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Ubiquitous nematic Dirac semimetal emerging from interacting quadratic band touching system. (arXiv:2305.17189v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
Hongyu Lu, Kai Sun, Zi Yang Meng, Bin-Bin Chen

Quadratic band touching (QBT) points are widely observed in 2D and 3D materials, including bilayer graphene and Luttinger semimetals, and attract significant attention from theory to experiment. However, even in its simplest form, the 2D checkerboard lattice QBT model, the phase diagram characterized by temperature and interaction strength still remains unknown beyond the weak-coupling regime. Intense debates persist regarding the existence of various interaction-driven insulating states in this system [1-7]. To address these uncertainties, we employ thermal tensor network simulations, specifically exponential tensor renormalization group [8], along with density matrix renormalization group calculations. Our approach enables us to provide a comprehensive finite-temperature phase diagram for this model and shed light on previous ambiguities. Notably, our findings consistently reveal the emergence of a robust bond-nematic Dirac semimetal (BNDS) phase as an intermediate state between the nematic insulating state and other symmetry broken states. This previously overlooked feature is found to be ubiquitous in interacting QBT systems. We also discuss the implications of these results for experimental systems such as bilayer graphene and iridate compounds.


$SO(8)$ unification and the large-N theory of superconductor-insulator transition of two-dimensional Dirac fermions. (arXiv:2305.17264v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
Igor F. Herbut, Subrata Mandal

Electrons on honeycomb or pi-flux lattices obey effective massless Dirac equation at low energies and at the neutrality point, and should suffer quantum phase transitions into various Mott insulators and superconductors at strong two-body interactions. We show that 35 out of 36 such order parameters that provide Lorentz-invariant mass-gaps to Dirac fermions can be organized into a single irreducible tensor representation of the $SO(8)$ symmetry of the two-dimensional Dirac Hamiltonian for the spin-1/2 lattice fermions. The minimal interacting Lagrangian away from the neutrality point has the $SO(8)$ symmetry reduced to $U(1) \times SU(4)$ by finite chemical potential, and it allows only two independent interaction terms. When the Lagrangian is nearly $SO(8)$-symmetric and the ground state insulating at the neutrality point, we argue it turns superconducting at the critical value of the chemical potential through a ``flop" between the tensor components. The theory is exactly solvable when the $SU(4)$ is generalized to $SU(N)$ and $N$ taken large. A lattice Hamiltonian that may exhibit this transition, parallels with the Gross-Neveu model, and applicability to related electronic systems are briefly discussed.


How to verify the precision of density-functional-theory implementations via reproducible and universal workflows. (arXiv:2305.17274v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Emanuele Bosoni, Louis Beal, Marnik Bercx, Peter Blaha, Stefan Blügel, Jens Bröder, Martin Callsen, Stefaan Cottenier, Augustin Degomme, Vladimir Dikan, Kristjan Eimre, Espen Flage-Larsen, Marco Fornari, Alberto Garcia, Luigi Genovese, Matteo Giantomassi, Sebastiaan P. Huber, Henning Janssen, Georg Kastlunger, Matthias Krack, Georg Kresse, Thomas D. Kühne, Kurt Lejaeghere, Georg K. H. Madsen, Martijn Marsman, Nicola Marzari, Gregor Michalicek, Hossein Mirhosseini, Tiziano M. A. Müller, Guido Petretto, Chris J. Pickard, Samuel Poncé, Gian-Marco Rignanese, Oleg Rubel, Thomas Ruh, Michael Sluydts, Danny E. P. Vanpoucke, Sudarshan Vijay, Michael Wolloch, Daniel Wortmann, Aliaksandr V. Yakutovich, Jusong Yu, Austin Zadoks, Bonan Zhu, Giovanni Pizzi

In the past decades many density-functional theory methods and codes adopting periodic boundary conditions have been developed and are now extensively used in condensed matter physics and materials science research. Only in 2016, however, their precision (i.e., to which extent properties computed with different codes agree among each other) was systematically assessed on elemental crystals: a first crucial step to evaluate the reliability of such computations. We discuss here general recommendations for verification studies aiming at further testing precision and transferability of density-functional-theory computational approaches and codes. We illustrate such recommendations using a greatly expanded protocol covering the whole periodic table from Z=1 to 96 and characterizing 10 prototypical cubic compounds for each element: 4 unaries and 6 oxides, spanning a wide range of coordination numbers and oxidation states. The primary outcome is a reference dataset of 960 equations of state cross-checked between two all-electron codes, then used to verify and improve nine pseudopotential-based approaches. Such effort is facilitated by deploying AiiDA common workflows that perform automatic input parameter selection, provide identical input/output interfaces across codes, and ensure full reproducibility. Finally, we discuss the extent to which the current results for total energies can be reused for different goals (e.g., obtaining formation energies).


Ultrafast Control of Crystal Structure in a Topological Charge-Density-Wave Material. (arXiv:2305.17329v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
Takeshi Suzuki, Yuya Kubota, Natsuki Mitsuishi, Shunsuke Akatsuka, Jumpei Koga, Masato Sakano, Satoru Masubuchi, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Tadashi Togashi, Hiroyuki Ohsumi, Kenji Tamasaku, Makina Yabashi, Hidefumi Takahashi, Shintaro Ishiwata, Tomoki Machida, Iwao Matsuda, Kyoko Ishizaka, Kozo Okazaki

Optical control of crystal structures is a promising route to change physical properties including topological nature of a targeting material. Time-resolved X-ray diffraction measurements using the X-ray free-electron laser are performed to study the ultrafast lattice dynamics of VTe$_2$, which shows a unique charge-density-wave (CDW) ordering coupled to the topological surface states as a first-order phase transition. A significant oscillation of the CDW amplitude mode is observed at a superlattice reflection as well as Bragg reflections. The frequency of the oscillation is independent of the fluence of the pumping laser, which is prominent to the CDW ordering of the first-order phase transition. Furthermore, the timescale of the photoinduced 1$T^{\prime\prime}$ to 1$T$ phase transition is independent of the period of the CDW amplitude mode.


Excitonic interactions and mechanism for ultrafast interlayer photoexcited response in van der Waals heterostructures. (arXiv:2305.17335v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Chen Hu, Mit H. Naik, Yang-Hao Chan, Steven G. Louie

Optical dynamics in van der Waals heterobilayers is of fundamental scientific and practical interest. Based on a time-dependent adiabatic GW approach, we discover a new many-electron (excitonic) channel for converting photoexcited intralayer to interlayer excitations and the associated ultrafast optical responses in heterobilayers, which is conceptually different from the conventional single-particle picture. We find strong electron-hole interactions drive the dynamics and enhance the pump-probe optical responses by an order of magnitude with a rise time of ~300 fs in MoSe$_2$/WSe$_2$ heterobilayers, in agreement with experiment.


Fully-gapped superconductivity and topological aspects of the noncentrosymmetric TaReSi superconductor. (arXiv:2305.17381v1 [cond-mat.supr-con])
T. Shang, J. Z. Zhao, Lun-Hui Hu, D. J. Gawryluk, X. Y. Zhu, H. Zhang, J. Meng, Z. X. Zhen, B. C. Yu, Z. Zhou, Y. Xu, Q. F. Zhan, E. Pomjakushina, T. Shiroka

We report a study of the noncentrosymmetric TaReSi superconductor by means of muon-spin rotation and relaxation ($\mu$SR) technique, complemented by electronic band-structure calculations. Its superconductivity, with $T_c$ = 5.5 K and upper critical field $\mu_0H_\mathrm{c2}(0)$ $\sim$ 3.4 T, was characterized via electrical-resistivity- and magnetic-susceptibility measurements. The temperature-dependent superfluid density, obtained from transverse-field $\mu$SR, suggests a fully-gapped superconducting state in TaReSi, with an energy gap $\Delta_0$ = 0.79 meV and a magnetic penetration depth $\lambda_0$ = 562 nm. The absence of a spontaneous magnetization below $T_c$, as confirmed by zero-field $\mu$SR, indicates a preserved time-reversal symmetry in the superconducting state. The density of states near the Fermi level is dominated by the Ta- and Re-5$d$ orbitals, which account for the relatively large band splitting due to the antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling. In its normal state, TaReSi behaves as a three-dimensional Kramers nodal-line semimetal, characterized by an hourglass-shaped dispersion protected by glide reflection. By combining non\-triv\-i\-al electronic bands with intrinsic superconductivity, TaReSi is a promising material for investigating the topological aspects of noncentrosymmetric superconductors.


Bond formation at polycarbonate | X interfaces (X = Al$_2$O$_3$, TiO$_2$, TiAlO$_2$) studied by theory and experiments. (arXiv:2305.17430v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Lena Patterer, Pavel Ondračka, Dimitri Bogdanovski, Stanislav Mráz, Peter J. Pöllmann, Soheil Karimi Aghda, Petr Vašina, Jochen M. Schneider

Interfacial bond formation during sputter deposition of metal oxide thin films onto polycarbonate (PC) is investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of PC | X interfaces (X = Al$_2$O$_3$, TiO$_2$, TiAlO$_2$). Generally, the predicted bond formation is consistent with the experimental data. For all three interfaces, the majority of bonds identified by XPS are (C-O)-metal bonds, whereas C-metal bonds are the minority. Compared to the PC | Al$_2$O$_3$ interface, the PC | TiO$_2$ and PC | TiAlO$_2$ interfaces exhibit a reduction in the measured interfacial bond density by ~ 75 and ~ 65%, respectively. Multiplying the predicted bond strength with the corresponding experimentally determined interfacial bond density shows that Al$_2$O$_3$ exhibits the strongest interface with PC, while TiO$_2$ and TiAlO$_2$ exhibit ~ 70 and ~ 60% weaker interfaces, respectively. This can be understood by considering the complex interplay between the metal oxide composition, the bond strength as well as the population of bonds that are formed across the interface.


