Non-Hermitian skin effects on thermal and many-body localized phases

Yi Cheng Wang, Kuldeep Suthar, H. H. Jen, Yi Ting Hsu*, Jhih Shih You*

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Localization in one-dimensional interacting systems can be caused by disorder potentials or non-Hermiticity. The former phenomenon is the many-body localization (MBL), and the latter is the many-body non-Hermitian skin effect (NHSE). In this work, we numerically investigate the interplay between these two kinds of localization, where the energy-resolved MBL arises from a deterministic quasiperiodic potential in a fermionic chain. We propose a set of eigenstate properties and long-time dynamics that collectively distinguish the two localization mechanisms in the presence of non-Hermiticity. By computing the proposed diagnostics, we show that the thermal states are vulnerable to the many-body NHSE while the MBL states remain resilient up to a strong non-Hermiticity. Finally, we discuss experimental observables that probe the difference between the two localizations in a non-Hermitian quasiperiodic fermionic chain. Our results pave the way toward experimental observations on the interplay of interaction, quasiperiodic potential, and non-Hermiticity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL220205
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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