3 years ago

Chaos, Instability and a Stranger Metal.

Swapnamay Mondal

An upper bound on Lyapunov exponent of a thermal many body quantum system has been conjectured recently. In this work, we attempt to achieve a physical understanding of what prevents a system from violating this bound. We suggest the answer is that super-maximal chaos leads to instability. Our suggestion is based on findings in a SYK lattice model, with a tuneable parameter, which the Lyapunov spectrum depends upon. In the stable regime of this parameter, along with incoherent metallic phase, the system exhibits another novel phase, where transport is controlled neither by quasi-particles nor by diffusion. At the phase transition diffusion coefficient, butterfly velocity and Thouless time diverges.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.09669

DOI: arXiv:1801.09669v1

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