Density Matrix Renormalization Group in the Heisenberg Picture

Michael J. Hartmann, Javier Prior, Stephen R. Clark, Martin B. Plenio

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In some cases the state of a quantum system with a large number of subsystems can be approximated efficiently by the density matrix renormalization group, which makes use of redundancies in the description of the state. Here we show that the achievable efficiency can be much better when performing density matrix renormalization group calculations in the Heisenberg picture, as only the observable of interest but not the entire state is considered. In some non-trivial cases, this approach can even be exact for finite bond dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number057202
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2009

Bibliographical note

version to appear in PRL, acronyms in title and abstract expanded, new improved numerical examples


  • cond-mat.str-el
  • cond-mat.other
  • quant-ph


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