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Lowenergy excitations and transport functions of the onedimensional Kondo insulator
by Robert Peters, Roman Rausch
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Authors (as registered SciPost users):  Robert Peters · Roman Rausch 
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Preprint Link:  https://arxiv.org/abs/2301.08404v2 (pdf) 
Date accepted:  20230419 
Date submitted:  20230322 02:02 
Submitted by:  Peters, Robert 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Academic field:  Physics 
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Approaches:  Theoretical, Computational 
Abstract
Using variational matrix product states, we analyze the finite temperature behavior of a halffilled periodic Anderson model in one dimension, a prototypical model of a Kondo insulator. We present an extensive analysis of singleparticle Green's functions, twoparticle Green's functions, and transport functions creating a broad picture of the lowtemperature properties. We confirm the existence of energetically lowlying spin excitations in this model and study their energymomentum dispersion and temperature dependence. We demonstrate that chargecharge correlations at the Fermi energy exhibit a different temperature dependence than spinspin correlations. While energetically lowlying spin excitations emerge approximately at the Kondo temperature, which exponentially depends on the interaction strength, charge correlations vanish already at high temperatures. Furthermore, we analyze the charge and thermal conductivity at finite temperatures by calculating the timedependent currentcurrent correlation functions. While both charge and thermal conductivity can be fitted for all interaction strengths by gapped systems with a renormalized band gap, the gap in the system describing the thermal conductivity is generally smaller than the system describing the charge conductivity. Thus, twoparticle correlations affect the charge and heat conductivities in a different way resulting in a temperature region where the charge conductivity of this onedimensional Kondo insulator is already decreasing while the heat conductivity is still increasing.
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Report 1
We thank the referee for carefully reading our manuscript and recommending it for publication. Below we answer all questions.

* Is there any understanding why vertex corrections are negligible for strong coupling ? This could be useful for other techniques which often neglect them.

[Answer]
We do not know the full answer to this very interesting question.
However, it is important to stress that the spinspin correlation function does not include the lowenergy excitations without the vertex corrections. Thus, vertex corrections are not generally unimportant at strong interaction strengths!
On the other hand, we found that the bubble diagram reproduces well the chargecharge correlations without vertex corrections at strong interactions. Unfortunately, we do not fully understand when vertex corrections are important and when they are unimportant in the presence of correlations. It depends on the kind of correlation function that is studied.

* In order to perform Fourier transform in time, did you use some trick to avoid artefacts due to the finite tmax ?It would be nice to see (in supplemental) some typical timedependent correlations at T=0.

[Answer]
As described in Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 076401, we use a windowing function that is multiplied with the realtime data to avoid Gibbs artifacts due to a finite propagation time.
In the revised manuscript, we mention this as
“Regarding the realtime Fourier transform, we multiply the realtime data by a windowing function, $W(t) = exp(4*t/t_{max})$, to avoid Gibbs artifacts due to the finite propagation time. This window function affects the width of the features in the spectra, but not their positions.”
Furthermore, we show examples of timedependent correlation functions (of the singleparticle Green’s function) in a new appendix of the revised manuscript.

* To compute the specific heat, it is written that an MPO form was used for H^2. Is it exact or compressed ? Would it be easier to compute it from the energy e(T) ?

[Answer]
In our calculations, H^2 is expressed exactly (with lossless compression). Obtaining H^2 generally poses no problem for shortranged Hamiltonians with small MPO bond dimensions. Computing the specific heat by a numerical derivative of e(T) would be equally possible. However, it seems to us that using H^2 is more accurate and thus preferable whenever H^2 can be obtained.
We mention this in the revised manuscript.

* It is mentioned that different bond dimensions are used for backward/forward evolution, probably due to the local/global nature of the operator. How were the numbers chosen ? In one Appendix, there is a benchmark plot but it would be useful to see how these two parameters are chosen.

