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Finitetemperature critical behavior of longrange quantum Ising models
by E. Gonzalez Lazo, M. Heyl, M. Dalmonte, A. Angelone
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Authors (as registered SciPost users):  Marcello Dalmonte · Eduardo Gonzalez Lazo 
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Preprint Link:  scipost_202105_00022v1 (pdf) 
Date submitted:  20210517 13:35 
Submitted by:  Gonzalez Lazo, Eduardo 
Submitted to:  SciPost Physics 
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Academic field:  Physics 
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Approach:  Computational 
Abstract
We study the phase diagram and critical properties of quantum Ising chains with longrange ferromagnetic interactions decaying in a powerlaw fashion with exponent $\alpha$, in regimes of direct interest for current trapped ion experiments. Using largescale path integral Monte Carlo simulations, we investigate both the groundstate and the nonzerotemperature regimes. We identify the phase boundary of the ferromagnetic phase and obtain accurate estimates for the ferromagneticparamagnetic transition temperatures. We further determine the critical exponents of the respective transitions. Our results are in agreement with existing predictions for interaction exponents $\alpha > 1$ up to small deviations in some critical exponents. We also address the elusive regime $\alpha < 1$, where we find that the universality class of both the groundstate and nonzerotemperature transition is consistent with the meanfield limit at $\alpha = 0$. Our work not only contributes to the understanding of the equilibrium properties of longrange interacting quantum Ising models, but can also be important for addressing fundamental dynamical aspects, such as issues concerning the open question of thermalization in such models.
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Anonymous Report 2 on 202171 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202105_00022v1, delivered 20210701, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.3155
Strengths
1) Timely topic
2) Strong numerical tool
3) Numerically challenging problem
Weaknesses
No major weak point.
Report
The article entiteled "Finitetemperature critical behavior of longrange quantum Ising models" by Gonzalez Lazo and collaborators investigates the paradigmatic quantum spin model with longrange interactions, the transversefield Ising chain with algebraically decaying longrange Ising interactions, using quantum Monte Carlo simulations. The authors consider unfrustrated ferromagnetic Ising interactions so that the microscopic model is unfrustrated and several results concerning the critical properties are known from renormalization group calculations and other numerical calculcations, but mostly at zero temperature. The main focus of this paper are the finitetemperature critical properties of the model which are less studied. In my opinion the article is well written and the topic is interesting. Globally, I therefore recommend publication in SciPost. I nevertheless have some points, which the authors should address to further improve their manuscript.
Requested changes
1) Lines 92/359: The word "ferromagnetic" extends the widths of the column.
2) Figure 1: I find the presentation of the all the values for theta and gamma*theta is not so nice yet. Maybe some more spaces would help.
3) Line 134: I would suggest to replace "meanfield type" by "Gaussian universality class"
4) Line 156: Why do the authors have used a discretized imaginary time and not an algorithm with continuous imaginary time? Is there a physical argument?
5) Lines 222/284: "errorbar" > "error bar"
6) Line 368: "one displays" > "displays"
Anonymous Report 1 on 2021627 (Invited Report)
 Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202105_00022v1, delivered 20210627, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.3129
Strengths
1. Deals with a very interesting model.
2. Extensive numerical studies.
3. Results are transparently clarified.
4. Connection to thermalisation may lead to interesting future studies.
Weaknesses
Nothing worth mentioning. See the report below.
Report
The paper deals with a many interesting model namely the longrange ferromagnetic
Ising model with powerlaw interactions decaying
as $1/r^{\alpha}$. Both the ground state and thermal critical properties are studied
using path integral Monte Carlo simulations. This is indeed a very interesting and
longstanding problem and the authors comment on the connection with thermalisation.
The authors have chosen two specific values of the rangeparameter $\alpha$, one
represents very longranged interactions
while for the other vale the interaction lies within the intermediate range.
The authors study finite size scaling schemes of the quantities like Binder cumulant
and also verify the classical quantum correspondence in the
context of critical exponents. Question is that whether the ground state
ferromagnetic order survive at finite temperatures, if so associated finite
temperatures phase transition and the critical exponents.
In short, this is a solid and thorough numerical study on a very important model
which critically explores the ground state and finite temperature phase transitions.
