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

Tatsuhiko Shirai, Takashi Mori

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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
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 23

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