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Identification of strongly interacting organic semimetals

R. Matthias Geilhufe, Bart Olsthoorn, arXiv: 2010.14360

Dirac- and Weyl point- and line-node semimetals are characterized by a zero band gap with simultaneously vanishing density of states. Given a sufficient interaction strength, such materials can undergo an interaction instability, e.g., into an excitonic insulator phase. Due to generically flat bands, organic crystals represent a promising materials class in this regard. We combine machine learning, density functional theory, and effective models to identify specific example materials. Without taking into account the effect of many-body interactions, we found the organic charge transfer salts (EDT-TTF-I2)2(DDQ)⋅(CH3CN) and TSeF-TCNQ and a bis-1,2,3-dithiazolyl radical conductor to exhibit a semimetallic phase in our ab initio calculations. Adding the effect of strong particle-hole interactions for (EDT-TTF-I2)2(DDQ)⋅(CH3CN) and TSeF-TCNQ opens an excitonic gap in the order of 60 meV and 100 meV, which is in good agreement with previous experiments on these materials.

Multi hole bands and quasi 2-dimensionality in Cr2Ge2Te6 studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

T. Yilmaz, R. M. Geilhufe, I. Pletikosić, G. W. Fernando, R. J. Cava, T. Valla, E. Vescovo, B. Sinkovic, arXiv: 2010.14832

In the present work, we investigate the electronic structure of the two-dimensional (2D) ferromagnet Cr2Ge2Te6 by photoemission spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Our results demonstrate the presence of multiple hole-type bands in the vicinity of the Fermi level indicating that the material can support high electrical conductivity by manipulating the chemical potential. Also, our photon energy dependent angle resolved photoemission experiment revealed that several of the hole bands exhibit weak dispersion with varied incident photon energy providing experimental signature for its two dimensionality. These findings can pave the way for further studies towards the application of Cr2Ge2Te6 in electronic devices.

On the robustness of topological corner modes in photonic crystals

Matthew Proctor, Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Barry Bradlyn, Maria Blanco de Paz, Maia G. Vergniory, Dario Bercioux, Aitzol Garcia-Etxarri, arXiv: 2007.10624

We analyze the robustness of corner modes in topological photonic crystals, taking a C6-symmetric breathing honeycomb photonic crystal as an example. First, we employ topological quantum chemistry and Wilson loop calculations to demonstrate that the topological properties of the bulk crystal stem from an obstructed atomic limit phase. We then characterize the topological corner modes emerging within the gapped edge modes employing a semi-analytical model, determining the appropriate real space topological invariants. For the first time, we provide a detailed account of the effect of long-range interactions on the topological modes in photonic crystals, and we quantify their robustness to perturbations. We conclude that, while photonic long-range interactions inevitably break chiral symmetry, the corner modes are protected by lattice symmetries.

Group theory study of the vibrational modes and magnetic order in the topological antiferromagnet MnBi2Te4

Martin Rodriguez-Vega, A. Leonardo, and Gregory A. Fiete, Phys. Rev. B, 102, 104102 (2020)

We employ group theory to study the properties of the lattice vibrations and magnetic order in the antiferromagnetic topological insulator MnBi2Te4, both in bulk and few-layer form. In the paramagnetic phase, we obtain the degeneracies, the selection rules, and real-space displacements for the lattice vibrational modes for different stacking configurations. We discuss how magnetism influences these results. As a representative example, we consider a double septuple layer system and obtain the form of the magnetic order allowed by the symmetries of the crystal. We derive the allowed coupling terms that describe the paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition. Finally, we discuss the implications of our results for Raman scattering and other optical measurements. Our work sets the stage for a deeper understanding of the interplay of lattice modes, band topology, and magnetic order in MnBi2Te4 and other symmetry-related materials.

