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ABSTRACT: We study the quantum manybody instabilities of the $t J_{\mathrm{K}}  J_{\mathrm{H}}$ KitaevHeisenberg Hamiltonian on the honeycomb lattice as a minimal model for a doped spinorbit Mott insulator. This spin$1/2$ model is believed to describe the magnetic properties of the layered transitionmetal oxide Na$_2$IrO$_3$. We determine the groundstate of the system with finite chargecarrier density from the functional renormalization group (fRG) for correlated fermionic systems. To this end, we derive fRG flowequations adapted to the lack of full spinrotational invariance in the fermionic interactions, here represented by the highly frustrated and anisotropic Kitaev exchange term. Additionally employing a set of Ward identities for the KitaevHeisenberg model, the numerical solution of the flow equations suggests a rich phase diagram emerging upon doping charge carriers into the groundstate manifold ($\mathbb{Z}_2$ quantum spin liquids and magnetically ordered phases). We corroborate superconducting triplet $p$wave instabilities driven by ferromagnetic exchange and various singlet pairing phases. For filling $\delta > 1/4$, the $p$wave pairing gives rise to a topological state with protected Majorana edgemodes. For antiferromagnetic Kitaev and ferromagnetic Heisenberg exchange we obtain bondorder instabilities at van Hove filling supported by nesting and densityofstates enhancement, yielding dimerization patterns of the electronic degrees of freedom on the honeycomb lattice. Further, our flow equations are applicable to a wider class of model Hamiltonians.03/2014;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We report a highfield electron spin resonance study in the subTHz frequency domain of a single crystal of Sr$_2$IrO$_4$ that has been recently proposed as a prototypical spinorbital Mott insulator. In the antiferromagnetically (AFM) ordered state with noncollinear spin structure that occurs in this material at $T_{\rm N} \approx 240$ K we observe both the "low" frequency mode due to the precession of weak ferromagnetic moments arising from a spin canting, and the "high" frequency modes due to the precession of the AFM sublattices. Surprisingly, the energy gap for the outofplane AFM excitations appears to be very small, amounting to 0.83 meV only. This suggests a rather isotropic Heisenberg dynamics of interacting Ir$^{4+}$ effective spins despite the spinorbital entanglement in the ground state.12/2013;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In Mott insulators with the t_{2g}^{4} electronic configuration such as of Re^{3+}, Ru^{4+}, Os^{4+}, and Ir^{5+} ions, spinorbit coupling dictates a Van Vlecktype nonmagnetic ground state with an angular momentum J=0, and the magnetic response is governed by gapped singlettriplet excitations. We derive the exchange interactions between these excitons and study their collective behavior on different lattices. In perovskites, a conventional Bose condensation of excitons into a magnetic state is found, while an unexpected onedimensional behavior supporting spinliquid states emerges in honeycomb lattices, due to the bond directional nature of exciton interactions in the case of 90° dpd bonding geometry.Physical Review Letters 11/2013; 111(19):197201. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We have investigated the excitation spectra of $j_{eff}$=$\frac{1}{2}$ Mott insulator Na$_2$IrO$_3$. Taking into account a relativistic multiplet structure of Ir ions, we have calculated the optical conductivity $\sigma(\omega)$ and resonant inelastic xray scattering (RIXS) spectra, which manifest different features from those of a canonical $j_{eff}$=$\frac{1}{2}$ system Sr$_2$IrO$_4$.Distinctly from the twopeak structure in Sr$_2$IrO$_4$, $\sigma(\omega)$ in Na$_2$IrO$_3$ has a broad single peak dominated by interband transitions from $j_{eff}$=$\frac{3}{2}$ to $\frac{1}{2}$. RIXS spectra exhibit the spinorbit (SO) exciton that has a twopeak structure arising from the crystalfield effect, and the magnon peak at energies much lower than in Sr$_2$IrO$_4$. In addition, a small peak near the optical absorption edge is found in RIXS spectra, originating from the coupling between the electronhole ($e$$h$) excitation and the SO exciton. Our findings corroborate the validity of the relativistic electronic structure and importance of both itinerant and local features in Na$_2$IrO$_3$.07/2013;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We explore the phase diagram of spinorbit Mott insulators on a honeycomb lattice, within the KitaevHeisenberg model extended to its full parameter space. Zigzagtype magnetic order is found to occupy a large part of the phase diagram of the model, and its physical origin is explained as due to interorbital t_{2g}e_{g} hopping. The magnetic susceptibility, spin wave spectra, and zigzag order parameter are calculated and compared to the experimental data, obtaining thereby the spin coupling constants in Na_{2}IrO_{3} and Li_{2}IrO_{3}.Physical Review Letters 03/2013; 110(9):097204. