ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: Pumping Spin-Chain Materials and the Emergence of Generalized Gibbs Ensembles
Starts 8 Mar 2018 11:00
Ends 8 Mar 2018 12:00
Central European Time
Leonardo Building - Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Weak perturbations can drive an interacting many-particle system far from its initial equilibrium state if one is able to pump into degrees of freedom approximately protected by conservation laws. We develop a theory of weakly driven integrable systems and show that pumping can induce large spin or heat currents even in the presence of integrability breaking perturbations, since it activates local and quasi-local approximate conserved quantities. The resulting steady state is qualitatively captured by a generalized Gibbs ensemble with Lagrange parameters that depend on the structure but not on the overall amplitude of perturbations nor the initial state. We suggest to use spin-chain materials driven by terahertz radiation to realize integrability-based spin and heat pumps. We also show that time-dependent generalized Gibbs ensembles accurately describe the time evolution of weakly driven, approximately integrable systems.