Density dynamics in translationally invariant spin-1/2 chains at high temperatures: A current-autocorrelation approach to finite time and length scales

Autor(en): Steinigeweg, Robin 
Gemmer, Jochen 
Stichwörter: DIFFUSION; FOURIERS LAW; HEAT-CONDUCTION; INTEGRABILITY; LATTICES; Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; MODEL; Physics; Physics, Applied; Physics, Condensed Matter; QUANTUM-SYSTEMS; STATISTICAL-MECHANICS; TRANSPORT-COEFFICIENTS; XXZ CHAIN
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Herausgeber: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Journal: PHYSICAL REVIEW B
Volumen: 80
Ausgabe: 18
Zusammenfassung: 
We investigate transport in several translationally invariant spin-1/2 chains in the limit of high temperatures. We concretely consider spin transport in the anisotropic Heisenberg chain, the pure Heisenberg chain within an alternating field, and energy transport in an Ising chain which is exposed to a tilted field. Our approach is essentially based on a connection between the evolution of the variance of an inhomogeneous nonequilibrium density and the current-autocorrelation function at finite times. Although this relationship is not restricted to the case of diffusive transport, it allows to extract a quantitative value for the diffusion constant in that case. By means of numerically exact diagonalization we indeed observe diffusive behavior in the considered spin chains for a range of model parameters and confirm the diffusion coefficients which were obtained for these systems from nonequilibrium bath scenarios.
ISSN: 24699950
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.184402

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