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Sample records for galaxy spin chirality

  1. Coexistence of chiral symmetry restoration and random orientation of galaxies

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    Aryal, B.; Paudel, S.; Saurer, W.

    2008-02-01

    We studied the chiral symmetry restoration and the spatial orientation of 2288 spiral and spiral barred galaxies that have radial velocities (RV) less than 5000 km s-1. A random direction of the rotation of galaxies is assumed in order to classify the structural modes. The distribution of spin vector and spin vector projections of leading and trailing arm galaxies in the total sample and subsamples are studied. We use chi-square, auto-correlation and Fourier tests in order to discriminate the preferred alignments from the random alignments. A good correlation between the random alignment and the chiral symmetry is noticed in the Local Supercluster (RV < 3000 km s-1) and in galaxies nearby the Local Supercluster (3000 < RV (km s-1) ≤ 5000). Spiral galaxies show a similar result. The barred spirals show an opposite trend to that observed for the spirals. Nearby the Local Supercluster, we noticed a preferred spatial alignment and non-chiral property in the leading and trailing arm spiral barred galaxies. Our result predicts that the progressive loss of chirality might have some connection with the rotationally supported (spirals, barred spirals) and randomized (lenticulars, ellipticals) systems. Thus, we suspect that the dynamical processes in the cluster evolution give rise to a dynamical loss of chirality.

  2. Chirality dependent spin polarization of carbon nanotubes

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    Wang, Jia; Jiang, Wanrun; Wang, Bo; Gao, Yang; Wang, Zhigang; Zhang, Rui-Qin

    2016-02-01

    The spin polarization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offers a tunable building block for spintronic devices and is also crucial for realizing carbon-based electronics. However, the effect of chiral CNTs is still unclear. In this paper, we use the density functional theory (DFT) method to investigate the spin polarization of a series of typical finite-length chiral CNTs (9, m). The results show that the spin density of chiral CNTs (9, m) decreases gradually with the increase in m and vanishes altogether when m is larger than or equal to 6. The armchair edge units on both ends of the (9, m) CNTs exhibit a clear inhibition of spin polarization, allowing control of the spin density of (9, m) CNTs by adjusting the number of armchair edge units on the tube end. Furthermore, analysis of the orbitals shows that the spin of the ground state for (9, m) CNTs mainly comes from the contributions of the frontier molecular orbitals (MOs), and the energy gap decreases gradually with the spin density for chiral CNTs. Our work further develops the study of the spin polarization of CNTs and provides a strategy for controlling the spin polarization of functional molecular devices through chiral vector adjustment.

  3. Chiral spin liquids in arrays of spin chains

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    Pereira, Rodrigo

    The chiral spin liquid proposed by Kalmeyer and Laughlin is a spin analogue of the fractional quantum Hall effect: it has gapped bulk quasiparticles, charge-neutral chiral edge modes and topological order in the ground state. Recently there has been unambiguous numerical evidence that the chiral spin liquid can be stabilized as the ground state of extended Heisenberg models on the kagome lattice. I will talk about an analytical approach to investigate the emergence and the properties of the chiral spin liquid phase in spatially anisotropic 2D lattices. The approach is inspired by ``coupled-wire constructions'' of quantum Hall states: starting from a quasi-1D system, we build towards the 2D limit by coupling Heisenberg chains with three-spin interactions that drive the chiral spin order. Using a renormalization group analysis, we show that the chiral spin liquid is more easily stabilized in the kagome lattice than in the triangular lattice. Moreover, using the conformal field theory that describes single chains, we explicitly construct the operators that create bulk quasiparticles and those that account for the topological degeneracy on the torus. I will also discuss possible extensions of this approach to construct more exotic quantum spin liquids.

  4. Excitations in the chiral spin liquid

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    Schroeter, Darrell

    2009-03-01

    Recently, a spin-Hamiltonian was presented [Schroeter et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 097202 (2007)] for which the chiral spin liquid is the exact ground state. This poster will present a numerical study of the excitations of the model, including results obtained by exact diagonalization of the model on 16 and 25-site lattices.

  5. Controlling and imaging chiral spin textures

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    Chen, Gong

    Chirality in magnetic materials is fundamentally interesting and holds potential for logic and memory applications. Using spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy at National Center for Electron Microscopy, we recently observed chiral domain walls in thin films. We developed ways to tailor the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, which drives the chirality, by interface engineering and by forming ternary superlattices. We find that spin-textures can be switched between left-handed, right-handed, cycloidal, helical and mixed domain wall structures by controlling uniaxial strain in magnetic films. We also demonstrate an experimental approach to stabilize skyrmions in magnetic multilayers without external magnetic field. These results exemplify the rich physics of chirality associated with interfaces of magnetic materials

  6. Field induced spin chirality and chirality switching in magnetic multilayers

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    Tartakovskaya, Elena V.

    2015-05-01

    The physical origin of the field-induced spin chirality experimentally observed in rare earth multilayers is determined. It is shown that the effect is possible due to the interplay between solid-state exchange interactions (the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida and the Dsyaloshinsky-Moriya interactions), the external magnetic field and a special confinement of magnetic constituents. The presented model describes a certain temperature dependence of the chirality factor in agreement with experimental data and opens a new way to design nanostructured objects with predicted handedness.

  7. Kagome antiferromagnet: a chiral topological spin liquid?

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    Messio, Laura; Bernu, Bernard; Lhuillier, Claire

    2012-05-18

    Inspired by the recent discovery of a new instability towards a chiral phase of the classical Heisenberg model on the kagome lattice, we propose a specific chiral spin liquid that reconciles different, well-established results concerning both the classical and quantum models. This proposal is analyzed in an extended mean-field Schwinger boson framework encompassing time reversal symmetry breaking phases, which allows both a classical and a quantum phase description. At low temperatures, we find that quantum fluctuations favor this chiral phase, which is stable against small perturbations of second- and third-neighbor interactions. For spin-1/2, this phase may be, beyond the mean field, a chiral gapped spin liquid. Such a phase is consistent with the density matrix renormalization group results of Yan et al. [Science 332, 1173 (2011)]. Mysterious features of the low-lying excitations of exact diagonalization spectra also find an explanation in this framework. Moreover, thermal fluctuations compete with quantum ones and induce a transition from this flux phase to a planar zero flux phase at a nonzero value of the renormalized temperature (T/S2), reconciling these results with those obtained for the classical system. PMID:23003183

  8. Cosmic Shear from Galaxy Spins.

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    Lee; Pen

    2000-03-20

    We discuss the origin of galactic angular momentum and the statistics of the present-day spin distribution. It is expected that the galaxy spin axes are correlated with the intermediate principal axis of the gravitational shear tensor. This allows one to reconstruct the shear field and thereby the full gravitational potential from the observed galaxy spin fields. We use the direction of the angular momentum vector without any information of its magnitude, which requires a measurement of the position angle and inclination on the sky of each disk galaxy. We present the maximum likelihood shear inversion procedure, which involves a constrained linear minimization. The theory is tested against numerical simulations. We find the correlation strength of nonlinear structures with the initial shear field and show that accurate large-scale density reconstructions are possible at the expected noise level. PMID:10702119

  9. Generation of chiral spin state by quantum simulation

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    Tanamoto, Tetsufumi

    2016-06-01

    Chirality of materials in nature appears when there are asymmetries in their lattice structures or interactions in a certain environment. Recent development of quantum simulation technology has enabled the manipulation of qubits. Accordingly, chirality can be realized intentionally rather than passively observed. Here we theoretically provide simple methods to create a chiral spin state in a spin-1/2 qubit system on a square lattice. First, we show that switching on and off the Heisenberg and X Y interactions produces the chiral interaction directly in the effective Hamiltonian without controlling local fields. Moreover, when initial states of spin qubits are appropriately prepared, we prove that the chirality with desirable phase is dynamically obtained. Finally, even for the case where switching on and off the interactions is infeasible and the interactions are always on, we show that, by preparing an asymmetric initial qubit state, the chirality whose phase is π /2 is dynamically generated.