Superconductivity induced by fluctuations of momentum-based multipoles

Shuntaro Sumita, Youichi Yanase, Phys. Rev. Research, 2, 033225 (2020)

Recent studies of unconventional superconductivity have focused on charge or spin fluctuation, instead of electron-phonon coupling, as an origin of attractive interaction between electrons. On the other hand, a multipole order, which represents electrons’ degrees of freedom in strongly correlated and spin-orbit-coupled systems, has recently been attracting much attention. Stimulated by this background, we investigate multipole-fluctuation-mediated superconductivity, which proposes a new pairing mechanism of unconventional superconductivity. Indeed, previous works have shown spin-triplet superconductivity induced by fluctuations of odd-parity electric multipole orders in isotropic systems. In this study, we establish a general formulation of the multipole-fluctuation-mediated superconductivity for all multipole symmetries, in both isotropic and crystalline systems. As a result, we reveal various anisotropic pairings induced by odd-parity and/or higher-order multipole fluctuations, which are beyond the ordinary charge or spin fluctuations. Topological superconductivity due to the mechanism is also discussed. Based on the obtained results, we discuss unconventional superconductivity in doped SrTiO3, PrTi2Al20, Li2(Pd,Pt)3B, and magnetic multipole metals.

Phonon-mediated dimensional crossover in bilayer CrI3

M. Rodriguez-Vega, Ze-Xun Lin, A. Leonardo, A. Ernst, G. Chaudhary, M. G. Vergniory, and Gregory A. Fiete, Phys. Rev. B, 102, 081117(R) (2020)

In bilayer CrI3, experimental and theoretical studies suggest that the magnetic order is closely related to the layer staking configuration. In this work, we study the effect of dynamical lattice distortions, induced by nonlinear phonon coupling, in the magnetic order of the bilayer system. We use density functional theory to determine the phonon properties and group theory to obtain the allowed phonon-phonon interactions. We find that the bilayer structure possesses low-frequency Raman modes that can be nonlinearly activated upon the coherent photoexcitation of a suitable infrared phonon mode. This transient lattice modification in turn inverts the sign of the interlayer spin interaction for parameters accessible in experiments, indicating a low-frequency light-induced antiferromagnet-to-ferromagnet transition.

Magnetic and Electronic Properties of Complex Oxides from First‐Principles

M. Hoffmann, A. Ernst, W. Hergert, V. N. Antonov, W. A. Adeagbo, R. M. Geilhufe, H. Ben Hamed, Phys. Status Solidi B, accepted (2020)

The theoretical treatment of complex oxide structures requires a combination of efficient methods to calculate structural, electronic, and magnetic properties, due to special challenges such as strong correlations and disorder. In terms of a multi‐code approach, we combine various complementary first‐principles methods based on density functional theory to exploit their specific strengths. Pseudopotential methods, known for giving reliable forces and total energies, are used for structural optimization. The optimized structure serves as input for the Green’s function and linear muffin‐tin orbital methods. Those methods are powerful for the calculation of magnetic ground states and spectroscopic properties. Within the multi‐code approach, disorder is investigated by means of the coherent potential approximation within a Green’s function method or by construction of special quasirandom structures in the framework of the pseudopotential methods. Magnetic ground states and phase transitions are studied using an effective Heisenberg model treated in terms of a Monte Carlo method, where the magnetic exchange parameters are calculated from first‐principles. We demonstrate the performance of the multi‐code approach with different examples, including defect formation, strained films and surface properties.

Dirac materials for sub-MeV dark matter detection: New targets and improved formalism

R. Matthias Geilhufe, Felix Kahlhoefer, and Martin Wolfgang Winkler, Phys. Rev. D, 101, 055005 (2020)

Because of their tiny band gaps Dirac materials promise to improve the sensitivity for dark matter particles in the sub-MeV mass range by many orders of magnitude. We study several candidate materials and calculate the expected rates for dark matter scattering via light and heavy dark photons as well as for dark photon absorption. A particular emphasis is placed on how to distinguish a dark matter signal from background by searching for the characteristic daily modulation of the signal, which arises from the directional sensitivity of anisotropic materials in combination with the rotation of Earth. We revisit and improve previous calculations and propose two new candidate Dirac materials: bis(naphthoquinone)-tetrathiafulvalene (BNQ-TTF) and Yb3PbO. We perform detailed calculations of the band structures of these materials and of ZrTe5 based on density functional theory and determine the band gap, the Fermi velocities, and the dielectric tensor. We show that in both ZrTe5 and BNQ-TTF the amplitude of the daily modulation can be larger than 10% of the total rate, allowing us to probe the preferred regions of parameter space even in the presence of sizable backgrounds. BNQ-TTF is found to be particularly sensitive to small dark matter masses (below 100 keV for scattering and below 50 meV for absorption), while Yb3PbO performs best for heavier particles.

