Title: A solvable family of driven-dissipative many-body systems

Date: 04/06/2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

Exactly solvable models have played an important role in establishing the sophisticated modern understanding of equilibrium many-body physics. And conversely, the relative scarcity of solutions for non-equilibrium models greatly limits our understanding of systems away from thermal equilibrium. We study a family of nonequilibrium models, described by Lindbladian dynamics, where dissipative processes drive the system toward states that do not commute with the Hamiltonian. Surprisingly, a broad subset of these models can be solved efficiently in any number of spatial dimensions. We leverage these solutions to prove a no-go theorem on steady-state phase transitions in many-body models.