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Chin. Phys. B, 2019, Vol. 28(7): 077102    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/28/7/077102

Global phase diagram of a spin-orbit-coupled Kondo lattice model on the honeycomb lattice

Xin Li(李欣)1,2, Rong Yu(俞榕)3, Qimiao Si4
1 Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China;
2 School of Physical Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Department of Physics and Beijing Key Laboratory of Opto-electronic Functional Materials and Micro-nano Devices, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China;
4 Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rice Center for Quantum Materials, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA

Motivated by the growing interest in the novel quantum phases in materials with strong electron correlations and spin-orbit coupling, we study the interplay among the spin-orbit coupling, Kondo interaction, and magnetic frustration of a Kondo lattice model on a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. We calculate the renormalized electronic structure and correlation functions at the saddle point based on a fermionic representation of the spin operators. We find a global phase diagram of the model at half-filling, which contains a variety of phases due to the competing interactions. In addition to a Kondo insulator, there is a topological insulator with valence bond solid correlations in the spin sector, and two antiferromagnetic phases. Due to the competition between the spin-orbit coupling and Kondo interaction, the direction of the magnetic moments in the antiferromagnetic phases can be either within or perpendicular to the lattice plane. The latter antiferromagnetic state is topologically nontrivial for moderate and strong spin-orbit couplings.

Keywords:  heavy fermion system      Kondo insulator      spin-orbit coupling  
Received:  16 March 2019      Revised:  22 April 2019      Published:  05 July 2019
PACS:  71.10.Hf (Non-Fermi-liquid ground states, electron phase diagrams and phase transitions in model systems)  
  71.27.+a (Strongly correlated electron systems; heavy fermions)  
  71.70.Ej (Spin-orbit coupling, Zeeman and Stark splitting, Jahn-Teller effect)  

Project supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the National Key R&D Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFA0300504), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11674392), and the Research Funds of Remnin University of China (Grant No. 18XNLG24). Work at Rice was in part supported by the NSF Grant DMR-1920740 and the Robert A. Welch Foundation Grant C-1411. Q. S. acknowledges the hospitality and support by a Ulam Scholarship from the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Corresponding Authors:  Rong Yu     E-mail:

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Xin Li(李欣), Rong Yu(俞榕), Qimiao Si Global phase diagram of a spin-orbit-coupled Kondo lattice model on the honeycomb lattice 2019 Chin. Phys. B 28 077102

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