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Non-Fermi liquids arise when metals are subject to singular interactions mediated by soft collective modes. In the absence of well-defined quasiparticle, universal physics of non-Fermi liquids is captured by interacting field theories which replace Landau Fermi liquid theory. In this review, we discuss two approaches that have been recently developed for non-Fermi liquid theory with emphasis on two space dimensions. Read More


Low energy properties of the metallic state of the 2-dimensional tJ model is calculated, using a recent microscopic theory of correlated electrons. The density dependent single-particle spectral properties, resistivity and Hall conductivity display significant thermal sensitivity with a remarkably low effective Fermi scale, upon approaching the Mott insulator. Varying the second-neighbor hopping parameter $t'$ is found to strongly influence the low temperature resistivity. Read More


As lattice analogs of fractional quantum Hall systems, fractional Chern insulators (FCIs) exhibit enigmatic physical properties resulting from the intricate interplay between single-body and many-body physics. In particular, the design of ideal Chern band structures as hosts for FCIs necessitates the joint consideration of energy, topology, and quantum geometry of the Chern band. We devise an analytical optimization scheme that generates prototypical FCI models satisfying the criteria of band flatness, homogeneous Berry curvature, and isotropic quantum geometry. Read More


The problem of a relativistic bound-state system consisting of two scalar bosons interacting through the exchange of another scalar boson, in 2+1 space-time dimensions, has been studied. The Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) was solved by adopting the Nakanishi integral representation (NIR) and the Light-Front projection. The NIR allows us to solve the BSE in Minkowski space, which is a big and important challenge, since most of non-perturbative calculations are done in Euclidean space, e. Read More


We propose a $d-$dimensional interacting Majorana fermion model with quenched disorder, which gives us a continuous quantum phase transition between a diffusive thermal metal phase with a finite entropy density to an insulator phase with zero entropy density. This model is based on coupled Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model clusters, and hence has a controlled large-$N$ limit. The metal-insulator transition is accompanied by a spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking. Read More


The study of magnetic spin excitations in quasi-two-dimensional (2D) quantum magnets is an active research field in condensed matter physics both theoretically and experimentally. In this paper, we propose a new concept of 2D "Dirac magnon loops", that is closed lines of Dirac nodes in 2D momentum space. They are direct analogues of 2D electronic nodal-line semimetals recently proposed in mixed and trilayer lattices. Read More


We study 't Hooft anomalies of discrete groups in the framework of (1+1)-dimensional multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz states on the lattice. Using matrix product operators, general topological restrictions on conformal data are derived. An ansatz class allowing for optimization of MERA with an anomalous symmetry is introduced. Read More


A quantum spin liquid is a novel state of matter characterized by quantum entanglement and the absence of any broken symmetry. In condensed matter, the frustrated rare-earth pyrochlore magnets Ho$_2$Ti$_2$O$_7$ and Dy$_2$Ti$_2$O$_7$, so-called spin ices, exhibit a classical spin liquid state with fractionalized thermal excitations (magnetic monopoles). Evidence for a quantum spin ice, in which the magnetic monopoles become long range entangled and an emergent quantum electrodynamics arises, seems within reach. Read More


The recent experimental discovery of three-dimensional (3D) materials hosting a strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling calls for the theoretical investigation of their transport properties. Here we study the zero temperature dc conductivity of a 3D Rashba metal in the presence of static diluted impurities. We show that, at variance with the two-dimensional case, in 3D systems spin-orbit coupling affects dc charge transport in all density regimes. Read More


Noncollinear and noncoplanar magnetic textures including skyrmions and vortices act as emergent electromagnetic fields and give rise to novel electronic and transport properties. We here report a unified understanding of noncoplanar magnetic orderings emergent from the spin-charge coupling in itinerant magnets. The mechanism has its roots in effective multiple spin interactions beyond the conventional Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) mechanism, which are ubiquitously generated in itinerant electron systems with local magnetic moments. Read More


