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Quantum Monte Carlo detection of SU(2) symmetry breaking in the participation entropies of line subsystems

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      Using quantum Monte Carlo simulations, we compute the participation (Shannon-Rényi) entropies for groundstate wave functions of Heisenberg antiferromagnets for one-dimensional (line) subsystems of length L embedded in two-dimensional ( L\times L ) square lattices. We also study the line entropy at finite temperature, i.e. of the diagonal elements of the density matrix, for three-dimensional ( L\times L\times L ) cubic lattices. The breaking of SU(2) symmetry is clearly captured by a universal logarithmic scaling term l_q\ln L in the Rényi entropies, in good agreement with the recent field-theory results of Misguish, Pasquier and Oshikawa . We also study the dependence of the log prefactor l_q on the Rényi index q for which a transition is detected at q_c\simeq 1 .

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            Affiliations
            [1]University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
            [2]French National Centre for Scientific Research
            [3]University of Toulouse
            Journal
            SciPost Physics
            SciPost Phys.
            Stichting SciPost
            2542-4653
            2017
            March 24 2017
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            10.21468/SciPostPhys.2.2.011
            © 2017

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