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Many-body localization and quantum thermalization


It is the common wisdom that time evolution of a many-body system leads to thermalization and washes away quantum correlations. But one class of system—referred to as many-body localized—defy this expectation.

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Fig. 1: Schematic phase diagram of a model with a bounded many-body spectrum (for example, lattice fermions or spins).
Fig. 2: Experimental observation of MBL in an ultracold atomic system.
Fig. 3: Subdiffusive transport in the thermal state near the MBL transition.


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