Quantum relaxation after a quench in systems with boundaries

Ferenc Iglói, Heiko Rieger

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We study the time dependence of the magnetization profile, m l(t), of a large finite open quantum Ising chain after a quench. We observe a cyclic variation, in which starting with an exponentially decreasing period the local magnetization arrives to a quasistationary regime, which is followed by an exponentially fast reconstruction period. The nonthermal behavior observed at near-surface sites turns over to thermal behavior for bulk sites. In addition to the standard time and length scales a nonstandard time scale is identified in the reconstruction period.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035701
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 20 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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