We present the theory of a new type of topological quantum order which is driven by the spin-orbit density wave order parameter, and distinguished by $Z_2$ topological invariant. We show that when two oppositely polarized chiral bands [resulting from the Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling $\alpha_k$, $k$ is crystal momentum] are significantly nested by a special wavevector ${\bf Q}\sim(\pi,0)/(0,\pi)$, it induces a spatially modulated inversion of the chirality ($\alpha_{k+Q}=\alpha_k^*$) between different sublattices. The resulting quantum order parameters break translational symmetry, but preserve time-reversal symmetry. Read More


We report the effects of heavy-ion irradiation on FeSe single crystals by irradiating Uranium up to a dose equivalent matching field of $B_\phi$ = 16 T. Almost continuous columnar defects along the $c$-axis with a diameter $\sim$10 nm are confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. $T_c$ is found to be suppressed by introducing columnar defects at a rate of d$T_c$/d$B_\phi$ $\sim$ -0. Read More


Based on the quantum renormalization group, we derive the bulk geometry that emerges in the holographic dual of the fermionic U(N) vector model at a nonzero charge density. The obstruction that prohibits the metallic state from being smoothly deformable to the direct product state under the renormalization group flow gives rise to a horizon at a finite radial coordinate in the bulk. The region outside the horizon is described by the Lifshitz geometry with a higher-spin hair determined by microscopic details of the boundary theory. Read More


An intriguing feature of the magnetic skyrmion in a frustrated magnetic system is its helicity-orbital coupling. When the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction (DDI) is neglected, a skyrmion can show a current-induced rotational motion together with a helicity rotation since the energy is independent of the helicity. Here, we explore the skyrmion dynamics in a frustrated magnetic system based on the $J_{1}$-$J_{2}$-$J_{3}$ classical Heisenberg model explicitly by including the DDI. Read More


The antiferromagnetic pyrochlore material NaCaCo$_2$F$_7$ is a thermal spin liquid over a broad temperature range (~ 140 K down to $T_F = 2.4 $K), in which magnetic correlations between Co$^{2+}$ dipole moments explore a continuous manifold of antiferromagnetic XY states. The thermal spin liquid is interrupted by spin freezing at a temperature that is ~ 2 % of the mean field interaction strength, leading to short range static XY clusters with distinctive relaxation dynamics. Read More


Femtosecond time-resolved X-ray diffraction is used to study a photo-induced phase transition between two charge density wave (CDW) states in 1T-TaS$_2$, namely the nearly commensurate (NC) and the incommensurate (I) CDW states. Structural modulations associated with the NC-CDW order are found to disappear within 400 fs. The photo-induced I-CDW phase then develops through a nucleation/growth process which ends 100 ps after laser excitation. Read More


We investigate effects of strong correlation on the surface state of topological insulator (TI). We argue that electrons in the regime of crossover from weak anti-localization to weak localization, are strongly correlated and calculate magneto-transport coefficients of TI using gauge gravity principle. Then, we examine, magneto-conductivity (MC) formula and find excellent agreement with the data of chrome doped Bi$_{2}$Te$_{3}$ in the crossover regime. Read More


We construct a many-body quantized invariant that sharply distinguishes among two dimensional non-equilibrium driven phases of interacting fermions. This is an interacting generalization of a band-structure Floquet quasi-energy winding number, and describes chiral pumping of quantum information along the edge. In particular, our invariant sharply distinguishes between a trivial and anomalous Floquet Anderson insulator in the interacting, many-body localized setting. Read More


We study scrambling, an avatar of chaos, in a weakly interacting metal in the presence of random potential disorder. It is well known that charge and heat spread via diffusion in such an interacting disordered metal. In contrast, we show within perturbation theory that chaos spreads in a ballistic fashion. Read More


In metallic samples of small enough size and sufficiently strong momentum-conserving scattering, the viscosity of the electron gas can become the dominant process governing transport. In this regime, momentum is a long-lived quantity whose evolution is described by an emergent hydrodynamical theory. Furthermore, breaking time-reversal symmetry leads to the appearance of an odd component to the viscosity called the Hall viscosity, which has attracted considerable attention recently due to its quantized nature in gapped systems but still eludes experimental confirmation. Read More


