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Lecture Notes On Generalised Hydrodynamics

by Benjamin Doyon

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As Contributors: Benjamin Doyon
Preprint link: scipost_202005_00002v1
Date submitted: 2020-05-06 02:00
Submitted by: Doyon, Benjamin
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Lecture Notes
Academic field: Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical and Soft Matter Physics
Approach: Theoretical


These are lecture notes for a series of lectures given at the Les Houches Summer School on Integrability in Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics, 30 July to 24 August 2018. The same series of lectures has also been given at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, October 2019. I overview in a pedagogical fashion the main aspects of the theory of generalised hydrodynamics, a hydrodynamic theory for quantum and classical many-body integrable systems. Only very basic knowledge of hydrodynamics and integrable systems is assumed.

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Resubmission scipost_202005_00002v2 on 4 August 2020

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Submission scipost_202005_00002v1 on 6 May 2020

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2020-6-9 (Invited Report)

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202005_00002v1, delivered 2020-06-09, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1751


This manuscript contains a very valuable introduction to the theory of generalized hydrodynamics (GHD). The exposition is very well organized, focusing first on hydrodynamics, then on Bethe Ansatz, and finally on GHD, which draws from both previous subjects. This logical organization is made explicit in the text, helping the reader to follow the development of the theory more easily.

Overall, I find the manuscript to be remarkably well written. The exposition benefits from a steady pace, never delving too deep into technical details, and frequently summarizing the latest paragraphs. The technical jargon is clearly defined, (which adds to the usefulness of the manuscript as a reference,) and the notation is consistent. I praise the Author for discussing how the main ideas originated in the literature; where his exposition differs, for pedagogical reasons, from the historical development; and how more recent literature reinterpreted previous results in a different light. Finally, I really appreciate the paragraphs where the Author highlights the crucial logical point underlying the development of the theory.

I have just a couple of observations, which the Author might take into consideration, mostly stemming from my personal background in condensed matter physics.

First, in the last four years, the hydrodynamic flow of electrons in ultra-clean layered conductors has been theoretically investigated and experimentally demonstrated, leading to several high-impact publications. Mention of these results might find a place in the introductory part of the manuscript.

Second, I find that more space could be devoted to the motivation for the development of the theory, both in terms of an actual physical system to model, and in terms of results that showcase how the theory is (or could be) superior to other approaches. In other words, in the spirit of making the manuscript more interesting to a reader who is not already focused on integrable systems, the Authors could try to address the big "So what?" question: What changes in a theoretician's capabilities, if he/she learns GHD? What new systems can be modeled, that he/she could not model before? How do the results for the physical observables improve? For example, if available, I would like to see how GHD models the quantum Newton's cradle experiment (how many equations do we have to solve?, how do they look?), or how it improves upon the Gross-Pitaevskii equation in any cold-atoms setup. I think that, if the Author would go the extra mile in showcasing some results of the theory applied to a physical, experimentally realizable setup, this already excellent manuscript could be palatable to an even broader readership.

  • validity: top
  • significance: high
  • originality: high
  • clarity: high
  • formatting: perfect
  • grammar: perfect

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