Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model

Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model

Andreas Klümper Fachbereich C – Physik, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 42097 Wuppertal, Germany    Ovidiu I. Pâţu Institute for Space Sciences, Bucharest-Măgurele, R 077125, Romania

The large-distance behavior of the density-density correlation function in the Lieb-Liniger model at finite temperature is investigated by means of the recently derived nonlinear integral equations characterizing the correlation lengths. We present extensive numerical results covering all the physical regimes from weak to strong interaction and all temperatures. We find that the leading term of the asymptotic expansion becomes oscillatory at a critical temperature which decreases with the strength of the interaction. As we approach the Tonks-Girardeau limit the asymptotic behavior becomes more complex with a double crossover of the largest and next-largest correlation lengths. The crossovers exist only for intermediate couplings and vanish for and .

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Correlation functions play a fundamental role in our understanding of low-dimensional strongly correlated systems. As a result of the remarkable progress in the field of ultracold gases atomic correlations can now be accessed through a variety of techniques CCGOR (); GBL () (and references therein) highlighting the necessity of high-quality experimental phenomenology. In one dimension the class of exactly solvable models represent a particular type of strongly correlated systems for which the powerful techniques associated with Bethe ansatz allows us to go beyond the mean-field Bogoliubov approximation. The paradigmatic example is the Lieb-Liniger (LL) model LL () which is experimentally realizable tMSK (); tKWW1 (); tP (); tLOH (); tPRD (); tAetal () and has been the subject of various theoretical investigations for more than fifty years KBI ().

In this article we investigate the large distance of the static density-density correlation function at finite temperature in the LL model. Even though the model is integrable the complicated form of the wavefunctions means that the analytical derivation or numerical analysis of the correlators is still an extremely challenging task. While important progress has been made in recent years BK1 (); IK1 (); Ka (); KGDS (); CB (); CC (); SGDVK (); DSGDDK (); KCI (); BAKG (); WHLYGB (); PC (); FPCF (); KMS1 (); PK () a complete characterization of the temperature dependent correlators is still lacking. At zero temperature there are two distinct phases in the LL model: for chemical potential the particle density is zero, whereas is characterized by a finite density and realizes a Tomonaga Luttinger liquid (TLL) with algebraically decaying correlation functions that are described by Conformal Field Theory (CFT). At low but finite temperature the TLL phase is still present with exponentially decaying correlation functions and correlation lengths determined by CFT. The phase may be denoted ‘gas phase’ as at low temperatures it has a non-zero but small density of particles and the ideal gas law holds. The main interest of this article lies on the finite density phase at finite especially intermediate and high temperatures, where the correlation functions are not described by TLL/CFT and which has not been thoroughly investigated until now. Our analysis is based on the use of the so-called quantum transfer matrix which describes the evolution of correlators in spatial direction. The eigenvalue equations KMS1 (); PK () enjoy a symmetry property which is equivalent to saying that is a normal operator, i.e. from which follows that all eigenvalues are real or occur in complex conjugate pairs. We calculated the leading and next-leading eigenvalues of for various densities and temperatures and found results which cannot be captured by the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid/Conformal Field Theory (TLL/CFT) CFT () approach or other approximation or numerical methods. There is a complex crossover scenario with a counterintuitive change of symmetry and dimensionality of the involved states. In the spectral decomposition of the density-density correlator the leading state is symmetric at low temperatures, but has broken symmetry at higher (!) temperatures where it is 2-dimensional with complex conjugate eigenvalues.

The model - The Lieb-Liniger model describes one-dimensional bosons interacting via a -function potential. The second-quantized Hamiltonian is


where is the coupling constant and we consider , with the mass of the particles. In (1) and are Bose fields satisfying the canonical commutation relations The LL model is exactly solvable LL (); KBI (); YY4 () and, at finite temperature, is completely characterized by two parameters: the coupling strength with the linear density and the temperature .

The density-density correlation function is defined by

where . Due to translational invariance and invariance under spatial reflection which means that it is sufficient to consider . The density-density correlator is closely related to the (unnormalized) second order correlation function via where denotes normal ordering. The large-distance asymptotic expansion of valid for any value of the coupling strength and temperature has been derived only recently KMS1 (); PK ():


with the correlation lengths given by


and the excitation energy satisfying the Yang-Yang equation


In Eq. (2) are a set of functions satisfying the nonlinear integral equations (NLIEs)


where and Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) depends on parameters, located in the upper (lower) half of the complex plane which are subject to the constraint


For a given there are more than one set of that satisfy the previous constraint and each one defines a distinct function. The subscript labels all these functions for all .

