Scale Invariant Entanglement Negativity at the Many-Body Localization Transition
Mathematical Physics Seminar
7th February 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fry Building, 2.04
The exact nature of the many-body localization transition remains an open question. An aspect which has been posited in various studies is the emergence of scale invariance around this point, however the direct observation of this phenomenon is still absent. Here we achieve this by studying the logarithmic negativity and mutual information between disjoint blocks of varying size across the many-body localization transition. The two length scales, block sizes and the distance between them, provide a clear quantitative probe of scale invariance across different length scales. We find that at the transition point, the logarithmic negativity obeys a scale invariant exponential decay with respect to the ratio of block separation to size, whereas the mutual information obeys a polynomial decay. The observed scale invariance of the quantum correlations in a microscopic model opens the direction to probe the fractal structure in critical eigenstates using tensor network techniques and provide constraints on the theory of the many-body localization transition.