Condensed Matter Seminar: Shenghan Jiang, Boston College, “Classification and simulation of quantum phases by symmetric tensor networks”

Event time: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 52 See map
217 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

In this talk, we introduce a general method to construct fully symmetric quantum wavefunctions using projected entangled pair states (PEPS). We find that quantum phases can be organized into crude classes distinguished by local tensor properties, which is related to the symmetry enriched topological phases (SET) and/or symmetry protected topological phases (SPT) of both on-site and lattice symmetries. The tensor network constructions also indicate a general connection between SET and SPT via anyon condensation. Based on the analytical work, we develop an efficient simulation algorithm, which is able to sharply determine crude classes in interacting quantum systems. We show the power of this method in half-integer quantum spin systems on the kagome lattice, where we identify the ground state likely to be a U(1) spin liquid.