  10. Projective symmetry group classification of chiral spin liquids

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    Bieri, Samuel; Lhuillier, Claire; Messio, Laura

    2016-03-01

    We present a general review of the projective symmetry group classification of fermionic quantum spin liquids for lattice models of spin S =1 /2 . We then introduce a systematic generalization of the approach for symmetric Z2 quantum spin liquids to the one of chiral phases (i.e., singlet states that break time reversal and lattice reflection, but conserve their product). We apply this framework to classify and discuss possible chiral spin liquids on triangular and kagome lattices. We give a detailed prescription on how to construct quadratic spinon Hamiltonians and microscopic wave functions for each representation class on these lattices. Among the chiral Z2 states, we study the subset of U(1) phases variationally in the antiferromagnetic J1-J2-Jd Heisenberg model on the kagome lattice. We discuss static spin structure factors and symmetry constraints on the bulk spectra of these phases.

  11. THE GALACTIC SPIN OF AGN GALAXIES

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    Cervantes-Sodi, Bernardo; Hernandez, X.; Park, Changbom; Choi, Yun-Young E-mail: xavier@astroscu.unam.mx

    2011-07-01

    Using an extensive sample of galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 5, we compare the angular momentum distribution of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) with non-AGN hosting late-type galaxies. To this end we characterize galactic spin through the dimensionless angular momentum parameter {lambda}, which we estimate through simple dynamical considerations. Using a volume-limited sample, we find a considerable difference when comparing the empirical distributions of {lambda} for AGNs and non-AGN galaxies, the AGNs showing typically low {lambda} values and associated dispersions, while non-AGNs present higher {lambda} values and a broader distribution. A more striking difference is found when looking at {lambda} distributions in thin M{sub r} cuts; while the spin of non-AGN galaxies presents an anticorrelation with M{sub r} , with bright (massive) galaxies having low spins, AGN host galaxies present uniform values of {lambda} at all magnitudes, a behavior probably imposed by the fact that most late-type AGN galaxies present a narrow range in color, with a typical constant {lambda} value. We also find that the fraction of AGN hosting galaxies in our sample strongly depends on galactic spin, increasing dramatically for decreasing {lambda}. For AGN host galaxies, we compute the mass of their supermassive black holes and find that this value tends to be higher for low spin galaxies, even at fixed luminosity, a result that could account, to a certain extent, for the spread on the luminosity-black-hole mass relation.

  12. Chiral spin-3 /2 particles in a medium

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    Nieves, José F.; Sahu, Sarira

    2016-05-01

    We consider the propagation of a chiral spin-3 /2 particle in a background medium using the thermal field theory (TFT) method, in analogy to the cases of a spin-1 /2 fermion (e.g., a neutrino) and the photon. We present a systematic decomposition of the thermal self-energy, from which the dispersion relation of the modes that propagate in the medium are obtained. We find that there are several modes and in each case we obtain the equation for the dispersion relation as well as the corresponding spin-3 /2 spinor. As an example of the general procedure and results, we consider a model in which the chiral spin-3 /2 particle couples to a spin-1 /2 fermion and a scalar particle, and propagates in a thermal background composed of such particles. The dispersion relations and corresponding spinors are detemined explicitly in this case from the 1-loop TFT expression for the self-energy. The results in this case share some resemblance and analogies with the photon and the chiral fermion cases but, as already noted, there are also differences. The present work provides the groundwork for considering problems related to the properties of chiral spin-3 /2 particles in a medium, in analogy to the case of neutrinos for example, which can be relevant in physical contexts of current interest.

  13. Chirality-Dependent Transmission of Spin Waves through Domain Walls

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    Buijnsters, F. J.; Ferreiros, Y.; Fasolino, A.; Katsnelson, M. I.

    2016-04-01

    Spin-wave technology (magnonics) has the potential to further reduce the size and energy consumption of information-processing devices. In the submicrometer regime (exchange spin waves), topological defects such as domain walls may constitute active elements to manipulate spin waves and perform logic operations. We predict that spin waves that pass through a domain wall in an ultrathin perpendicular-anisotropy film experience a phase shift that depends on the orientation of the domain wall (chirality). The effect, which is absent in bulk materials, originates from the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and can be interpreted as a geometric phase. We demonstrate analytically and by means of micromagnetic simulations that the phase shift is strong enough to switch between constructive and destructive interference. The two chirality states of the domain wall may serve as a memory bit or spin-wave switch in magnonic devices.

  14. Spin of the proton in chiral effective field theory

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    Li, Hongna; Wang, P.; Leinweber, D. B.; Thomas, A. W.

    2016-04-01

    Proton spin is investigated in chiral effective field theory through an examination of the singlet axial charge, a0, and the two nonsinglet axial charges, a3 and a8. Finite-range regularization is considered as it provides an effective model for estimating the role of disconnected sea-quark loop contributions to baryon observables. Baryon octet and decuplet intermediate states are included to enrich the spin and flavor structure of the nucleon, redistributing spin under the constraints of chiral symmetry. In this context, the proton spin puzzle is well understood with the calculation describing all three of the axial charges reasonably well. The strange quark contribution to the proton spin is negative with magnitude 0.01. With appropriate Q2 evolution, we find the singlet axial charge at the experimental scale to be â0=0 .31-0.05+0.04 , consistent with the range of current experimental values.

  15. Chirality-Dependent Transmission of Spin Waves through Domain Walls.

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    Buijnsters, F J; Ferreiros, Y; Fasolino, A; Katsnelson, M I

    2016-04-01

    Spin-wave technology (magnonics) has the potential to further reduce the size and energy consumption of information-processing devices. In the submicrometer regime (exchange spin waves), topological defects such as domain walls may constitute active elements to manipulate spin waves and perform logic operations. We predict that spin waves that pass through a domain wall in an ultrathin perpendicular-anisotropy film experience a phase shift that depends on the orientation of the domain wall (chirality). The effect, which is absent in bulk materials, originates from the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and can be interpreted as a geometric phase. We demonstrate analytically and by means of micromagnetic simulations that the phase shift is strong enough to switch between constructive and destructive interference. The two chirality states of the domain wall may serve as a memory bit or spin-wave switch in magnonic devices. PMID:27104725

  16. Continuum model for chiral induced spin selectivity in helical molecules

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    Medina, Ernesto; González-Arraga, Luis A.; Finkelstein-Shapiro, Daniel; Mujica, Vladimiro; Berche, Bertrand

    2015-05-21

    A minimal model is exactly solved for electron spin transport on a helix. Electron transport is assumed to be supported by well oriented p{sub z} type orbitals on base molecules forming a staircase of definite chirality. In a tight binding interpretation, the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) opens up an effective π{sub z} − π{sub z} coupling via interbase p{sub x,y} − p{sub z} hopping, introducing spin coupled transport. The resulting continuum model spectrum shows two Kramers doublet transport channels with a gap proportional to the SOC. Each doubly degenerate channel satisfies time reversal symmetry; nevertheless, a bias chooses a transport direction and thus selects for spin orientation. The model predicts (i) which spin orientation is selected depending on chirality and bias, (ii) changes in spin preference as a function of input Fermi level and (iii) back-scattering suppression protected by the SO gap. We compute the spin current with a definite helicity and find it to be proportional to the torsion of the chiral structure and the non-adiabatic Aharonov-Anandan phase. To describe room temperature transport, we assume that the total transmission is the result of a product of coherent steps.

