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Title: Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model

Abstract

We study a quantum mechanical model proposed by Sachdev, Ye and Kitaev. The model consists of N Majorana fermions with random interactions of a few fermions at a time. It it tractable in the large N limit, where the classical variable is a bilocal fermion bilinear. The model becomes strongly interacting at low energies where it develops an emergent conformal symmetry. We study two and four point functions of the fundamental fermions. This provides the spectrum of physical excitations for the bilocal field. The emergent conformal symmetry is a reparametrization symmetry, which is spontaneously broken to SL(2;R), leading to zero modes. These zero modes are lifted by a small residual explicit breaking, which produces an enhanced contribution to the four point function. This contribution displays a maximal Lyapunov exponent in the chaos region (out of time ordered correlator). We expect these features to be universal properties of large N quantum mechanics systems with emergent reparametrization symmetry. This article is largely based on talks given by Kitaev, which motivated us to work out the details of the ideas described there.

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  1. Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (United States)
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Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1536177
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1331021
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0009988
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Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

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Maldacena, Juan, and Stanford, Douglas. Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/physrevd.94.106002.
Maldacena, Juan, & Stanford, Douglas. Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model. United States. doi:10.1103/physrevd.94.106002.
Maldacena, Juan, and Stanford, Douglas. Fri . "Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model". United States. doi:10.1103/physrevd.94.106002. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1536177.
@article{osti_1536177,
title = {Remarks on the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model},
author = {Maldacena, Juan and Stanford, Douglas},
abstractNote = {We study a quantum mechanical model proposed by Sachdev, Ye and Kitaev. The model consists of N Majorana fermions with random interactions of a few fermions at a time. It it tractable in the large N limit, where the classical variable is a bilocal fermion bilinear. The model becomes strongly interacting at low energies where it develops an emergent conformal symmetry. We study two and four point functions of the fundamental fermions. This provides the spectrum of physical excitations for the bilocal field. The emergent conformal symmetry is a reparametrization symmetry, which is spontaneously broken to SL(2;R), leading to zero modes. These zero modes are lifted by a small residual explicit breaking, which produces an enhanced contribution to the four point function. This contribution displays a maximal Lyapunov exponent in the chaos region (out of time ordered correlator). We expect these features to be universal properties of large N quantum mechanics systems with emergent reparametrization symmetry. This article is largely based on talks given by Kitaev, which motivated us to work out the details of the ideas described there.},
doi = {10.1103/physrevd.94.106002},
journal = {Physical Review D},
issn = {2470-0010},
number = 10,
volume = 94,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {11}
}

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