Theory of Condensed Matter: Hard Condensed Matter

April 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Lorentz-Raum (Staudinger Weg 7, 05-127)

Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova
Institut für Physik, SPICE

Topological Magnon Materials and Transverse Magnon Transport
Alexander Mook (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

The Topology has conquered the field of condensed matter physics with the discovery of the quantum Hall effect. Since then the zoo of topological materials is steadily increasing. In this talk, I demonstrate how to realize different topological phases with magnons: the magnon pendants to topological insulators as well as Weyl and nodal-line semimetals are presented.
Magnon bulk spectra are characterized by topological invariants, dictating special surface properties. For instance, the bulk bands of topological magnon insulators (TMIs) carry nonzero Chern numbers, causing topological magnon edge states that revolve unidirectionally the sample. Magnon Weyl semimetals possess zero-dimensional band degeneracies acting as source and sink of Berry curvature; at their surface they feature "magnon arcs" connecting the surface projections of Weyl points. Magnon nodal-line semimetals exhibit one-dimensional band degeneracies, i. e., closed loops in reciprocal space. Surface projections of these nodal lines host "drumhead" surface states whose details depend strongly on the surface termination.
Similar to the electronic case, nonzero Berry curvature causes transverse transport, that is, magnon Hall effects. I show how these effects can be quantified by classical spin dynamics simulations of the TMI Cu(1,3-benzenedicarboxylate) and a skyrmionic TMI.
All interested are cordially welcome!