  17. Chiral Spin-Orbital Liquids with Nodal Lines

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    Natori, W. M. H.; Andrade, E. C.; Miranda, E.; Pereira, R. G.

    2016-07-01

    Strongly correlated materials with strong spin-orbit coupling hold promise for realizing topological phases with fractionalized excitations. Here, we propose a chiral spin-orbital liquid as a stable phase of a realistic model for heavy-element double perovskites. This spin liquid state has Majorana fermion excitations with a gapless spectrum characterized by nodal lines along the edges of the Brillouin zone. We show that the nodal lines are topological defects of a non-Abelian Berry connection and that the system exhibits dispersing surface states. We discuss some experimental signatures of this state and compare them with properties of the spin liquid candidate Ba2YMoO6.

  18. Tunable chiral spin texture in magnetic domain-walls.

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    Franken, J H; Herps, M; Swagten, H J M; Koopmans, B

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic domain-walls (DWs) with a preferred chirality exhibit very efficient current-driven motion. Since structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) is required for their stability, the observation of chiral domain walls in highly symmetric Pt/Co/Pt is intriguing. Here, we tune the layer asymmetry in this system and observe, by current-assisted DW depinning experiments, a small chiral field which sensitively changes. Moreover, we convincingly link the observed efficiency of DW motion to the DW texture, using DW resistance as a direct probe for the internal orientation of the DW under the influence of in-plane fields. The very delicate effect of capping layer thickness on the chiral field allows for its accurate control, which is important in designing novel materials for optimal spin-orbit-torque-driven DW motion. PMID:24919162

  19. Tunable chiral spin texture in magnetic domain-walls

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    Franken, J. H.; Herps, M.; Swagten, H. J. M.; Koopmans, B.

    2014-06-01

    Magnetic domain-walls (DWs) with a preferred chirality exhibit very efficient current-driven motion. Since structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) is required for their stability, the observation of chiral domain walls in highly symmetric Pt/Co/Pt is intriguing. Here, we tune the layer asymmetry in this system and observe, by current-assisted DW depinning experiments, a small chiral field which sensitively changes. Moreover, we convincingly link the observed efficiency of DW motion to the DW texture, using DW resistance as a direct probe for the internal orientation of the DW under the influence of in-plane fields. The very delicate effect of capping layer thickness on the chiral field allows for its accurate control, which is important in designing novel materials for optimal spin-orbit-torque-driven DW motion.

  20. Imaging chiral spin textures with spin-polarized low energy electron microscopy

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    Schmid, Andreas

    2015-03-01

    Chirality in magnetic materials is fundamentally interesting holds potential for logic and memory applications. Using spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy, we recently observed chiral Néel walls in thin films. We developed ways to tailor the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, which drives the chirality, by interface engineering, and we found that Néel- and Bloch- chirality type can be tuned in the presence of uniaxial strain. This work was done in collaboration with G. Chen, A.T.N'diaye, T.P.Ma, A.Mascaraque, C.Won, Z.Q.Qiu, Y.Z.Wu.

  1. Chiral spin waves in Fermi liquids with spin-orbit coupling.

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    Ashrafi, Ali; Maslov, Dmitrii L

    2012-11-30

    We predict the existence of chiral spin waves-collective modes in a two-dimensional Fermi liquid with the Rashba or Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling. Starting from the phenomenological Landau theory, we show that the long-wavelength dynamics of magnetization is governed by the Klein-Gordon equations. The standing-wave solutions of these equations describe ''particles" with effective masses, whose magnitudes and signs depend on the strength of the electron-electron interaction. The spectrum of the spin-chiral modes for arbitrary wavelengths is determined from the Dyson equation for the interaction vertex. We propose to observe spin-chiral modes via microwave absorption by standing waves confined by an in-plane profile of the spin-orbit splitting. PMID:23368155

  2. Spin dynamics under local gauge fields in chiral spin-orbit coupling systems

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    Tan, S. G.; Jalil, M. B. A.; Fujita, T.; Liu, X. J.

    2011-02-01

    We present a theoretical description of local spin dynamics in magnetic systems with a chiral spin texture and finite spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Spin precession about the relativistic effective magnetic field in a SOC system gives rise to a non-Abelian SU(2) gauge field reminiscent of the Yang-Mills field. In addition, the adiabatic relaxation of electron spin along the local spin yields an U(1) ⊗ U(1) topological gauge (Berry) field. We derive the corresponding equation of motion i.e. modified Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, for the local spin under the influence of these effects. Focusing on the SU(2) gauge, we obtain the spin torque magnitude, and the amplitude and frequency of spin oscillations in this system. Our theoretical estimates indicate significant spin torque and oscillations in systems with large spin-orbit coupling, which may be utilized in technological applications such as current-induced magnetization-switching and tunable microwave oscillators.

  3. Haldane-Hubbard Mott Insulator: From Tetrahedral Spin Crystal to Chiral Spin Liquid

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    Hickey, Ciaran; Cincio, Lukasz; Papic, Zlatko; Paramekanti, Arun

    Motivated by recent experimental realizations of artificial gauge fields in ultracold atoms, we study the honeycomb lattice Haldane-Hubbard Mott insulator of spin- 1 / 2 fermions using exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We show that this model exhibits various chiral magnetic orders including a wide regime of triple-Q tetrahedral order. Incorporating third-neighbor hopping frustrates and ultimately melts this tetrahedral spin crystal. From analyzing low energy spectra, many-body Chern numbers, entanglement spectra, and modular matrices, we identify the molten state as a chiral spin liquid with gapped semion excitations.

  4. Theory of spin resonance in a chiral helimagnet

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    Kishine, Jun-Ichiro; Ovchinnikov, A. S.

    2009-06-01

    It is suggested that marked features of symmetry-breaking mechanism and elementary excitations in chiral helimagnet come up as visible effects in electron-spin-resonance (ESR) profile. Under the magnetic field applied parallel and perpendicular to the helical axis, elementary excitations are, respectively, described by the helimagnon associated with rotational symmetry breaking and the magnetic kink crystal phonon associated with translational symmetry breaking. We demonstrate how the ESR spectra distinguish these excitations.

  5. An Exact Chiral Spin Liquid with Non-Abelian Anyons

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    Yao, Hong

    2010-04-06

    We establish the existence of a chiral spin liquid (CSL) as the exact ground state of the Kitaev model on a decorated honeycomb lattice, which is obtained by replacing each site in the familiar honeycomb lattice with a triangle. The CSL state spontaneously breaks time reversal symmetry but preserves other symmetries. There are two topologically distinct CSLs separated by a quantum critical point. Interestingly, vortex excitations in the topologically nontrivial (Chern number {+-}1) CSL obey non-Abelian statistics.

  6. Proton spin problem and chiral constituent quark model

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    Rana, J. M. S.; Dahiya, H.; Gupta, M.

    2008-10-13

    Some of the non-relativistic quark model (NRQM) predictions of some spin and flavor parameters are in sharp conflict with the observations made from deep inelastic scattering experiments. Besides this there are other spin and flavor dependent quantities which could not be explained by NRQM. These contradictions are referred to as Proton spin problem. These issues get resolved, to some extent, in Chiral Constituent Quark Model (CQM) which incorporates the basic features of NRQM and chiral symmetry. The implications of the latest data pertaining to u-bar-d-bar asymmetry and the spin polarization functions on the contributions of singlet Goldstone Boson {eta}' within CQM with configuration mixing for explaining the proton spin problem have been investigated. It is found that the present data favors smaller values of the coupling of singlet Goldstone Boson as compared to the corresponding contributions from {pi}, K and {eta}' Goldstone bosons. It seems that a small non-zero value of the coupling of {eta}'({zeta}{ne}0)({zeta}{ne}0) is preferred over {zeta} = -0.10 phenomenologically.

