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Many-body localization of spinless fermions with attractive interactions in one dimension

Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Björn Sbierski, Florian Dorfner, Christoph Karrasch, Fabian Heidrich-Meisner

SciPost Phys. 4, 002 (2018) · published 18 January 2018


We study the finite-energy density phase diagram of spinless fermions with attractive interactions in one dimension in the presence of uncorrelated diagonal disorder. Unlike the case of repulsive interactions, a delocalized Luttinger-liquid phase persists at weak disorder in the ground state, which is a well-known result. We revisit the ground-state phase diagram and show that the recently introduced occupation-spectrum discontinuity computed from the eigenspectrum of one-particle density matrices is noticeably smaller in the Luttinger liquid compared to the localized regions. Moreover, we use the functional renormalization scheme to study the finite-size dependence of the conductance, which resolves the existence of the Luttinger liquid as well and is computationally cheap. Our main results concern the finite-energy density case. Using exact diagonalization and by computing various established measures of the many-body localization-delocalization transition, we argue that the zero-temperature Luttinger liquid smoothly evolves into a finite-energy density ergodic phase without any intermediate phase transition.

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Conductance Disordered systems Ergodicity Exact diagonalization Functional renormalization Many-body localization (MBL) One-dimensional systems Spinless fermions Tomonaga-Luttinger liquids

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