Publications by Fabian Essler

Spinon decay in the spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain with weak next nearest neighbour exchange

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical IOP Publishing 50 (2017) 334002

S Groha, F Essler

Integrable models support elementary excitations with infinite lifetimes. In the spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain these are known as spinons. We consider the stability of spinons when a weak integrability breaking perturbation is added to the Heisenberg chain in a magnetic field. We focus on the case where the perturbation is a next nearest neighbour exchange interaction. We calculate the spinon decay rate in leading order in perturbation theory using methods of integrability and identify the dominant decay channels. The decay rate is found to be small, which indicates that spinons remain well-defined excitations even though integrability is broken.

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