Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving

Maskara N, Michailidis A, Ho WW, Bluvstein D, Choi S, Lukin MD, Serbyn M. 2021. Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving. Physical Review Letters. 127(9), 090602.


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Maskara, N.; Michailidis, AlexiosIST Austria; Ho, W. W.; Bluvstein, D.; Choi, S.; Lukin, M. D.; Serbyn, MaksymIST Austria
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Abstract
The control of many-body quantum dynamics in complex systems is a key challenge in the quest to reliably produce and manipulate large-scale quantum entangled states. Recently, quench experiments in Rydberg atom arrays [Bluvstein et al. Science 371, 1355 (2021)] demonstrated that coherent revivals associated with quantum many-body scars can be stabilized by periodic driving, generating stable subharmonic responses over a wide parameter regime. We analyze a simple, related model where these phenomena originate from spatiotemporal ordering in an effective Floquet unitary, corresponding to discrete time-crystalline behavior in a prethermal regime. Unlike conventional discrete time crystals, the subharmonic response exists only for Néel-like initial states, associated with quantum scars. We predict robustness to perturbations and identify emergent timescales that could be observed in future experiments. Our results suggest a route to controlling entanglement in interacting quantum systems by combining periodic driving with many-body scars.
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2021-08-27
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Physical Review Letters
Acknowledgement
We thank Dmitry Abanin, Ehud Altman, Iris Cong, Sepehr Ebadi, Alex Keesling, Harry Levine, Ahmed Omran, Hannes Pichler, Rhine Samajdar, Guilia Semeghini, Tout Wang, Norman Yao, and Harry Zhou or stimulating discussions. We acknowledge support from the Center for Ultracold Atoms, the National Science Foundation, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Army Research Office MURI, and the DARPA ONISQ program (M. L., N. M, W. W. H., D. B.); the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Grant Agreement No. 850899 (A. M. and M. S.); the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship under Awards No. DESC0021110 (N. M.); the Moore Foundation EPiQS initiative Grant No. GBMF4306, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Development Grant AY2019/2020 and the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (W. W. H.); the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Grant No. DGE1745303) and The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation (D. B.); the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science (S. C.); DOE Quantum Systems Accelerator – Contract No. 7568717; and DOE Programmable Quantum Simulators for Lattice Gauge Theories and Gauge-Gravity Correspondence – Grant No. DE-SC0021013.
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127
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9
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090602
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Maskara N, Michailidis A, Ho WW, et al. Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving. Physical Review Letters. 2021;127(9). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.090602
Maskara, N., Michailidis, A., Ho, W. W., Bluvstein, D., Choi, S., Lukin, M. D., & Serbyn, M. (2021). Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving. Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.090602
Maskara, N., Alexios Michailidis, W. W. Ho, D. Bluvstein, S. Choi, M. D. Lukin, and Maksym Serbyn. “Discrete Time-Crystalline Order Enabled by Quantum Many-Body Scars: Entanglement Steering via Periodic Driving.” Physical Review Letters. American Physical Society, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.090602.
N. Maskara et al., “Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving,” Physical Review Letters, vol. 127, no. 9. American Physical Society, 2021.
Maskara N, Michailidis A, Ho WW, Bluvstein D, Choi S, Lukin MD, Serbyn M. 2021. Discrete time-crystalline order enabled by quantum many-body scars: Entanglement steering via periodic driving. Physical Review Letters. 127(9), 090602.
Maskara, N., et al. “Discrete Time-Crystalline Order Enabled by Quantum Many-Body Scars: Entanglement Steering via Periodic Driving.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 127, no. 9, 090602, American Physical Society, 2021, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.090602.
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