CMT Forum: Federica Surace

06 Mar 2024
Seminars and colloquia
Simpkins Lee

Federica Surace (Caltech)

Seminar series
CMT Forum
Knowledge of physics?
Yes, knowledge of physics required
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Slow thermalization in quantum many-body dynamics

In recent years, there has been considerable interest in the investigation of the approach to thermal equilibrium in isolated quantum many-body systems. When thermalization occurs, expectation values of local observables reach stationary values that depend only on few properties of the initial state and can be predicted with usual statistical mechanics ensembles. However, as I will demonstrate in this presentation, there exist scenarios where the time required for a system to thermalize can be extremely long. I will elucidate three distinct underlying mechanisms leading to anomalously slow thermalization in quantum systems.