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Finite temperature and quench dynamics in the Transverse Field Ising Model from form factor expansions
by Etienne Granet, Maurizio Fagotti, Fabian H. L. Essler
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Authors (as Contributors):  Fabian Essler · Maurizio Fagotti · Etienne Granet 
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Preprint link:  scipost_202003_00052v1 
Date submitted:  20200330 02:00 
Submitted by:  Granet, Etienne 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Abstract
We consider the problems of calculating the dynamical order parameter twopoint function at finite temperatures and the onepoint function after a quantum quench in the transverse field Ising chain. Both of these can be expressed in terms of form factor sums in the basis of physical excitations of the model. We develop a general framework for carrying out these sums based on a decomposition of form factors into partial fractions, which leads to a factorization of the multiple sums and permits them to be evaluated asymptotically. This naturally leads to systematic low density expansions. At late times these expansions can be summed to all orders by means of a determinant representation. Our method has a natural generalization to semilocal operators in interacting integrable models.
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Anonymous Report 4 on 2020630 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202003_00052v1, delivered 20200630, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1791
Strengths
1. Analytic results on dynamics of the oder parameter at finite temperature and that after a quantum quench are obtained.
2. The results are asymptotically exact.
3. The analytic method developed in this work may creates new possibility for computing correlation functions and expectation values of socalled semilocal operators in noninteracting and interacting integrable models.
Weaknesses
1. The description is so technical that it is difficult for nonexperts on this subject to read.
2. No description on the organization of the paper in Introduction.
3. There are a few typos.
Report
It has been difficult to compute timedependent behaviors of the order parameter in the onedimensional transverse Ising model in spite of its integrability. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, no exact result has been known on the correlation function as well as the expectation value of the order parameter as functions of time in the thermodynamic limit. The difficulty originates in the fact that one has to take into account the matrix elements of an operator between states belonging to different fermionparity sectors. The authors of this manuscript resolved this difficulty by making use of the typicality ansatz and partial fraction decompositions.
Although the algebra is quite hard to follow, the results presented here should be valuable to those who study the dynamics of integrable and nonintegrable quantum manybody systems.
Requested changes
1. The organization of the paper should be described in the last section of Introduction.
2. Correct typos as follows.
a) Equation (19): \xi_T > \xi_L
b) Below Eq. (39): Fig. 3.1.1 > Fig. 1
c) Equation (80): dk > dx
d) The line after Eq. (136): computing > computed
e) Equation (140): the factor C must be inserted in front of exp.
f) The second line of Sec. 5.1.2: ‘two’ should be removed.
g) The first line after the caption of Fig. 11: T > \rho_{\beta}

Anonymous Report 3 on 202066 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202003_00052v1, delivered 20200605, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1741
Strengths
1. Analytical results on the dynamics of the operators like \sigma^{x}_{l}, which are nonlocal in the JordanWigner fermions that diagonalize the Hamiltonian (semilocal in the sense described in the text), as presented here, are rather rare. These operators are interesting because they have more generic dynamical behavior even in integrable systems. This leads to an expansion organized by the degrees of the pole, and hence an expansion in the density of particles in the representative state.
2. The authors present a nice technique to overcome the wellknown difficulties of calculating form factors with several singularities (several poles) by breaking it into partial fractions. This gives a
3. Even though not exact, the results are rigorous and accurate (the latter being confirmed by the numerics).
4. The formalism goes through for semilocal operators in interacting integrable systems.
Weaknesses
1. The work draws heavily on constructs and technical ideas from previous works without the necessary (even brief) introductions of those. This makes it hard to penetrate for a general physicist who might want to get an idea of the new physics presented in the paper but does not keep the exact technical knowhow of this very specific branch.
2. In a few places (for example, on the righthand side of Eq. 12) symbols are used without specifying their meanings.
3. Interestingly but unfortunately, the formalism does not seem to be extendable for calculating local operators even for integrable cases in the presence of interactions.
Report
In this work, the authors used the socalled quench action formalism to determine the latetime behavior of local and semilocal operators following a quantum quench. The most important result is capturing the late time dynamics of semilocal operators via formfactor calculation. These operators are hard to calculate analytically when the model is mapped to free fermions because they are nonlocal in terms of those degrees of freedom, and also technically hard because of having severally more singularities compared to the form factors of the local operators. The work is rigorous and probably contains elements that can be generalized for calculating certain operators in a more generic setup.
