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Dynamics of monopoles in quantum spin ice
October 20, 20174:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Dynamics of monopoles in quantum spin ice


Sarang Gopalakrishnan (CUNY, Staten Island)


Ar. Abanov



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

"Spin ice" materials are described by a lattice version of electrodynamics, with elementary excitations that resemble magnetic monopoles. At low temperatures, the response of quantum spin ice is governed by the coherent quantum dynamics of monopoles. Monopoles move by flipping physical spins; the matrix element for a spin flip depends strongly on the configuration of the other spins in the vicinity of a monopole. Thus, monopole motion is "kinetically constrained." Using numerical simulations and an approximate mapping to quantum percolation, we explore the properties of monopole wavefunctions, which we find to be at or near criticality, and discuss the implications for experimental measurements of spin response.

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