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On quantum phase crossovers in finite systems

By Katrina E. Hibberd, Clare Dunning and Jon Links


In this work we define a formal notion of a quantum phase crossover for certain Bethe ansatz solvable models. The approach we adopt exploits an exact mapping of the spectrum of a many-body integrable system, which admits an exact Bethe ansatz solution, into the quasi-exactly solvable spectrum of a one-body Schrodinger operator. Bifurcations of the minima for the potential of the Schrodinger operator determine the crossover couplings. By considering the behaviour of particular ground state correlation functions, these may be identified as quantum phase crossovers in the many-body integrable system with finite particle number. In this approach the existence of the quantum phase crossover is not dependent on the existence of a thermodynamic limit, rendering applications to finite systems feasible. We study two examples of bosonic Hamiltonians which admit second-order crossovers

Topics: QA
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Year: 2006
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