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Oneparticle density matrix of trapped onedimensional impenetrable bosons from conformal invariance
by Yannis Brun, Jérôme Dubail
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Authors (as registered SciPost users):  Yannis Brun · Jerome Dubail 
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Preprint Link:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1701.02248v1 (pdf) 
Date submitted:  20170116 01:00 
Submitted by:  Brun, Yannis 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Academic field:  Physics 
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Approach:  Theoretical 
Abstract
The oneparticle density matrix of the onedimensional TonksGirardeau gas with inhomogeneous density profile is calculated, thanks to a recent observation that relates this system to a twodimensional conformal field theory in curved space. The result is asymptotically exact in the limit of large particle density and small density variation, and holds for arbitrary trapping potentials. In the particular case of a harmonic trap, we recover a formula obtained by Forrester et al. [Phys. Rev. A 67, 043607 (2003)] from a different method.
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Report #2 by Anonymous (Referee 2) on 2017221 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:1701.02248v1, delivered 20170221, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.85
Strengths
1. Very well written, with the aim to reach a broad audience.
Weaknesses
See report
Report
In this paper the authors analyse the equilibrium properties of a onedimensional
Bose gas in the strong repulsive interacting regime. In particular, they focus on the
twopoint bosonic correlation function, solving the problem of finding its shape
in the presence of an arbitrary confining potential by exploiting a very useful relation with
a twodimensional conformal field theory in curved space. Such approach was recently
introduced by one of the author (see Ref. 34 and 35) in the context of noninteracting fermions,
and here it is further developed so as to obtain a very attractive result for a Tonks gas.
I really appreciated this work and I think it absolutely deserves to be published on SciPost.
In spite of that, I have a curiosity that the author may address:
1. In the present work the author consider hardcore bosons. In order to evaluate
the twopoint function, they first refer to a Luttinger Liquid gaussian action (Eq.15) with depends
on the Luttinger parameter K (which for hardcore bosons is identically 1);
thereafter they identify the vertex operators which mostly contribute to the original
boson creation operator. Then they use the gaussian action with a properly deformed new metric.
Now, I was wondering if this approach can be extended to a generic critical system whose
low energy description is given by the Luttigner Liquid theory.
For example, in the XXZ spin1/2 chain with spacedependent coupling
\Delta(x) in [1,1] and spacedependent potential V(x) coupled to Sz (nothing but the density).
In this case I may imagine to have a Luttinger parameter K(\rho(x), \Delta(x)) depending
on space via the filling and the interaction. Is the author approach effective in this situation
or maybe there are some subtleties which make that such approach fails?
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Report #1 by Anonymous (Referee 1) on 2017131 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:1701.02248v1, delivered 20170131, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.74
Strengths
1, Interesting and new results relevant to experiments.
2. Clear and pedagogical style.
Weaknesses
I would appreciate a discussion of the applicability domain of the results, see report
Report
The manuscripts presents derivation of onebody density matrix of impenetrable
(TonksGirardeau) bosons in a system with inhomogeneous density. The method
used is Conformal Field Theory adapted for inhomogeneous backgrounds. The
result is anticipated and reduces to known expression in all particular cases
considered. The manuscript is very clearly written and provides sufficient
details which can be followed easily. Overall I recommend the manuscript for
publication in SciPost. I would appreciate if the authors can clarify the
following points:
1. The use of Conformal Field Theory for interacting systems of bosons can be
used for any interaction strength (in a homogeneous setup). The author should
state why their results cannot be applied to any value of interactions. I
guess this is related to the density dependence of critical exponents
depending on Luttinger parameter K.
2. The density vanishing at the boundaries of the interval makes the
Conformal Field approach invalid there. The domain of validity of the derived
results should be stated carefully.
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Author: Yannis Brun on 20170308 [id 106]
(in reply to Report 1 on 20170131)
We thank the referee for their thorough report on the manuscript. Below we give answers to the two issues raised in the report.

This is actually explained in the second paragraph of the conclusion. In inhomogeneous situations, the Luttinger parameter $K$ becomes space dependent, that is we have $K(x)$. This does not change dramatically the problem and the approach we followed is expected to generalise to such cases without introducing new concepts. It is more technical though and it is still work in progress. We hope to come up with this generalisation in a future paper.

The elements to address this remark are mentioned in the text but we admit that it could have been clearer. The key to the validity of our results is the Local Density Approximation (LDA), which serves in the derivation of all the quantities of interest (group velocity, densitydependent prefactor in the bosonic creation/destruction operators, etc...). In the problem we treat, the thermodynamic limit is taken by sending $\hbar \to 0$ while keeping all other parameters fixed; this is equivalent to sending $N \to \infty$, and it ensures that LDA becomes exact. In other words, we consider the oneparticle density matrix $g(x,x')$ with $x$ and $x'$ fixed (or equivalently $x/L$ and $x'/L$ fixed, where $L=x_2x_1$ is the system size) and send $\hbar \to \infty$, so the points $x$ and $x'$ should always be viewed as bulk points, in the sense that there is always an arbitrarily large number of particles between the position $x$ and the boundary of the system. In this limit, our results are exact. Now, if we were considering small but finite $\hbar$, or equivalently large but finite $N$, there would be subleading corrections. Such corrections are very interesting, but they are beyond the scope of this paper, and will be studied elsewhere. We reformulated the fifth paragraph of the introduction to make the domain of validity of our results more apparent.
Author: Yannis Brun on 20170308 [id 107]
(in reply to Report 2 on 20170221)We are grateful to the referee for their positive feedbacks on the manuscript.
Here, we want to briefly discuss the "curiosity" mentioned in the report. First of all, the approach applies to any system captured by Luttinger Liquid theory, whether it is on the lattice or in the continuum. What matters is that the system under scrutiny can be treated with LDA. In the paper we focused on the TonksGirardeau gas because it is a particularly simple and physically relevant model, but we clearly think that the method we used can be generalized. As for the specific example of the XXZ chain with spacedependent couplings (that would vary slowly at the lattice scale, in order for LDA to be applicable), it all boils down to introducing spacedependence in the Luttinger paramter $K(x)$. Thus, our answer is the same as the one to the first remark of the previous report: it is more technical but the approach can be generalized to that case. We hope to come back to this in the near future.