Demonstration of geometric diabatic control of quantum states. (arXiv:2305.17434v1 [quant-ph])
Kento Sasaki, Yuki Nakamura, Tokuyuki Teraji, Takashi Oka, Kensuke Kobayashi

Geometric effects can play a pivotal role in streamlining quantum manipulation. We demonstrate a geometric diabatic control, that is, perfect tunneling between spin states in a diamond by a quadratic sweep of a driving field. The field sweep speed for the perfect tunneling is determined by the geometric amplitude factor and can be tuned arbitrarily. Our results are obtained by testing a quadratic version of Berry's twisted Landau-Zener model. This geometric tuning is robust over a wide parameter range. Our work provides a basis for quantum control in various systems, including condensed matter physics, quantum computation, and nuclear magnetic resonance.


Anisotropic exciton polariton pairs as a platform for PT-symmetric non-Hermitian physics. (arXiv:2305.17472v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Devarshi Chakrabarty, Avijit Dhara, Pritam Das, Kritika Ghosh, Ayan Roy Chaudhuri, Sajal Dhara

Non-Hermitian PT-symmetric systems can be conveniently realized in optical systems in the classical domain and have been used to explore a plethora of exotic phenomena like loss-induced lasing and selective propagation of chiral modes in waveguides. On the other hand, a microcavity exciton-polariton system is intrinsically non-Hermitian in the quantum regime. However, realization of such systems in the PT-symmetric phase has not been achieved so far. Here we show how a pair of nearly orthogonal sets of anisotropic exciton-polaritons can offer a versatile platform for realizing multiple Eps and propose a roadmap to achieve a PT-symmetric system. By utilizing the tunability of coupling strength and energy detuning on the polarization of probe beam, the angle of incidence, and the orientation of the anisotropic sample, we realise two kinds of Eps: Polarization-tunable polariton dispersion creates one set of EPs based on tunable coupling strength, while the rotating the sample reveals Voigt EPs for specific orientations. Pair of anisotropic microcavity exciton-polaritons can offer a promising platform not only for fundamental research in non-Hermitian quantum physics and topological polaritons but also, we have proposed that it can offer a system to realize zero threshold laser.


Spectroscopy of momentum state lattices. (arXiv:2305.17507v1 [cond-mat.quant-gas])
Sai Naga Manoj Paladugu, Tao Chen, Fangzhao Alex An, Bo Yan, Bryce Gadway

We explore a technique for probing energy spectra in synthetic lattices that is analogous to scanning tunneling microscopy. Using one-dimensional synthetic lattices of coupled atomic momentum states, we explore this spectroscopic technique and observe qualitative agreement between the measured and simulated energy spectra for small two- and three-site lattices as well as a uniform many-site lattice. Finally, through simulations, we show that this technique should allow for the exploration of the topological bands and the fractal energy spectrum of the Hofstadter model as realized in synthetic lattices.


Exciton-Sensitized Second-Harmonic Generation in 2D Heterostructures. (arXiv:2305.17512v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Wontaek Kim, Gyouil Jeong, Juseung Oh, Jihun Kim, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Sunmin Ryu

The efficient optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) of two-dimensional (2D) crystals, coupled with their atomic thickness that circumvents the phase-match problem, has garnered considerable attention. While various 2D heterostructures have shown promising applications in photodetectors, switching electronics, and photovoltaics, the modulation of nonlinear optical properties in such hetero-systems remains unexplored. In this study, we investigate exciton sensitized SHG in heterobilayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), where photoexcitation of one donor layer enhances the SHG response of the other as an acceptor. We utilize polarization-resolved interferometry to detect the SHG intensity and phase of each individual layer, revealing the energetic match between the excitonic resonances of donors and the SHG enhancement of acceptors for four TMD combinations. Our results also uncover the dynamic nature of interlayer coupling, as evidenced by the dependence of sensitization on interlayer gap spacing and the average power of the fundamental beam. This work provides insights into how interlayer coupling of two different layers can modify nonlinear optical phenomena in 2D heterostructures.


Partially topological phase in a quantum loop gas model with tension and pressure. (arXiv:2305.17525v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
J. Abouie, M. H. Zarei

Enhancing robustness of topological orders against perturbations is one of the main goals in topological quantum computing. Since the kinetic of excitations is in conflict with the robustness of topological orders, any mechanism that reduces the mobility of excitations will be in favor of robustness. A strategy in this direction is adding frustration to topological systems. In this paper we consider a frustrated toric code on a kagome lattice, and show that although increasing the strength of perturbation reduces the topological order of the system, it cannot destroy it completely. Our frustrated toric code is indeed a quantum loop gas model with string tension and pressure which their competition leads to a partially topological phase (PTP) in which the excitations are restricted to move in particular sublattices. In this phase the ground state is a product of many copies of fluctuating loop states corresponding to quasi one dimensional ladders. By defining a non-local matrix order parameter and studying the behavior of ground state global entanglement (GE), we distinguish the PTP from the standard topological phase. The partial mobility of excitations in our system is a reminiscent of fracton codes with restricted mobility, and therefore our results propose an alternative way for making such a restriction in three dimension.


Electronic and Vibrational Excitations on the Surface of the Three-Dimensional Topological Insulator Bi$_2$Te$_{3-x}$Se$_{x}$ (x = 0, 2, 3). (arXiv:2305.17546v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
A. Lee, H.-H. Kung, Xueyun Wang, S.-W. Cheong, G. Blumberg

We study surface states in the three-dimensional topological insulators Bi$_2$Te$_{3-x}$Se$_{x}$ (x = 0, 2, 3) by polarization resolved resonant Raman spectroscopy. By tracking the spectral intensity of the surface phonon modes with respect to the incident photon energy, we show that the surface phonons are qualitatively similar to their bulk counterparts. Using the resonant Raman excitation profile, we estimated the binding energy of the surface conduction bands relative to bulk conduction bands. In addition, by analyzing the Fano interaction between the electronic continuum and the surface phonons as a function of incident photon energy, we determined the spectral properties of the electronic continuum excitations between surface and bulk states in Bi$_2$Se$_3$.


Distinguishing different stackings in layered materials via luminescence spectroscopy. (arXiv:2305.17554v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Matteo Zanfrognini, Alexandre Plaud, Ingrid Stenger, Frédéric Fossard, Lorenzo Sponza, Léonard Schué, Fulvio Paleari, Elisa Molinari, Daniele Varsano, Ludger Wirtz, François Ducastelle, Annick Loiseau, Julien Barjon

Despite its simple crystal structure, layered boron nitride features a surprisingly complex variety of phonon-assisted luminescence peaks. We present a combined experimental and theoretical study on ultraviolet-light emission in hexagonal and rhombohedral bulk boron nitride crystals. Emission spectra of high-quality samples are measured via cathodoluminescence spectroscopy, displaying characteristic differences between the two polytypes. These differences are explained using a fully first-principles computational technique that takes into account radiative emission from ``indirect'', finite-momentum, excitons via coupling to finite-momentum phonons. We show that the differences in peak positions, number of peaks and relative intensities can be qualitatively and quantitatively explained, once a full integration over all relevant momenta of excitons and phonons is performed.


Nonhermitian adiabatic perturbation theory of topological quantization of the average velocity of a magnetic skyrmion under thermal fluctuations. (arXiv:2305.17606v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Shan-Chang Tang, Yu Shi

We study the two-dimensional motion of a magnetic skyrmion driven by a ratchetlike polarized electric current that is periodic in both space and time. Some general cases are considered, in each of which,in the low temperature and adiabatic limit, regardless of the details of the driving current, the time and statistical average velocity along any direction is topologically quantized as a Chern number, multiplied by a basic unit. We make two approaches, one based on identifying the drift direction, and the other based on the nonhermitian adiabatic perturbation theory developed for the Fokker-Planck operator. Both approach applies in the case of periodicity along the direction of the driving current and homogeneity in the transverse direction, for which the analytical result is confirmed by our numerical simulation on the constituent spins,and a convenient experiment is proposed.


Emergence of flat bands and their impact on superconductivity of Mo$_5$Si$_{3-x}$P$_x$. (arXiv:2305.17669v1 [cond-mat.supr-con])
Rustem Khasanov, Bin-Bin Ruan, Yun-Qing Shi, Gen-Fu Chen, Hubertus Luetkens, Zhi-An Ren, Zurab Guguchia

The first-principles calculations and measurements of the magnetic penetration depths, the upper critical field, and the specific heat were performed for a family of Mo$_5$Si$_{3-x}$P$_x$ superconducotrs. First-principles calculations suggest the presence of a flat band dispersion, which gradually shifts to the Fermi level as a function of phosphorus doping $x$. The flat band approaches the Fermi level at $x\simeq 1.3$, thus separating Mo$_5$Si$_{3-x}$P$_x$ between the purely steep band and the steep band/flat band superconducting regimes. The emergence of flat bands lead to an abrupt change of nearly all the superconducting quantities. In particular, a strong reduction of the coherence length $\xi$ and enhancement of the penetration depth $\lambda$ result in nearly factor of three increase of the Ginzburg-Landau parameter $\kappa=\lambda/\xi$ (from $\kappa\simeq 25$ for $x\lesssim 1.2$ to $\kappa\simeq 70$ for $x\gtrsim 1.4$) thus initiating the transition of Mo$_5$Si$_{3-x}$P$_x$ from a moderate to an extreme type-II superconductivity.


