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Signatures of Many-Body Localization in a Controlled Open Quantum System

Luschen, Henrik P; Bordia, Pranjal; Hodgman, Sean; Schreiber, Michael; Sarkar, Saubhik; Daley, Andrew J; Fischer, Mark H; Altman, Ehud; Bloch, Immanuel; Schneider, Ulrich


In the presence of disorder, an interacting closed quantum system can undergo many-body localization (MBL) and fail to thermalize. However, over long times, even weak couplings to any thermal environment will necessarily thermalize the system and erase all signatures of MBL. This presents a challenge for experimental investigations of MBL since no realistic system can ever be fully closed. In this work, we experimentally explore the thermalization dynamics of a localized system in the presence...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review X
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.7.011034
Access Rights: Open Access


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