  7. Haldane-Hubbard Mott Insulator: From Tetrahedral Spin Crystal to Chiral Spin Liquid.

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    Hickey, Ciarán; Cincio, Lukasz; Papić, Zlatko; Paramekanti, Arun

    2016-04-01

    Motivated by cold atom experiments on Chern insulators, we study the honeycomb lattice Haldane-Hubbard Mott insulator of spin-1/2 fermions using exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We show that this model exhibits various chiral magnetic orders including a wide regime of triple-Q tetrahedral order. Incorporating third-neighbor hopping frustrates and ultimately melts this tetrahedral spin crystal. From analyzing the low energy spectrum, many-body Chern numbers, entanglement spectra, and modular matrices, we identify the molten state as a chiral spin liquid (CSL) with gapped semion excitations. We formulate and study the Chern-Simons-Higgs field theory of the exotic CSL-to-tetrahedral spin crystallization transition. PMID:27082001

  8. Haldane-Hubbard Mott Insulator: From Tetrahedral Spin Crystal to Chiral Spin Liquid

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    Hickey, Ciarán; Cincio, Lukasz; Papić, Zlatko; Paramekanti, Arun

    2016-04-01

    Motivated by cold atom experiments on Chern insulators, we study the honeycomb lattice Haldane-Hubbard Mott insulator of spin-1 /2 fermions using exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We show that this model exhibits various chiral magnetic orders including a wide regime of triple-Q tetrahedral order. Incorporating third-neighbor hopping frustrates and ultimately melts this tetrahedral spin crystal. From analyzing the low energy spectrum, many-body Chern numbers, entanglement spectra, and modular matrices, we identify the molten state as a chiral spin liquid (CSL) with gapped semion excitations. We formulate and study the Chern-Simons-Higgs field theory of the exotic CSL-to-tetrahedral spin crystallization transition.

  9. Exactly solvable Hamiltonian for the chiral spin liquid

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    Schroeter, Darrell; Kapit, Eliot

    2006-03-01

    An exact spin Hamiltonian for the chiral spin liquid will be presented. The model starts with the quantum Hall wave function on a lattice of N sites in a toroidal geometry, a state that describes a spin liquid that violates the symmetries of parity and time reversal. A parent Hamiltonian for which the state is the exact ground state is constructed out of vector operators that annihilate the ground state. This model avoids the subtle error that has been identified [D. F. Schroeter, Ann. Phys. 310, 155 (2004)] in Laughlin's original solution to the problem [R. B. Laughlin, Ann. Phys. 191, 163 (1989)]. The construction of the model and its numerical verification will be presented.

  10. Electrically tunable spin polarization of chiral edge modes in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator

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    Zhang, Rui-Xing; Hsu, Hsiu-Chuan; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2016-06-01

    In the quantum anomalous Hall effect, chiral edge modes are expected to conduct spin polarized current without dissipation and thus hold great promise for future electronics and spintronics with low energy consumption. However, spin polarization of chiral edge modes has never been established in experiments. In this work, we theoretically study spin polarization of chiral edge modes in the quantum anomalous Hall effect, based on both the effective model and more realistic tight-binding model constructed from first-principles calculations. We find that spin polarization can be manipulated by tuning either a local gate voltage or the Fermi energy. We also propose to extract spin information of chiral edge modes by contacting the quantum anomalous Hall insulator to a ferromagnetic lead. The establishment of spin polarization of chiral edge modes, as well as the manipulation and detection in a fully electrical manner, will pave the way to the applications of the quantum anomalous Hall effect in spintronics.

  11. Coriolis effect and spin Hall effect of light in an inhomogeneous chiral medium.

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    Zhang, Yongliang; Shi, Lina; Xie, Changqing

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the spin Hall effect of spinning light in an inhomogeneous chiral medium. The Hamiltonian equations of the photon are analytically obtained within eikonal approximation in the noninertial orthogonal frame. Besides the usual spin curvature coupling, the chiral parameter enters the Hamiltonian as a spin-torsion-like interaction. We reveal that both terms have parallel geometric origins as the Coriolis terms of Maxwell's equations in nontrivial frames. PMID:27367104

  12. Spin dynamics under local gauge fields in chiral spin-orbit coupling systems

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    Tan, S.G.; Jalil, M.B.A.; Fujita, T.; Liu, X.J.

    2011-02-15

    Research Highlights: > We derive a modified LLG equation in magnetic systems with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). > Our results are applied to magnetic multilayers, and DMS and magnetic Rashba systems. > SOC mediated magnetization switching is predicted in rare earth metals (large SOC). > The magnetization trajectory and frequency can be modulated by applied voltage. > This facilitates potential application as tunable microwave oscillators. - Abstract: We present a theoretical description of local spin dynamics in magnetic systems with a chiral spin texture and finite spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Spin precession about the relativistic effective magnetic field in a SOC system gives rise to a non-Abelian SU(2) gauge field reminiscent of the Yang-Mills field. In addition, the adiabatic relaxation of electron spin along the local spin yields an U(1) x U(1) topological gauge (Berry) field. We derive the corresponding equation of motion i.e. modified Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, for the local spin under the influence of these effects. Focusing on the SU(2) gauge, we obtain the spin torque magnitude, and the amplitude and frequency of spin oscillations in this system. Our theoretical estimates indicate significant spin torque and oscillations in systems with large spin-orbit coupling, which may be utilized in technological applications such as current-induced magnetization-switching and tunable microwave oscillators.

  13. Experimentally tunable chiral spin transfer torque in domain wall motion

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    Ryu, Kwang-Su; Yang, See-Hun; Parkin, Stuart

    2016-05-01

    Domain walls (DWs) can be moved very efficiently with nanosecond long current pulses in perpendicularly magnetized Co/Ni/Co nanowires formed with platinum under- and over-layers due to a chiral spin torque mechanism. In these structures the DWs exhibit a chiral Néel structure that has been proposed is set by a Dyzaloshinskii–Moriya exchange interaction (DMI) arising from the Pt/Co and Co/Pt interfaces. The strength of this interaction can be measured from the longitudinal field dependence of the current induced DW velocity. We show, thereby, that the magnitude and sign of the DMI is strongly dependent and monotonically changes as small changes in the thicknesses of the Co layers are made. However, due to the chiral nature of the DMI we show that the magnitude and sign of the DMI is determined by the difference between the respective DMI at the upper and lower interfaces, which compensate each other. Thus, we find that the DMI increases as the lower Co thickness is increased but decreases as the upper Co thickness is increased, changing sign in both cases.

  14. Chiral Spin Liquid in a Frustrated Anisotropic Kagome Heisenberg Model

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    He, Yin-Chen; Sheng, D. N.; Chen, Yan

    2014-04-01

    Kalmeyer-Laughlin (KL) chiral spin liquid (CSL) is a type of quantum spin liquid without time-reversal symmetry, and it is considered as the parent state of an exotic type of superconductor—anyon superconductor. Such an exotic state has been sought for more than twenty years; however, it remains unclear whether it can exist in a realistic system where time-reversal symmetry is breaking (T breaking) spontaneously. By using the density matrix renormalization group, we show that KL CSL exists in a frustrated anisotropic kagome Heisenberg model, which has spontaneous T breaking. We find that our model has two topological degenerate ground states, which exhibit nonvanishing scalar chirality order and are protected by finite excitation gap. Furthermore, we identify this state as KL CSL by the characteristic edge conformal field theory from the entanglement spectrum and the quasiparticles braiding statistics extracted from the modular matrix. We also study how this CSL phase evolves as the system approaches the nearest-neighbor kagome Heisenberg model.