We study spin chain analogs of the two-dimensional Kitaev honeycomb lattice model, which allows us to relate Anderson resonating valence bond states with superconductivity in an exact manner. In addition to their connection with p-wave superconductivity, such chains can be used for topological quantum computation as a result of the emergent Z_2 symmetry, as we show using Majorana fermions. We then focus on the problem of two coupled chains (ladders) : using Majorana fermions, we derive an analytical expression for the energy spectrum in the general case, which allows us to compare the square ladder and the honeycomb ribbon. Read More


A non-equilibrium theory of optical conductivity of dirty-limit superconductors and commensurate charge density wave is presented. We discuss the current response to different experimentally relevant light-field probe pulses and show that a single frequency definition of the optical conductivity $\sigma(\omega)\equiv j(\omega)/E(\omega)$ is difficult to interpret out of the adiabatic limit. We identify characteristic time domain signatures distinguishing between superconducting, normal metal and charge density wave states. Read More


We study the ground-state phase diagram of two-dimensional two-component (or pseudospin-1/2) Bose gases in a high synthetic magnetic field in the space of the total filling factor and the ratio of the intercomponent coupling $g_{\uparrow\downarrow}$ to the intracomponent one $g>0$. Using exact diagonalization, we find that when the intercomponent coupling is attractive ($g_{\uparrow\downarrow}<0$), the product states of a pair of nearly uncorrelated quantum Hall states are remarkably robust and persist even when $|g_{\uparrow\downarrow}|$ is close to $g$. This contrasts with the case of an intercomponent repulsion, where a variety of spin-singlet quantum Hall states with high intercomponent entanglement emerge for $g_{\uparrow\downarrow}\approx g$. Read More


The capability to isolate one to few unit-cell thin layers from the bulk matrix of layered compounds opens fascinating prospects to engineer novel electronic phases. However, a comprehensive study of the thickness dependence and of potential extrinsic effects are paramount to harness the electronic properties of such atomic foils. One striking example is the charge density wave (CDW) transition temperature in layered dichalcogenides whose thickness dependence remains unclear in the ultrathin limit. Read More


The possibility of solving the Bethe-Salpeter Equation in Minkowski space, even for fermionic systems, is becoming actual, through the applications of well-known tools: i) the Nakanishi integral representation of the Bethe-Salpeter amplitude and ii) the light-front projection onto the null-plane. The theoretical background and some preliminary calculations are illustrated, in order to show the potentiality and the wide range of application of the method. Read More


We investigate fractional quantum Hall states for model interactions restricted to a repulsive hard-core. When the hard-core excludes relative angular momentum one between spinless electrons the ground state at Landau level filling factor $\nu=1/3$ is exactly given by the Laughlin wavefunction. When we exclude relative angular momentum three only, Wojs Quinn and Yi have suggested the appearance of a liquid state with non-Laughlin correlations. Read More


The effects of Hubbard-type on-site interactions on the BHZ model is studied in this paper for model parameters appropriate for the HgTe/CdTe quantum well. Within a simple mean field theory we search for plausible magnetic instabilities in the model and find that the ground state becomes {\em ferromagnetic} when the interaction strength between electrons in hole orbital is strong enough. The result can be understood by an approximate mapping of the Hubbard-BHZ model to the one band Hubbard model. Read More


Spin fluctuations are a leading candidate for the pairing mechanism in high temperature superconductors, supported by the common appearance of a distinct resonance in the spin susceptibility across the cuprates, iron-based superconductors and many heavy fermion materials1. The information we have about the spin resonance comes almost exclusively from neutron scattering. Here we demonstrate that by using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy we can characterize the spin resonance in real space. Read More


2017Mar
Affiliations: 1Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 2Laboratory for Ultrafast Microscopy and Electron Scattering, 3Laboratory for Quantum Magnetism, 4Laboratory for Quantum Magnetism, 5Laboratory for Ultrafast Microscopy and Electron Scattering, 6Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Skyrmions are nanometric spin whirls that can be stabilized in magnets lacking inversion symmetry. The properties of isolated skyrmions embedded in a ferromagnetic background have been intensively studied. We show that single skyrmions and clusters of skyrmions can also form in the helical phase and investigate theoretically their energetics and dynamics. Read More


Ab initio quantum chemistry calculations for systems with large active spaces are notoriously difficult and cannot be successfully tackled by standard methods. In this letter, we generalize a Green's function QM/QM embedding method called self-energy embedding theory (SEET) that has the potential to be successfully employed to treat large active spaces. In generalized SEET, active orbitals are grouped into intersecting groups of few orbitals allowing us to perform multiple parallel calculations yielding results comparable to the full active space treatment. Read More