Quantum Geometry of Non-Hermitian Topological Systems. (arXiv:2305.17675v1 [cond-mat.stat-mech])
Chao Chen Ye, W. L. Vleeshouwers, S. Heatley, V. Gritsev, C. Morais Smith

Topological insulators have been studied intensively over the last decades. Earlier research focused on Hermitian Hamiltonians, but recently, peculiar and interesting properties were found by introducing non-Hermiticity. In this work, we apply a quantum geometric approach to various Hermitian and non-Hermitian versions of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model. We find that this method allows one to correctly identify different topological phases and topological phase transitions for all SSH models, but only when using the metric tensor containing both left and right eigenvectors. Whereas the quantum geometry of Hermitian systems is Riemannian, introducing non-Hermiticity leads to pseudo-Riemannian and complex geometries, thus significantly generalizing from the quantum geometries studied thus far. One remarkable example of this is the mathematical agreement between topological phase transition curves and lightlike paths in general relativity, suggesting a possibility of simulating space-times in non-Hermitian systems. We find that the metric in non-Hermitian phases degenerates in such a way that it effectively reduces the dimensionality of the quantum geometry by one. This implies that within linear response theory, one can perturb the system by a particular change of parameters while maintaining a zero excitation rate.


Hybrid nodal surface and nodal line phonons in solids. (arXiv:2305.17689v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Wen-Han Dong, Jinbo Pan, Jia-Tao Sun, Shixuan Du

Phonons have provided an ideal platform for a variety of intriguing physical states, such as non-abelian braiding and Haldane model. It is promising that phonons will realize the complicated nodal states accompanying with unusual quantum phenomena. Here, we propose the hybrid nodal surface and nodal line (NS+NL) phonons beyond the single genre nodal phonons. We categorize the NS+NL phonons into two-band and four-band situations based on symmetry analysis and compatibility relationships. Combing database screening with first-principles calculations, we identify the ideal candidate materials for realizing all categorized NS+NL phonons. Our calculations and tight-binding models further demonstrate that the interplay between NS and NL induces unique phenomena. In space group 113, the quadratic NL acts as a hub of the Berry curvature between two NSs, generating ribbon-like surface states. In space group 128, the NS serve as counterpart of Weyl NL that NS-NL mixed topological surface states are observed. Our findings extend the scope of hybrid nodal states and enrich the phononic states in realistic materials.


Local Probe Isomerization in a One-Dimensional Molecular Array. (arXiv:2305.17703v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Shigeki Kawai, Orlando J. Silveira, Lauri Kurki, Zhangyu Yuan, Tomohiko Nishiuchi, Takuya Kodama, Kewei Sun, Oscar Custance, Jose L. Lado, Takashi Kubo, Adam S. Foster

Synthesis of one-dimensional molecular arrays with tailored stereoisomers is challenging yet has a great potential for application in molecular opto-, electronic- and magnetic-devices, where the local array structure plays a decisive role in the functional properties. Here, we demonstrate construction and characterization of dehydroazulene isomer and diradical units in three-dimensional organometallic compounds on Ag(111) with a combination of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations. Tip-induced voltage pulses firstly result in the formation of a diradical species via successive homolytic fission of two C-Br bonds in the naphthyl groups, which are subsequently transformed into chiral dehydroazulene moieties. The delicate balance of the reaction rates among the diradical and two stereoisomers, arising from an in-line configuration of tip and molecular unit, allows directional azulene-to-azulene and azulene-to-diradical local probe isomerization in a controlled manner. Furthermore, we found that the diradical moiety hosts an open-shell singlet with antiferromagnetic coupling between the unpaired electrons, which can undergo an inelastic spin transition of 91 meV to the ferromagnetically coupled triplet state.


Short review of interaction effects in graphene. (arXiv:2305.17736v1 [hep-th])
A.V. Kotikov

We review field theoretical studies dedicated to understanding the effects of electron-electron interaction in graphene, which is characterized by gapless bands, strong electron-electron interactions, and emerging Lorentz invariance deep in the infrared. We consider the influence of interactions on the transport properties of the system as well as their supposedly decisive influence on the potential dynamical generation of a gap.


Efficient Quantum Work Reservoirs at the Nanoscale. (arXiv:2305.17815v1 [quant-ph])
Jinghao Lyu, Alexander B. Boyd, James P. Crutchfield

When reformulated as a resource theory, thermodynamics can analyze system behaviors in the single-shot regime. In this, the work required to implement state transitions is bounded by alpha-Renyi divergences and so differs in identifying efficient operations compared to stochastic thermodynamics. Thus, a detailed understanding of the difference between stochastic thermodynamics and resource-theoretic thermodynamics is needed. To this end, we study reversibility in the single-shot regime, generalizing the two-level work reservoirs used there to multi-level work reservoirs. This achieves reversibility in any transition in the single-shot regime. Building on this, we systematically explore multi-level work reservoirs in the nondissipation regime with and without catalysts. The resource-theoretic results show that two-level work reservoirs undershoot Landauer's bound, misleadingly implying energy dissipation during computation. In contrast, we demonstrate that multi-level work reservoirs achieve Landauer's bound and produce zero entropy.


Ultra-small topological spin textures with size of 1.3nm at above room temperature in Fe78Si9B13 amorphous alloy. (arXiv:2305.17880v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Weiwei Wu, Huaping Zhang, Hong Wang, Chao Chang, Hongyu Jiang, Jinfeng Li, Zhichao Lv, Laiquan Shen, Hanqiu Jiang, Chunyong He, Yubin Ke, Yuhua Su, Kosuke Hiroi, Zhendong Fu, Zi-An Li, Lin Gu, Maozhi Li, Dong Ma, Haiyang Bai

Topologically protected spin textures, such as skyrmions1,2 and vortices3,4, are robust against perturbations, serving as the building blocks for a range of topological devices5-9. In order to implement these topological devices, it is necessary to find ultra-small topological spin textures at room temperature, because small size implies the higher topological charge density, stronger signal of topological transport10,11 and the higher memory density or integration for topological quantum devices5-9. However, finding ultra-small topological spin textures at high temperatures is still a great challenge up to now. Here we find ultra-small topological spin textures in Fe78Si9B13 amorphous alloy. We measured a large topological Hall effect (THE) up to above room temperature, indicating the existence of highly densed and ultra-small topological spin textures in the samples. Further measurements by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) reveal that the average size of ultra-small magnetic texture is around 1.3nm. Our Monte Carlo simulations show that such ultra-small spin texture is topologically equivalent to skyrmions, which originate from competing frustration and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction12,13 coming from amorphous structure14-17. Taking a single topological spin texture as one bit and ignoring the distance between them, we evaluated the ideal memory density of Fe78Si9B13, which reaches up to 4.44*104 gigabits (43.4 TB) per in2 and is 2 times of the value of GdRu2Si218 at 5K. More important, such high memory density can be obtained at above room temperature, which is 4 orders of magnitude larger than the value of other materials at the same temperature. These findings provide a unique candidate for magnetic memory devices with ultra-high density.


Essential L-Amino Acid-Functionalized Graphene Oxide for Liquid Crystalline Phase Formation. (arXiv:2305.17919v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
H. Gharagulyan, Y. Melikyan, V. Hayrapetyan, Kh. Kirakosyan, D. A. Ghazaryan, M. Yeranosyan

The colloidal 2D materials based on graphene and its modifications are of great interest when it comes to forming LC phases. These LC phases allow controlling the orientational order of colloidal particles, paving the way for the efficient processing of modified graphene with anisotropic properties. Here, we present the peculiarities of AA functionalization of GO, along with the formation of its LC phase and orientational behavior in an external magnetic field. We discuss the influence of pH on the GOLC, ultimately showing its pH-dependent behavior for GO-AA complexes. In addition, we observe different GO morphology changes due to the presence of AA functional groups, namely L-cysteine dimerization on the GO platform. The pH dependency of AA-functionalized LC phase of GO is examined for the first time. We believe that our studies will open new possibilities for applications in bionanotechnologies due to self-assembling properties of LCs and magnificent properties of GO.


Two dimensional momentum state lattices. (arXiv:2305.17987v1 [cond-mat.quant-gas])
Shraddha Agrawal, Sai Naga Manoj Paladugu, Bryce Gadway

Building on the development of momentum state lattices (MSLs) over the past decade, we introduce a simple extension of this technique to higher dimensions. Based on the selective addressing of unique Bragg resonances in matter-wave systems, MSLs have enabled the realization of tight-binding models with tunable disorder, gauge fields, non-Hermiticity, and other features. Here, we examine and outline an experimental approach to building scalable and tunable tight-binding models in two dimensions describing the laser-driven dynamics of atoms in momentum space. Using numerical simulations, we highlight some of the simplest models and types of phenomena this system is well-suited to address, including flat-band models with kinetic frustration and flux lattices supporting topological boundary states. Finally, we discuss many of the direct extensions to this model, including the introduction of disorder and non-Hermiticity, which will enable the exploration of new transport and localization phenomena in higher dimensions.


