Systematic Construction of Counterexamples to the Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis
AbstractWe propose a general method to embed target states into the middle of the energy spectrum of a many-body Hamiltonian as its energy eigenstates. Employing this method, we construct a translationally invariant local Hamiltonian with no local conserved quantities, which does not satisfy the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis. The absence of eigenstate thermalization for target states is analytically proved and numerically demonstrated. In addition, numerical calculations of two concrete models also show that all the energy eigenstates except for the target states have the property of eigenstate thermalization, from which we argue that our models thermalize after a quench even though they do not satisfy the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis.