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Exact quantum scars in the chiral nonlinear Luttinger liquid

Author(s): Schindler, Frank; Regnault, Nicolas; Bernevig, Bogdan A.

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Abstract: While the chiral linear Luttinger liquid is integrable via bosonization, its non-linear counterpart does not admit for an analytic solution. In this work, we find a sub-extensive number of exact eigenstates for a large family of density-density interaction terms. These states are embedded in a continuum of strongly-correlated excited states. The real-space entanglement entropy of some exact states scales logarithmically with system size, while that of others has volume-law scaling. We introduce momentum-space entanglement as an unambiguous differentiator between these exact states and the remaining excited states. With regard to momentum space, the exact states behave as bona fide quantum many body scars: they exhibit identically zero momentum-space entanglement, while typical eigenstates behave thermally. We corroborate this finding by a level statistics analysis. Furthermore, we detail the general formalism for systematically finding all interaction terms and associated exact states, and present a number of infinite exact state sequences extending to arbitrarily high energies. Unlike many previous examples of quantum many body scars, the exact states uncovered here do not lie at equidistant energies, and do not follow from a special operator algebra. Instead, they are uniquely enabled by the interplay of Fermi statistics and chirality.
Publication Date: 26-Jan-2022
DOI: doi:10.1103/physrevb.105.035146
ISSN: 2469-9950
EISSN: 2469-9969
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Physical Review B
Version: Author's manuscript

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