The authors employed a generalized version of the Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis, which allows one to calculate the latetime asymptotics of local/semilocal operators on a suitably chosen single eigenstate of the final Hamiltonian, which can be determined by employing thermodynamic Bethe ansatz. They applied this both for the zero temperature case and the "finitetemperature" case.
This left me with a small confusion regarding the interpretations of the finiteT result. It appears to me that the authors are saying that starting the quench from a finite T density matrix is equivalent to averaging over a suitable eigenstate of the final Hamiltonian. This equivalence is not quite clear to me, because an initial thermal density matrix will show an initial distribution for all the conserved quantities which will evolve with time, but will retain some fluctuations at late times. However, an eigenstate of the final Hamiltonian will have welldefined values for all the conserved quantities (modulo the degeneracies). Hence I wonder if there is a proof or argument for the late time distribution of all the local operators for being always the same in these two cases. In this context, please note that there can be various alternative sets of conserved quantities other than the momentum densities, say, those which are ranked according to their locality, the most important one being most local.
I also wonder if the formalism can be extended to calculate (in a perturbative sense) semilocal operators for nonintegrable interacting systems.
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No specific request.
Anonymous Report 2 on 202054 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202003_00052v1, delivered 20200504, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1657
Strengths
1. A thorough and systematic study
2. Especially, the idea of evaluating correlation functions
is very intriguing
3. Builds on earlier works systematically and indicates the
possibility of future applications.
Weaknesses
1. Very technical presentation
2. Difficult to read.
3. Parts of the main text may be moved to appendix
Report
Although studies on the zerotemperature dynamics of the paradigmatic transverse Ising chain abound, a thorough and systematic study of the finite temperature dynamical properties of the same, that too going beyond low density, is lacking. This paper indeed addresses the issue at length.
The authors provide analytical studies of (i) the dynamical order parameter twopoint function at finite temperature and (ii) the onepoint function after a quantum quench, which are supported by numerical verifications. Both the problems are studied in terms of spectral representations using Hamiltonian eigenstates, i.e. sums over form factors and the late time behavior of the quantities are computed.
For semilocal operators, authors use an expansion in the density of particles of the representative state, which enables the computation of leading behavior of the same at late times to all orders in the density. On the other hand, for the correlation function, it has been shown that simultaneous particlehole excitations of all particles in the representative state contribute and it has been shown the form factor sum is dominated by “mesoscopic” excitations around each single particle.
The paper indeed merits publication and will be very useful to the community working in this vibrant field. Only problem I find that the paper is indeed very technical and at least I found it very difficult to go through it. However, given the nature of the problem addressed in this work, one cannot probably help this. I thus recommend publication and leave it to the authors to consider whether the readability and the presentation of the manuscript can be improved.
Requested changes
Already suggested in the report. Some other books and review
articles on transverse Ising models may be cited for the sake
of completeness.
Report 1 by Dirk Schuricht on 2020331 (Contributed Report)
 Cite as: Dirk Schuricht, Report on arXiv:scipost_202003_00052v1, delivered 20200331, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1602
Strengths
1. Systematic analysis of the asymptotic behaviour of correlation functions in the transversefield Ising model.
2. Detailed derivation of result contained.
3. Possible generalisations explicitly mentioned.
Weaknesses
1. Presentation is quite technical.
2. Discussion of discrepancy in prefactor in (128) could be extended.
3. Few typographical errors.
Report
The authors analyse formfactor expansions for the order parameter in the transversefield Ising model. Specifically they consider the twopoint function at finite temperature and the onepoint function after a quantum quench. By writing the form factors as partial fractions the authors are able to derive systematic expansions for the asymptotic behaviour of these observables. In particular, the results clarify and extend previous works. Furthermore, the authors point out several generalisations to be discussed in the future.
The article is rather technical, which cannot be avoided given the addressed problem. Overall the line of argument is clear, with all details discussed in a suitable manner. I fully support publication.
Requested changes
Suggested changes:
1. Typesetting of brackets, eg, in (131) could be improved.
2. Maybe extend the discussion of the discrepancy of the prefactor shown in Fig. 10.