Spatiotemporal spread of perturbations in power-law models at low temperatures: Exact results for classical out-of-time-order correlators

Bhanu Kiran S., David A. Huse, Manas Kulkarni

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We present exact results for the classical version of the out-of-time-order commutator (OTOC) for a family of power-law models consisting of particles in one dimension and confined by an external harmonic potential. These particles are interacting via power-law interaction of the form where is the position of the particle. We present numerical results for the OTOC for finite at low temperatures and short enough times so that the system is well approximated by the linearized dynamics around the many-body ground state. In the large- limit, we compute the ground-state dispersion relation in the absence of external harmonic potential exactly and use it to arrive at analytical results for OTOC. We find excellent agreement between our analytical results and the numerics. We further obtain analytical results in the limit where only linear and leading nonlinear (in momentum) terms in the dispersion relation are included. The resulting OTOC is in agreement with numerics in the vicinity of the edge of the “light cone.” We find remarkably distinct features in OTOC below and above in terms of going from non-Airy behavior () to an Airy universality class (). We present certain additional rich features for the case that stem from the underlying integrability of the Calogero-Moser model. We present a field theory approach that also assists in understanding certain aspects of OTOC such as the sound speed. Our findings are a step forward towards a more general understanding of the spatiotemporal spread of perturbations in long-range interacting systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA9
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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