It should be noted that the correlation lengths can be complex, but then appear in conjugate pairs. In this case the two appropriate terms in the expansion (2) oscillate and may be combined into . We should also make an observation regarding the prefactors appearing in (2). While analytical expressions were derived in KMS1 () they are too cumbersome to allow for an efficient numerical investigation. For this reason in the following we are going to consider these prefactors as unknowns. Eq. (2) can be understood as the generalization for all non-zero temperatures of the TLL/CFT asymptotic expansion CFT () (valid for low-T and )


In (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model), and are the Fermi velocity and wavevector, are unknown prefactors and with the dressed charge satisfying the integral equation In KMS1 (); PK () it was shown that in the low temperature limit the correlation lengths obtained using (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) reproduce the TLL/CFT predictions (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model). We should stress that even though the TLL/CFT expansion (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) is valid for it does not show any crossovers in as the correlation lengths are reciprocal to the temperature in the conformal regime.

Tonks-Girardeau limit - We can perform an additional check of Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) in the limit of impenetrable particles. This will also allow us to understand the distribution in the complex plane of the discrete parameters that characterize the leading correlation lengths. In the Tonks-Girardeau limit the second order correlation function can be calculated analytically KBI () with the result:


where is the Fermi function and . As we will show below, even though (8) is valid for all temperatures, in the limit of impenetrable particles no crossover is present.

The large distance behavior of (8) (note that the density-density correlation function has the same large-distance asymptotic behavior as because they differ only by a delta function which is zero for large ) can be derived deforming the contour of integration in the upper-half plane (for ) with the leading terms being the residues closest to the real axis (see Appendix A). The poles of the integrand are given by the solutions of the equation . Explicitly, the solutions closest to the real axis () are


with implying the asymptotic expansion


We note that the leading term of the expansion is oscillatory at all temperatures and no crossover is present. We can show that the correlation lengths appearing in (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) can also be derived using Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model). For this, we need to notice that in the Tonks-Girardeau limit Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) reduces to which means that (6) is equivalent to and the expression for the correlation lengths takes the simple form Then, the leading correlation lengths are: and proving our previous assertion. In the low-T limit the expansion (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) reduces to the terms of the TLL/CFT expression (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model). This can be easily seen using and the fact that for the impenetrable gas .

Figure 1: (Color online) Upper panel: with the leading correlation length as a function of temperature for various values of . Lower panel: for the same parameters. The critical temperature is the value for which becomes nonzero. Note the kinks of at . (All quantities in units of and units ().)

Numerical results - From the numerical point of view the relevant NLIEs and the subsidiary equations for the discrete parameters are solved using an iterative algorithm which is quickly convergent. The efficiency of the algorithm is enhanced by the calculation of convolution type integrals in ”momentum space” where they are reduced to products of Fourier transforms of the involved functions. For all the functions investigated (a nonzero imaginary part of the correlation length means that the corresponding term in the expansion is oscillatory).

The leading correlation length, denoted by , is obtained considering in Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) and the pair of parameters which are closest to the real axis with located in the first quadrant of the complex plane () and located in the fourth quadrant (.) Similar to the impenetrable case there is another correlation length with the same magnitude which can be obtained considering located in the second quadrant of the complex plane () and located in the third quadrant (.) In Fig. 1 we plot as a function of temperature for several values of . At low-T and are complex conjugate which also means that is real. In this regime reproduces the exponential decay predicted by the first term on the r.h.s of the TLL/CFT expansion (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model). However, there is a critical temperature, which depends on , at which the discrete parameters are no longer complex conjugates and is no longer zero. Above this temperature, which we will denote , the leading term of the asymptotic expansion becomes oscillatory with a wavevector which is incommensurate with . In addition, at the derivative of the correlation length is discontinuous. From Fig. 1 we can infer that and with the best fit given by .

Figure 2: (Color online) with the next-leading correlation length as a function of temperature for various values of . Inset: for the same parameters. (All quantities in units of and .)