We study the coupling between conventional (Maxwell) and emergent electrodynamics in quantum spin ice, a 3+1-dimensional $U(1)$ quantum spin liquid. We find that a uniform electric field can be used to tune the properties of both the ground state and excitations of the spin liquid. In particular, it induces emergent birefringence, rendering the speed of the emergent light anisotropic and polarization-dependent. Read More


We use the Nernst effect to delineate the boundary of the pseudogap phase in the temperature-doping phase diagram of cuprate superconductors. New data for the Nernst coefficient $\nu(T)$ of YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{y}$ (YBCO), La$_{1.8-x}$Eu$_{0. Read More


We present a magnetic phase diagram of rare-earth pyrochlore $\rm{Yb_2Ti_2O_7}$ in a $\langle 111 \rangle$ magnetic field. Using heat capacity, magnetization, and neutron scattering data, we show an unusual field-dependence of a first-order phase boundary, wherein a small applied field increases the ordering temperature. The zero-field ground state has ferromagnetic domains, while the spins polarize along $\langle 111 \rangle$ above 0. Read More


The Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev (SYK) model describes a collection of randomly interacting Majorana fermions that exhibits profound connections to quantum chaos and black holes. We propose a solid-state implementation based on a quantum dot coupled to an array of topological superconducting wires hosting Majorana zero modes. Interactions and disorder intrinsic to the dot mediate the desired random Majorana couplings, while an approximate symmetry suppresses additional unwanted terms. Read More


The Lieb-Schultz-Mattis (LSM) theorem and its extensions forbid trivial phases from arising in certain quantum magnets. Constraining infrared behavior with the ultraviolet data encoded in the microscopic lattice of spins, these theorems are particularly important because they tie the absence of spontaneous symmetry breaking to the emergence of exotic phases like quantum spin liquids. In this work, we take a new topological perspective on these theorems, by arguing they originate from an obstruction to "trivializing" the lattice under smooth, symmetric deformations. Read More


Evidence for intra-unit-cell (IUC) magnetic order in the pseudogap region of high-$T_c$ cuprates below a temperature $T^\ast$ is found in several studies, but NMR and $\mu$SR experiments do not observe the expected static local magnetic fields. It has been noted, however, that such fields could be averaged by fluctuations. Our measurements of muon spin relaxation rates in single crystals of YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_y$ reveal magnetic fluctuations of the expected order of magnitude that exhibit critical slowing down at $T^\ast$. Read More


Electron-electron (e-e) collisions can impact transport in a variety of surprising and sometimes counterintuitive ways. Despite strong interest, experiments on the subject proved challenging because of the simultaneous presence of different scattering mechanisms that suppress or obscure consequences of e-e scattering. Only recently, sufficiently clean electron systems with transport dominated by e-e collisions have become available, showing behavior characteristic of highly viscous fluids. Read More


Within a Monte Carlo technique we examine critical properties of diluted bulk magnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As modeled by a strongly diluted ferromagnetic Heisenberg spin-$\frac{5}{2}$ system on a face centered cubic lattice. We assumed that 5\% of Ga atoms is substituted by Mn atoms and the interaction between them is of the RKKY-type. The considered system is randomly quenched and a double average was performed: firstly, over the Boltzmann probability distribution and secondly - over 2048 configurations related to the quenched disorder. Read More


We enquire into the quasi-many-body localization in topologically ordered states of matter, revolving around the case of Kitaev toric code on ladder geometry, where different types of anyonic defects carry different masses induced by environmental errors. Our study verifies that random arrangement of anyons generates a complex energy landscape solely through braiding statistics, which suffices to suppress the diffusion of defects in such multi-component anyonic liquid. This non-ergodic dynamic suggests a promising scenario for investigation of quasi-many-body localization. Read More


