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Disorder-Free Localization


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Adam Smith
    Pages 1-39
  3. Adam Smith
    Pages 41-54
  4. Adam Smith
    Pages 55-69
  5. Adam Smith
    Pages 71-82
  6. Adam Smith
    Pages 83-96
  7. Adam Smith
    Pages 97-103
  8. Adam Smith
    Pages 105-115
  9. Adam Smith
    Pages 117-120
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 121-143

About this book


This thesis is a contribution at the intersection of a number of active fields in theoretical and experimental condensed matter, particularly those concerned with disordered systems, integrable models, lattice gauge theories, and non-equilibrium quantum dynamics. It contributes an important new facet to our understanding of relaxation in isolated quantum systems by conclusively demonstrating localization without disorder for the first time, answering a long-standing question in this field. This is achieved by introducing a family of models – intimately related to paradigmatic condensed matter models – and studying their non-equilibrium dynamics through a combination of exact analytical mappings and an array of numerical techniques. This thesis also makes contributions relevant to the theory of quantum chaotic behaviour by calculating novel, and often intractable, entanglement measures and out-of-time-ordered correlators. A concrete and feasible proposal is also made for the experimental realization and dynamical study of the family of models, based on currently available technologies.


Quantum Dynamics Non-Equilibrium Many-Body Localization Lattice Gauge Theories Disorder-Free Localization Constrained Dynamics Disordered Systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

About the authors

Adam Smith completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge UK (with Dr. Dmitry Kovrizhin). Following this he took up a Postdoc position at Imperial College London UK and is now a Postdoc at the Technical University Munich, Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disorder-Free Localization
  • Authors Adam Smith
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-20850-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-20853-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-20851-6
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 143
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Condensed Matter Physics
    Quantum Physics
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