Emergent dimerization and localization in disordered quantum chains

André P. Vieira, José A. Hoyos
<span title="2018-09-14">2018</span> <i title="American Physical Society (APS)"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/b7jx7xdhxncvtj2nb24xhplinq" style="color: black;">Physical review B</a> </i> &nbsp;
We uncover a novel mechanism for inducing a gapful phase in interacting many-body quantum chains. The mechanism is nonperturbative, being triggered only in the presence of both strong interactions and strong aperiodic (disordered) modulation. In the context of the critical antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 XXZ chain, we identify an emerging dimerization which removes the system from criticality and stabilizes the novel phase. This mechanism is shown to be quite general in strongly interacting quantum
more &raquo; ... hains in the presence of strongly modulated quasiperiodic disorder which is, surprisingly, perturbatively irrelevant. Finally, we also characterize the associated quantum phase transition via the corresponding critical exponents and thermodynamic properties.
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