Time-dependent variational principle in matrix-product state manifolds: pitfalls and potential

Benedikt Kloss, Yevgeny Bar Lev, David Reichman

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We study the applicability of the time-dependent variational principle in matrix product state manifolds for the long time description of quantum interacting systems. By studying integrable and nonintegrable systems for which the long time dynamics are known we demonstrate that convergence of long time observables is subtle and needs to be examined carefully. Remarkably, for the disordered nonintegrable system we consider the long time dynamics are in good agreement with the rigorously obtained short time behavior and with previous obtained numerically exact results, suggesting that at least in this case the apparent convergence of this approach is reliable. Our study indicates that while great care must be exercised in establishing the convergence of the method, it may still be asymptotically accurate for a class of disordered nonintegrable quantum systems.
Original languageEnglish GB
Article number024307
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • cond-mat.str-el
  • cond-mat.dis-nn


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