[Answer]
As written in the manuscript, we split the calculation of the currentcurrent correlation functions by using a part of the current operator in the middle of the chain and calculating the correlation of this with the full current operator.
Thus, one propagation uses only a part of the current operator, while the other propagation uses the full current operator. This is the reason why we have chosen different bond dimensions for the backward and forward propagation.
Otherwise, we tried to use a large bond dimension (as large as possible), still ensuring that the calculation finishes in a reasonable time (several days) and does not consume too much memory (<200GB). After testing several different bond dimensions, which are shown in the appendix, we decided to use m_f=1000 and m_b=2000.
We mention this in the appendix of the revised manuscript as
“These bond dimensions are chosen in the calculations as large as possible to ensure high accuracy but small enough that the calculation can finish in a reasonable calculation time of several days.”

* Why are the results not directly comparable to experiments ? Of course materials are 3d, but what about the typical temperature scales ?

[Answer]
A direct comparison to experiments is difficult not only because of the dimension but also because of the band structure of the material.
In our calculations, the results strongly depend on the interaction strength. When comparing to real materials, on the other hand, we will need to take into account the full band structure.
For example, the resistivity of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 starts to increase at around 30K. This change in resistivity corresponds to the initial decrease of the conductivity in our calculations at T=0.5 – 0.8 (depending on the interaction strength). Regarding this material, our calculations would thus be valid for T>5K. However, it is important to note that SmB6 is expected to be strongly correlated (large value of U) and that SmB6 has strong valence fluctuations (f electrons are not halffilled), while we only performed calculations for halffilled f electrons.
Thus, we believe that comparison to real materials is very difficult due to the band structure and the dimension.
Requested changes

1 It would be useful to plot the local density of states N(w) for various T in order to see the appearance of the gap and the emergence of Kondo physics.

[Answer]
We note that the density of states is shown in Fig. 7 of the manuscript. While our calculations show the gap formation for U=2 and U=4, U=8 has a Kondo temperature T<0.1. Thus, for U=8, we do not see the formation of a full gap in the finite T calculations.

2 What is the finitetemperature correlation length for T>0.1? Is it the limitation for the numerical technique ?

[Answer]
This is an interesting question.
We have calculated the chargecharge and spinspin correlations at T=0, which are shown in a new appendix of the revised manuscript. We choose to calculate these correlations at T=0 because the correlation length generally decreases with increasing temperature. Thus, we believe T=0 shows the largest correlation length for a certain interaction strength.
In our calculations, we see that chargecharge and spinspin correlations follow a different exponential law at long distances. Furthermore, we see that the correlation length of spinspin correlations increases exponentially with the interaction strength while the chargecharge correlation length behaves (rather) linearly. This agrees well with our dynamical correlation functions, where we also see a Kondo scale in the spinspin correlations, which is absent in the chargecharge correlations.
Furthermore, we see that the spinspin correlation length for U=8 is around 6. For this interaction strength, our systems are much larger than the correlation length. Thus, there are no limitations due to the correlation length for U<10. The limitations in our calculations arise due to the entropy growth during the time evolution, which depends on the interaction strength and the temperature.

3 I would not call VMPS as "numerically exact" since usually MPS methods are not guaranteed to converge to the absolute minimum (finding the optimal MPS is NP hard). Of course they do work extremely well for simple models.

[Answer]
We thank the referee for pointing this out.
We have changed the expression “numerically exact” to “highly accurate.”



Report 2

We thank the referee for carefully reading our manuscript and recommending it for publication. Below we answer all the raised questions.

Requested changes
1What is the actual value of the hybridization amplitude V used in the
simulations?

[Answer]
We thank the referee for asking this question. We indeed missed giving the actual number. All calculations are done for V=1.
We now include these values in the revised manuscript.
List of changes
• We shortly comment on how the Fourier transform of the realtime data is performed. Furthermore, we show a few examples of realtime and realspace correlation functions in the appendix.
• We mention that H^2 is uncompressed.
• We mention how we chose the bond dimension for the forward and backward propagation.
• We have calculated the correlation length for several interaction strengths and show these in the appendix.
• We have changed “numerically exact” to “highly accurate.”
• We have included the values of V and t in the model section.
Published as SciPost Phys. 14, 166 (2023)