Entanglement Entropy in Extended Quantum Systems
University of Oxford
Mon, Sep. 06th 2010, 14:00
Salle Claude Itzykson, Bât. 774, Orme des Merisiers
Quantum critical points in extended systems, such as spin chains, are associated with singular behaviour of the quantum entanglement in the ground state between different spatial regions. One way to quantify this is through the entanglement entropy. We argue that these critical singularities have a universal form, which, in 1d, can be understood by conformal field theory and corner transfer matrix methods. These predict unusual corrections to scaling which have been observed in numerical data.