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Iblisdir, S. and Pérez García, David and Aguado, M. and Pachos, J. (2010) Thermal states of anyonic systems. Nuclear Physics B, 829 . pp. 401-424. ISSN 0550-3213


Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S055032130900604X



A study of the thermal properties of two-dimensional topological lattice models is presented. This work is relevant to assess the usefulness of these systems as a quantum memory. For our purposes, we use the topological mutual information I(topo) as a "topological order parameter". For Abelian models, we show how I(topo) depends on the thermal topological charge probability distribution. More generally, we present a conjecture that I(topo) can (asymptotically) be written as a Kullback-Leitner distance between this probability distribution and that induced by the quantum dimensions of the model at hand. We also explain why I(topo). is more suitable for our purposes than the more familiar entanglement entropy S(topo). A scaling law, encoding the interplay of volume and temperature effects, as well as different limit procedures, are derived in detail. A non-Abelian model is next analyzed and similar results are found. Finally, we also consider, in the case of it one-plaquette toric code, an environment model giving rise to a simulation of thermal effects in time.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mesoscale; Nanoscale Physics
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Mathematical physics
ID Code:17664
Deposited On:15 Jan 2013 09:29
Last Modified:04 Dec 2014 10:49

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