3 years ago

Many-Body Spectral Reflection Symmetry and Protected Infinite-Temperature Degeneracy.

Michael Schecter, Thomas Iadecola

Protected zero modes in quantum physics traditionally arise in the context of ground states of many-body Hamiltonians. Here we study the case where zero-modes exist in the center of a reflection-symmetric many-body spectrum, giving rise to the notion of a protected "infinite-temperature" degeneracy. For a certain class of nonintegrable spin chains, we show that the number of zero modes is determined by a chiral index that grows exponentially with system size. We propose a dynamical protocol, feasible in ongoing experiments in Rydberg atom quantum simulators, to detect these many-body zero modes and their protecting spectral reflection symmetry.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03101

DOI: arXiv:1801.03101v1

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