Online Seminar: Jeongwan Haah (Microsoft), Topological phases of discrete time evolution


Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 10:00am



Jeongwan Haah

Location: Zoom

Time: Tuesday, 10:00 AM (Eastern US), 15:00 (UK/Eire), 16:00 (Central Europe), 22:00 (China)

Title: Topological phases of discrete time evolution

Abstract: In the Heisenberg picture of quantum mechanics, time evolution is a one-parameter family of automorphisms of operator algebra. Restricted to short times, the equivalence between time evolution and quantum circuits, especially the property that it maps a local operator to another, has been implanted in theoretical studies of topological phases of matter. In this talk, I will explain recent findings that not all locality-preserving automorphisms, also called quantum cellular automata, can be written as quantum circuits—there exists a “discrete time dynamics” that cannot have a “Hamiltonian.” These are tightly related to static, topological many-body states. I will give results on the classification of these automorphisms and connect them to locally generated subalgebras in one lower dimension.

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