Quantum phase transition in the spin-anisotropic quantum spherical model

Sascha Wald, Malte Henkel

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Motivated by an analogy with the spin anisotropies in the quantum XY chain and its reformulation in terms of spin-less Majorana fermions, its bosonic analogue, the spin-anisotropic quantum spherical model, is introduced. The exact solution of the model permits to analyse the influence of the spin-anisotropy on the phase diagram and the universality of the critical behaviour in a new way, since the interactions of the quantum spins and their conjugate momenta create new effects. At zero temperature, a quantum critical line is found, which is in the same universality class as the thermal phase transition in the classical spherical model in $d+1$ dimensions. The location of this quantum critical line shows a re-entrant quantum phase transition for dimensions $1
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • cond-mat.stat-mech
  • hep-th
  • math-ph
  • math.MP
  • nlin.SI
  • quant-ph


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