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Publication Detail / Abstract

M. Medenjak, B. Buča, D. Jaksch

Isolated Heisenberg magnet as a quantum time crystal

published on Physical Review B on July 20, 2020
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We demonstrate analytically and numerically that the paradigmatic model of quantum magnetism, the Heisenberg XXZ spin chain, does not equilibrate. It constitutes an example of persistent nonstationarity in a quantum many-body system that does not rely on external driving or coupling to an environment. We trace this phenomenon to the existence of extensive dynamical symmetries. We discuss how the ensuing persistent oscillations that seemingly violate one of the most fundamental laws of physics could be observed experimentally.
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