Vestiges of Topological Phase Transitions in Kitaev Quantum Spin Liquids

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Title
Vestiges of Topological Phase Transitions in Kitaev Quantum Spin Liquids
Author(s)
Ara Go; Jun Jung; Eun-Gook Moon
Publication Date
2019-04
Journal
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, v.122, no.14, pp.147203 -
Publisher
AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Abstract
We investigate signatures of topological quantum phase transitions (TQPTs) between the Z2 quantum spin liquids (QSLs). In two spatial dimensions, Z2 QSLs and their TQPTs are only well defined at zero temperature (T 1⁄4 0), and it is imperative to clarify their observable signatures under nonzero temperatures. Here, we present the vestiges of TQPTs between Z2 QSLs with Majorana fermions in terms of thermal Hall conductivity κxy at nonzero temperatures. The κxy=T shows characteristic temperature dependences around TQPTs. We argue that an exponential upturn near T 1⁄4 0 and the peak of κxy=T around massive excitation energy are observable smoking-gun signals of the TQPTs. Quantum critical fan-shape temperature dependences are uncovered across TQPTs. We also perform the parton mean-field analysis on a modified Kitaev model with next-nearest neighbor interactions finding TQPTs between the phases with different Chern numbers and their vestiges self-consistently. We discuss the implication of our results to the recent experiments in α-RuCl3. © 2019 American Physical Society
URI
https://pr.ibs.re.kr/handle/8788114/5986
ISSN
0031-9007
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