Intertwined charge and pair density orders in a monolayer high-Tc iron-based superconductor. (arXiv:2305.17991v1 [cond-mat.supr-con])
Tianheng Wei, Yanzhao Liu, Wei Ren, Ziqiang Wang, Jian Wang

Symmetry-breaking electronic phase in unconventional high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors is a fascinating issue in condensed-matter physics, among which the most attractive phases are charge density wave (CDW) phase with four unit-cell periodicity in cuprates and nematic phase breaking the C4 rotational symmetry in iron-based superconductors (FeSCs). Recently, pair density wave (PDW), an exotic superconducting phase with non-zero momentum Cooper pairs, has been observed in high-Tc cuprates and the monolayer FeSC. However, the interplay between the CDW, PDW and nematic phase remains to be explored. Here, using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, we detected commensurate CDW and CDW-induced PDW orders with the same period of lambda = 4aFe (aFe is the distance between neighboring Fe atoms) in a monolayer high-Tc Fe(Te,Se) film grown on SrTiO3(001) substrate. Further analyses demonstrate the observed CDW is a smectic order, which breaks both translation and C4 rotational symmetry. Moreover, the smecticity of the CDW order is strongest near the superconducting gap but weakens near defects and in an applied magnetic field, indicating the interplay between the smectic CDW and PDW orders. Our works provide a new platform to study the intertwined orders and their interactions in high-Tc superconductors.


Large spin splitting and piezoelectricity in a two-dimensional topological insulator Al$_2$SbBi with double-layer honeycomb structure. (arXiv:2305.17995v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
D. Q. Fang, H. Zhang, D. W. Wang

Two-dimensional materials provide remarkable platforms to uncover intriguing quantum phenomena and develop nanoscale devices of versatile applications. Recently, AlSb in the double-layer honeycomb (DLHC) structure was successfully synthesized exhibiting a semiconducting nature [ACS Nano 15, 8184 (2021)], which corroborates the preceding theoretical predictions and stimulates the exploration of new robust DLHC materials. In this work, we propose a Janus DLHC monolayer Al$_2$SbBi, the dynamical, thermal, and mechanical stabilities of which are confirmed by first-principles calculations. Monolayer Al$_2$SbBi is found to be a nontrivial topological insulator with a gap of about 0.2 eV, which presents large spin splitting and peculiar spin texture in the valence bands. Furthermore, due to the absence of inversion symmetry, monolayer Al$_2$SbBi exhibits piezoelectricity and the piezoelectric strain coefficients d$_{11}$ and d$_{31}$ are calculated to be 7.97 pm/V and 0.33 pm/V, respectively, which are comparable to and even larger than those of many piezoelectric materials. Our study suggests that monolayer Al$_2$SbBi has potential applications in spintronic and piezoelectric devices.


Structure and composition tunable superconductivity, band topology and elastic response of hard binary niobium nitrides Nb$_2$N, Nb$_4$N$_3$ and Nb$_4$N$_5$. (arXiv:2305.17999v1 [cond-mat.supr-con])
K. Ramesh Babu, Guang-Yu Guo

We perform a systematic \textit{ab initio} density functional study of the superconductivity, electronic and phononic band structures, electron-phonon coupling and elastic constants of all four possible structures of niobium nitride $\beta$-Nb$_2$N as well as Nb-rich $\gamma$-Nb$_4$N$_3$ and N-rich $\beta^\prime$-Nb$_4$N$_5$. First of all, we find that all four structures of $\beta$-Nb$_2$N are superconductors with superconducting transition temperatures ($T_c$) ranging from 0.6 K to 6.1 K, depending on the structure. This explains why previous experiments reported contradicting $T_c$ values for $\beta$-Nb$_2$N. Furthermore, both $\gamma$-Nb$_4$N$_3$ and $\beta^\prime$-Nb$_4$N$_5$ are predicted to be superconductors with rather high $T_c$ of 8.5 K and 15.3 K, respectively. Second, the calculated elastic constants and phonon dispersion relations show that all the considered niobium nitride structures are mechanically and dynamically stable. Moreover, the calculated elastic moduli demonstrate that all the niobium nitrides are hard materials with bulk moduli and hardness being comparable to or larger than the well-known hard sapphire. Third, the calculated band structures reveal that the nitrides possess both type I and type II Dirac nodal points and are thus topological metals. Finally, the calculated electron-phonon coupling strength, superconductivity and mechanical property of the niobium nitrides are discussed in terms of their underlying electronic structures and also Debye temperatures. The present \textit{ab initio} study thus indicates that $\beta$-Nb$_2$N, $\gamma$-Nb$_4$N$_3$ and $\beta^\prime$-Nb$_4$N$_5$ are hard superconductors with nontrivial band topology and are promising materials for exploring exotic phenomena due to the interplay of hardness, superconductivity and nontrivial band topology.


Extended magic phase in twisted graphene multilayers. (arXiv:2305.18080v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
D. C. W. Foo, Z. Zhan, Mohammed M. Al Ezzi, L. Peng, S. Adam, F. Guinea

Theoretical and experimental studies have verified the existence of ``magic angles'' in twisted bilayer graphene, where the twist between layers gives rise to flat bands and consequently highly correlated phases. Narrow bands can also exist in multilayers with alternating twist angles, and recent theoretical work suggests that they can also be found in trilayers with twist angles between neighboring layers in the same direction. We show here that flat bands exist in a variety of multilayers where the ratio between twist angles is close to coprime integers. We generalize previous analyses, and, using the chiral limit for interlayer coupling, give examples of many combinations of twist angles in stacks made up of three and four layers which lead to flat bands. The technique we use can be extended to systems with many layers. Our results suggest that flat bands can exist in graphene multilayers with angle disorder, that is, narrow samples of turbostatic graphite.


Odd-parity intra-unit-cell bond-order and induced nematicity in kagome metal CsTi3Bi5driven by quantum interference mechanism. (arXiv:2305.18093v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
Huang Jianxin, Youichi Yamakawa, Rina Tazai, Hiroshi Kontani

Kagome metals present a fascinating platform of novel quantum phases thanks to the interplay between the geometric frustration and strong electron correlation. Here, we propose the emergence of the odd-parity bond-order state that is closely tied to the intra-unit-cell odd-parity configuration (or electric toroidal order) in recently discovered kagome metal CsTi3Bi5.The predicted E1u bond-order is induced by the beyond-mean-field mechanism, that is, the quantum interference among different sublattice spin fluctuations. Importantly, the accompanied nematic deformation of the Fermi surface is very small, while the intensity of the quasiparticle interference signal exhibits large nematic anisotropy, consistently with the scanning tunneling microscope measurements in CsTi3Bi5. The present odd-parity order triggers interesting emergent phenomena, such as the Edelstein effect and reciprocal transport with finite spin-orbit interaction.


Linearly dispersive bands at the onset of correlations in K$_x$C$_{60}$ films. (arXiv:2305.18102v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Ping Ai, Luca Moreschini, Ryo Mori, Drew W. Latzke, Jonathan D. Denlinger, Alex Zettl, Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, Alessandra Lanzara

Molecular crystals are a flexible platform to induce novel electronic phases. Due to the weak forces between molecules, intermolecular distances can be varied over relatively larger ranges than interatomic distances in atomic crystals. On the other hand, the hopping terms are generally small, which results in narrow bands, strong correlations and heavy electrons. Here, by growing K$_x$C$_{60}$ fullerides on hexagonal layered Bi$_2$Se$_3$, we show that upon doping the series undergoes a Mott transition from a molecular insulator to a correlated metal, and an in-gap state evolves into highly dispersive Dirac-like fermions at half filling, where superconductivity occurs. This picture challenges the commonly accepted description of the low energy quasiparticles as appearing from a gradual electron doping of the conduction states, and suggests an intriguing parallel with the more famous family of the cuprate superconductors. More in general, it indicates that molecular crystals offer a viable route to engineer electron-electron interactions.


50 years of quantum spin liquids. (arXiv:2305.18103v1 [cond-mat.stat-mech])
Steven A. Kivelson, Shivaji Sondhi

In 1973, Philip Anderson published a paper introducing the resonating valence bond state, which can be recognized in retrospect as a topologically ordered phase of matter - one that cannot be classified in the conventional way according to its patterns of spontaneously broken symmetry. Steven Kivelson and Shivaji Sondhi reflect on the impact of this paper over the past 50 years.


