# Abstracts – Group seminar

## Abstracts – Group seminar

## 20.07.2022 - Michael WINTER (University Hamburg)

In close connection to magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene stands a large family of similar materials: transition metal dichalcogenides. The homobilayer of twisted tungsten diselenide (tWSe2) is investigated here.

In previous studies it has been shown that this choice of material exhibits a phase diagram with superconductivity and Mott physics in close vicinity to each other. I will present the idea to tackle the question “where do these phases originate in?”. To do so, we work on establishing a Hubbard-Holstein model, describing electronic and phononic degrees of freedom as well as the interplay between them. This approach is inspired by the possibility that the rich phase diagram is determined by regimes of electron-electron and electron-phonon interaction as well as possibly new physics arising from a complex interplay between these. A focus is laid on the construction of the electronic model.

## 18.07.2022 - André ERPENBECK (University of Michigan - USA)

The inchworm Quantum Monte Carlo (iQMC) methodology [1] enables the numerically exact study of strongly correlated systems in and out of equilibrium. Making optimal use of information on the system’s dynamics at earlier times, the iQMC scheme iteratively reuses information obtained in previous steps to extend the propagation to longer times. Like this, it overcomes the dynamical sign problem in the sense that the numerical effort for reaching longer times scales sub-exponentially. Moreover, the approach allows for a direct formulation in steady-state, which makes it a promising method for a wide range of applications reaching from correlated materials to quantum transport and nanoscience.

This talk provides a general introduction to the basics of the iQMC framework and outlines how the long-time steady-state can be calculated directly without the need to traverse the transient regime. The performance of the iQMC method is demonstrated by comparison with analytical results and other numerically exact techniques. Showcasing its usage within nonequilibrium dynamical mean field simulations [2, 3], we find that the behavior of a strongly correlated metal under an external bias voltage is generally more involved than what is known from the study of quantum dot systems. Moreover, the availability of numerically exact data allows us to assess the accuracy of results obtained by approximate methods.

[1] G. Cohen, E. Gull, D. R. Reichman, and A. J. Millis, Phys. Rev., Lett. 115, 266802 (2015)

[2] A. Georges, G. Kotliar, W. Krauth, and M. J. Rozenberg, Rev. Mod., Phys. 68, 13 (1996)

[3] H. Aoki, N. Tsuji, M. Eckstein, M. Kollar, T. Oka, and P. Werner, Rev., Mod. Phys. 86, 779 (2014)

## 04.07.2022 - Anne MATTHIES (University Cologne)

Preparing the ground state of a many-body Hamiltonian on a quantum device is of central importance, both for quantum simulations of molecules and materials [1], and for a variety of quantum information task [2]. Different approaches to ground state preparation have been proposed, including variational quantum simulation [3], adiabatic evolution [4] and, more recently, also simulated cooling [5,6]. We propose a simple, robust protocol to prepare a low-energy state of an arbitrary Hamiltonian on a quantum computer. The protocol is inspired by the “adiabatic demagnetization” technique, used to cool solid state systems to extremely low temperatures. The adiabatic cooling protocol is demonstrated via an application to the transverse field Ising model. We use half of the qubits to model the system and the other half as a bath.

Each bath spin is coupled to a system spin. In a strong magnetic field, the bath spins are prepared in the polarized ground state. By an adiabatic downward sweep of the magnetic field, we change the energy of the bath spins and allow for resonant processes that transfer entropy from the system to the bath qubits. After each cycle, the bath is reset to the ground state. We find that the performance of the algorithm in the presence of a finite error rate depends on the nature of the excitations of the system; systems with non-local (topological) excitations are more difficult to cool. Finally, we explore ways to partially mitigate this problem.

[1] S. Lloyd, Science 273 1073–1078 (1996).

[2] E. Fahri et al., arXiv:1411.4028 (2014).

[3] A. Peruzzo et al., Nat Commun 5 4213 (2014).

[4] E. Farhi et al., arXiv:quant-ph/0001106 (2000).

[5] S. Polla et al., Phys. Rev. A 104 012414 (2021).

[6] M. Zaletel et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 126 103401 (2021).

## 10.01.2022 - Hugo U.R. STRAND (Örebro University - Sweden)

**Numerical Methods for imaginary and real-time Green’s functions**

Hugo U.R. Strand

Describing the real-time dynamics of interacting quantum many-body systems is a formidable challenge. Green’s function based methods can be readily extended to real-time dynamics by using the Kadanoff-Baym real-time contour Green’s function formalism [1], where the components of the Green’s function acquire two independent time arguments.

Numerical simulations require some form of discretization of the time dependence, and straight forward equidistant time grid has been successfully used for small model systems [2]. For a given discretization, the second challenge is to develop robust and accurate numerical algorithms for solving the Dyson equation of motion for the Green’s function.