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Based on the microscopic model including spinorbit coupling, onsite Coulomb and Hund's interactions, as well as crystal field effects, we investigate the magnetic and optical properties of Sr_{2}IrO_{4}. Taking into account all intermediate state multiplets generated by virtual hoppings of electrons, we calculate the isotropic, pseudodipolar, and DzyaloshinskyMoriya coupling constants, which describe the experiment quite well. The optical conductivity σ(ω) evaluated by the exact diagonalization method shows two peaks at ∼0.5 and ∼1.0 eV in agreement with experiment. The twopeak structure of σ(ω) arises from the unusual Fanotype overlap between the electronhole continuum of the J_{eff}=1/2 band and the intrasite spinorbit exciton observed recently in Sr_{2}IrO_{4}.Physical Review Letters 10/2012; 109(16):167205. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Using resonant inelastic xray scattering, we observe in the bilayer iridate Sr_{3}Ir_{2}O_{7}, a spinorbit coupling driven magnetic insulator with a small charge gap, a magnon gap of ≈92 meV for both acoustic and optical branches. This exceptionally large magnon gap exceeds the total magnon bandwidth of ≈70 meV and implies a marked departure from the Heisenberg model, in stark contrast to the case of the singlelayer iridate Sr_{2}IrO_{4}. Analyzing the origin of these observations, we find that the giant magnon gap results from bonddirectional pseudodipolar interactions that are strongly enhanced near the metalinsulator transition boundary. This suggests that novel magnetism, such as that inspired by the Kitaev model built on the pseudodipolar interactions, may emerge in small chargegap iridates.Physical Review Letters 10/2012; 109(15):157402. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We explore the phase diagram of spinorbit Mott insulators on a honeycomb lattice, within the KitaevHeisenberg model extended to its full parameter space. Zigzagtype magnetic order is found to occupy a large part of the phase diagram of the model, and its physical origin is explained as due to interorbital t2geg hopping. Magnetic susceptibility and spin wave spectra are calculated and compared to the experimental data, obtaining thereby the spin coupling constants in Na2IrO3 and Li2IrO3.09/2012;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We propose a minimal model describing magnetic behavior of Febased superconductors. The key ingredient of the model is a dynamical mixing of quasidegenerate spin states of Fe2+ ion by intersite electron hoppings, resulting in an effective local spin Seff. The moments Seff tend to form singlet pairs, and may condense into a spin nematic phase due to the emergent biquadratic exchange couplings. The longrange ordered part m of Seff varies widely, 0<=m<=Seff, but magnon spectra are universal and scale with Seff, resolving the puzzle of large but fluctuating Femoments. Unusual temperature dependences of a local moment and spin susceptibility are also explained.Physical Review Letters 08/2012; 110(20). · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Using resonant xray diffraction, we observe an easy caxis collinear antiferromagnetic structure for the bilayer Sr3Ir2O7, a significant contrast to the single layer Sr2IrO4 with inplane canted moments. Based on a microscopic model Hamiltonian, we show that the observed spinflop transition as a function of number of IrO2 layers is due to strong competition among intra and interlayer bonddirectional pseudodipolar interactions of the spinorbit entangled J(eff)=1/2 moments. With this we unravel the origin of anisotropic exchange interactions in a Mott insulator in the strong spinorbit coupling regime, which holds the key to the various types of unconventional magnetism proposed in 5d transition metal oxides.Physical Review Letters 07/2012; 109(3):037204. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The electronphonon interaction is of central importance for the electrical and thermal properties of solids, and its influence on superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance and other manybody phenomena in correlatedelectron materials is the subject of intense research at present. However, the nonlocal nature of the interactions between valence electrons and lattice ions, often compounded by a plethora of vibrational modes, presents formidable challenges for attempts to experimentally control and theoretically describe the physical properties of complex materials. Here we report a Raman scattering study of the lattice dynamics in superlattices of the hightemperature superconductor YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) and the colossalmagnetoresistance compound La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) that suggests a new approach to this problem. We find that a rotational mode of the MnO(6) octahedra in La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) experiences pronounced superconductivityinduced lineshape anomalies, which scale linearly with the thickness of the YBCO layers over a remarkably long range of several tens of nanometres. The transfer of the electronphonon coupling between superlattice layers can be understood as a consequence of longrange Coulomb forces in conjunction with an orbital reconstruction at the interface. The superlattice geometry thus provides new opportunities for controlled modification of the electronphonon interaction in complex materials.Nature Material 07/2012; 11(8):67581. · 35.75 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The electronphonon interaction is of central importance for the electrical and thermal properties of solids, and its influence on superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, and other manybody phenomena in correlatedelectron materials is currently the subject of intense research. However, the nonlocal nature of the interactions between valence electrons and lattice ions, often compounded by a plethora of vibrational modes, present formidable challenges for attempts to experimentally control and theoretically describe the physical properties of complex materials. Here we report a Raman scattering study of the lattice dynamics in superlattices of the hightemperature superconductor $\bf YBa_2 Cu_3 O_7$ and the colossalmagnetoresistance compound $\bf La_{2/3}Ca_{1/3}MnO_{3}$ that suggests a new approach to this problem. We find that a rotational mode of the MnO$_6$ octahedra in $\bf La_{2/3}Ca_{1/3}MnO_{3}$ experiences pronounced superconductivityinduced lineshape anomalies, which scale linearly with the thickness of the $\bf YBa_2 Cu_3 O_7$ layers over a remarkably long range of several tens of nanometers. The transfer of the electronphonon coupling between superlattice layers can be understood as a consequence of longrange Coulomb forces in conjunction with an orbital reconstruction at the interface. The superlattice geometry thus provides new opportunities for controlled modification of the electronphonon interaction in complex materials.Nature Material 06/2012; 11(8). · 35.75 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We used resonant inelastic xray scattering to reveal the nature of magnetic interactions in Sr2IrO4, a 5d transitionmetal oxide with a spinorbit entangled ground state and J(eff)=1/2 magnetic moments. The magnon dispersion in Sr2IrO4 is welldescribed by an antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model with an effective spin onehalf on a square lattice, which renders the lowenergy effective physics of Sr2IrO4 much akin to that in superconducting cuprates. This point is further supported by the observation of exciton modes in Sr2IrO4, whose dispersion is strongly renormalized by magnons, which can be understood by analogy to hole propagation in the background of antiferromagnetically ordered spins in the cuprates.Physical Review Letters 04/2012; 108(17):177003. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We have recently found that the charge inhomogeneities provide significant broadening in the CuO bond stretching phonon of La2xSrxCuO4, and the line shape of the phonon at zone boundary is well reproduced by the simple model which takes charge inhomogeneous effect into account [1]. The question is, now, how large intrinsic line width of the phonon at q=(0.25 0 0), where the giant phonon softening and broadening exist [2], is apart from the charge inhomogeneous effect on the line width. In this talk, we will show the doping dependence of the intrinsic line width of the phonon from x=0.05 to x=0.30. Interestingly, the intrinsic line width as a function of doping follows the superconducting transition temperature. We will discuss relationship between the phonon and the superconductivity in La2xSrxCuO4. [4pt] [1] S. R. Park at al., accepted for publication in PRB (2011).