The quest for quantum spin liquid in pyrochlore lattices
Département de physique
Université de Montréal
The presentation will be given in English.
Videoconference: Zoom #: 930 2643 2919 (link)
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Supervisor: Prof. Andrea Bianchi
Abstract: Pyrochlores are a certain type of lattice that presents a peculiar spin behavior upon cooling . Some of them appear to have a massive level of entanglement , known as quantum spin liquid (QSL) . Initially, it was described as the pairing up of spins in a 2-dimensional triangular lattice into singlet states. According to this description, instead of a ground state of independent spins, one has a superposition of different singlet pair configurations. A piece of evidence for the merge between this abstract notion of QSL and common materials was found in pyrochlores. Numerous materials have a pyrochlore-type structure, and this research aims to add data points to this phase diagram, thereby clarifying more the interplay between the lattice's structure and its ability to host this unique phase of QSL.
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