Entanglement entropy and multifractality at localization transitions

Jia X, Subramaniam AR, Gruzberg IA, Chakravarty S. Physical Review B, 77, 014208, 2008

Abstract

The von Neumann entanglement entropy is a useful measure to characterize a quantum phase transition. We investigate the non-analyticity of this entropy at disorder-dominated quantum phase transitions in non-interacting electronic systems. At these critical points, the von Neumann entropy is determined by the single particle wave function intensity which exhibits complex scale invariant fluctuations. We find that the concept of multifractality is naturally suited for studying von Neumann entropy of the critical wave functions. Our numerical simulations of the three dimensional Anderson localization transition and the integer quantum Hall plateau transition show that the entanglement at these transitions is well described using multifractal analysis.

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