Talk 17 - Channeling quantum criticality


Zou, Y. (2023). Talk 17 - Channeling quantum criticality. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/23080012


Zou, Yijian. Talk 17 - Channeling quantum criticality. Perimeter Institute, Aug. 02, 2023, https://pirsa.org/23080012


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:23080012,
            doi = {10.48660/23080012},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/23080012},
            author = {Zou, Yijian},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings, Quantum Foundations, Quantum Information},
            language = {en},
            title = {Talk 17 - Channeling quantum criticality},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2023},
            month = {aug},
            note = {PIRSA:23080012 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Yijian Zou Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


We analyze the effect of decoherence, modelled by local quantum channels, on quantum critical states and we find universal properties of the resulting mixed state's entanglement, both between system and environment and within the system. Renyi entropies exhibit volume law scaling with a subleading constant governed by a "g-function" in conformal field theory (CFT), allowing us to define a notion of renormalization group (RG) flow (or "phase transitions") between quantum channels. We also find that the entropy of a subsystem in the decohered state has a subleading logarithmic scaling with subsystem size, and we relate it to correlation functions of boundary condition changing operators in the CFT. Finally, we find that the subsystem entanglement negativity, a measure of quantum correlations within mixed states, can exhibit log scaling or area law based on the RG flow. When the channel corresponds to a marginal perturbation, the coefficient of the log scaling can change continuously with decoherence strength. We illustrate all these possibilities for the critical ground state of the transverse-field Ising model, in which we identify four RG fixed points of dephasing channels and verify the RG flow numerically. Our results are relevant to quantum critical states realized on noisy quantum simulators, in which our predicted entanglement scaling can be probed via shadow tomography methods.