Spin-chain model of a many-body quantum battery

Thao P Le, Jesper Levinsen, Kavan Modi, Meera M Parish, Felix Pollock

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Recently, it has been shown that energy can be deposited on a collection of quantum systems at a rate that scales superextensively. Some of these schemes for quantum batteries rely on the use of global many-body interactions that take the batteries through a correlated shortcut in state space. Here we extend the notion of a quantum battery from a collection of a priori isolated systems to a many-body quantum system with intrinsic interactions. Specifically, we consider a one-dimensional spin chain with physically realistic two-body interactions. We find that the spin-spin interactions can yield an advantage in charging power over the noninteracting case and we demonstrate that this advantage can grow superextensively when the interactions are long ranged. However, we show that, unlike in previous work, this advantage is a mean-field interaction effect that does not involve correlations and that relies on the interactions being intrinsic to the battery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022106
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018

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