Metastability in an open quantum Ising model

Rose, Dominic C. and Macieszczak, Katarzyna and Lesanovsky, Igor and Garrahan, Juan P. (2016) Metastability in an open quantum Ising model. Physical Review E, 94 (5). 052132/1-052132/11. ISSN 2470-0053

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Abstract

We apply a recently developed theory for metastability in open quantum systems to a one-dimensional dissipative quantum Ising model. Earlier results suggest this model features either a nonequilibrium phase transition or a smooth but sharp crossover, where the stationary state changes from paramagnetic to ferromagnetic, accompanied by strongly intermittent emission dynamics characteristic of first-order coexistence between dynamical phases. We show that for a range of parameters close to this transition or crossover point the dynamics of the finite system displays pronounced metastability, i.e., the system relaxes first to long-lived metastable states before eventual relaxation to the true stationary state. From the spectral properties of the quantum master operator we characterize the low-dimensional manifold of metastable states, which are shown to be probability mixtures of two, paramagnetic and ferromagnetic, metastable phases. We also show that for long times the dynamics can be approximated by a classical stochastic dynamics between the metastable phases that is directly related to the intermittent dynamics observed in quantum trajectories and thus the dynamical phases.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.94.052132
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 11:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39552

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