Regarding this last statement it is instructive to look at the asymptotic expansion (Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model)) of in the limit from which it is easy to see that in this case the leading term of the correlator is oscillatory at all non-zero temperatures. We would like to emphasize the peculiar nature of this oscillatory crossover which contrasts with the more common case in which the next leading correlation length becomes dominant (see below). In the case at hand still remains dominant but acquires an imaginary part which gives incommensurate oscillations.

The next-leading correlation lengths are obtained considering in the second quadrant and in the fourth quadrant (denoted by ) or in the first quadrant and in the third quadrant (denoted by ). At low-T these correlation lengths reproduce the asymptotic behavior of the terms in the TLL/CFT expansion (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model). In Fig. 2 we show graphs of for some relevant values of . We notice that the region of validity for the TLL/CFT predictions (linear dependence on temperature of the correlation lengths and constancy of the wavevector) decreases with . Also we can clearly see that for develops a “shoulder” in the region of temperatures for which the conformal predictions break down. However, it should be stressed that the derivative remains continuous unlike the case of the leading correlation length.

Figure 3: (Color online) (thick line) and (thin line) as functions of temperature for various values of . For and a complex crossover scenario can be seen. (All quantities in units of and .)

Plotting and in the same graph as in Fig. 3 (see also Fig. 4) reveals an extremely interesting phenomenon. For weak interactions we have for all temperatures but for stronger interactions a complex crossover scenario emerges. We find that for large we can distinguish three distinct intervals of temperature for which the asymptotic behavior of is different. For where is the lower crossover temperature the leading correlation length is which is real for all temperatures in this interval. becomes dominant for interval in which also lies the temperature for which acquires a nonzero imaginary part. Here is oscillatory and exponentially decreasing with leading correlation length . Finally, for we have another crossover with (for which ) characterizing the leading term of the expansion. It should be emphasized that the description of this crossover scenario is out of the reach of the TLL/CFT approach or other approximation methods.

Figure 4: (Color online) as a function of temperature for various values of . For and in the region of temperatures where this ratio is greater than one becomes the leading correlation length. (Temperature in units of .)

Conclusions - We have performed an extensive numerical investigation of the large distance asymptotic behavior of the second order correlation function in the Lieb-Liniger model discovering an extremely complex crossover phenomenon. Our findings can be summarized as follows. For all strengths of interactions the leading correlation length develops a nonzero imaginary part for temperatures larger than a critical temperature with and . As we approach the Tonks-Girardeau limit we find two additional crossovers in which and successively change places as the dominant one. Interestingly, the crossover phenomena happen when leaving the low-temperature dense phase either by increasing the temperature or by decreasing the density. The incommensurate oscillations stay deep into the gaseous phase which appears more complex than a true ideal gas. In the gaseous phase Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model) simplifies as the contribution by the integral vanishes, but the function is still more complicated than in the ideal gas case.

The crossover to oscillatory behavior of the leading correlation length is reminiscent of the one observed in the XXZ spin chain FKM () in the ferromagnetic region () and zero magnetization. This may somewhat be expected if we take into account that the Bose gas is a continuum limit of the XXZ spin chain at , but this holds close to the fully polarized state. Naturally, the full temperature scenarios are different for the two systems. However, for cold gases the prospects of finding experimental signatures of the crossovers are much better than for crystals as a result of the continuous improvement in the creation and manipulation of such systems.

Acknowledgments - Financial support from the VolkswagenStiftung and the PNII-RU-TE-2012-3-0196 grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research is gratefully acknowledged.

Appendix A Asymptotic behavior in the Tonks-Girardeau limit

Deriving the large-distance asymptotic behavior of the density correlator in the Tonks-Girardeau limit


reduces to the asymptotic investigation of the Fourier transform of the Fermi distribution


We introduce the notation is a meromorphic function on the complex plane with poles given by the solutions of the equation . The solutions of this equation are


with . For (it is sufficient to consider only this case because ), vanishes at infinity in the upper half-plane which means that

with a complex contour which contains the real axis and a semicircle extending at infinity in the upper half plane. Using this identity and Cauchy’s residue theorem we find

where we have used the fact that the poles in the upper half-plane of the function are and with and residues . Taking only the terms and squaring we obtain Eq. (Temperature driven crossover in the Lieb-Liniger model).


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