Quantum impurity with 2/3 local moment in 1D quantum wires: an NRG study. (arXiv:2305.18121v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
P. A. Almeida, M. A. Manya, M. S. Figueira, S. E. Ulloa, E. V. Anda, G. B. Martins

We study a Kondo state that is strongly influenced by its proximity to an w^-1/2 singularity in the metallic host density of states. This singularity occurs at the bottom of the band of a 1D chain, for example. We first analyze the non-interacting system: A resonant state e_d, located close to the band singularity, suffers a strong `renormalization', such that a bound state is created below the bottom of the band in addition to a resonance in the continuum. When e_d is positioned right at the singularity, the spectral weight of the bound state is 2/3, irrespective of its coupling to the conduction electrons. The interacting system is modeled using the Single Impurity Anderson Model, which is then solved using the Numerical Renormalization Group method. We observe that the Hubbard interaction causes the bound state to suffer a series of transformations, including level splitting, transfer of spectral weight, appearance of a spectral discontinuity, changes in binding energy (the lowest state moves farther away from the bottom of the band), and development of a finite width. When e_d is away from the singularity and in the intermediate valence regime, the impurity occupancy is lower. As e_d moves closer to the singularity, the system partially recovers Kondo regime properties, i.e., higher occupancy and lower Kondo temperature T_K. The impurity thermodynamic properties show that the local moment fixed point is also strongly affected by the existence of the bound state. When e_d is close to the singularity, the local moment fixed point becomes impervious to charge fluctuations (caused by bringing e_d close to the Fermi energy), in contrast to the local moment suppression that occurs when e_d is away from the singularity. We also discuss an experimental implementation that shows similar results to the quantum wire, if the impurity's metallic host is an armchair graphene nanoribbon.


Intrinsic nonlinear thermal Hall transport of magnons: A Quantum kinetic theory approach. (arXiv:2305.18127v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Harsh Varshney, Rohit Mukherjee, Arijit Kundu, Amit Agarwal

We present a systematic study of the nonlinear thermal Hall responses in bosonic systems using the quantum kinetic theory framework. We demonstrate the existence of an intrinsic nonlinear boson thermal current, arising from the quantum metric which is a wavefunction dependent band geometric quantity. In contrast to the nonlinear Drude and nonlinear anomalous Hall contributions, the intrinsic nonlinear thermal conductivity is independent of the scattering timescale. We demonstrate the dominance of this intrinsic thermal Hall response in topological magnons in a two-dimensional ferromagnetic honeycomb lattice without Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Our findings highlight the significance of band geometry induced nonlinear thermal transport and motivate experimental probe of the intrinsic nonlinear thermal Hall response with implications for quantum magnonics.


Planar phonon anisotropy, and a way to detect local equilibrium temperature in graphene. (arXiv:2305.18177v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Marco Coco

The effect of inclusion of the planar phonon anisotropy on thermo-electrical behavior of graphene is analyzed. Charge transport is simulated by means of Direct Simulation Monte Carlo technique coupled with numerical solution of the phonon Boltzmann equations based on deterministic methods.

The definition of the crystal lattice local equilibrium temperature is investigated as well and the results furnish possible alternative approaches to identify it starting from measurements of electric current density, with relevant experimental advantages, which could help to overcome the present difficulties regarding thermal investigation of graphene.

Positive implications are expected for many applications, as the field of electronic devices, which needs a coherent tool for simulation of charge and hot phonon transport; the correct definition of the local equilibrium temperature is in turn fundamental for the study, design and prototyping of cooling mechanisms for graphene-based devices.


From incommensurate bilayer heterostructures to Allen-Cahn: An exact thermodynamic limit. (arXiv:2305.18186v1 [math-ph])
Michael Hott, Alexander B. Watson, Mitchell Luskin

Assuming any site-potential dependent on two-point correlations, we rigorously derive a new model for an interlayer potential for incommensurate bilayer heterostructures such as twisted bilayer graphene. We use the ergodic property of the local configuration in incommensurate bilayer heterostructures to prove convergence of an atomistic model to its thermodynamic limit without a rate for minimal conditions on the lattice displacements. We provide an explicit error control with a rate of convergence for sufficiently smooth lattice displacements. For that, we introduce the notion of Diophantine 2D rotations, a two-dimensional analogue of Diophantine numbers, and give a quantitative ergodic theorem for Diophantine 2D rotations.


Deterministic topological quantum gates for Majorana qubits without ancillary modes. (arXiv:2305.18190v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])
Su-Qi Zhang, Jian-Song Hong, Yuan Xue, Xun-Jiang Luo, Li-Wei Yu, Xiong-Jun Liu, Xin Liu

The realization of quantum gates in topological quantum computation still confronts significant challenges in both fundamental and practical aspects. Here, we propose a deterministic and fully topologically protected measurement-based scheme to realize the issue of implementing Clifford quantum gates on the Majorana qubits. Our scheme is based on rigorous proof that the single-qubit gate can be performed by leveraging the neighboring Majorana qubit but not disturbing its carried quantum information, eliminating the need for ancillary Majorana zero modes (MZMs) in topological quantum computing. Benefiting from the ancilla-free construction, we show the minimum measurement sequences with four steps to achieve two-qubit Clifford gates by constructing their geometric visualization. To avoid the uncertainty of the measurement-only strategy, we propose manipulating the MZMs in their parameter space to correct the undesired measurement outcomes while maintaining complete topological protection, as demonstrated in a concrete Majorana platform. Our scheme identifies the minimal operations of measurement-based topological and deterministic Clifford gates and offers an ancilla-free design of topological quantum computation.


Novel Electronic Structure of Nitrogen-Doped Lutetium Hydrides. (arXiv:2305.18196v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Adam Denchfield, Hyowon Park, Russell J. Hemley

First-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations of Lu-H-N compounds reveal low-energy configurations of Fm$\overline{3}$m Lu$_{8}$H$_{23-x}$N structures that exhibit novel electronic properties such as flat bands, sharply peaked densities of states (van Hove singularities), and intersecting Dirac cones near the Fermi energy (E$_F$). These N-doped LuH$_3$-based structures also exhibit an interconnected metallic hydrogen network, which is a common feature of high-T$_c$ hydride superconductors. Electronic property systematics give estimates of T$_c$ for optimally ordered structures that are well above the critical temperatures predicted for structures considered previously. The vHs and flat bands near E$_F$ are enhanced in DFT+U calculations, implying strong correlation physics should also be considered for first-principles studies of these materials. These results provide a basis for understanding the novel electronic properties observed for nitrogen-doped lutetium hydride.


Nanoscale visualization of the thermally-driven evolution of antiferromagnetic domains in FeTe thin films. (arXiv:2305.18197v1 [cond-mat.str-el])
Shrinkhala Sharma, Hong Li, Zheng Ren, Wilber Alfaro Castro, Ilija Zeljkovic

Antiferromagnetic order, being a ground state of a number of exotic quantum materials, is of immense interest both from the fundamental physics perspective and for driving potential technological applications. For a complete understanding of antiferromagnetism in materials, nanoscale visualization of antiferromagnetic domains, domain walls and their robustness to external perturbations is highly desirable. Here, we synthesize antiferromagnetic FeTe thin films using molecular beam epitaxy. We visualize local antiferromagnetic ordering and domain formation using spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy. From the atomically-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy topographs, we calculate local structural distortions to find a high correlation with the distribution of the antiferromagnetic order. This is consistent with the monoclinic structure in the antiferromagnetic state. Interestingly, we observe a substantial domain wall change by small temperature variations, unexpected for the low temperature changes used compared to the much higher antiferromagnetic ordering temperature of FeTe. This is in contrast to electronic nematic domains in the cousin FeSe multilayer films, where we find no electronic or structural change within the same temperature range. Our experiments provide the first atomic-scale imaging of perturbation-driven magnetic domain evolution simultaneous with the ensuing structural response of the system. The results reveal surprising thermally-driven modulations of antiferromagnetic domains in FeTe thin films well below the Neel temperature.


An Alternative Derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert Equation for Saturated Ferromagnets. (arXiv:2305.18232v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci])
Jiashi Yang

The Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for rigid and saturated ferromagnets is derived using a two-continuum model constructed by H.F. Tiersten for elastic and saturated ferromagnets. The relevant basic laws of physics are applied systematically to the two continua or their combination. The exchange interaction is introduced into the model through surface distributed magnetic couples. This leads to a continuum theory with magnetization gradients in the stored energy density. The saturation condition of the magnetization functions as constraints on the energy density and has implications in the constitutive relations.


Transversality-Enforced Tight-Binding Model for 3D Photonic Crystals aided by Topological Quantum Chemistry. (arXiv:2305.18257v1 [physics.optics])
Antonio Morales-Pérez, Chiara Devescovi, Yoonseok Hwang, Mikel García-Díez, Barry Bradlyn, Juan Luis Mañes, Maia G. Vergniory, Aitzol García-Etxarri

Tight-binding models can accurately predict the band structure and topology of crystalline systems and they have been heavily used in solid-state physics due to their versatility and low computational cost. It is quite straightforward to build an accurate tight-binding model of any crystalline system using the maximally localized Wannier functions of the crystal as a basis. In 1D and 2D photonic crystals, it is possible to express the wave equation as two decoupled scalar eigenproblems where finding a basis of maximally localized Wannier functions is feasible using standard Wannierization methods. Unfortunately, in 3D photonic crystals, the vectorial nature of the electromagnetic solutions cannot be avoided. This precludes the construction of a basis of maximally localized Wannier functions via usual techniques. In this work, we show how to overcome this problem by using topological quantum chemistry which will allow us to express the band structure of the photonic crystal as a difference of elementary band representations. This can be achieved by the introduction of a set of auxiliary modes, as recently proposed by Solja\v{c}i\'c et. al., which regularize the $\Gamma$-point obstruction arising from transversality constraint of the Maxwell equations. The decomposition into elementary band representations allows us to isolate a set of pseudo-orbitals that permit us to construct an accurate transversality-enforced tight-binding model (TETB) that matches the dispersion, symmetry content, and topology of the 3D photonic crystal under study. Moreover, we show how to introduce the effects of a gyrotropic bias in the framework, modeled via non-minimal coupling to a static magnetic field. Our work provides the first systematic method to analytically model the photonic bands of the lowest transverse modes over the entire BZ via a TETB model.


