Domain wall dynamics in integrable and chaotic spin-1/2 chains

Lea F. Santos, Aditi Mitra

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    We study the time evolution of correlation functions, spin current, and local magnetization in an isolated spin-1/2 chain initially prepared in a sharp domain wall state. The results are compared with the level of spatial delocalization of the eigenstates of the system which is measured using the inverse participation ratio. Both integrable and nonintegrable regimes are considered. Nonintegrability is introduced to the integrable Hamiltonian with nearest-neighbor couplings by adding a single-site impurity field or by adding next-nearest-neighbor couplings. A monotonic correspondence between the enhancement of the level of delocalization, spin current, and magnetization dynamics occurs in the integrable domain. This correspondence is, however, lost for chaotic models with weak Ising interactions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number016206
    JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jul 11 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
    • Statistics and Probability
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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