Entanglement Spectrum, Critical Exponents and Order Parameters in Quantum Spin Chains

Gabriele De Chiara, Luca Lepori, M. Lewenstein, A. Sanpera

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Abstract

We investigate the entanglement spectrum near criticality in finite quantum spin chains. Using finite size scaling we show that when approaching a quantum phase transition, the Schmidt gap, i.e., the difference between the two largest eigenvalues of the reduced density matrix ?1, ?2, signals the critical point and scales with universal critical exponents related to the relevant operators of the corresponding perturbed conformal field theory describing the critical point. Such scaling behavior allows us to identify explicitly the Schmidt gap as a local order parameter.
Original languageEnglish
Article number237208
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume109
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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