Monday, August 6, 2012

1208.0697 (Kasper Duivenvoorden et al.)

A discriminating string order parameter for topological phases of gapped
SU(N) spin chains

Kasper Duivenvoorden, Thomas Quella
One-dimensional gapped spin chains with SU(N) symmetry are known to possess N different topological phases. In this paper, we introduce a non-local string order parameter which characterizes each of these N phases unambiguously. Numerics confirm that our order parameter may be used to extract a quantized topological invariant given a non-degenerate gapped ground state wave function. Discontinuous jumps in the discrete topological order that arise when varying physical couplings in the Hamiltonian may be used to detect quantum phase transitions.
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