Black holes often saturate entanglement entropy the fastest

9 Jan 2020 Márk Mezei Wilke van der Schee

There is a simple bound on how fast the entanglement entropy of a subregion of a many-body quantum system can saturate in a quench: $t_\text{sat}\geq R/v_B$, where $t_\text{sat}$ is the saturation time, $R$ the radius of the largest inscribed sphere, and $v_B$ the butterfly velocity characterizing operator growth. By combining analytic and numerical approaches, we show that in systems with a holographic dual, the saturation time is equal to this lower bound for a variety of differently shaped entangling surfaces, implying that the dual black holes saturate the entanglement entropy as fast as possible... (read more)

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