  15. A chiral SU( N) gauge theory and its non-chiral Spin(8) dual

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    Pouliot, P.; Strassler, M. J.

    1996-02-01

    We study supersymmetric SU( N - 4) gauge theories with a symmetric tensor and N antifundamental representations. The theory with W = 0 has a dual description in terms of a non-chiral Spin(8) theory with one spinor and N vectors. This duality flows to the SO( N) duality of Seiberg and to a duality proposed by one of us. It also flows to dualities for a number of Spin( m) theories, m ≤ 8. For N = 6, when an N = 2 SUSY superpotential is added, the singularities of Seiberg and Witten are recovered. For N ≤ 6, a mass for the spinor generates the branches of SO(8) theories found by Intriligator and Seiberg. Other phenomena include a classical constraint mapped to an anomaly equation under duality and an intricate consistency check on the renormalization group flow.

  16. Chiral resolution of spin angular momentum in linearly polarized and unpolarized light

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    Hernández, R. J.; Mazzulla, A.; Provenzano, C.; Pagliusi, P.; Cipparrone, G.

    2015-01-01

    Linearly polarized (LP) and unpolarized (UP) light are racemic entities since they can be described as superposition of opposite circularly polarized (CP) components of equal amplitude. As a consequence they do not carry spin angular momentum. Chiral resolution of a racemate, i.e. separation of their chiral components, is usually performed via asymmetric interaction with a chiral entity. In this paper we provide an experimental evidence of the chiral resolution of linearly polarized and unpolarized Gaussian beams through the transfer of spin angular momentum to chiral microparticles. Due to the interplay between linear and angular momentum exchange, basic manipulation tasks, as trapping, spinning or orbiting of micro-objects, can be performed by light with zero helicity. The results might broaden the perspectives for development of miniaturized and cost-effective devices. PMID:26585284

  17. Effective spin-orbit couplings in an analytical tight-binding model of DNA: Spin filtering and chiral spin transport

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    Varela, Solmar; Mujica, Vladimiro; Medina, Ernesto

    2016-04-01

    We derive a detailed analytical tight-binding (TB) model for a double helix emulating DNA with one type of nucleotide pair and a single oriented π orbital per base. The TB model incorporates both kinetic and intrinsic spin-orbit (ISO) contributions as well as Rashba-type interactions coupled to an external electric field along the axis of the double helix. The helical structure of the molecule renders the ISO first order in the interaction strength (in the meV range) as in carbon nanotubes. The coupling between the ISO and the chirality of the molecule is manifest in the effective coupling parameters while the Rashba coupling is only weakly dependent on structural chirality. A continuum model at half filling is derived where the dispersion is linear around the Fermi level. Spin transport can be completely solved in the case of ISO and the dominant Rashba type term. Spin selectivity is shown to exist for this minimal model (with features similar to recent experimental findings) when the double helix is biased and thus time reversal symmetry is broken. The model also display robustness toward scattering because of the chiral nature of the eigenstates.

  18. Chiral Tunneling of Topological States: Towards the Efficient Generation of Spin Current Using Spin-Momentum Locking

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    Habib, K. M. Masum; Sajjad, Redwan N.; Ghosh, Avik W.

    2015-05-01

    We show that the interplay between chiral tunneling and spin-momentum locking of helical surface states leads to spin amplification and filtering in a 3D topological insulator (TI). Our calculations show that the chiral tunneling across a TI p n junction allows normally incident electrons to transmit, while the rest are reflected with their spins flipped due to spin-momentum locking. The net result is that the spin current is enhanced while the dissipative charge current is simultaneously suppressed, leading to an extremely large, gate-tunable spin-to-charge current ratio (˜20 ) at the reflected end. At the transmitted end, the ratio stays close to 1 and the electrons are completely spin polarized.

  19. Chiral and critical spin liquids in a spin-1/2 kagome antiferromagnet

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    Zhu, W.; Gong, S. S.; Sheng, D. N.

    2015-07-01

    The kagome spin-1/2 systems have attracted intensive attention in recent years as the primary candidate for hosting different gapped spin liquids (SLs). To uncover the nature of the novel quantum phase transition between the SL states, we study a minimum X Y model with the nearest-neighbor (NN) (Jx y), the second-NN, and the third-NN couplings (J2 x y=J3 x y=Jxy ' ). We identify the time-reversal-symmetry-broken chiral SL (CSL) with the turn on of a small perturbation Jxy '˜0.06 Jx y , which is fully characterized by the fractionally quantized topological Chern number and the conformal edge spectrum as the ν =1 /2 fractional quantum Hall state. Interestingly, the NN X Y model (Jxy '=0 ) is shown to be a critical SL state adjacent to the CSL, characterized by the gapless spin singlet and spin triplet excitations. The quantum phase transition from the CSL to the gapless critical SL is driven by the collapsing of the neutral (spin singlet) excitation gap. The effect of the NN spin-z coupling Jz is also studied, which leads to a quantum phase diagram with an extended regime for the gapless SL.

  20. Spin-Chirality-Driven Ferroelectricity on a Perfect Triangular Lattice Antiferromagnet

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    Mitamura, H.; Watanuki, R.; Kaneko, Koji; Onozaki, N.; Amou, Y.; Kittaka, S.; Kobayashi, Riki; Shimura, Y.; Yamamoto, I.; Suzuki, K.; Chi, Songxue; Sakakibara, T.

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic field (B) variation of the electrical polarization Pc ( ∥c) of the perfect triangular lattice antiferromagnet RbFe(MoO4)2 is examined up to the saturation point of the magnetization for B⊥c. Pc is observed only in phases for which chirality is predicted in the in-plane magnetic structures. No strong anomaly is observed in Pc at the field at which the spin modulation along the c axis, and hence the spin helicity, exhibits a discontinuity to the commensurate state. These results indicate that the ferroelectricity in this compound originates predominantly from the spin chirality, the explanation of which would require a new mechanism for magnetoferroelectricity. Lastly, the obtained field-temperature phase diagrams of ferroelectricity well agree with those theoretically predicted for the spin chirality of a Heisenberg spin triangular lattice antiferromagnet.

  1. Spin-Chirality-Driven Ferroelectricity on a Perfect Triangular Lattice Antiferromagnet

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    Mitamura, H.; Watanuki, R.; Kaneko, Koji; Onozaki, N.; Amou, Y.; Kittaka, S.; Kobayashi, Riki; Shimura, Y.; Yamamoto, I.; Suzuki, K.; et al

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic field (B) variation of the electrical polarization Pc ( ∥c) of the perfect triangular lattice antiferromagnet RbFe(MoO4)2 is examined up to the saturation point of the magnetization for B⊥c. Pc is observed only in phases for which chirality is predicted in the in-plane magnetic structures. No strong anomaly is observed in Pc at the field at which the spin modulation along the c axis, and hence the spin helicity, exhibits a discontinuity to the commensurate state. These results indicate that the ferroelectricity in this compound originates predominantly from the spin chirality, the explanation of which would require a newmore » mechanism for magnetoferroelectricity. Lastly, the obtained field-temperature phase diagrams of ferroelectricity well agree with those theoretically predicted for the spin chirality of a Heisenberg spin triangular lattice antiferromagnet.« less

  2. Spin correlation and Majorana spectrum in chiral spin liquids in a decorated-honeycomb Kitaev model

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    Nasu, Joji; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2016-02-01

    Temperature evolution of the spin correlation and excitation spectrum is investigated for the Kitaev model defined on a decorated honeycomb lattice by using the quantum Monte Carlo simulation in the Majorana fermion representation. The ground state of this quantum spin model is given by two kinds of chiral spin liquids: one is topologically trivial with Abelian anyon excitations, and the other is topologically nontrivial with non-Abelian anyon excitations. While lowering temperature, the model exhibits several crossovers in the paramagnetic state, which originate from the fractionalization of quantum spins into Majorana fermions, in addition to a phase transition associated with time reversal symmetry breaking. We show that the spin correlation develops around the crossover temperatures, whereas it shows a slight change at the critical temperature, as in other Kitaev-type models. We also calculate the excitation spectrum in terms of Majorana fermions, and find that the excitation gap in the non-Abelian phase is fragile against thermal fluctuations of the Z2 fluxes, while that in the Abelian phase remains open.

