Thermalization in open many-body systems based on eigenstate thermalization hypothesis

Tatsuhiko Shirai, Takashi Mori

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Abstract

We investigate steady states of macroscopic quantum systems under dissipation not obeying the detailed balance condition. We argue that the Gibbs state at an effective temperature gives a good description of the steady state provided that the system Hamiltonian obeys the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis (ETH) and the perturbation theory in the weak system-environment coupling is valid in the thermodynamic limit. We derive a criterion to guarantee the validity of the perturbation theory, which is satisfied in the thermodynamic limit for sufficiently weak dissipation when the Liouvillian is gapped for bulk-dissipated systems, while the perturbation theory breaks down in boundary-dissipated chaotic systems due to the presence of diffusive transports. We numerically confirm these theoretical predictions. This paper suggests a connection between steady states of macroscopic open quantum systems and the ETH.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042116
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume101
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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