Strongly coupled quantum phonon fluid in a solvable model

Evyatar Tulipman, Erez Berg

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We study a model of a large number of strongly coupled phonons that can be viewed as a bosonic variant of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model. We determine the phase diagram of the model which consists of a glass phase and a disordered phase, with a first-order phase transition separating them. We compute the specific heat of the disordered phase, with which we diagnose the high-temperature crossover to the classical limit. We further study the real-time dynamics of the disordered phase, where we identify three dynamical regimes as a function of temperature. Low temperatures are associated with a semiclassical regime, where the phonons can be described as long-lived normal modes. High temperatures are associated with the classical limit of the model. For a large region in parameter space, we identify an intermediate-temperatures regime, where the phonon lifetime is of the order of the Planckian timescale ℏ/kBT.
Original languageEnglish
Article number033431
Number of pages17
Issue number3
StatePublished - 17 Sep 2020


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