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Sthitadhi Roy (University of Oxford, UK)
Date & Time
Tue, 01 June 2021, 14:30 to 16:00
Online Seminar

Many-body localised (MBL) phases of matter fall outside the conventional paradigm of equilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Remarkably, they also exhibit a novel phase transition between an ergodic and an MBL phase, the nature of which is currently an active area of research. In this talk, I will discuss some theoretical approaches towards this problem by exploiting the exact mapping between a many-body Hamiltonian and a tight-binding problem on the Fock-space graph. I will discuss how strong correlations emerge in the effective Fock-space disorder and how they play a central role in stabilising an MBL phase. I will then discuss how the correlations in the eigenstates on the Fock space reveal the critical properties of the MBL transition. I will show the existence of a correlation length that varies discontinuously across the transition, and how its critical scaling is consistent with a Kosterlitz-Thouless like scenario.