Chiral spin liquid phase of the triangular lattice Hubbard model: evidence from iDMRG in a mixed real- and momentum-space basis

Experiments on organic crystals whose structure is well-described by the two-dimensional triangular lattice have found a lack of magnetic ordering down to the lowest accessible temperatures, indicative of a quantum spin liquid phase; however, the precise nature of this phase remains an open question.  In this talk, I present strong evidence that the triangular lattice Hubbard model at half filling, a physically motivated model of these organic crystals, realizes a chiral spin liquid phase.  In particular, I show that the model has a nonmagnetic insulating phase between a metallic phase for weak interactions and a magnetically ordered phase for strong interactions, and that the intermediate phase exhibits the expected properties of a chiral spin liquid: spontaneous breaking of time-reversal symmetry, topological ground state degeneracy, a quantized spin Hall effect, and characteristic level counting in the entanglement spectrum.  These results were obtained using the infinite-system density matrix renormalization group (iDMRG) method in a mixed real- and momentum-space basis; in the talk, I will also discuss the benefits of this mixed-space approach to DMRG in general, including its applicability to systems such as twisted bilayer graphene for which a large unit cell makes real-space DMRG impractical. 

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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Alice Room
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301