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Quantum framework for describing retarded and nonretarded molecular interactions in external electric fields Karimpour, Mohammad Reza ; Fedorov, Dmitry ; Tkatchenko, Alexandre in Physical Review Research (2022) Detailed reference viewed: 15 (0 UL)Delta-kick cooling, time-optimal control of scale-invariant dynamics, and shortcuts to adiabaticity assisted by kicks Dupays, Léonce ; ; et al in Physical Review Research (2021) Delta-kick cooling (DKC) is used to compress the momentum distribution of ultracold quantum matter. It combines expansion dynamics with the use of kick pulses, designed via classical methods, that bring ... [more ▼] Delta-kick cooling (DKC) is used to compress the momentum distribution of ultracold quantum matter. It combines expansion dynamics with the use of kick pulses, designed via classical methods, that bring the system to rest.We introduce an exact approach to DKC for arbitrary scale-invariant dynamics of quantum gases, lifting the original restrictions to free evolution and noninteracting systems, to account for the control of atomic clouds in a time-dependent harmonic trap that can be either repulsive (inverted) or confining. We show that DKC assisted by a repulsive potential outperforms the conventional scheme, and that sudden trap-frequency quenches combined with DKC are equivalent to time-optimal bang-bang protocols.We further show that reverse engineering of the scale-invariant dynamics under smooth trap-frequency modulations can be combined with DKC to introduce a new class of shortcuts to adiabaticity assisted by kicks. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 27 (2 UL)Distribution of kinks in an Ising ferromagnet after annealing and the generalized Kibble-Zurek mechanism ; ; et al in Physical Review Research (2021) We consider the annealing dynamics of a one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet induced by a temperature quench in finite time. In the limit of slow cooling, the asymptotic two-point correlator is analytically ... [more ▼] We consider the annealing dynamics of a one-dimensional Ising ferromagnet induced by a temperature quench in finite time. In the limit of slow cooling, the asymptotic two-point correlator is analytically found under Glauber dynamics, and the distribution of the number of kinks in the final state is shown to be consistent with a Poissonian distribution. The mean kink number, the variance, and the third centered moment take the same value and obey a universal power-law scaling with the quench time in which the temperature is varied. The universal power-law scaling of cumulants is corroborated by numerical simulations based on Glauber dynamics for moderate cooling times away from the asymptotic limit, when the kink-number distribution takes a binomial form. We analyze the relation of these results to physics beyond the Kibble-Zurek mechanism for critical dynamics, using the kink-number distribution to assess adiabaticity and its breakdown.We consider linear, nonlinear, and exponential cooling schedules, among which the last provides the most efficient shortcuts to cooling in a given quench time. The nonthermal behavior of the final state is established by considering the trace norm distance to a canonical Gibbs state. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 54 (1 UL)Quantum-mechanical force balance between multipolar dispersion and Pauli repulsion in atomic van der Waals dimers Vaccarelli, Ornella ; Fedorov, Dmitry ; Stoehr, Martin et al in Physical Review Research (2021) Detailed reference viewed: 44 (4 UL)Universal Hall conductance scaling in non-Hermitian Chern insulators ; Schmidt, Thomas ; in Physical Review Research (2021) We investigate the Hall conductance of a two-dimensional Chern insulator coupled to an environment causing gain and loss. Introducing a biorthogonal linear response theory, we show that sufficiently ... [more ▼] We investigate the Hall conductance of a two-dimensional Chern insulator coupled to an environment causing gain and loss. Introducing a biorthogonal linear response theory, we show that sufficiently strong gain and loss lead to a characteristic nonanalytical contribution to the Hall conductance. Near its onset, this contribution exhibits a universal power law with a power 3/2 as a function of Dirac mass, chemical potential, and gain strength. Our results pave the way for the study of non-Hermitian topology in fermionic transport experiments. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 12 (0 UL)Correlation satellites in optical and loss spectra Cudazzo, Pier Luigi ; in Physical Review Research (2020), 2 Coupling of excitations leads to intriguing effects on the spectra of materials. We propose a cumulant formulation for neutral electronic excitations which opens the way to describe effects such as double ... [more ▼] Coupling of excitations leads to intriguing effects on the spectra of materials. We propose a cumulant formulation for neutral electronic excitations which opens the way to describe effects such as double plasmon satellites or exciton-exciton coupling. Our approach starts from the GW+Bethe-Salpeter approximation to many-body perturbation theory which is based on a quasiparticle picture, and it adds coupling of excitations through a consistent inclusion of dynamically screened interactions. This requires one to consider scattering contributions that are usually neglected. The result is formulated in a way that highlights essential physics, that can be implemented as a postprocessing tool in first-principles codes, and that suggests which kind of materials and measurements should exhibit strong effects. This is illustrated using a model. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 114 (8 UL)Superadiabatic thermalization of a quantum oscillator by engineered dephasing Dupays, Léonce ; ; Del Campo Echevarria, Adolfo et al in Physical Review Research (2020), 2 Fast nonadiabatic control protocols known as shortcuts to adiabaticity have found a plethora of applications, but their use has been severely limited to speeding up the dynamics of isolated quantum ... [more ▼] Fast nonadiabatic control protocols known as shortcuts to adiabaticity have found a plethora of applications, but their use has been severely limited to speeding up the dynamics of isolated quantum systems. We introduce shortcuts for open quantum processes that make possible the fast control of Gaussian states in nonunitary processes. Specifically, we provide the time modulation of the trap frequency and dephasing strength that allow preparing an arbitrary thermal state in a finite time. Experimental implementation can be done via stochastic parametric driving or continuous measurements, readily accessible in a variety of platforms. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 12 (0 UL)Discrimination of thermal baths by single-qubit probes ; ; et al in Physical Review Research (2020) Nonequilibrium states of quantum systems in contact with thermal baths help distinguishing between environments with different temperatures or different statistics. We extend these studies to a more ... [more ▼] Nonequilibrium states of quantum systems in contact with thermal baths help distinguishing between environments with different temperatures or different statistics. We extend these studies to a more generic problem that consists in discriminating between two baths with disparate constituents at unequal temperatures. Notably there exist temperature regimes in which the presence of coherence in the initial state preparation is beneficial for the discrimination capability. We also find that nonequilibrium states are not universally optimal and detail the conditions in which it becomes advantageous to wait for complete thermalization of the probe. These concepts are illustrated in a linear-optical simulation. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 38 (0 UL)Dynamic tuning of the director field in liquid crystal shells using block copolymers ; ; et al in Physical Review Research (2020), 2(3), 033160 When an orientationally ordered system, like a nematic liquid crystal (LC), is confined on a self-closing spherical shell, topological constraints arise with intriguing consequences that depend critically ... [more ▼] When an orientationally ordered system, like a nematic liquid crystal (LC), is confined on a self-closing spherical shell, topological constraints arise with intriguing consequences that depend critically on how the LC is aligned in the shell. We demonstrate reversible dynamic tuning of the alignment, and thereby the topology, of nematic LC shells stabilized by the nonionic amphiphilic block copolymer Pluronic F127. Deep in the nematic phase, the director (the average molecule orientation) is tangential to the interface, but upon approaching the temperature TNI of the nematic-isotropic transition, the director realigns to normal. We link this to a delicate interplay between an interfacial tension that is nearly independent of director orientation, and the configuration-dependent elastic deformation energy of an LC confined in a shell. The process is primarily triggered by the heating-induced reduction of the nematic order parameter, hence realignment temperatures differ by several tens of degrees between LCs with high and low TNI, respectively. The temperature of realignment is always lower on the positive-curved shell outside than at the negative-curved inside, yielding a complex topological reconfiguration on heating. Complementing experimental investigations with mathematical modeling and computer simulations, we identify and investigate three different trajectories, distinguished by their configurations of topological defects in the initial tangential-aligned shell. Our results uncover a new aspect of the complex response of LCs to curved confinement, demonstrating that the order of the LC itself can influence the alignment and thereby the topology of the system. They also reveal the potential of amphiphilic block copolymer stabilizers for enabling continuous tunability of LC shell configuration, opening doors for in-depth studies of topological dynamics as well as novel applications in, e.g., sensing and programed soft actuators. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 56 (0 UL) |
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