Is there a correlation length in a model with long-range interactions?

Debasis Sadhukhan, Jacek Dziarmaga

Research output: Working paperPreprint


Considering an example of the long-range Kitaev model, we are looking for a correlation length in a model with long range interactions whose correlation functions away from a critical point have power-law tails instead of the usual exponential decay. It turns out that quasiparticle spectrum depends on a distance from the critical point in a way that allows to identify the standard correlation length exponent, ν. The exponent implicitly defines a correlation length ξ that diverges when the critical point is approached. We show that the correlation length manifests itself also in the correlation function but not in its exponential tail because there is none. Instead ξ is a distance that marks a crossover between two different algebraic decays with different exponents. At distances shorter than ξ the correlator decays with the same power law as at the critical point while at distances longer than ξ it decays faster, with a steeper power law. For this correlator it is possible to formulate the usual scaling hypothesis with ξ playing the role of the scaling distance. The correlation length also leaves its mark on the subleading anomalous fermionic correlator but, interestingly, there is a regime of long range interactions where its short distance critical power-law decay is steeper than its long distance power law tail.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021


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