Engineering fragile topology in photonic crystals: Topological quantum chemistry of light

María Blanco de Paz, Maia G. Vergniory, Dario Bercioux, Aitzol García-Etxarri, and Barry Bradlyn, Phys. Rev. Research, 1, 032005(R) (2019)

In recent years, there have been rapid advances in the parallel fields of electronic and photonic topological crystals. Topological photonic crystals in particular show promise for coherent transport of light and quantum information at macroscopic scales. In this work, we apply for the first time the recently developed theory of “topological quantum chemistry” to the study of band structures in photonic crystals. This method allows us to design and diagnose topological photonic band structures using only group theory and linear algebra. As an example, we focus on a family of crystals formed by elliptical rods in a triangular lattice. We show that the symmetry of Bloch states in the Brillouin zone can determine the position of the localized photonic wave packets describing groups of bands. By modifying the crystal structure and inverting bands, we show how the centers of these wave packets can be moved between different positions in the unit cell. Finally, we show that for shapes of dielectric rods, there exist isolated topological bands which do not admit a well-localized description, representing the first physical instance of “fragile” topology in a truly noninteracting system. Our work demonstrates how photonic crystals are the natural platform for the future experimental investigation of fragile topological bands.

Hund nodal line semimetals: The case of a twisted magnetic phase in the double-exchange model

R. M. Geilhufe, F. Guinea, and V. Juričić, Phys. Rev. B, 99, 020404(R) (2019)

We propose a class of topological metals, which we dub Hund nodal line semimetals, arising from the strong Coulomb interaction encoded in the Hund’s coupling between itinerant electrons and localized spins. We here consider a particular twisted spin configuration, which is realized in the double-exchange model which describes the manganite oxides. The resulting effective tetragonal lattice of electrons with hoppings tied to the local spin features an antiunitary nonsymmorphic symmetry that, in turn, together with another nonsymmorphic but unitary glide-mirror symmetry, protects crossings of a double pair of bands along a high-symmetry line on the Brillouin zone boundary. We also discuss the stability of Hund nodal line semimetals with respect to symmetry breaking arising from various perturbations of the twisted phase. Our results motivate further studies of other realizations of this state of matter, for instance, in different spin backgrounds, properties of its drumhead surface states, as well as its stability to disorder and interactions among the itinerant electrons.

Symmetry analysis of odd- and even-frequency superconducting gap symmetries for time-reversal symmetric interactions

R. M. Geilhufe and A. V. Balatsky, Phys. Rev. B, 97, 024507 (2018)

Odd-frequency superconductivity describes a class of superconducting states where the superconducting gap is an odd function in relative time and Matsubara frequency. We present a group theoretical analysis based on the linearized gap equation in terms of Shubnikov groups of the second kind. By discussing systems with spin-orbit coupling and an interaction kernel which is symmetric under the reversal of relative time, we show that both even- and odd-frequency gaps are allowed to occur. Specific examples are discussed for the square lattice, the octahedral lattice, and the tetragonal lattice. For irreducible representations that are even under the reversal of relative time the common combinations of s- and d-wave spin singlet and p-wave spin triplet gaps are revealed, irreducible representations that are odd under reversal of relative time give rise to s- and d-wave spin triplet and p-wave spin singlet gaps. Furthermore, we discuss the construction of a generalized Ginzburg-Landau theory in terms of the associated irreducible representations. The result complements the established classification of superconducting states of matter.

Three-dimensional organic Dirac-line materials due to nonsymmorphic symmetry: A data mining approach

R. M. Geilhufe, A. Bouhon, S. S. Borysov, and A. V. Balatsky, Phys. Rev. B., 95, 041103(R), 2017

A data mining study of electronic Kohn-Sham band structures was performed to identify Dirac materials within the Organic Materials Database. Out of that, the three-dimensional organic crystal 5,6-bis(trifluoromethyl)-2-methoxy-1H-1,3-diazepine was found to host different Dirac-line nodes within the band structure. From a group theoretical analysis, it is possible to distinguish between Dirac-line nodes occurring due to twofold degenerate energy levels protected by the monoclinic crystalline symmetry and twofold degenerate accidental crossings protected by the topology of the electronic band structure. The obtained results can be generalized to all materials having the space group P21/c (No. 14) by introducing three distinct topological classes.