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Quantum Time Crystals from Hamiltonians with Long-Range Interactions
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). University of Exeter, United Kingdom; ITMO University, Russia.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 123, no 21, article id 210602Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Time crystals correspond to a phase of matter where time-translational symmetry (TTS) is broken. Up to date, they are well studied in open quantum systems, where an external drive allows us to break discrete TTS, ultimately leading to Floquet time crystals. At the same time, genuine time crystals for closed quantum systems are believed to be impossible. In this study we propose a form of a Hamiltonian for which the unitary dynamics exhibits the time crystalline behavior and breaks continuous TTS. This is based on a spin-1/2 many-body Hamiltonian which has long-range multispin interactions in the form of spin strings, thus bypassing previously known no-go theorems. We show that quantum time crystals are stable to local perturbations at zero temperature. Finally, we reveal the intrinsic connection between continuous and discrete TTS, thus linking the two realms.

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2019. Vol. 123, no 21, article id 210602
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176495DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.210602ISI: 000498063400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176495DiVA, id: diva2:1381758
Available from: 2019-12-27 Created: 2019-12-27 Last updated: 2019-12-27Bibliographically approved

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