Many-body localization and symmetry-protected topological order

Anushya Chandran, Vedika Khemani, C. R. Laumann, Shivaji Lal Sondhi

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Recent work shows that highly excited many-body localized eigenstates can exhibit broken symmetries and topological order, including in dimensions where such order would be forbidden in equilibrium. In this paper we extend this analysis to discrete symmetry-protected order via the explicit examples of the Haldane phase of one-dimensional spin chains and the topological Ising paramagnet in two dimensions. We comment on the challenge of extending these results to cases where the protecting symmetry is continuous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144201
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Apr 7 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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