ICTP Lectures on (Non-)Invertible Generalized Symmetries. (arXiv:2305.18296v1 [hep-th])
Sakura Schafer-Nameki

What comprises a global symmetry of a Quantum Field Theory (QFT) has been vastly expanded in the past 10 years to include not only symmetries acting on higher-dimensional defects, but also most recently symmetries which do not have an inverse. The principle that enables this generalization is the identification of symmetries with topological defects in the QFT. In these lectures, we provide an introduction to generalized symmetries, with a focus on non-invertible symmetries. We begin with a brief overview of invertible generalized symmetries, including higher-form and higher-group symmetries, and then move on to non-invertible symmetries. The main idea that underlies many constructions of non-invertible symmetries is that of stacking a QFT with topological QFTs (TQFTs) and then gauging a diagonal non-anomalous global symmetry. The TQFTs become topological defects in the gauged theory called (twisted) theta defects and comprise a large class of non-invertible symmetries including condensation defects, self-duality defects, and non-invertible symmetries of gauge theories with disconnected gauge groups. We will explain the general principle and provide numerous concrete examples. Following this extensive characterization of symmetry generators, we then discuss their action on higher-charges, i.e. extended physical operators. As we will explain, even for invertible higher-form symmetries these are not only representations of the $p$-form symmetry group, but more generally what are called higher-representations. Finally, we give an introduction to the Symmetry Topological Field Theory (SymTFT) and its utility in characterizing symmetries, their gauging and generalized charges.

Lectures prepared for the ICTP Trieste Spring School, April 2023.


A local algorithm and its percolation analysis of bipartite $z$-matching problem. (arXiv:1812.03442v3 [physics.soc-ph] UPDATED)
Jin-Hua Zhao

A $z$-matching on a bipartite graph is a set of edges, among which each vertex of two types of the graph is adjacent to at most $1$ and at most $z$ ($\geqslant 1$) edges, respectively. The $z$-matching problem concerns finding $z$-matchings with the maximum size. Our approach to this combinatorial optimization problem is twofold. From an algorithmic perspective, we adopt a local algorithm as a linear approximate solver to find $z$-matchings on any graph instance, whose basic component is a generalized greedy leaf removal procedure in graph theory. From a theoretical perspective, on uncorrelated random bipartite graphs, we develop a mean-field theory for percolation phenomenon underlying the local algorithm, leading to an analytical estimation of $z$-matching sizes on random graphs. Our analytical theory corrects the prediction by belief propagation algorithm at zero-temperature limit in (Krea\v{c}i\'{c} and Bianconi 2019 \textsl{EPL} \textbf{126} 028001). Besides, our theoretical framework extends a core percolation analysis of $k$-XORSAT problems to a general context of uncorrelated random hypergraphs with arbitrary degree distributions of factor and variable nodes.


Identifying Chern numbers of superconductors from local measurements. (arXiv:2112.06777v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Paul Baireuther, Marcin Płodzień, Teemu Ojanen, Jakub Tworzydło, Timo Hyart

Fascination in topological materials originates from their remarkable response properties and exotic quasiparticles which can be utilized in quantum technologies. In particular, large-scale efforts are currently focused on realizing topological superconductors and their Majorana excitations. However, determining the topological nature of superconductors with current experimental probes is an outstanding challenge. This shortcoming has become increasingly pressing due to rapidly developing designer platforms which are theorized to display very rich topology and are better accessed by local probes rather than transport experiments. We introduce a robust machine-learning protocol for classifying the topological states of two-dimensional (2D) chiral superconductors and insulators from local density of states (LDOS) data. Since the LDOS can be measured with standard experimental techniques, our protocol contributes to overcoming the almost three decades standing problem of identifying the topological phase of 2D superconductors with broken time-reversal symmetry.


Topological fracton quantum phase transitions by tuning exact tensor network states. (arXiv:2203.00015v2 [cond-mat.str-el] UPDATED)
Guo-Yi Zhu, Ji-Yao Chen, Peng Ye, Simon Trebst

Gapped fracton phases of matter generalize the concept of topological order and broaden our fundamental understanding of entanglement in quantum many-body systems. However, their analytical or numerical description beyond exactly solvable models remains a formidable challenge. Here we employ an exact 3D quantum tensor-network approach that allows us to study a $\mathbb{Z}_N$ generalization of the prototypical X cube fracton model and its quantum phase transitions between distinct topological states via fully tractable wavefunction deformations. We map the (deformed) quantum states exactly to a combination of a classical lattice gauge theory and a plaquette clock model, and employ numerical techniques to calculate various entanglement order parameters. For the $\mathbb{Z}_N$ model we find a family of (weakly) first-order fracton confinement transitions that in the limit of $N\to\infty$ converge to a continuous phase transition beyond the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson paradigm. We also discover a line of 3D conformal quantum critical points (with critical magnetic flux loop fluctuations) which, in the $N\to\infty$ limit, appears to coexist with a gapless deconfined fracton state.


Spin transfer torques due to the bulk states of topological insulators. (arXiv:2206.09939v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
James H. Cullen, Rhonald Burgos Atencia, Dimitrie Culcer

Spin torques at topological insulator (TI)/ferromagnet interfaces have received considerable attention in recent years with a view towards achieving full electrical manipulation of magnetic degrees of freedom. The most important question in this field concerns the relative contributions of bulk and surface states to the spin torque, a matter that remains incompletely understood. Whereas the surface state contribution has been extensively studied, the contribution due to the bulk states has received comparatively little attention. Here we study spin torques due to TI bulk states and show that: (i) There is no spin-orbit torque due to the bulk states on a homogeneous magnetisation, in contrast to the surface states, which give rise to a spin-orbit torque via the well-known Edelstein effect. (ii) The bulk states give rise to a spin transfer torque (STT) due to the inhomogeneity of the magnetisation in the vicinity of the interface. This spin transfer torque, which has not been considered in TIs in the past, is somewhat unconventional since it arises from the interplay of the bulk TI spin-orbit coupling and the gradient of the monotonically decaying magnetisation inside the TI. Whereas we consider an idealised model in which the magnetisation gradient is small and the spin transfer torque is correspondingly small, we argue that in real samples the spin transfer torque should be sizable and may provide the dominant contribution due to the bulk states. We show that an experimental smoking gun for identifying the bulk states is the fact that the field-like component of the spin transfer torque generates a spin density with the same size but opposite sign for in-plane and out-of-plane magnetisations. This distinguishes them from the surface states, which are expected to give a spin density of a similar size and the same sign for both an in-plane and out-of-plane magnetisations.


Restoration of the non-Hermitian bulk-boundary correspondence via topological amplification. (arXiv:2207.12427v3 [quant-ph] UPDATED)
Matteo Brunelli, Clara C. Wanjura, Andreas Nunnenkamp

Non-Hermitian (NH) lattice Hamiltonians display a unique kind of energy gap and extreme sensitivity to boundary conditions. Due to the NH skin effect, the separation between edge and bulk states is blurred and the (conventional) bulk-boundary correspondence is lost. Here, we restore the bulk-boundary correspondence for the most paradigmatic class of NH Hamiltonians, namely those with one complex band and without symmetries. We obtain the desired NH Hamiltonian from the (mean-field) unconditional evolution of driven-dissipative cavity arrays, in which NH terms -- in the form of non-reciprocal hopping amplitudes, gain and loss -- are explicitly modeled via coupling to (engineered and non-engineered) reservoirs. This approach removes the arbitrariness in the definition of the topological invariant, as point-gapped spectra differing by a complex-energy shift are not treated as equivalent; the origin of the complex plane provides a common reference (base point) for the evaluation of the topological invariant. This implies that topologically non-trivial Hamiltonians are only a strict subset of those with a point gap and that the NH skin effect does not have a topological origin. We analyze the NH Hamiltonians so obtained via the singular value decomposition, which allows to express the NH bulk-boundary correspondence in the following simple form: an integer value $\nu$ of the topological invariant defined in the bulk corresponds to $\vert \nu\vert$ singular vectors exponentially localized at the system edge under open boundary conditions, in which the sign of $\nu$ determines which edge. Non-trivial topology manifests as directional amplification of a coherent input with gain exponential in system size. Our work solves an outstanding problem in the theory of NH topological phases and opens up new avenues in topological photonics.


Andreev Reflection in Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Unconventional Superconductors. (arXiv:2208.05979v3 [cond-mat.supr-con] UPDATED)
P. O. Sukhachov, Felix von Oppen, L. I. Glazman

We evaluate the differential conductance measured in a scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) setting at arbitrary electron transmission between an STM tip and a two-dimensional (2D) superconductor with arbitrary gap structure. Our analytical scattering theory accounts for Andreev reflections, which become prominent at larger transmissions. We show that this provides complementary information about the superconducting gap structure beyond the tunneling density of states, strongly facilitating the ability to extract the gap symmetry and its relation to the underlying crystalline lattice. We use the developed theory to discuss recent experimental results on superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene.


