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Classifying quantum phases using MPS and PEPS



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Schuch, Norbert and Pérez García, David and Cirac, Ignacio (2011) Classifying quantum phases using MPS and PEPS. Physical Review B, 84 . ISSN 1098-0121, ESSN: 1550-235X (Submitted)


Official URL: http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.84.165139


We give a classification of gapped quantum phases of one-dimensional systems in the framework of matrix product states (MPS) and their associated parent Hamiltonians, for systems with unique as well as degenerate ground states and in both the absence and the presence of symmetries. We find that without symmetries, all systems are in the same phase, up to accidental ground-state degeneracies. If symmetries are imposed, phases without symmetry breaking (i.e., with unique ground states) are classified by the cohomology classes of the symmetry group, that is, the equivalence classes of its projective representations, a result first derived by Chen, Gu, and Wen [Phys. Rev. B 83, 035107 (2011)]. For phases with symmetry breaking (i.e., degenerate ground states), we find that the symmetry consists of two parts, one of which acts by permuting the ground states, while the other acts on individual ground states, and phases are labeled by both the permutation action of the former and the cohomology class of the latter. Using projected entangled pair states (PEPS), we subsequently extend our framework to the classification of two-dimensional phases in the neighborhood of a number of important cases, in particular, systems with unique ground states, degenerate ground states with a local order parameter, and topological order. We also show that in two dimensions, imposing symmetries does not constrain the phase diagram in the same way it does in one dimension. As a central tool, we introduce the isometric form, a normal form for MPS and PEPS, which is a renormalization fixed point. Transforming a state to its isometric form does not change the phase, and thus we can focus on to the classification of isometric forms.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Teoría cuántica, Quantum Physics, Strongly Correlated Electrons
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Quantum theory
ID Code:12153
Deposited On:02 Feb 2011 16:47
Last Modified:03 Dec 2014 11:20

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