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Random matrix theory and critical phenomena in quantum spin chains

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Original languageEnglish
Article number032106
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
DatePublished - 4 Sep 2015


We compute critical properties of a general class of quantum spin chains which are quadratic in the Fermi operators and can be solved exactly under certain symmetry constraints related to the classical compact groups U(N),O(N), and Sp(2N). In particular we calculate critical exponents s,ν, and z, corresponding to the energy gap, correlation length, and dynamic exponent, respectively. We also compute the ground state correlators ⟨σxiσxi+n⟩g,⟨σyiσyi+n⟩g, and ⟨∏ni=1σzi⟩g, all of which display quasi-long-range order with a critical exponent dependent upon system parameters. Our approach establishes universality of the exponents for the class of systems in question.

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Date of Acceptance: 18/08/2015

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