Constructing quantum many-body scar Hamiltonians from Floquet automata

TitleConstructing quantum many-body scar Hamiltonians from Floquet automata
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsRozon, P-G, Gullans, M, Agarwal, K
Date Published12/22/2021

We provide a systematic approach for constructing approximate quantum many-body scars(QMBS) starting from two-layer Floquet automaton circuits that exhibit trivial many-body revivals. We do so by applying successively more restrictions that force local gates of the automaton circuit to commute concomitantly more accurately when acting on select scar states. With these rules in place, an effective local, Floquet Hamiltonian is seen to capture dynamics of the automata over a long prethermal window, and neglected terms can be used to estimate the relaxation of revivals. We provide numerical evidence for such a picture and use our construction to derive several QMBS models, including the celebrated PXP model.