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Title:On numerical methods in quantum spin systems
Author(s):Kochkov, Dmitrii
Director of Research:Clark, Bryan K
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Fradkin, Eduardo
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cooper, Lance; Adshead, Peter
Department / Program:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):scientific computing
quantum many body problem
frustrated magnetism
exact diagonalization
neural networks
machine learning
stuffed honeycomb
Abstract:This thesis is focused on the application and development of numerical methods for studying quantum many- body spin systems. Part I sets the stage for research projects. In chapter 1, I go over major milestones in the field of frustrated magnetism, how it fits into a larger category of condensed matter physics, and recent developments that provide context for the research projects presented in part II. Chapters 2 3 provide the reader with necessary concepts in physics of phase transitions and numerical methods that are often employed when studying ground states of quantum many body systems. Part II focuses on the research projects carried out during my PhD research. In chapter 4 I present a machine-learning inspired method for solving quantum many body problems. This method addresses issues of representation of variational wave functions and their optimization. In chapter 5, I present a numerical study on the embedding of an exactly solvable point in a phase diagram of an extended Heisenberg model on a kagome lattice. Chapter 6 studies a quantum Heisenberg model on the stuffed honeycomb lattice. Phase transitions in quantum many body systems manifest themselves as a reorganization of low energy spectra of the system. They come in a variety of forms ranging from symmetry breaking transitions, where a local order parameter is formed and to topological phase transitions where the change of the ground state can be attributed to non-local changes in the entanglement patterns. In chapter 2, I review classic models studied in the context of frustrated magnetism and briefly go over the formulation of Landau symmetry breaking theory and common order parameters. The breakdown of Landau symmetry-breaking theory for topological phase transition is discussed using the example of Resonance Valence Bond (RVB) state, which serves as a qualitative exemplification of spin liquid phases. I discuss means of detecting phase transitions with a focus on methods that are applicable in a numerical setting. Chapter 3 presents elements of the numerical machinery that the rest of the thesis employs and builds upon. I discuss traditional trade-offs and provide rough metrics used for analysis of strengths and drawbacks of different approaches. Then I focus on Exact Diagonalization (ED) and Variational Monte Carlo (VMC) methods that are used in later chapters. In chapter 4, I describe the application of machine learning techniques to the variational approach to the quantum many body problem. I introduce Computational Graph States (CGS), a new class of variational wave functions based on the dataflow programming paradigm. The use of computational graphs makes composing new wave functions easy due to its modular structure. Automatic differentiation allows us to obtain efficient derivatives with respect to variational parameters automatically. We also develop a novel optimization scheme, Supervised Wave-function Optimization. It combines ideas of supervised learning and imaginary time evolution. Our method resolves a number of technical challenges and allows seamless optimization of complicated variational models. During the exploration process we constructed a new class of system size invariant model wave functions that can be trained on one system size and generalized to other system sizes with high accuracy. In chapter 5, we study the phase diagram of the kagome antiferromagnet in the J2, Jz plane, which corresponds to second nearest neighbor interactions and spin anisotropy. We report an exactly solvable point with macroscopic degeneracy at J2 = 0, Jz = −0.5 and show that many phases emanate from around this point. In addition, we find a previously unknown transition within the spin-liquid region suggesting a possibility of two distinct spin liquids. In chapter 6, we consider a Heisenberg model on the stuffed honeycomb lattice which interpolated between the triangular and honeycomb lattices. Using exact diagonalization we compute the phase diagram of this model. We find that for this model, the triangular lattice J1-J2 spin liquid region is extended to a larger domain that has lower symmetries than that of the triangular lattice. We perform a variational study of projected BCS wave functions which we directly compare to exact ground states on 36 site cluster as well as consider variational energies from larger system sizes. We argue that construction of symmetric states is essential to obtain good variational energies and give evidence that Dirac spin-liquid state is likely to characterize the spin liquid phase.
Issue Date:2019-05-02
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Dmitrii Kochkov
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08

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