We use Nielsen's approach to quantify the circuit complexity in the one-dimensional Kitaev model. In equilibrium, we find that the circuit complexity of ground states exhibits a divergent derivative at the critical point, signaling the presence of a topological phase transition. Out of equilibrium, we study the complexity dynamics after a sudden quench, and find that the steady-state complexity exhibits nonanalytical behavior when quenched across critical points. We generalize our results to the long-range interacting case, and demonstrate that the circuit complexity correctly predicts the critical point between regions with different semi-integer topological numbers. Our results establish a connection between circuit complexity and quantum phase transitions both in and out of equilibrium, and can be easily generalized to topological phase transitions in higher dimensions. Our study opens a new avenue to using circuit complexity as a novel quantity to understand many-body systems.

1 aLiu, Fangli1 aLundgren, Rex1 aTitum, Paraj1 aGarrison, James, R.1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V. uhttps://arxiv.org/abs/1902.1072001746nas a2200193 4500008004100000245006800041210006700109260001500176490000900191520117800200100001601378700001801394700001701412700001801429700001901447700002401466700002501490856003701515 2019 eng d00aConfined Dynamics in Long-Range Interacting Quantum Spin Chains0 aConfined Dynamics in LongRange Interacting Quantum Spin Chains c04/17/20190 v122 3 aWe study the quasiparticle excitation and quench dynamics of the one-dimensional transverse-field Ising model with power-law (1/rα) interactions. We find that long-range interactions give rise to a confining potential, which couples pairs of domain walls (kinks) into bound quasiparticles, analogous to mesonic bound states in high-energy physics. We show that these bound states have dramatic consequences for the non-equilibrium dynamics following a global quantum quench, such as suppressed spreading of quantum information and oscillations of order parameters. The masses of these bound states can be read out from the Fourier spectrum of these oscillating order parameters. We then use a two-kink model to qualitatively explain the phenomenon of long-range-interaction-induced confinement. The masses of the bound states predicted by this model are in good quantitative agreement with exact diagonalization results. Moreover, we illustrate that these bound states lead to weak thermalization of local observables for initial states with energy near the bottom of the many-body energy spectrum. Our work is readily applicable to current trapped-ion experiments.

1 aLiu, Fangli1 aLundgren, Rex1 aTitum, Paraj1 aPagano, Guido1 aZhang, Jiehang1 aMonroe, Christopher1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V. uhttps://arxiv.org/abs/1810.0236501449nas a2200169 4500008004100000245008800041210006900129260001500198490000800213520091700221100001601138700002401154700002001178700001901198700002501217856003701242 2018 eng d00aAsymmetric Particle Transport and Light-Cone Dynamics Induced by Anyonic Statistics0 aAsymmetric Particle Transport and LightCone Dynamics Induced by c2018/12/200 v1213 aWe study the non-equilibrium dynamics of Abelian anyons in a one-dimensional system. We find that the interplay of anyonic statistics and interactions gives rise to spatially asymmetric particle transport together with a novel dynamical symmetry that depends on the anyonic statistical angle and the sign of interactions. Moreover, we show that anyonic statistics induces asymmetric spreading of quantum information, characterized by asymmetric light cones of out-of-time-ordered correlators. Such asymmetric dynamics is in sharp contrast with the dynamics of conventional fermions or bosons, where both the transport and information dynamics are spatially symmetric. We further discuss experiments with cold atoms where the predicted phenomena can be observed using state-of-the-art technologies. Our results pave the way toward experimentally probing anyonic statistics through non-equilibrium dynamics.

1 aLiu, Fangli1 aGarrison, James, R.1 aDeng, Dong-Ling1 aGong, Zhe-Xuan1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V. uhttps://arxiv.org/abs/1809.02614