Equilibration in low-dimensional quantum matrix models. (English) Zbl 1388.81014

Summary: Matrix models play an important role in studies of quantum gravity, being candidates for a formulation of M-theory, but are notoriously difficult to solve. In this work, we present a fresh approach by introducing a novel exact model, provably equivalent with a low-dimensional bosonic matrix model, which is on its own a well-known, unsolved model of quantum chaos. In our equivalent reformulation local structure becomes apparent, facilitating analytical and precise numerical study. We derive a substantial part of the low energy spectrum, find a conserved charge, and are able to derive numerically the Regge trajectories. To exemplify the usefulness of the approach, we address questions of equilibration starting from a non-equilibrium situation, building upon an intuition from quantum information. We finally discuss possible generalisations of the approach.


81P05 General and philosophical questions in quantum theory
83C45 Quantization of the gravitational field
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