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Spin Exciton Formation inside the Hidden Order Phase of CeB6  [PDF]
Alireza Akbari,Peter Thalmeier
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.146403
Abstract: The heavy fermion metal CeB6 exhibits hidden order of antiferroquadrupolar (AFQ) type below T_Q=3.2K and subsequent antiferromagnetic (AFM) order at T_N=2.3K. It was interpreted as ordering of the quadrupole and dipole moments of a $\Gamma_8$ quartet of localised Ce $4f^1$ electrons. This established picture has been profoundly shaken by recent inelastic neutron scattering (G. Friemel et al., arXiv:1111.4151) that found the evolution of a feedback spin exciton resonance within the hidden order phase at the AFQ wave vector which is stabilized by the AFM order. We develop an alternative theory based on a fourfold degenerate Anderson lattice model, including both order parameters as particle-hole condensates of itinerant heavy quasiparticles. This explains in a natural way the appearance of the spin exciton resonance and the momentum dependence of its spectral weight, in particular around the AFQ vector and its rapid disappearance in the disordered phase. Analogies to the feedback effect in unconventional heavy fermion superconductors are pointed out.
Intense low-energy ferromagnetic fluctuations in the antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metal CeB6  [PDF]
H. Jang,G. Friemel,J. Ollivier,A. V. Dukhnenko,N. Yu. Shitsevalova,V. B. Filipov,B. Keimer,D. S. Inosov
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nmat3976
Abstract: Heavy-fermion metals exhibit a plethora of low-temperature ordering phenomena, among them the so-called hidden-order phases that in contrast to conventional magnetic order are invisible to standard neutron diffraction. One of the oldest and structurally simplest hidden-order compounds, CeB6, became famous for an elusive phase that was attributed to the antiferroquadrupolar ordering of cerium-4f moments. In its ground state, CeB6 also develops a more usual antiferromagnetic (AFM) order. Hence, its essential low-temperature physics was always considered to be solely governed by AFM interactions between the dipolar and multipolar Ce moments. Here we overturn this established perspective by uncovering an intense ferromagnetic (FM) low-energy collective mode that dominates the magnetic excitation spectrum of CeB6. Our inelastic neutron-scattering data reveal that the intensity of this FM excitation by far exceeds that of conventional spin-wave magnons emanating from the AFM wave vectors, thus placing CeB6 much closer to a FM instability than could be anticipated. This propensity of CeB6 to ferromagnetism may account for much of its unexplained behavior, such as the existence of a pronounced electron spin resonance, and should lead to a substantial revision of existing theories that have so far largely neglected the role of FM interactions.
Resonant Processes and Exciton Propagation in a Frozen Gas  [PDF]
J. S. Frasier,V. Celli
Physics , 2000,
Abstract: We present numerical simulations of a theory of resonant processes in a frozen gas of excited atoms interacting via dipole-dipole potentials that vary as $r^{-3}$, where $r$ is the interatomic separation. The simulations calculate time-dependent averages of transition amplitudes and transition probabilities for a single atom in a given state interacting resonantly with a uniformly distributed random gas of atoms in a different state. The averages are over spatial configurations of the gas atoms, which are held fixed while the resonant interaction creates a Frenkel exciton that can travel from atom to atom. We check that the simulations reproduce previously known exact results when the exciton is not allowed to propagate [Phys. Rev. A 59, 4358 (1999)]. Further, we develop an approximation for the average transition amplitude that compares well with the numerical results for a wide range of values of the system parameters.
Unpaired composite fermion, topological exciton, and zero mode  [PDF]
G. J. Sreejith,Arkadiusz Wojs,Jainendra K. Jain
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.136802
Abstract: The paired state of composite fermions is expected to support two kinds of excitations: vortices and unpaired composite fermions. We construct an explicit microscopic description of the unpaired composite fermions, which we demonstrate to be accurate for a 3-body model interaction, and, possibly, adiabatically connected to the Coulomb solution. This understanding reveals that an unpaired composite fermion carries with it a charge-neutral "topological" exciton, which, in turn, helps provide microscopic insight into the origin of zero modes, fusion rules, and energetics.
Electronic structure investigation of CeB6 by means of soft X-ray scattering  [PDF]
M. Magnuson,S. M. Butorin,J. -H. Guo,A. Agui,J. Nordgren,H. Ogasawara,A. Kotani,T. Takahashi,S. Kunii
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.63.075101
Abstract: The electronic structure of the heavy fermion compound CeB6 is probed by resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering using photon energies across the Ce 3d and 4d absorption edges. The hybridization between the localized 4f orbitals and the delocalized valence-band states is studied by identifying the different spectral contributions from inelastic Raman scattering and normal fluorescence. Pronounced energy-loss structures are observed below the elastic peak at both the 3d and 4d thresholds. The origin and character of the inelastic scattering structures are discussed in terms of charge-transfer excitations in connection to the dipole allowed transitions with 4f character. Calculations within the single impurity Anderson model with full multiplet effects are found to yield consistent spectral functions to the experimental data.
