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Entanglement in the quantum Hall fluid of dipoles

by Jackson R. Fliss

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As Contributors: Jackson Fliss
Preprint link: scipost_202107_00003v2
Date accepted: 2021-08-26
Date submitted: 2021-08-06 17:49
Submitted by: Fliss, Jackson
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics - Theory
  • High-Energy Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


We revisit a model for gapped fractonic order in (2+1) dimensions (a symmetric-traceless tensor gauge theory with conservation of dipole and trace-quadrupole moments described in \cite{Prem:2017kxc}) and compute its ground-state entanglement entropy on $\mathbb R^2$. Along the way, we quantize the theory on open subsets of $\mathbb R^2$ which gives rise to gapless edge excitations that are Lifshitz-type scalar theories. We additionally explore varieties of gauge-invariant extended operators and rephrase the fractonic physics in terms of the local deformability of these operators. We explore similarities of this model to the effective field theories describing quantum Hall fluids: in particular, quantization of dipole moments through a novel compact symmetry leads us to interpret the vacuum of this theory as a dipole condensate atop of which dipoles with fractionalized moments appear as quasi-particle excitations with Abelian anyonic statistics. This interpretation is reflected in the subleading ``topological entanglement" correction to the entanglement entropy. We extend this result to a series of models with conserved multipole moments.

Published as SciPost Phys. 11, 052 (2021)

Author comments upon resubmission

I thank the referees for their helpful comments and I have implemented their recommendations in this resubmission. I have also double checked the calculation up to and including equation (43) mentioned by referee 1 and have verified that there is no typo.

List of changes

1) added a sentence (below equation (40)) defining $\mathcal N (\delta[]'s)$
2) added a footnote (footnote 7) explaining that the Jacobian from changing path-integral variables A_{ij}->\phi is canceled by an inverse determinant from the delta function constraint.
3) Added explicit parameterizations to figure 2(a)-(f) and modified caption of figure 2 so that it is clear that the examples satisfy the conditions for gauge invariance.
4) Expanded the first paragraph of section 2.1 to clarify to the reader for when results hold for R^2 and when they hold on general surface. Added sentence to footnote 6 to explain how quantization on T^2 differs and added relevant reference.
5) Updated first paragraph of section 4.1 to mention the prior work on crystal melting as suggested by referee 2.
6) Updated second paragraph of page 4 to mention prior work noting quantum Hall physics and tensor gauge theory as suggested by referee 2.
7)Moved Appendix A (previous draft) to main text as section 5.2 as suggested by referee 1. I have given the bulk gauge theory calculation its own heading ("5.1 The extended Hilbert space") to better distinguish the two approaches.

Reports on this Submission

Anonymous Report 1 on 2021-8-8 (Invited Report)

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:scipost_202107_00003v2, delivered 2021-08-08, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.3352


The author replied that there is no typo in equation (43), then I don't understand the meaning of $q^a(\partial \bar{\partial})^2(\mathbf{z}_a ,\mathbf{z}_b)q^b$.

Regarding examples in Figs (2e) and (2f), I have my last question to the author. Could the cases happen in a lattice? Do they violate the quantization of dipole moment? Of course, my question doesn't affect the claims of the manuscript since the author begins discussing the quantization in section 4.

Other than that I am satisfied with the author's answers. I recommend the paper to be published on Scipost Physics.

  • validity: good
  • significance: good
  • originality: good
  • clarity: high
  • formatting: excellent
  • grammar: excellent

Author:  Jackson Fliss  on 2021-08-08  [id 1645]

(in reply to Report 1 on 2021-08-08)
answer to question

Thank you to the anonymous report for the insightful questions. With regards to these questions:

1) On equation (43): $(\partial\bar{\partial})^{-2}$ is a distribution (the inverse of $(\partial\bar{\partial})^2$) which takes two spatial points as its argument. These are evaluated at the locations of the defects (${\bf z}_a$) because the source, $\rho$, appearing in the first line of equation (43) is localized to the point of the defects.

2) On figures (2e) and (2f): I do not think these strip operators can, strictly speaking, be realized on a lattice although some approximation to them is possible depending on the details of the lattice. If so then I do think their lattice approximation will not violate dipole quantization.

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