Precise evaluation of thermal response functions by optimized density matrix renormalization group schemes

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This paper provides a study and discussion of earlier as well as novel more efficient schemes for the precise evaluation of finite-temperature response functions of strongly correlated quantum systems in the framework of the time-dependent density matrix renormalization group (tDMRG). The computational costs and bond dimensions as functions of time and temperature are examined for the example of the spin-1/2 XXZ Heisenberg chain in the critical XY phase and the gapped Néel phase. The matrix product state purifications occurring in the algorithms are in a one-to-one relation with the corresponding matrix product operators. This notational simplification elucidates implications of quasi-locality on the computational costs. Based on the observation that there is considerable freedom in designing efficient tDMRG schemes for the calculation of dynamical correlators at finite temperatures, a new class of optimizable schemes, as recently suggested in Barthel, Schollwöck and Sachdev (2012 arXiv:1212.3570), is explained and analyzed numerically. A specific novel near-optimal scheme that requires no additional optimization reaches maximum times that are typically increased by a factor of 2, when compared against earlier approaches. These increased reachable times make many more physical applications accessible. For each of the described tDMRG schemes, one can devise a corresponding transfer matrix renormalization group variant. © IOP Publishing and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barthel, T

Published Date

  • July 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 /

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1367-2630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/1367-2630/15/7/073010

Citation Source

  • Scopus