Relaxation and Prethermalization in an Isolated Quantum System

@article{Gring2012RelaxationAP,
  title={Relaxation and Prethermalization in an Isolated Quantum System},
  author={Michael P. Gring and Maximilian Kuhnert and Tim Langen and Takuya Kitagawa and Bernhard Rauer and Matthias Schreitl and Igor E. Mazets and Donald A. Smith and Eugene A. Demler and J{\"o}rg Schmiedmayer},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={337},
  pages={1318 - 1322}
}
Prethermalization When a physical system is subjected to a rapid change of conditions (for example, a gas of atoms is allowed to occupy a volume twice the size of the original container), it quickly achieves a new temperature (thermalizes) through collisions. However, in some quantum systems many conserved variables inhibit thermalization; understanding the phases the systems go through in the slowing process is of great interest to cosmologists and physicists. Gring et al. (p. 1318, published… 
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