  3. Chiral and Critical Spin Liquids in Spin-1/2 Kagome Antiferromagnet

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    Sheng, Dongning; Zhu, Wei; Gong, Shoushu; Group of D. N. Sheng Team, Prof.

    2015-03-01

    The spin liquids (SL) and their phase transitions have attracted much attentions. The extended kagome antiferromagnet emerges as the primary candidate for hosting both time reversal symmetry (TRS) preserving and TRS breaking SLs based on DMRG simulations. To uncover the nature of the novel transition between them, we study a minimum XY model with the nearest-neighbor (NN) (Jxy), the second and third neighbor couplings (J2 xy =J3 xy =Jxy'). We identify the chiral SL (CSL) with the turn on of a small perturbation Jxy' ~ 0 . 06Jxy , which is characterized by topological Chern number and conformal edge spectrum as the ν = 1 / 2 fractional quantum Hall state. On the other hand, the NN XY model (Jxy' = 0) is shown to be a critical SL, characterized by the gapless spin singlet and vanishing small spin triplet excitations. The phase transition from the CSL to the critical SL is driven by the collapsing of singlet gap. By following the evolution of entanglement spectrum, we find the transition takes place through the coupling of the edge states with opposite chiralities, which merge into the bulk and become gapless neutral excitations. The effect of the NN spin- z coupling is also studied, which leads to a phase diagram with an extended regime for the gapless SL. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Grant No. DE-FG02-06ER46305 (W.Z., D.N.S.), the National Science Foundation through Grants DMR-1408560 (S.S.G).

  4. ON THE GALACTIC SPIN OF BARRED DISK GALAXIES

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    Cervantes-Sodi, Bernardo; Li, Cheng; Wang, Lixin; Park, Changbom

    2013-09-20

    We present a study of the connection between the galactic spin parameter (λ{sub d}) and the bar fraction in a volume-limited sample of 10,674 disk galaxies drawn from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7. The galaxies in our sample are visually classified into one of three groups: non-barred galaxies and galaxies hosting long or short bars, respectively. We find that the spin distributions of these three classes are statistically different, with galaxies hosting long bars having the lowest λ{sub d} values, followed by non-barred galaxies, while galaxies with short bars present typically high spin parameters. The bar fraction presents its maximum at low to intermediate λ{sub d} values for the case of long bars, while the maximum for short bars is at high λ{sub d}. This bimodality is in good agreement with previous studies finding longer bars hosted by luminous, massive, red galaxies with a low content of cold gas, while short bars were found in low luminosity, low mass, blue galaxies that were typically gas rich. In addition, the rise and fall of the bar fraction as a function of λ{sub d}, within the long-bar sample shown in our results, can be explained as a result of two competing factors: the self-gravity of the disk that enhances bar instabilities and the support by random motions, instead of ordered rotational motion, that prevents the formation/growth of bars.

  5. On the Galactic Spin of Barred Disk Galaxies

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    Cervantes-Sodi, Bernardo; Li, Cheng; Park, Changbom; Wang, Lixin

    2013-09-01

    We present a study of the connection between the galactic spin parameter (λ d ) and the bar fraction in a volume-limited sample of 10,674 disk galaxies drawn from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7. The galaxies in our sample are visually classified into one of three groups: non-barred galaxies and galaxies hosting long or short bars, respectively. We find that the spin distributions of these three classes are statistically different, with galaxies hosting long bars having the lowest λ d values, followed by non-barred galaxies, while galaxies with short bars present typically high spin parameters. The bar fraction presents its maximum at low to intermediate λ d values for the case of long bars, while the maximum for short bars is at high λ d . This bimodality is in good agreement with previous studies finding longer bars hosted by luminous, massive, red galaxies with a low content of cold gas, while short bars were found in low luminosity, low mass, blue galaxies that were typically gas rich. In addition, the rise and fall of the bar fraction as a function of λ d , within the long-bar sample shown in our results, can be explained as a result of two competing factors: the self-gravity of the disk that enhances bar instabilities and the support by random motions, instead of ordered rotational motion, that prevents the formation/growth of bars.

  6. Staggered spin susceptibility and chiral phase transition in thermal QED3

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    Feng, Hong-tao; Zhou, Yu-qing; Yin, Pei-Lin; Zong, Hong-shi

    2013-12-01

    Based on the truncated Dyson-Schwinger equation, we first study the influence of the vertex correction on the staggered spin susceptibility χs. The numerical results show that the vertex correction plays an important role in the study of the staggered spin susceptibility. We then generalize the above work to the case of finite temperature. It is found for the first time that, as the temperature increases, the chiral condensate vanishes at the phase transition point where χs reveals an obvious skip, and therefore as a physical observable, the staggered spin susceptibility could be regarded as the order parameter of chiral phase transition in QED3.

  7. Enantioselective Guest Effect on the Spin State of a Chiral Coordination Framework.

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    Gural'skiy, Il'ya A; Kucheriv, Olesia I; Shylin, Sergii I; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Polunin, Ruslan A; Fritsky, Igor O

    2015-12-01

    The diversity of spin crossover (SCO) complexes that, on the one hand, display variable temperature, abruptness and hysteresis of the spin transition, and on the other hand, are spin-sensitive to the various guest molecules, makes these materials unique for the detection of different organic and inorganic compounds. We have developed a homochiral SCO coordination polymer with a spin transition sensitive to the inclusion of the guest 2-butanol, and these solvates with (R)- and (S)-alcohols demonstrate different SCO behaviours depending on the chirality of the organic analyte. A stereoselective response to the guest inclusion is detected as a shift in the temperature of the transition both from dia- to para- and from para- to diamagnetic states in heating and cooling modes respectively. Furthermore, the Mössbauer spectroscopy directly visualizes how the metallic centres in a chiral coordination framework differently sense the interaction with guests of different chiralities. PMID:26477972

  8. Field and chirality effects on electrochemical charge transfer rates: spin dependent electrochemistry.

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    Mondal, Prakash Chandra; Fontanesi, Claudio; Waldeck, David H; Naaman, Ron

    2015-03-24

    This work examines whether electrochemical redox reactions are sensitive to the electron spin orientation by examining the effects of magnetic field and molecular chirality on the charge transfer process. The working electrode is either a ferromagnetic nickel film or a nickel film that is coated with an ultrathin (5-30 nm) gold overlayer. The electrode is coated with a self-assembled monolayer that immobilizes a redox couple containing chiral molecular units, either the redox active dye toluidine blue O with a chiral cysteine linking unit or cytochrome c. By varying the direction of magnetization of the nickel, toward or away from the adsorbed layer, we demonstrate that the electrochemical current depends on the orientation of the electrons' spin. In the case of cytochrome c, the spin selectivity of the reduction is extremely high, namely, the reduction occurs mainly with electrons having their spin-aligned antiparallel to their velocity. PMID:25752750

  9. Chirality evaluation of spin spiral in Mn thin film on W(110)

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    Haze, Masahiro; Yoshida, Yasuo; Hasegawa, Yukio

    In crystal fields with broken inversion symmetry such as surfaces or interfaces, the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), which is induced by the spin orbit interaction, may have a significant contribution to the formation of spin structures. Because of DMI, magnetic thin films formed on a heavy-elemental substrate such as W often exhibit peculiar spin spiral structures whose chirality is fixed and determined by the polarity of DMI. Investigating the chirality of spin structures is thus important to reveal the formation mechanism of spin structures and, more specifically, to determine whether DMI plays a decisive role on it. Monolayer (ML) Mn thin films formed on W(110), the first surface spin spiral structures, show a cycloidal spin spiral structure propagating along to [1-10] axis. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM) and theoretical analysis based on density functional calculation revealed left-handed chirality of the structure and concluded that it is driven by DMI. A SP-STM recent study revealed that double layer (DL) Mn thin films on W(110) show a conical spin spiral structure whose propagation direction is along [001]. The chirality and its driving interaction, however, have not been revealed yet. Here in this study, we have investigated the chirality of DL Mn by SP-STM. Our experimental results revealed that the spin spiral structure of DL Mn is homochiral but right-handed, which is opposite to that of ML Mn. In the presentation we will discuss different roles of DMI exerted on the two Mn thin films.

  10. FREQUENT SPIN REORIENTATION OF GALAXIES DUE TO LOCAL INTERACTIONS

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    Cen, Renyue

    2014-04-10

    We study the evolution of angular momenta of M {sub *} = 10{sup 10}-10{sup 12} M {sub ☉} galaxies utilizing large-scale ultra-high resolution cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and find that the spin of the stellar component changes direction frequently because of interactions with nearby systems, such as major mergers, minor mergers, significant gas inflows, and torques. The rate and nature of change of spin direction cannot be accounted for by large-scale tidal torques, because the rates of the latter fall short by orders of magnitude and because the apparent random swings of the spin direction are inconsistent with the alignment by linear density field. The implications for galaxy formation as well as the intrinsic alignment of galaxies are profound. Assuming the large-scale tidal field is the sole alignment agent, a new picture emerging is that intrinsic alignment of galaxies would be a balance between slow large-scale coherent torquing and fast spin reorientation by local interactions. What is still open is whether other processes, such as feeding galaxies with gas and stars along filaments or sheets, introduce coherence for spin directions of galaxies along the respective structures.

  11. Chirality of nanophotonic waveguide with embedded quantum emitter for unidirectional spin transfer

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    Coles, R. J.; Price, D. M.; Dixon, J. E.; Royall, B.; Clarke, E.; Kok, P.; Skolnick, M. S.; Fox, A. M.; Makhonin, M. N.

    2016-03-01

    Scalable quantum technologies may be achieved by faithful conversion between matter qubits and photonic qubits in integrated circuit geometries. Within this context, quantum dots possess well-defined spin states (matter qubits), which couple efficiently to photons. By embedding them in nanophotonic waveguides, they provide a promising platform for quantum technology implementations. In this paper, we demonstrate that the naturally occurring electromagnetic field chirality that arises in nanobeam waveguides leads to unidirectional photon emission from quantum dot spin states, with resultant in-plane transfer of matter-qubit information. The chiral behaviour occurs despite the non-chiral geometry and material of the waveguides. Using dot registration techniques, we achieve a quantum emitter deterministically positioned at a chiral point and realize spin-path conversion by design. We further show that the chiral phenomena are much more tolerant to dot position than in standard photonic crystal waveguides, exhibit spin-path readout up to 95+/-5% and have potential to serve as the basis of spin-logic and network implementations.

  12. Chirality of nanophotonic waveguide with embedded quantum emitter for unidirectional spin transfer.

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    Coles, R J; Price, D M; Dixon, J E; Royall, B; Clarke, E; Kok, P; Skolnick, M S; Fox, A M; Makhonin, M N

    2016-01-01

    Scalable quantum technologies may be achieved by faithful conversion between matter qubits and photonic qubits in integrated circuit geometries. Within this context, quantum dots possess well-defined spin states (matter qubits), which couple efficiently to photons. By embedding them in nanophotonic waveguides, they provide a promising platform for quantum technology implementations. In this paper, we demonstrate that the naturally occurring electromagnetic field chirality that arises in nanobeam waveguides leads to unidirectional photon emission from quantum dot spin states, with resultant in-plane transfer of matter-qubit information. The chiral behaviour occurs despite the non-chiral geometry and material of the waveguides. Using dot registration techniques, we achieve a quantum emitter deterministically positioned at a chiral point and realize spin-path conversion by design. We further show that the chiral phenomena are much more tolerant to dot position than in standard photonic crystal waveguides, exhibit spin-path readout up to 95±5% and have potential to serve as the basis of spin-logic and network implementations. PMID:27029961

  13. Chirality of nanophotonic waveguide with embedded quantum emitter for unidirectional spin transfer

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    Coles, R. J.; Price, D. M.; Dixon, J. E.; Royall, B.; Clarke, E.; Kok, P.; Skolnick, M. S.; Fox, A. M.; Makhonin, M. N.

    2016-01-01

    Scalable quantum technologies may be achieved by faithful conversion between matter qubits and photonic qubits in integrated circuit geometries. Within this context, quantum dots possess well-defined spin states (matter qubits), which couple efficiently to photons. By embedding them in nanophotonic waveguides, they provide a promising platform for quantum technology implementations. In this paper, we demonstrate that the naturally occurring electromagnetic field chirality that arises in nanobeam waveguides leads to unidirectional photon emission from quantum dot spin states, with resultant in-plane transfer of matter-qubit information. The chiral behaviour occurs despite the non-chiral geometry and material of the waveguides. Using dot registration techniques, we achieve a quantum emitter deterministically positioned at a chiral point and realize spin-path conversion by design. We further show that the chiral phenomena are much more tolerant to dot position than in standard photonic crystal waveguides, exhibit spin-path readout up to 95±5% and have potential to serve as the basis of spin-logic and network implementations. PMID:27029961

  14. Simulating Chiral Magnetic and Separation Effects with Spin-Orbit Coupled Atomic Gases.

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    Huang, Xu-Guang

    2016-01-01

    The chiral magnetic and chiral separation effects-quantum-anomaly-induced electric current and chiral current along an external magnetic field in parity-odd quark-gluon plasma-have received intense studies in the community of heavy-ion collision physics. We show that analogous effects occur in rotating trapped Fermi gases with Weyl-Zeeman spin-orbit coupling where the rotation plays the role of an external magnetic field. These effects can induce a mass quadrupole in the atomic cloud along the rotation axis which may be tested in future experiments. Our results suggest that the spin-orbit coupled atomic gases are potential simulators of the chiral magnetic and separation effects. PMID:26868084

  15. Simulating Chiral Magnetic and Separation Effects with Spin-Orbit Coupled Atomic Gases

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    Huang, Xu-Guang

    2016-02-01

    The chiral magnetic and chiral separation effects—quantum-anomaly-induced electric current and chiral current along an external magnetic field in parity-odd quark-gluon plasma—have received intense studies in the community of heavy-ion collision physics. We show that analogous effects occur in rotating trapped Fermi gases with Weyl-Zeeman spin-orbit coupling where the rotation plays the role of an external magnetic field. These effects can induce a mass quadrupole in the atomic cloud along the rotation axis which may be tested in future experiments. Our results suggest that the spin-orbit coupled atomic gases are potential simulators of the chiral magnetic and separation effects.

