful tool to extract valuable information out of quantum many-body Hamiltonians, in which the so-called flow equation transforms the Hamiltonian to a diagonal or block-diagonal form in second quantization. Yet, one of their main challenges is how to approximate the infinitely-many coupled differential equations that are produced throughout this flow. Here we show that tensor networks offer a natural and non-perturbative truncation scheme in terms of entanglement. The corresponding scheme is called “entanglement-CUT” or eCUT. It can be used to extract the low-energy physics of quantum many-body Hamiltonians, including quasiparticle energy gaps. We provide the general idea behind eCUT and explain its implementation for finite 1d systems using the formalism of matrix product operators. We also present proof-of-principle results for the spin-(1/2) 1d quantum Ising model and the 3-state quantum Potts model in a transverse field. Entanglement-CUTs can also be generalized to higher dimensions and to the thermodynamic limit.
PACS: 03.67.-a – Quantum information / 03.65.Ud – Entanglement and quantum nonlocality (e.g. EPR paradox, Bell's inequalities, GHZ states, etc.) / 02.70.-c – Computational techniques; simulations
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