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Statistical physics provides the concepts and methods to explain the phase behavior of interacting many-body systems. Investigations of Lee-Yang zeros - complex singularities of the free energy in systems of finite size - have led to a unified understanding of equilibrium phase transitions. The ideas of Lee and Yang, however, are not restricted to equilibrium phenomena. Recently, Lee-Yang zeros have been used to characterize nonequilibrium processes such as dynamical phase transitions in quantum systems after a quench or dynamic order-disorder transitions in glasses. Here, we experimentally realize a scheme for determining Lee-Yang zeros in such nonequilibrium settings. We extract the dynamical Lee-Yang zeros of a stochastic process involving Andreev tunneling between a normal-state island and two superconducting leads from measurements of the dynamical activity along a trajectory. From the short-time behavior of the Lee-Yang zeros, we predict the large-deviation statistics of the activity which is typically difficult to measure. Our method paves the way for further experiments on the statistical mechanics of many-body systems out of equilibrium.
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Golubev, D., Volovik, G., Westström, A., Tuoriniemi, J., Najafi Jabdaraghi, R. (., Pekola, J., Pöyhönen, K., Singh, S., Feshchenko, A., Kauppila, V., Senior, J., Viisanen, K., Wang, L., Khan, R., Padurariu, C., Lähteenmäki, P. & Ronzani, A.
01/01/2015 → 31/12/2017
Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding