Measuring entanglement growth in quench dynamics of bosons in an optical lattice

A.J. Daley, H. Pichler, J. Schachenmayer, P. Zoller

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We discuss a scheme to measure the many-body entanglement growth during quench dynamics with bosonic atoms in optical lattices. By making use of a 1D or 2D setup in which two copies of the same state are prepared, we show how arbitrary order Rényi entropies can be extracted by using tunnel coupling between the copies and measurement of the parity of on-site occupation numbers, as has been performed in recent experiments. We illustrate these ideas for a superfluid-Mott insulator quench in the Bose-Hubbard model, and also for hard-core bosons, and show that the scheme is robust against imperfections in the measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Article number020505
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012


  • entanglement growth
  • optical lattice
  • superfluid-Mott insulator
  • Bose-Hubbard model

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