Jun 20 – 23, 2022
Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung
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Dynamics of visons in perturbed Kitaev models

Jun 21, 2022, 3:45 PM
2D5 (Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung)


Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung

Keynote Talk / Invited Talk Transport in Correlated Quantum Materials


Achim Rosch (University of COlogne)


A vison is an excitation of the Kitaev spin liquid which carries a $\mathbb Z_2$ gauge flux. While immobile in the pure Kitaev model, it becomes a dynamical degree of freedom in the presence of perturbations. We [1] study an isolated vison in the isotropic Kitaev model perturbed by a small external magnetic field h, an offdiagonal exchange interactions Γ and a Heisenberg coupling J. In the ferromagnetic Kitaev model, the dressed vison obtains a dispersion linear in Γ and h and a fully universal low-T mobility, $μ=6v_m^2 /T^2$, where $v_m$ is the velocity of Majorana fermions. In contrast, in the antiferromagnetic Kitaev model interference effects preclude coherent propagation and an incoherent Majorana-assisted hopping leads to a T-independent mobility. The motion of a single vison due to Heisenberg interactions is strongly suppressed for both signs of the Kitaev coupling. Vison bands induced by can be topological and may lead to signatures in the thermal Hall effect.

[1] Aprem P. Joy, Achim Rosch, arXiv:2109.00250 (2021).

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Achim Rosch (University of COlogne)

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