[0pt] [2] D. Reznik et al., Nature 440, 1170 (2006).02/2012;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We show that electron's spin and orbital degrees of freedom can fractionalize in 1D antiferromagnets: although the orbital excitations are inherently coupled to spinons in antiferromagnetic Mott insulators, in 1D they separate into a pure orbiton and a single spinon. This is similar to the spincharge separation in 1D but corresponds to an exotic regime where spinons are faster than holons [1]. The resulting large dispersion of the pure orbiton can be detected in e.g. quasi1D cuprates [2]. [1] K. Wohlfeld, M. Daghofer, S. Nishimoto, G. Khaliullin, and J. van den Brink, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 147201 (2011). [2] J. Schlappa et al., to be published (2011).02/2012;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We introduce a microscopic model for electron doped manganites that explains the mechanism of the observed transition from $G$type antiferromagnetic ($G$AF) to $C$type antiferromagnetic ($C$AF) order under increasing doping by double exchange mechanism. The model unravels the crucial role played by $e_g$ orbital degrees of freedom and explains the observed metaltoinsulator transition by a dimensional crossover at the magnetic phase transition. The specific heat and the spin canting angle found for the $G$AF phase agree with the experimental findings. As a surprising outcome of the theory we find that spin canting is suppressed in the $C$AF phase, in agreement with the experiment, due to the Fermi surface topology.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 12/2011; 84(21).  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We map the problem of the orbital excitation (orbiton) in a 2D antiferromagnetic and ferroorbital ground state onto a problem of a hole in 2D antiferromagnet. The orbiton turns out to be coupled to magnons and can only be mobile on a strongly renormalized scale by dressing with magnetic excitations. We show that this leads to a dispersion relation reflecting the twosite unit cell of the antiferromagnetic background, in contrast to the predictions based on a meanfield approximation and linear orbitalwave theory.Journal of Physics Conference Series 11/2011; 391(1).  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We used resonant inelastic xray scattering to reveal the nature of magnetic interactions in Sr2IrO4, a 5d transitionmetal oxide with a spinorbit entangled ground state and Jeff=1/2 magnetic momemts, referred to as 'isospins'. The magnon dispersion in Sr2IrO4 is well described by an antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model with isospin onehalf moments on a square lattice, which renders the lowenergy effective physics of Sr2IrO4 much akin to that in superconducting cuprates. This is further supported by the observation of exciton modes in Sr2IrO4 whose dispersion is strongly renormalized by magnons, which can be understood by analogy to the hole propagation in the background of antiferromagnetically ordered spins in the cuprates.10/2011;  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We show how the general and basic asymmetry between two fundamental degrees of freedom present in strongly correlated oxides, spin and orbital, has very profound repercussions on the elementary spin and orbital excitations. Whereas the magnons remain largely unaffected, orbitons become inherently coupled with spin fluctuations in spinorbital models with antiferromagnetic and ferroorbital ordered ground states. The composite orbitonmagnon modes that emerge fractionalize again in one dimension, giving rise to spinorbital separation in the peculiar regime where spinons are faster than orbitons.Physical Review Letters 09/2011; 107(14):147201. · 7.94 Impact Factor  [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The competition between Kitaev and Heisenberg interactions away from half filling is studied for the holedoped KitaevHeisenberg tJKJH model on a honeycomb lattice. While the isotropic Heisenberg coupling supports a timereversal violating dwave singlet state, we find that the Kitaev interaction favors a timereversal invariant pwave superconducting phase, which obeys the rotational symmetries of the microscopic model, and is robust for JH<JK/2. Within the pwave superconducting phase, a critical chemical potential μ=μc≈t separates a topologically trivial phase for μ<μc from a topologically nontrivial Z2 timereversal invariant spintriplet phase for μ>μc.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 09/2011; 85(14).
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2010–2013

Masaryk University
 Department of Condensed Matter Physics
Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic


1996–2013

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Stuttgart, BadenWürttemberg, Germany


2000–2009

Tohoku University
 Institute for Materials Research
Sendaishi, Miyagiken, Japan


2007

University of Arkansas
 Department of Physics
Fayetteville, AR, United States


1997

Max Planck Institute of Physics
München, Bavaria, Germany


1994

Russian Academy of Sciences
Moskva, Moscow, Russia