Topological exact flat bands in two dimensional materials under periodic strain. (arXiv:2211.11618v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Xiaohan Wan, Siddhartha Sarkar, Shi-Zeng Lin, Kai Sun

We study flat bands and their topology in 2D materials with quadratic band crossing points (QBCPs) under periodic strain. In contrast to Dirac points in graphene, where strain acts as a vector potential, strain for QBCPs serves as a director potential with angular momentum $\ell=2$. We prove that when the strengths of the strain fields hit certain ``magic" values, exact flat bands with $C=\pm 1$ emerge at charge neutrality point in the chiral limit, in strong analogy to magic angle twisted bilayer graphene. These flat bands have ideal quantum geometry for the realization of fractional Chern insulators, and they are always fragile topological. The number of flat bands can be doubled for certain point group, and the interacting Hamiltonian is exactly solvable at integer fillings. We further demonstrate the stability of these flat bands against deviations from the chiral limit, and discuss possible realization in 2D materials.


Model-Independent Learning of Quantum Phases of Matter with Quantum Convolutional Neural Networks. (arXiv:2211.11786v3 [quant-ph] UPDATED)
Yu-Jie Liu, Adam Smith, Michael Knap, Frank Pollmann

Quantum convolutional neural networks (QCNNs) have been introduced as classifiers for gapped quantum phases of matter. Here, we propose a model-independent protocol for training QCNNs to discover order parameters that are unchanged under phase-preserving perturbations. We initiate the training sequence with the fixed-point wavefunctions of the quantum phase and then add translation-invariant noise that respects the symmetries of the system to mask the fixed-point structure on short length scales. We illustrate this approach by training the QCNN on phases protected by time-reversal symmetry in one dimension, and test it on several time-reversal symmetric models exhibiting trivial, symmetry-breaking, and symmetry-protected topological order. The QCNN discovers a set of order parameters that identifies all three phases and accurately predicts the location of the phase boundary. The proposed protocol paves the way towards hardware-efficient training of quantum phase classifiers on a programmable quantum processor.


Coherent dynamics of a photon-dressed qubit. (arXiv:2212.02545v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
M. P. Liul, C.-H. Chien, C.-Y. Chen, P. Y. Wen, J. C. Chen, Y.-H. Lin, S. N. Shevchenko, Franco Nori, I.-C. Hoi

We consider the dynamics and stationary regime of a capacitively-shunted transmon-type qubit in front of a mirror, affected by two signals: probe and dressing signals. By varying the parameters of these signals and then analyzing the probe signal (reflected by the atom-mirror system), it is possible to explore the system dynamics, which can be described by the Bloch equation. The obtained time-dependent occupation probabilities are related to the experimentally measured reflection coefficient. The study of this type of dynamics opens up new horizons for better understanding of the system properties and underlying physical processes, such as Landau-Zener-Stuckelberg-Majorana transitions.


Direct synthesis and chemical vapor deposition of 2D carbide and nitride MXenes. (arXiv:2212.08922v2 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] UPDATED)
Di Wang, Chenkun Zhou, Alexander S. Filatov, Wooje Cho, Francisco Lagunas, Mingzhan Wang, Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan, Chong Liu, Rober F. Klie, Dmitri V. Talapin

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides and nitrides (MXenes) are a large family of materials actively studied for various applications, especially in the field of energy storage. To date, MXenes are commonly synthesized by etching the layered ternary compounds, MAX phases. Here we demonstrate a direct synthetic route for scalable and atom-economic synthesis of MXenes, including phases that have not been synthesized from MAX phases, by the reactions of metals and metal halides with graphite, methane or nitrogen. These directly synthesized MXenes showed excellent energy storage capacity for Li-ion intercalation. The direct synthesis enables chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of MXene carpets and complex spherulite-like morphologies. The latter form in a process resembling the evolution of cellular membranes during endocytosis.


Including many-body effects into the Wannier-interpolated quadratic photoresponse tensor. (arXiv:2301.00607v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Peio Garcia-Goiricelaya, Jyoti Krishna, Julen Ibañez-Azpiroz

We present a first-principles scheme for incorporating many-body interactions into the unified description of the quadratic optical response to light of noncentrosymmetric crystals. The proposed method is based on time-dependent current-density response theory and includes the electron-hole attraction \textit{via} a tensorial long-range exchange-correlation kernel, which we calculate self-consistently using the bootstrap method. By bridging with the Wannier-interpolation of the independent-particle transition matrix elements, the resulting numerical scheme is very general and allows resolving narrow many-body spectral features at low computational cost. We showcase its potential by inspecting the second-harmonic generation in the benchmark zinc-blende semiconductor GaAs, the layered graphitic semiconductor BC$_{2}$N and the Weyl semimetal TaAs. Our results show that excitonic effects can give rise to large and sharply localized one- and two-photon resonances that are absent in the independent-particle approximation. We find overall good agreement with available experimental measurements, capturing the magnitude and peak-structure of the spectrum as well as the angular dependence at fixed photon energy. The implementation of the method in Wannier-based code packages can serve as a basis for performing accurate theoretical predictions of quadratic optical properties in a vast pool of materials.


Hydrodynamic approach to many-body systems: exact conservation laws. (arXiv:2301.02567v2 [cond-mat.str-el] UPDATED)
Narozhny B.N

In this paper I present a pedagogical derivation of continuity equations manifesting exact conservation laws in an interacting electronic system based on the nonequilibrium Keldysh technique. The purpose of this exercise is to lay the groundwork for extending the hydrodynamic approach to electronic transport to strongly correlated systems where the quasiparticle approximation and Boltzmann kinetic theory fail.


Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics with Hyperbolic van der Waals Materials. (arXiv:2301.03712v3 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Yuto Ashida, Atac Imamoglu, Eugene Demler

The ground-state properties and excitation energies of a quantum emitter can be modified in the ultrastrong coupling regime of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED) where the light-matter interaction strength becomes comparable to the cavity resonance frequency. Recent studies have started to explore the possibility of controlling an electronic material by embedding it in a cavity that confines electromagnetic fields in deep subwavelength scales. Currently, there is a strong interest in realizing ultrastrong-coupling cavity QED in the terahertz (THz) part of the spectrum, since most of the elementary excitations of quantum materials are in this frequency range. We propose and discuss a promising platform to achieve this goal based on a two-dimensional electronic material encapsulated by a planar cavity consisting of ultrathin polar van der Waals crystals. As a concrete setup, we show that nanometer-thick hexagonal boron nitride layers should allow one to reach the ultrastrong coupling regime for single-electron cyclotron resonance in a bilayer graphene. The proposed cavity platform can be realized by a wide variety of thin dielectric materials with hyperbolic dispersions. Consequently, van der Waals heterostructures hold the promise of becoming a versatile playground for exploring the ultrastrong-coupling physics of cavity QED materials.


Geometric phases along quantum trajectories. (arXiv:2301.04222v4 [quant-ph] UPDATED)
Ludmila Viotti, Ana Laura Gramajo, Paula I. Villar, Fernando C. Lombardo, Rosario Fazio

A monitored quantum system undergoing a cyclic evolution of the parameters governing its Hamiltonian accumulates a geometric phase that depends on the quantum trajectory followed by the system on its evolution. The phase value will be determined both by the unitary dynamics and by the interaction of the system with the environment. Consequently, the geometric phase will acquire a stochastic character due to the occurrence of random quantum jumps. Here we study the distribution function of geometric phases in monitored quantum systems and discuss when/if different quantities, proposed to measure geometric phases in open quantum systems, are representative of the distribution. We also consider a monitored echo protocol and discuss in which cases the distribution of the interference pattern extracted in the experiment is linked to the geometric phase. Furthermore, we unveil, for the single trajectory exhibiting no quantum jumps, a topological transition in the phase acquired after a cycle and show how this critical behavior can be observed in an echo protocol. For the same parameters, the density matrix does not show any singularity. We illustrate all our main results by considering a paradigmatic case, a spin-1/2 immersed in time-varying a magnetic field in presence of an external environment. The major outcomes of our analysis are however quite general and do not depend, in their qualitative features, on the choice of the model studied.


Reaction-diffusive dynamics of number-conserving dissipative quantum state preparation. (arXiv:2301.05258v3 [cond-mat.stat-mech] UPDATED)
P. A. Nosov, D. S. Shapiro, M. Goldstein, I. S. Burmistrov

The use of dissipation for the controlled creation of nontrivial quantum many-body correlated states is of much fundamental and practical interest. What is the result of imposing number conservation, which, in closed system, gives rise to diffusive spreading? We investigate this question for a paradigmatic model of a two-band system, with dissipative dynamics aiming to empty one band and to populate the other, which had been introduced before for the dissipative stabilization of topological states. Going beyond the mean-field treatment of the dissipative dynamics, we demonstrate the emergence of a diffusive regime for the particle and hole density modes at intermediate length- and time-scales, which, interestingly, can only be excited in nonlinear response to external fields. We also identify processes that limit the diffusive behavior of this mode at the longest length- and time-scales. Strikingly, we find that these processes lead to a reaction-diffusion dynamics governed by the Fisher-Kolmogorov-Petrovsky-Piskunov equation, making the designed dark state unstable towards a state with a finite particle and hole density.


