Correlated topological phases and exotic magnetism with ultracold fermions

Orth, Peter P., Cocks, Daniel, Rachel, Stephan, Buchhold, Michael, Le Hur, Karyn, and Hofstetter, Walter (2013) Correlated topological phases and exotic magnetism with ultracold fermions. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 46 (13). 134004.

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Abstract

Motivated by the recent progress in engineering artificial non-Abelian gauge fields for ultracold fermions in optical lattices, we investigate the time-reversal-invariant Hofstadter–Hubbard model. We include an additional staggered lattice potential and an artificial Rashba-type spin–orbit coupling term available in experiment. Without interactions, the system can be either a (semi)-metal, a normal or a topological insulator, and we present the non-Abelian generalization of the Hofstadter butterfly. Using a combination of real-space dynamical mean-field theory (RDMFT), analytical arguments, and Monte-Carlo simulations we study the effect of strong on-site interactions. We determine the interacting phase diagram, and discuss a scenario of an interaction-induced transition from a normal to a topological insulator. At half-filling and large interactions, the system is described by a quantum spin Hamiltonian, which exhibits exotic magnetic order due to the interplay of Rashba-type spin–orbit coupling and the artificial time-reversal-invariant magnetic field term. We determine the magnetic phase diagram: both for the itinerant model using RDMFT and for the corresponding spin model in the classical limit using Monte-Carlo simulations.

Item ID: 34730
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1361-6455
Funders: German Excellence Initiative , German Research Foundation (DFG), National Science Foundation (NSF)
Projects and Grants: DFG FOR 960, NSF DMR-0803200, DFG SFB-TR/49, DFG FOR 801
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 04:57
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0204 Condensed Matter Physics > 020499 Condensed Matter Physics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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