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SFB1238 | Hendrik Weimer

On 17 October at 14:30 - 15:30 in Seminar Room of the Institute of Physics II

Hendrik Weimer, Uni Hannover


Variational Principle for Open Quantum Many-Body Systems


Dissipative quantum many-body systems are extremely challenging to analyze, as most theoretical tools developed for equilibrium systems cannot be applied. I will present a variational principle that can be applied to obtain a better understanding of the essential physics within these systems, such as dissipative phase transitions [1,2]. Within the context of a dissipative Ising model, I will compare the variational method to recent results obtained using a tensor network approach [3]. Finally, I will demonstrate how a better fundamental understanding of dissipative quantum many-body systems enables the realization of a novel class of dissipative quantum sensors [4].




[1] H. Weimer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 040402 (2015).

[2] V. R. Overbeck, M. F. Maghrebi, A. V. Gorshkov, H. Weimer, Phys. Rev. A 95, 042133 (2017).

[3] A. Kshetrimayum, H. Weimer, R. Orus, Nature Commun. 8, 1291 (2017).

[4] M. Raghunandan, J. Wrachtrup, H. Weimer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 150501 (2018).


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