Mapping quantum geometry and quantum phase transitions to real space by a fidelity marker. (arXiv:2301.06493v2 [cond-mat.str-el] UPDATED)
Matheus S. M. de Sousa, Antonio L. Cruz, Wei Chen

The quantum geometry in the momentum space of semiconductors and insulators, described by the quantum metric of the valence band Bloch state, has been an intriguing issue owing to its connection to various material properties. Because the Brillouin zone is periodic, the integration of quantum metric over momentum space represents an average distance between neighboring Bloch states, of which we call the fidelity number. We show that this number can further be expressed in real space as a fidelity marker, which is a local quantity that can be calculated directly from diagonalizing the lattice Hamiltonian. A linear response theory is further introduced to generalize the fidelity number and marker to finite temperature, and moreover demonstrates that they can be measured from the global and local optical absorption power against linearly polarized light. In particular, the fidelity number spectral function in 2D systems can be easily measured from the opacity of the material. Based on the divergence of quantum metric, a nonlocal fidelity marker is further introduced and postulated as a universal indicator of any quantum phase transitions provided the crystalline momentum remains a good quantum number, and it may be interpreted as a Wannier state correlation function. The ubiquity of these concepts is demonstrated for a variety of topological insulators and topological phase transitions in different dimensions.


Corbino magnetoresistance in neutral graphene. (arXiv:2301.12516v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Vanessa Gall, Boris N. Narozhny, Igor V. Gornyi

We explore the magnetohydrodynamics of Dirac fermions in neutral graphene in the Corbino geometry. Based on the fully consistent hydrodynamic description derived from a microscopic framework and taking into account all peculiarities of graphene-specific hydrodynamics, we report the results of a comprehensive study of the interplay of viscosity, disorder-induced scattering, recombination, energy relaxation, and interface-induced dissipation. In the clean limit, magnetoresistance of a Corbino sample is determined by viscosity. Hence the Corbino geometry could be used to measure the viscosity coefficient in neutral graphene.


On the giant deformation and ferroelectricity of guanidinium nitrate. (arXiv:2301.13481v2 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] UPDATED)
Marek Szafrański, Andrzej Katrusiak

The extraordinary properties of materials accompanying their phase transitions are exciting from the perspectives of scientific research and new applications. Most recently, Karothu et al.1 described guanidinium nitrate, [C(NH2)3]+[NO3]-, hereafter GN, as a ferroelectric semiconducting organic crystal with exceptional actuating properties. However, the ferroelectric and semiconducting properties of this hybrid organic-inorganic material were not confirmed by the experimental results, and the reproducibility of the large stroke associated with the first-order transition is questionable, because the GN crystals are inherently susceptible to the formation of defects. Besides, previous extensive studies on GN were not acknowledged.


Ab initio study of the nonlinear optical properties and d.c. photocurrent of the Weyl semimetal TaIrTe$_4$. (arXiv:2302.03090v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Álvaro R. Puente-Uriona, Stepan S. Tsirkin, Ivo Souza, Julen Ibañez-Azpiroz

We present a first principles theoretical study employing nonlinear response theory to investigate the d.c. photocurrent generated by linearly polarized light in the type-II Weyl semimetal TaIrTe4. We report the low energy spectrum of several nonlinear optical effects. At second-order, we consider the shift and injection currents. Assuming the presence of a built-in static electric field, at third-order we study the current-induced shift and injection currents, as well as the jerk current. We discuss our results in the context of a recent experiment measuring an exceptionally large photoconductivity in this material [J. Ma et at., Nat. Mater. 18, 476 (2019)]. According to our results, the jerk current is the most likely origin of the large response. Finally, we propose means to discern the importance of the various mechanisms involved in a time-resolved experiment.


$\mathbb{Z}_2$ Non-Hermitian skin effect in equilibrium heavy-fermions. (arXiv:2302.14366v3 [cond-mat.str-el] UPDATED)
Shin Kaneshiro, Tsuneya Yoshida, Robert Peters

We demonstrate that a correlated equilibrium $f$-electron system with time-reversal symmetry can exhibit a $\mathbb{Z}_2$ non-Hermitian skin effect of quasi-particles. In particular, we analyze a two-dimensional periodic Anderson model with spin-orbit coupling by combining the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) and the numerical renormalization group. We prove the existence of the $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect by explicitly calculating the topological invariant and show that spin-orbit interaction is essential to this effect. Our DMFT analysis demonstrates that the $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect of quasi-particles is reflected on the pseudo-spectrum. Furthermore, we analyze temperature effects on this skin effect using the generalized Brillouin zone technique, which clarifies that the skin modes are strongly localized above the Kondo temperature.


Metaheuristic conditional neural network for harvesting skyrmionic metastable states. (arXiv:2303.02876v2 [physics.comp-ph] UPDATED)
Qichen Xu, I. P. Miranda, Manuel Pereiro, Filipp N. Rybakov, Danny Thonig, Erik Sjöqvist, Pavel Bessarab, Anders Bergman, Olle Eriksson, Pawel Herman, Anna Delin

We present a metaheuristic conditional neural-network-based method aimed at identifying physically interesting metastable states in a potential energy surface of high rugosity. To demonstrate how this method works, we identify and analyze spin textures with topological charge $Q$ ranging from 1 to $-13$ (where antiskyrmions have $Q<0$) in the Pd/Fe/Ir(111) system, which we model using a classical atomistic spin Hamiltonian based on parameters computed from density functional theory. To facilitate the harvest of relevant spin textures, we make use of the newly developed Segment Anything Model (SAM). Spin textures with $Q$ ranging from $-3$ to $-6$ are further analyzed using finite-temperature spin-dynamics simulations. We observe that for temperatures up to around 20\,K, lifetimes longer than 200\,ps are predicted, and that when these textures decay, new topological spin textures are formed. We also find that the relative stability of the spin textures depend linearly on the topological charge, but only when comparing the most stable antiskyrmions for each topological charge. In general, the number of holes (i.e., non-self-intersecting curves that define closed domain walls in the structure) in the spin texture is an important predictor of stability -- the more holes, the less stable is the texture. Methods for systematic identification and characterization of complex metastable skyrmionic textures -- such as the one demonstrated here -- are highly relevant for advancements in the field of topological spintronics.


Breakdown effect of periodic perturbations to the robustness of topological phase\\ in a gyromagnetic photonic crystal. (arXiv:2303.04967v2 [physics.optics] UPDATED)
Y. Tian, R. Zhou, Z. Liu, Y. Liu, H. Lin, B. Zhou

In the known field of topological photonics, what remains less so is the breakdown effect of topological phases deteriorated by perturbation. In this paper, we investigate the variance on topological invariants for a periodic Kekul\'e medium perturbed in unit cells, which was a gyromagnetic photonic crystal holding topological phases induced by \emph{synchronized rotation} of unit cells. Two parameters for geometric and material perturbation are respectively benchmarked to characterise the topological degradation. Our calculation demonstrates that such a periodic perturbation easily destructs the topological phase, and thus calls for further checkups on robustness under such unit-cell-perturbation in realization.


Quantum-Squeezing-Induced Point-Gap Topology and Skin Effect. (arXiv:2304.12201v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] UPDATED)
Liang-Liang Wan, Xin-You Lü

We theoretically predict the squeezing-induced point-gap topology together with a {\it symmetry-protected $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect} in a one-dimensional (1D) quadratic-bosonic system (QBS). Protected by a time-reversal symmetry, such a topology is associated with a novel $\mathbb{Z}_2$ invariant (similar to quantum spin-Hall insulators), which is fully capable of characterizing the occurrence of $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect. Focusing on zero energy, the parameter regime of this skin effect in the phase diagram just corresponds to a {\it real-gap and point-gap coexisted topological phase}. Moreover, this phase associated with the {\it symmetry-protected $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect} is experimentally observable by detecting the steady-state power spectral density. Our work is of fundamental interest in enriching non-Bloch topological physics by introducing quantum squeezing, and has potential applications for the engineering of symmetry-protected sensors based on the $\mathbb{Z}_2$ skin effect.


Evolution from quantum anomalous Hall insulator to heavy-fermion semimetal in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene. (arXiv:2304.14064v2 [cond-mat.str-el] UPDATED)
Cheng Huang, Xu Zhang, Gaopei Pan, Heqiu Li, Kai Sun, Xi Dai, Ziyang Meng

The ground states of twisted bilayer graphene (TBG) at chiral and flat-band limit with integer fillings are known from exact solutions, while their dynamical and thermodynamical properties are revealed by unbiased quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations. However, to elucidate experimental observations of correlated metallic, insulating and superconducting states and their transitions, investigations on realistic, or non-chiral cases are vital. Here we employ momentum-space QMC method to investigate the evolution of correlated states in magic-angle TBG away from chiral limit at charge neutrality with polarized spin/valley, which approximates to an experimental case with filling factor $\nu=-3$. We find that the ground state evolves from quatum anomalous Hall insulator into an intriguing correlated semi-metallic state as AA hopping strength reaches experimental values. Such a state resembles the recently proposed heavy-fermion representations with localized electrons residing at AA stacking regions and delocalized electrons itinerating via AB/BA stacking regions. The spectral signatures of the localized and itinerant electrons in the heavy-fermion semimetal phase are revealed, with the connection to experimental results being discussed.


Phases of Surface Defects in Scalar Field Theories. (arXiv:2305.11370v2 [hep-th] UPDATED)
Avia Raviv-Moshe, Siwei Zhong

We study mass-type surface defects in a free scalar and Wilson-Fisher (WF) $O(N)$ theories. We obtain exact results for the free scalar defect, including its RG flow and defect Weyl anomaly. We classify phases of such defects at the WF fixed point near four dimensions, whose perturbative RG flow is investigated. We propose an IR effective action for the non-perturbative regime and check its self-consistency.