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Condensed Matter Theory Forum - Michele Fava

09 Feb 2022
Seminars and colloquia
Simpkins Lee
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

Michele Fava

Seminar series
CMT Forum
Knowledge of physics?
Yes, knowledge of physics required
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What can we learn by measuring nonlinear response in many-body systems?

Most conventional experimental probes used in condensed matter systems can be interpreted through the framework of linear response. There are however cases where linear response functions alone are insufficient to discriminate between different physical scenarios. In these situations, nonlinear response functions could provide a valuable resource to sharpen our understanding. I will discuss two proposals along these lines.
The first [1] uses third-order response functions to clearly pinpoint the origin of a broad spectrum of excitations observed in linear response functions  to a continuum of excitations, as opposed to, e.g., finite lifetime effects of non dispersive levels. The second proposal [2] concerns the measurement of scattering matrices in integrable 1D systems where the initial state is the quasiparticle vacuum. In this setting, I will argue that a component of the response function is linearly growing in time, and by determining the slope of this growth the scattering matrix can be computed.
[1] Y. Wan and N. Armitage, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 257401 (2019)
[2] MF, S. Gopalakrishnan, R. Vasseur, S. A. Parameswaran, F. Essler, in preparation

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