Semiclassical theory of front propagation and front equilibration following an inhomogeneous quantum quench

Márton Kormos, Cǎtǎlin Paşcu Moca, G. Zaránd

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Abstract

We use a semiclassical approach to study out-of-equilibrium dynamics and transport in quantum systems with massive quasiparticle excitations having internal quantum numbers. In the universal limit of low-energy quasiparticles, the system is described in terms of a classical gas of colored hard-core particles. Starting from an inhomogeneous initial state, in this limit we give analytic expressions for the space-and time-dependent spin density and spin current profiles. Depending on the initial state, the spin transport is found to be ballistic or diffusive. In the ballistic case we identify a "second front" that moves more slowly than the maximal quasiparticle velocity. Our analytic results also capture the diffusive broadening of this ballistically propagating front. To go beyond the universal limit, we study the effect of nontrivial scattering processes in the O(3) nonlinear sigma model by performing Monte Carlo simulations, and we observe local equilibration around the second front in terms of the densities of the particle species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032105
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume98
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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