We investigate the recently introduced geometric quench protocol for fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states within the framework of exactly solvable quantum Hall matrix models. In the geometric quench protocol, a FQH state is subjected to a sudden change in the ambient geometry, which introduces anisotropy into the system. We formulate this quench in the matrix models and then we solve exactly for the postquench dynamics of the system and the quantum fidelity (Loschmidt echo) of the postquench state. Next, we explain how to define a spin-2 collective variable ĝab(t) in the matrix models, and we show that for a weak quench (small anisotropy), the dynamics of ĝab(t) agrees with the dynamics of the intrinsic metric governed by the recently discussed bimetric theory of FQH states. We also find a modification of the bimetric theory such that the predictions of the modified bimetric theory agree with those of the matrix model for arbitrarily strong quenches. Finally, we introduce a class of higher-spin collective variables for the matrix model, which are related to generators of the W8 algebra, and we show that the geometric quench induces nontrivial dynamics for these variables.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics