Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1307.5726 (P. Sinkovicz et al.)

Spin liquid phases of alkaline earth atoms at finite temperature    [PDF]

P. Sinkovicz, A. Zamora, E. Szirmai, M. Lewenstein, G. Szirmai
We study spin liquid phases of spin-5/2 alkaline earth atoms on a honeycomb lattice at finite temperatures. Our analysis is based on a Gutzwiller projection variational approach recast to a path-integral formalism. In the framework of a saddle-point approximation we determine spin liquid phases with lowest free energy and study their temperature dependence. We identify a critical temperature, where all the spin liquid phases melt and the system goes to the paramagnetic phase. We also study the stability of the saddle-point solutions and show that a time-reversal symmetry breaking state, a so called chiral spin liquid phase is realized even at finite temperatures. We also determine the spin structure factor, which, in principle, is an experimentally measurable quantity and is the basic tool to map the spectrum of elementary excitations of the system.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.5726

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