Physical Review Letters

“Localized Dynamics in the Floquet Quantum East Model”

February 22, 2024

We introduce and study the discrete-time version of the quantum East model, an interacting quantum spin chain inspired by simple kinetically constrained models of classical glasses. Previous work has established that its continuous-time counterpart displays a disorder-free localization transition signaled by the appearance of an exponentially large (in the volume) family of nonthermal, localized eigenstates. Here we combine analytical and numerical approaches to show that (i) the transition persists for discrete times, in fact, it is present for any finite value of the time step apart from a zero measure set; (ii) it is directly detected by following the nonequilibrium dynamics of the fully polarized state. Our findings imply that the transition is currently observable in state-of-the-art platforms for digital quantum simulation.

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