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Exploring non-equilibrium phase transitions with driven Rydberg ensembles

Friday, December 1, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: East Bridge 114
Michael Buchhold, Postdoctoral Scholar, Refael Group

Abstract: Stochastic processes with absorbing states feature remarkable examples of non-equilibrium universal phenomena. While a broad understanding has been progressively established in the classical regime, relatively little is known about the behavior of these non-equilibrium systems in the presence of quantum fluctuations. Here we theoretically address such a scenario in an open quantum spin model which in its classical limit undergoes a directed percolation phase transition. By mapping the problem to a non-equilibrium field theory, we show that the introduction of quantum fluctuations stemming from coherent, rather than statistical, spin-flips alters the nature of the transition such that it becomes first-order.


 

 

Series: IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar Series
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