Especially, the studies of the region $\alpha <1$, are rare
and quite intriguing. Further the discrepancy with expected critical
exponents are explicitly clarified.
I therefore recommend the paper in the present form. I however have
a few minor comments:
1. In connection to the review of longrange interacting systems, the authors
should cite "Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 53 (1),
013001"
2. Authors should discuss one dimensional powerlaw interacting Kitaev chain
Ref. [25], which is exactly solved, to a greater extent.
3. The work focusses on Ising situation, authors may like to add a brief
comment on the corresponding $n$vector model?
With these minor changes, I recommend that the paper should be accepted for publication.
Requested changes
As suggested in the report above
Author: Eduardo Gonzalez Lazo on 20210811 [id 1656]
(in reply to Report 1 on 20210627)
**Response:** We thank the Referee for the positive appraisal, and appreciate her/his recommendation for acceptance of our paper in SciPost. Below, we address the questions and comments raised in her/his report.
**Referee:**
>In connection to the review of longrange interacting systems, the authors should cite "Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 53 (1), 013001"
**Response:** We have added a citation to the mentioned review article at line 55.
**Referee:**
>Authors should discuss one dimensional powerlaw interacting Kitaev chain Ref. [25], which is exactly solved, to a greater extent.
**Response:** There is quite a sharp difference between the case we
investigate, and the longrange Kitaev model. In the new version of the
manuscript, we have (*i*) added a comment emphasizing differences between the two
cases, and (*ii*) pointed out a new element of the outlook â€“ that is, that the
longrange Kitaev could represent another interesting playground to understand
symmetrybreaking transitions at finite temperature in the presence of
longrange couplings.
**Referee:**
>The work focusses on Ising situation, authors may like to add a brief comment on the corresponding nvector model?
**Response: ** It is not immediately clear to us if our results could be informative about the transition properties of O(n) models. While some aspects (e.g., the nature of the transition line at T>0 for small alpha) could be similar, this has â€“ to the best of our knowledge â€“ not yet been investigated in detail. In view of this, we prefer to avoid possibly speculative comments (even if, of course, this is an interesting future research topic on its own).
Author: Eduardo Gonzalez Lazo on 20210811 [id 1657]
(in reply to Report 2 on 20210701)Response: We thank the Referee for the knowledgeable summary of our work, and appreciate her/his recommendation for acceptance of our paper in SciPost. Below, we address the questions and comments raised in her/his report.
Referee:
Response: We thank the Referee for pointing out this typo, that we fixed by defining appropriate, and much shorter, acronyms for the names of the model phases.
Referee:
Response: We thank the Referee for pointing out this issue, of which we took care by increasing the spacing between the numerical values of the exponents in Fig. 1.
Referee:
Response: We thank the referee for this suggested replacement, with which we agree, and which we performed in the resubmitted version.
Referee:
Response: While it is definitely possible to write path integral Monte Carlo (MC) algorithms in continuous imaginary time for transversefieldIsingtype Hamiltonians [see, e.g., Blote et al., Phys. Rev. E 66 066110 (2002)], these have been proposed, to our knowledge, only in the case of nearestneighbor interactions (generalizable to the case of shortrange potentials). Combining the continuoustime data structure with the optimized cluster updates required to efficiently study longrange potentials proved a difficult task, leading us to choose the less efficient discretetime algorithm in return for a more effective treatment of the spatial part of our Hamiltonian.
Stochastic Series Expansion (SSE) techniques [see, e.g., Sandvik, Phys. Rev. E 68 056701 (2003)] provide a powerful alternative to path integral MC approaches, and are free from imaginarytime discretization errors. As long as the latter are kept under control, as in our study, the two methods are essentially equivalent; the higher convenience and efficiency of SSE algorithms, however, has led us to strongly consider their adoption in future studies of this kind of Hamiltonian.
Referee:
Response: We thank the referee for this suggested replacement, with which we agree, and which we performed in the resubmitted version.
Referee:
Response: We believe that the replacement suggested here by the Referee would suggest the deviations from existing predictions mentioned later in the sentence are for the susceptibility, while they are indeed for the associated critical exponent.
As such, we replaced "... the susceptibility one (critical exponent) displays..." with "... the susceptibility exponent displays...", to clarify the subject of the sentence, in the spirit of the Referee's suggestion.