- Gaël Bastien: The search for a Kitaev-like quantum spin liquid in α-RuCl3
- 15. 2. 2023, 14:10
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Quantum spin liquid states are disordered magnetic states with strong magnetic correlations which can be described in terms of a large scale quantum entanglement. While the realization of such phases has been proposed in several theoretical models, the experimental evidences of the existence of quantum spin liquids remains weak. The Kitaev model is an exactly solvable model which harbors a quantum spin liquid as ground state. In the past few years there was an intensive work on real material approaching the Kitaev model such as the Van, der Waals magnet α-RuCl3. In this talk, I will introduce quantum spin liquids, the Kitaev model and the compound α-RuCl3. Then I will summarize few years of intensive research in the magnetism community on the proximity between α-RuCl3 and the Kitaev model. I will mainly describe the tentative to tune α-RuCl3 towards the Kitaev spin liquid state or further away from the Kitaev limit using magnetic fields, hydrostatic pressure [1, 2] or chemical substitution [3, 4, 5].
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M. Roslova,J. Hunger, G. Bastien, D. Pohl, H. M. Haghighi, A. U. B. Wolter, A. Isaeva, U. Schwarz,B. Rellinghaus, K. Nielsch, B. Büchner, and T. Doert, “Detuning the Honeycomb of the α RuCl3 Kitaev Lattice: A Case of Cr3+Dopant”. Inorganic Chemistry 58, 6659−6668 (2019).
G. Bastien, M. Roslova, M. H. Haghighi, K. Mehlawat, J. Hunger, A. Isaeva, T. Doert, M. Vojta, B. Büchner and A. U. B. Wolter, “Spin-glass state and reversed magnetic anisotropy induced by Cr doping in the Kitaev magnet α-RuCl3”. Phys. Rev. B 99, 214410 (2019).
G. Bastien, E. Vinokurova, M. Lange, K. K. Bestha, L. T. Corredor, G. Kreutzer, A. Lubk, Th. Doert, B. Buchner, A. Isaeva and A. U. B. Wolter, “Dilution of the magnetic lattice in the Kitaev candidate α-RuCl3 by Rh3+ doping”, Phys. Rev. Materials 6, 114403 (2022).