Talks by Gang Chen

The spectral periodicity of spinon continuum in quantum spin ice

Gang Chen Fudan University
Motivated by the rapid experimental progress of quantum spin ice materials, we study the dynamical properties of pyrochlore spin ice in the U(1) spin liquid phases. In particular, we focus on the spinon excitations that appear in high energies and show up as an excitation continuum in the dynamic spin structure factor. The keen connection between the crystal symmetry fractionalization of the spinons and the spectral periodicity of the spinon continuum is emphasized and explicitly demonstrated.

The theory of cluster Mott insulators: charge fluctuations and spin liquids

Gang Chen Fudan University

I will present recent theoretical work on cluster Mott insulators (CMI) in which interesting physics such as emergent charge lattices, charge fractionalization and quantum spin liquids are proposed. For the anisotropic Kagome system like LiZn2Mo3O8, we find two distinct CMIs, type-I and type-II, can arise from the repulsive interactions. In type-I CMI, the electrons are localized in one half of the triangle clusters of the Kagome system while the electrons in the type-II CMI are localized in every triangle cluster.

Fractionalized Charge Excitations in a Spin Liquid on Partially-Filled

Gang Chen Fudan University
Electron charge may fractionalize in a quantum spin liquid Mott insulator. We study the Mott transition from a metal to a cluster Mott insulator in the 1/4- and 1/8-filled pyrochlore lattice systems. Such Mott transitions can arise due to charge localization in clusters or in tetrahedron units, driven by the nearest-neighbor repulsion. The resulting cluster Mott insulator is a quantum spin liquid with spinon Fermi surface, but at the same time a novel fractionalized charge liquid with charge excitations carrying half the electron charge.

Symmetry Enriched Quantum Spin Ices On the Pyrochlore Lattice

Gang Chen Fudan University
Quantum spin liquid (QSL) is an exotic phase of matter and provides an interesting example of emergent non-locality. Even though many materials have been proposed as candidates for QSLs, there is no direct confirmation of QSLs in any of these systems. Quantum spin ice (QSI) is a physical realization of U(1) QSLs on the pyrochlore lattice. We consider a class of electron systems in which dipolar-octupolar Kramers doublets arise on the pyrochlore lattice. In the localized limit, the Kramers doublets are described by the effective spin 1/2 pseudospins.