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Dynamics of a Quantum Spin Liquid


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 1-22
  3. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 23-36
  4. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 59-65
  5. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 67-85
  6. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 87-97
  7. Johannes Knolle
    Pages 99-104
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 105-140

About this book


This thesis presents an exact theoretical study of dynamical correlation functions in different phases of a two-dimensional quantum spin liquid. By calculating the dynamical spin structure factor and the Raman scattering cross section, this thesis shows that there are salient signatures—qualitative and quantitative—of the Majorana fermions and the gauge fluxes emerging as effective degrees of freedom in the exactly solvable Kitaev honeycomb lattice model. The model is a representative of a class of spin liquids with Majorana fermions coupled to Z2 gauge fields. The qualitative features of the response functions should therefore be characteristic for this broad class of topological states.


Dynamic Spin Correlations Frustrated Magnetism Kitaev's Honeycomb Lattice Model Quantum Spin Lliquid Spectroscopy of Topological Spin Liquids Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Topological Magnetic Phase Topological Spin Liquid

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Johannes Knolle completed his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany (with Prof. R. Moessner). He is now a Postdoc at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK.

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