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Entanglement entropy of two disjoint intervals in c=1 theories


Alba,  V.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Alba, V., Tagliacozzo, L., & Calabrese, P. (2011). Entanglement entropy of two disjoint intervals in c=1 theories. Journal of Statistical Mechanics-Theory and Experiment, P06012.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-8CA3-9
We study the scaling of the Renyi entanglement entropy of two disjoint blocks of critical lattice models described by conformal field theories with central charge c = 1. We provide the analytic conformal field theory result for the second order Renyi entropy for a free boson compactified on an orbifold describing the scaling limit of the Ashkin-Teller (AT) model on the self-dual line. We have checked this prediction in cluster Monte Carlo simulations of the classical two-dimensional AT model. We have also performed extensive numerical simulations of the anisotropic Heisenberg quantum spin chain with tree tensor network techniques that allowed us to obtain the reduced density matrices of disjoint blocks of the spin chain and to check the correctness of the predictions for Renyi and entanglement entropies from conformal field theory. In order to match these predictions, we have extrapolated the numerical results by properly taking into account the corrections induced by the finite length of the blocks on the leading scaling behavior.