Quantum Dynamics and Thermodynamics in Optical Lattices

Roberto Franzosi
Luca Pezzé
Augusto Smerzi

This line of research focuses on the dynamic and thermodynamic properties of strongly correlated quantum lattice systems. We aim at linking the dynamic properties to the thermodynamic quantum phases characterizing the system, in a variety of experimentally relevant conditions. Also, we are interested in the quest for possible dynamical generalizations of such thermodynamic phases, as well as to the dynamic production of topological defects as the system is driven through the boundaries between phases of either kind. Our goals include a systematic study of thermalization of dynamic states, also focuing on the pathways to negative-temperature states.