The emergent integrability of the many-body localized phase is naturally understood in terms of localized quasiparticles. As a result, the occupations of the one-particle density matrix in eigenstates show a Fermi-liquid-like discontinuity. Here, we show that in the steady state reached at long times after a global quench from a perfect density-wave state, this occupation discontinuity is absent, reminiscent of a Fermi liquid at a finite temperature, while the full occupation function remains strongly nonthermal. We discuss how one can understand this as a consequence of the local structure of the density-wave state and the resulting partial occupation of quasiparticles. This partial occupation can be controlled by tuning the initial state and can be described by an effective temperature.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics