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  • Long-lived phantom helix states in Heisenberg quantum magnets NATURE PHYSICS Jepsen, P., Lee, Y., Lin, H., Dimitrova, I., Margalit, Y., Ho, W., Ketterle, W. 2022
  • Exact Emergent Quantum State Designs from Quantum Chaotic Dynamics. Physical review letters Ho, W. W., Choi, S. 2022; 128 (6): 060601


    We present exact results on a novel kind of emergent random matrix universality that quantum many-body systems at infinite temperature can exhibit. Specifically, we consider an ensemble of pure states supported on a small subsystem, generated from projective measurements of the remainder of the system in a local basis. We rigorously show that the ensemble, derived for a class of quantum chaotic systems undergoing quench dynamics, approaches a universal form completely independent of system details: it becomes uniformly distributed in Hilbert space. This goes beyond the standard paradigm of quantum thermalization, which dictates that the subsystem relaxes to an ensemble of quantum states that reproduces the expectation values of local observables in a thermal mixed state. Our results imply more generally that the distribution of quantum states themselves becomes indistinguishable from those of uniformly random ones, i.e., the ensemble forms a quantum state design in the parlance of quantum information theory. Our work establishes bridges between quantum many-body physics, quantum information and random matrix theory, by showing that pseudorandom states can arise from isolated quantum dynamics, opening up new ways to design applications for quantum state tomography and benchmarking.

    View details for DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.128.060601

    View details for PubMedID 35213180

  • Transverse Spin Dynamics in the Anisotropic Heisenberg Model Realized with Ultracold Atoms PHYSICAL REVIEW X Jepsen, P., Ho, W., Amato-Grill, J., Dimitrova, I., Demler, E., Ketterle, W. 2021; 11 (4)
  • Quantum phases of matter on a 256-atom programmable quantum simulator. Nature Ebadi, S., Wang, T. T., Levine, H., Keesling, A., Semeghini, G., Omran, A., Bluvstein, D., Samajdar, R., Pichler, H., Ho, W. W., Choi, S., Sachdev, S., Greiner, M., Vuletic, V., Lukin, M. D. 2021; 595 (7866): 227-232


    Motivated by far-reaching applications ranging from quantum simulations of complex processes in physics and chemistry to quantum information processing1, a broad effort is currently underway to build large-scale programmable quantum systems. Such systems provide insights into strongly correlated quantum matter2-6, while at the same time enabling new methods for computation7-10 and metrology11. Here we demonstrate a programmable quantum simulator based on deterministically prepared two-dimensional arrays of neutral atoms, featuring strong interactions controlled by coherent atomic excitation into Rydberg states12. Using this approach, we realize a quantum spin model with tunable interactions for system sizes ranging from 64 to 256 qubits. We benchmark the system by characterizing high-fidelity antiferromagnetically ordered states and demonstrating quantum critical dynamics consistent with an Ising quantum phase transition in (2+1) dimensions13. We then create and study several new quantum phases that arise from the interplay between interactions and coherent laser excitation14, experimentally map the phase diagram and investigate the role of quantum fluctuations. Offering a new lens into the study of complex quantum matter, these observations pave the way for investigations of exotic quantum phases, non-equilibrium entanglement dynamics and hardware-efficient realization of quantum algorithms.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41586-021-03582-4

    View details for PubMedID 34234334

  • Quantum phases of Rydberg atoms on a kagome lattice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Samajdar, R. n., Ho, W. W., Pichler, H. n., Lukin, M. D., Sachdev, S. n. 2021; 118 (4)


    We analyze the zero-temperature phases of an array of neutral atoms on the kagome lattice, interacting via laser excitation to atomic Rydberg states. Density-matrix renormalization group calculations reveal the presence of a wide variety of complex solid phases with broken lattice symmetries. In addition, we identify a regime with dense Rydberg excitations that has a large entanglement entropy and no local order parameter associated with lattice symmetries. From a mapping to the triangular lattice quantum dimer model, and theories of quantum phase transitions out of the proximate solid phases, we argue that this regime could contain one or more phases with topological order. Our results provide the foundation for theoretical and experimental explorations of crystalline and liquid states using programmable quantum simulators based on Rydberg atom arrays.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.2015785118

    View details for PubMedID 33468679