We investigate the spin-wave excitations in the spin-density wave state of doped iron pnictides within a five-orbital model. We find that the excitations along ($\pi, 0$)$\rightarrow$($\pi, \pi$) are very sensitive to the doping whereas they do not exhibit a similar sensitivity along ($0, 0$) $\rightarrow$ ($\pi, 0$). Secondly, anisotropy in the excitations around ($\pi, 0$) with an elliptical shape grows on moving towards the hole-doped region for low energy, whereas it decreases for the high-energy excitations on the contrary. Read More


Random tensor networks provide useful models that incorporate various important features of holographic duality. A tensor network is usually defined for a fixed graph geometry specified by the connection of tensors. In this paper, we generalize the random tensor network approach to allow quantum superposition of different spatial geometries. Read More


We present a multiloop flow equation for the four-point vertex in the functional renormalization group (fRG) framework. The multiloop flow consists of successive one-loop calculations and sums up all parquet diagrams to arbitrary order. This provides substantial improvement of fRG computations for the four-point vertex and, consequently, the self-energy. Read More


Starting from the (Hubbard) model of an atom, we demonstrate that the uniqueness of the mapping from the interacting to the noninteracting Green's function, $G\to G_0$, is strongly violated, by providing numerous explicit examples of different $G_0$ leading to the same physical $G$. We argue that there are indeed infinitely many such $G_0$, with numerous crossings with the physical solution. We show that this rich functional structure is directly related to the divergence of certain classes of (irreducible vertex) diagrams, with important consequences for traditional many-body physics based on diagrammatic expansions. Read More


A link is established between the spin-fermion (SF) model of the cuprates and the approach based on the analogy between the physics of doped Mott insulators in two dimensions and the physics of fermionic ladders. This enables one to use nonperturbative results derived for fermionic ladders to move beyond the large-N approximation in the SF model. It is shown that the paramagnon exchange postulated in the SF model has exactly the right form to facilitate the emergence of the fully gapped d-Mott state in the region of the Brillouin zone at the hot spots of the Fermi surface. Read More


Non-Fermi liquid (NFL) state represents an ensemble of incoherent quantum fluids arising from the coupling between electrons and massless (critical) excitations, and is separated by phase boundary from the quasiparticle behavior in the Fermi-liquid (FL) theory. Here we show that such sharp distinction breaks down in cuprates, and that both NFL and FL states coexists in different momentum (k) regions at all dopings. Their coexistence originates from the strong anisotropy in the many-body self-energy, arising from dispersive density-density fluctuations. Read More


Normally, understanding the temperature dependent transport properties of strongly correlated electron systems remains challenging task due to complex electronic structure and its variations (around E$_{F}$) with temperature. Here, we report the applicability of DFT+U in explaining thermopower ($\alpha$) and electrical conductivity ($\sigma$) in high temperature region. We have measured temperature dependent $\alpha$ and $\sigma$ in the 300-600 K range. Read More


The onset or demise of Kondo effect in a magnetic impurity on a metal surface can be triggered, as often observed, by the simple mechanical nudging of a tip. This mechanically-driven quantum phase transition must reflect in a corresponding mechanical dissipation peak; yet, this kind of effect has not been focused upon so far. Aiming at the simplest theoretical modeling, we initially treat the impurity as a non-interacting resonant level turned cyclically on and off, and obtain a dissipation per cycle which is proportional to the hybridization $\Gamma$, with a characteristic temperature dependent resonant peak value. Read More


$\alpha$-(BEDT-TTF)$_2$I$_3$ is a prominent example of charge ordering among organic conductors. In this work we explore the details of transport within the charge-ordered as well as semimetallic phase at ambient pressure. In the high-temperature semimetallic phase, the mobilities and concentrations of both electrons and holes conspire in such a way to create an almost temperature-independent conductivity as well as a low Hall effect. Read More


A systematic modification of the entropy trajectory $S_m(T)$ is observed at very low temperature in magnetically frustrated systems as a consequence of the constraint $S_m\geq 0$ imposed by the third law of thermodynamics. The lack of magnetic order allows to explore some unusual thermodynamic properties by tracing the physical behavior of real systems. The most relevant findings are: i) a common $C_m/T|_{T\to 0} \approx 7$\,J/molK$^2$ 'plateau' in at least five Yb-based very-heavy-fermions VHF compounds; ii) quantitative and qualitative differences between VHF and standard non-Fermi-liquids. Read More