Physics at Virginia

"Non-Loudon-Fleury Raman scattering in spin-orbit coupled Mott insulators "

Yang Yang , University of Minnesota
[Host: Gia-Wei Chern]

The Loudon-Fleury form of the Raman operator has been used to compute magnetic Raman responses inside magnetic insulators for decades. The formalism provided by Loudon and Fleury [1] only considers the light-induced direct hopping between two magnetic ions. However, this is an oversimplified scenario for spin-orbit coupled Mott insulators. For example, the microscopic origin of the superexchange interaction inside Kitaev materials shows multiple indirect superexchange paths involving ligand ions can also produce a significant anisotropic interaction [2]. Therefore, to correctly construct the Raman operator for spin-orbit coupled Mott insulators requires considering all the non-negligible direct and indirect superexchange paths.


In this talk, I will present our work on constructing the Raman operator for the spin-orbit coupled Mott insulators which involve multiple superexchange paths [3], and I will also show how our revised theory can be applied to the three-dimensional hyperhoneycomb Kitaev material β−Li2IrO3 [4], where we show a qualitative modification of the polarization dependence, including, e.g., the emergence of a sharp one-magnon peak at low energies, which is not expected in the traditional Loudon-Fleury theory.


[1] P. A. Fleury and R. Loudon, Phys. Rev. 166, 514 (1968).

[2] G. Jackeli and G. Khaliullin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 017205 (2009).

[3] Yang Yang, Mengqun Li, Ioannis Rousochatzakis, and Natalia B. Perkins Phys. Rev. B 104, 144412 (2021).

[4] Yang Yang, Yiping Wang, Ioannis Rousochatzakis, Alejandro Ruiz, James G. Analytis, Kenneth S. Burch, and Natalia B. Perkins Phys. Rev. B 105, L241101(2022).

Condensed Matter Seminar
Thursday, March 2, 2023
4:00 PM
Chemistry, Room 402
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