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Sep 27 – 30, 2016
DESY Hamburg
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Tensor Networks and their use for Lattice Gauge Theories

Sep 29, 2016, 12:10 PM
Main Auditorium (DESY Hamburg)

Main Auditorium

DESY Hamburg

Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg


Mari Carmen Banuls


The term Tensor Network States (TNS) has become a common one in the context of numerical studies of quantum many-body problems. It refers to a number of families that represent different ansatzes for the efficient description of the state of a quantum many-body system. The first of these families, Matrix Product States (MPS), lies at the basis of Density Matrix Renormalization Group methods, which have become the most precise tool for the study of one dimensional quantum many-body systems. Their natural generalization to two or higher dimensions, the Projected Entanglement Pair States (PEPS) are good candidates to describe the physics of higher dimensional lattices. Another TNS ansatz, the MERA, has recently been connected to a discrete realization of the AdS/CFT correspondence. TNS can be used to study equilibrium properties, as ground and and thermal states, but also dynamics. Quantum information gives us some tools to understand why these families are expected to be good ansatzes for the physically relevant states, and some of the limitations connected to the simulation algorithms. Lattice Gauge Theories, in their Hamiltonian version, offer a challenging scenario for these techniques. While the dimensions and sizes of the systems amenable to TNS studies are still far from those achievable by Monte Carlo simulations, Tensor Networks can be readily used for problems which more standard techniques cannot easily tackle, such as the presence of a chemical potential, or out-of-equilibrium dynamics. The last years have seen an increasing interest in this particular application of Tensor Network techniques. The performance of Matrix Product States (MPS) has been explored in the case of the Schwinger model, as a widely used testbench for lattice techniques. The low energy states of the model, away from any perturbative regime, have been shown to be well approximated by the MPS ansatz. The precision achieved by the method allows for accurate finite size and continuum limit extrapolations of the ground state energy, but also of the mass gaps and temperature dependent quantities, thus showing the feasibility of these techniques for gauge theory problems. The feasibility of the method has already been tested also for non-Abelian models, out-of-equilibrium scenarios, and non-vanishing chemical potential.

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