In this talk I will present progress on both these aspects. The discrete Lehmann representation (DLR) [3] is a new discretization scheme for the imaginary time branch with asymptotic optimal scaling and analytic basis functions. The DLR has logarithmic scaling of the number of discretization points with respect to the inverse temperature, a drastic improvement compared to the equidistant grid exhibiting linear scaling.

By combining the DLR with an equidistant real-time grid we have developed a fast equilibrium real-time solver for the Dyson equation [4], where the real-time history integral is evaluated using FFT, enabled by a hierarchical decomposition of the convolution matrix. This enables the study of both low temperature and low energy phenomena like the low frequency square root divergence in the Sachdev-Yitaev-Ke model.

[1] G. Stefanucci and R. van Leeuwen,

Nonequilibrium Many-Body Theory of Quantum Systems A Modern Introduction,

Cambridge University Press (2013)

[2] M. Schüler, et al., Comput. Phys. Commun., v257, 107484 (2020)

[3] J. Kaye, et al., arXiv:2107.13094, J. Kaye, HURS, arXiv:2110.06765

[4] J. Kaye, HURS, arXiv:2110.06120

## 13.12.2021 - Christian SCHÄFER (Chalmers University of Technology – Sweden)

*Ab initio* QED: Combining strong light-matter interaction with realistic materials and its application to chemistry

*Ab initio*QED: Combining strong light-matter interaction with realistic materials and its application to chemistry

Christian Schäfer

The alchemical dream of altering a given material on demand into something desirable is at the very heart of chemistry.

Cavity environments provide a novel handle to non-intrusively control materials and chemistry as demonstrated by recent experimental work. A theoretical description of those systems is challenging, to put it mildly. The self-consistent interaction between complex electromagnetic environments and realistic materials gave birth to a new discipline, sometimes referred to as ’ab initio QED’, on the interface of condensed matter and quantum optics.

I will provide an introduction into this newly emerged field, discuss important conditions [1], highlight its strength, current limitations and future prospects. In a first step, a non-perturbative photon-free framework [2] will be introduced that provides access to strong and even deep ultra-strong-coupling phenomena by expressing quantum fluctuations of the field as fluctuations of the currents. Subsequently, the left over classical Maxwell fields can be efficiently embedded into state-of-the-art ab initio libraries [3]. From this perspective, the current state of ab initio QED will be briefly reviewed. Finally, I will present applications to chemistry, demonstrating modifications in weak intermolecular interactions [4] and the speed of chemical reactions [5] by means of an external cavity.

Contact e-mails:

christian.schaefer.physics@gmail.com

[1] Christian Schäfer, Michael Ruggenthaler, Vasil Rokaj, and Angel Rubio, ACS Photonics 2020 7 (4), 975, doi: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b01649.

[2] Christian Schäfer, Florian Buchholz, Markus Penz, Michael Ruggenthaler, and Angel Rubio, PNAS 2021 Vol. 118 No. 41 e2110464118, doi: 10.1073/pnas.2110464118.

[3] Christian Schäfer and Göran Johansson, http://arxiv.org/abs/2106.07507, (2021).

[4] Tor S. Haugland, Christian Schäfer, Enrico Ronca, Angel Rubio, and Henrik Koch, J. Chem. Phys. 154, 094113 (2021); doi: 10.1063/5.0039256.

[5] Schäfer, C., Flick, J., Ronca, E., Narang, P., and Rubio, A., arXiv:2104.12429 (2021).

## 29.11.2021 - Jan M. TOMCZAK (TU Vienna - Austria)

**Phenomenology of transport in semiconductors & Resistivity saturation in Kondo insulators**

Jan M. Tomczak

We devise a methodology for charge, heat, and entropy transport driven by carriers with finite lifetimes.Combining numerical simulations with analytical expressions for low temperatures, we establish a comprehensive and thermodynamically consistent phenomenology for transport properties in semiconductors [1]. As an example, we consider heavy-fermion insulators: Their resistivity typically saturates below a characteristic temperature T*. In our scenario [2], finite lifetimes of intrinsic carriers drive residual conduction, impose the existence of a crossover T*, and control – on par with the charge gap – the quantum regime emerging below. We showcase this mechanism for the Kondo insulator Ce3Bi4Pt3, for which residual conduction is a bulk property, and elucidate how its saturation regime evolves under external pressure and varying disorder. Deriving a phenomenological formula for the quantum regime, we also unriddle the ill-understood bulk conductivity of

SmB6 – demonstrating a wide applicability of our mechanism in correlated narrow-gap semiconductors [3]. Finally, we extend the discussion to signatures of finite electronic lifetimes in the coefficients of Hall, Seebeck and Nernst.

[1] M. Pickem, E. Maggio, J.M. Tomczak, (in preparation, 2021)

[2] M. Pickem, E. Maggio, J.M. Tomczak, Commun. Phys 4, 226 (2021)

[3] J.M. Tomczak, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30, 183001 (2018)