Generalized Thermalization in Quantum-Chaotic Quadratic Hamiltonians

Patrycja Łydżba, Marcin Mierzejewski, Marcos Rigol, Lev Vidmar

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Thermalization (generalized thermalization) in nonintegrable (integrable) quantum systems requires two ingredients: equilibration and agreement with the predictions of the Gibbs (generalized Gibbs) ensemble. We prove that observables that exhibit eigenstate thermalization in single-particle sector equilibrate in many-body sectors of quantum-chaotic quadratic models. Remarkably, the same observables do not exhibit eigenstate thermalization in many-body sectors (we establish that there are exponentially many outliers). Hence, the generalized Gibbs ensemble is generally needed to describe their expectation values after equilibration, and it is characterized by Lagrange multipliers that are smooth functions of single-particle energies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060401
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 11 2023

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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