High frequency study of the orbital ordering resonance in the strongly correlated heavy fermion metal CeB6  [PDF]
S. V. Demishev,A. V. Semeno,H. Ohta,S. Okubo,Yu. B. Paderno,N. Yu. Shitsevalova,N. E. Sluchanko
Physics , 2006,
Abstract: We report results of the study of the recently discovered magnetic resonance in the orbitally ordered phase of CeB6 (the orbital ordering resonance) in a wide frequency range 44-360 GHz. It is found that the g-factor for this resonance increases with frequency from g(44 GHz)~1.55 to g(>250 GHz)~1.7. In addition to the orbital ordering resonance for the frequencies exceeding 200 GHz a new magnetic resonance with the g-factor 1.2-1.3 is detected.
Dynamical fermion mass generation and exciton spectra in graphene  [PDF]
Chun-Xu Zhang,Guo-Zhu Liu,Ming-Qiu Huang
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.115438
Abstract: The Coulomb interaction between massless Dirac fermions may induce dynamical chiral symmetry breaking by forming excitonic pairs in clean graphene, leading to semimetal-insulator transition. If the Dirac fermions have zero bare mass, an exact continuous chiral symmetry is dynamically broken and thus there are massless Goldstone excitons. If the Dirac fermions have a small bare mass, an approximate continuous chiral symmetry is dynamically broken and the resultant Goldstone type excitons become massive, which is analogous to what happens in QCD. In this paper, after solving Dyson-Schwinger gap equation in the presence of a small bare fermion mass, we found a remarkable reduction of the critical Coulomb interaction strength for excitonic pair formation and a strong enhancement of dynamical fermion mass. We then calculate the masses of Goldstone type excitons using the SVZ sum rule method and operator product expansion technique developed in QCD and find that the exciton masses are much larger than bare fermion mass but smaller than dynamical fermion mass gap. We also study the spin susceptibilities and estimate the masses of non-Goldstone type excitons using the same tools.
Magnetic-Field-Induced 4f-Octupole in CeB6 Probed by Resonant X-ray Diffraction  [PDF]
Takeshi Matsumura,Takumi Yonemura,Keisuke Kunimori,Masafumi Sera,Fumitoshi Iga
Physics , 2009, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.017203
Abstract: CeB6, a typical Gamma_8-quartet system, exhibits a mysterious antiferroquadrupolar ordered phase in magnetic fields, which is considered as originating from the T_{xyz}-type magnetic octupole moment induced by the field. By resonant x-ray diffraction in magnetic fields, we have verified that the T_{xyz}-type octupole is indeed induced in the 4f-orbital of Ce with a propagation vector (1/2, 1/2, 1/2), thereby supporting the theory. We observed an asymmetric field dependence of the intensity for an electric quadrupole (E2) resonance when the field was reversed, and extracted a field dependence of the octupole by utilizing the interference with an electric dipole (E1) resonance. The result is in good agreement with that of the NMR-line splitting, which reflects the transferred hyperfine field at the Boron nucleus from the anisotropic spin distribution of Ce with an O_{xy}-type quadrupole. The field-reversal method used in the present study opens up the possibility of being widely applied to other multipole ordering systems such as NpO2, Ce_{x}La_{1-x}B_{6}, SmRu_{4}P_{12}, and so on.
Exciton luminescence in resonant photonic crystals  [PDF]
L. I. Deych,M. V. Erementchouk,A. A. Lisyansky,E. L. Ivchenko,M. M. Voronov
Physics , 2006,
Abstract: A phenomenological theory of luminescence properties of one-dimensional resonant photonic crystals is developed within the framework of classical Maxwell equations with fluctuating polarization terms representing non-coherent sources of emission. The theory is based on an effective general approach to determining linear response of these structures and takes into account formation of polariton modes due to coherent radiative coupling between their constituting elements. The general results are applied to Bragg multiple-quantum-well structures, and theoretical luminescence spectra of these systems are compared with experimental results. It is shown that the emission of such systems can be significantly influenced by deliberately introducing defect elements in the structure. The relation between absorption and luminescence spectra is also discussed.
Quantum Critical Point of Itinerant Antiferromagnet in Heavy Fermion  [PDF]
Hiroaki Kadowaki,Yoshikazu Tabata,Masugu Sato,Naofumi Aso,Stephane Raymond,Shuzo Kawarazaki
Physics , 2005, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.016401
Abstract: A quantum critical point (QCP) of the heavy fermion Ce(Ru_{1-x}Rh_x)_2Si_2 (x = 0, 0.03) has been studied by single-crystalline neutron scattering. By accurately measuring the dynamical susceptibility at the antiferromagnetic wave vector k_3 = 0.35 c^*, we have shown that the energy width Gamma(k_3), i.e., inverse correlation time, depends on temperature as Gamma(k_3) = c_1 + c_2 T^{3/2 +- 0.1}, where c_1 and c_2 are x dependent constants, in a low temperature range. This critical exponent 3/2 +- 0.1 proves that the QCP is controlled by that of the itinerant antiferromagnet.
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