  16. Simulating Chiral Magnetic and Separation Effects with Spin-Orbit Coupled Atomic Gases

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    Huang, Xu-Guang

    2016-01-01

    The chiral magnetic and chiral separation effects—quantum-anomaly-induced electric current and chiral current along an external magnetic field in parity-odd quark-gluon plasma—have received intense studies in the community of heavy-ion collision physics. We show that analogous effects occur in rotating trapped Fermi gases with Weyl-Zeeman spin-orbit coupling where the rotation plays the role of an external magnetic field. These effects can induce a mass quadrupole in the atomic cloud along the rotation axis which may be tested in future experiments. Our results suggest that the spin-orbit coupled atomic gases are potential simulators of the chiral magnetic and separation effects. PMID:26868084

  17. Variational Monte Carlo study of chiral spin liquid in quantum antiferromagnet on the triangular lattice

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    Hu, Wen-Jun; Gong, Shou-Shu; Sheng, D. N.

    2016-08-01

    By using Gutzwiller projected fermionic wave functions and variational Monte Carlo technique, we study the spin-1 /2 Heisenberg model with the first-neighbor (J1), second-neighbor (J2), and additional scalar chiral interaction JχSi.(Sj×Sk) on the triangular lattice. In the nonmagnetic phase of the J1-J2 triangular model with 0.08 ≲J2/J1≲0.16 , recent density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) studies [Zhu and White, Phys. Rev. B 92, 041105(R) (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.041105 and Hu, Gong, Zhu, and Sheng, Phys. Rev. B 92, 140403(R) (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.140403] find a possible gapped spin liquid with the signal of a competition between a chiral and a Z2 spin liquid. Motivated by the DMRG results, we consider the chiral interaction JχSi.(Sj×Sk) as a perturbation for this nonmagnetic phase. We find that with growing Jχ, the gapless U(1) Dirac spin liquid, which has the best variational energy for Jχ=0 , exhibits the energy instability towards a gapped spin liquid with nontrivial magnetic fluxes and nonzero chiral order. We calculate topological Chern number and ground-state degeneracy, both of which identify this flux state as the chiral spin liquid with fractionalized Chern number C =1 /2 and twofold topological degeneracy. Our results indicate a positive direction to stabilize a chiral spin liquid near the nonmagnetic phase of the J1-J2 triangular model.

  18. Spin orbit torques and chiral spin textures in ultrathin magnetic films (Presentation Recording)

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    Beach, Geoffrey S.

    2015-09-01

    Spin orbit coupling at interfaces can give rise to chiral magnetic textures such as homochiral domain walls and skyrmions, as well as current-induced torques that can effectively manipulate them [1-3]. This talk will describe interface-driven spin-orbit torques and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions (DMIs) in ultrathin metallic ferromagnets adjacent to nonmagnetic heavy metals. We show that the DMI depends strongly on the heavy metal, differing by a factor of ~20 between Pt and Ta [4], and describe the influence of strong DMI on domain wall dynamics and spin Hall effect switching [5]. We present high-resolution magnetic force microscopy imaging of static magnetic textures that directly reveal the role of DMI and allow its strength to be quantified. Finally, we will describe how SOTs can be enhanced through interface engineering [6] and tuned by a gate voltage [7] by directly controlling the interfacial oxygen coordination at a ferromagnet/oxide interface [8]. [1] A. Thiaville, et al., Europhys. Lett. 100, 57002 (2012). [2] S. Emori, et al., Nature Mater. 12, 611 (2013). [3] J. Sampaio, V. Cros, S. Rohart, A. Thiaville, and A. Fert, Nature Nano. 8, 839 (2013). [4] S. Emori, et al., Phys. Rev. B 90, 184427 (2014). [5] N. Perez, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 092403 (2014). [6] S. Woo, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 212404 (2014). [7] S. Emori, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 222401 (2014). [8] U. Bauer, et al., Nature Mater. 14, 174 (2015).

  19. GALAXY SPIN ALIGNMENT IN FILAMENTS AND SHEETS: OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE

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    Tempel, Elmo; Libeskind, Noam I. E-mail: nlibeskind@aip.de

    2013-10-01

    The properties of galaxies are known to be affected by their environment. One important question is how their angular momentum reflects the surrounding cosmic web. We use the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to investigate the spin axes of spiral and elliptical galaxies relative to their surrounding filament/sheet orientations. To detect filaments, a marked point process with interactions (the {sup B}isous model{sup )} is used. Sheets are found by detecting 'flattened' filaments. The minor axes of ellipticals are found to be preferentially perpendicular to hosting filaments. A weak correlation is found with sheets. These findings are consistent with the notion that elliptical galaxies formed via mergers, which predominantly occurred along the filaments. The spin axis of spiral galaxies is found to align with the host filament, with no correlation between spiral spin and sheet normal. When examined as a function of distance from the filament axis, a much stronger correlation is found in the outer parts, suggesting that the alignment is driven by the laminar infall of gas from sheets to filaments. When compared with numerical simulations, our results suggest that the connection between dark matter halo and galaxy spin is not straightforward. Our results provide an important input to the understanding of how galaxies acquire their angular momentum.

  20. Vector chiral spin liquid phase in quasi-one-dimensional incommensurate helimagnets

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    Cinti, Fabio; Cuccoli, Alessandro; Rettori, Angelo

    2011-05-01

    Making use of detailed classical Monte Carlo simulations, we study the critical properties of a two-dimensional planar spin model on a square lattice composed by weakly interacting helimagnetic chains. We find a large temperature window where the vector chirality order parameter, <κjk> = , the key quantity in multiferroic systems, takes nonzero value in the absence of long-range order or quasi-long-range order. The phase diagram we obtain for different strengths of the interchain coupling clearly shows that the weakness of the interchain interaction plays an essential role in order to observe the vector chiral spin liquid phase in a temperature range of up to now unattained width (≃7%, to be compared with ≃1% or less previously reported for fully frustrated models, the only well-investigated systems unambiguously displaying spin-chirality decoupling). The relevance of our results for three-dimensional models is also discussed.

  1. Quantum Spin Dimers from Chiral Dissipation in Cold-Atom Chains

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    Ramos, Tomás; Pichler, Hannes; Daley, Andrew J.; Zoller, Peter

    2014-12-01

    We consider the nonequilibrium dynamics of a driven dissipative spin chain with chiral coupling to a one-dimensional (1D) bosonic bath, and its atomic implementation with a two-species mixture of cold quantum gases. The reservoir is represented by a spin-orbit coupled 1D quasicondensate of atoms in a magnetized phase, while the spins are identified with motional states of a separate species of atoms in an optical lattice. The chirality of reservoir excitations allows the spins to couple differently to left- and right-moving modes, which in our atomic setup can be tuned from bidirectional to purely unidirectional. Remarkably, this leads to a pure steady state in which pairs of neighboring spins form dimers that decouple from the remainder of the chain. Our results also apply to current experiments with two-level emitters coupled to photonic waveguides.

  2. Chiral magnetism and spontaneous spin Hall effect of interacting Bose superfluids

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Natu, Stefan; Paramekanti, Arun

    2015-03-01

    Recent experiments on ultracold atoms in optical lattices have synthesized a variety of tunable bands with degenerate double-well structures in momentum space. Such degeneracies in the single particle spectrum strongly enhance quantum fluctuations, and may lead to exotic many-body ground states. We consider weakly interacting spinor Bose gases in such bands, and discover a universal quantum ``order by disorder'' phenomenon which selects a novel chiral spin superfluid with remarkable properties such as spontaneous anomalous spin Hall effect and momentum space antiferromagnetism. For bosons in the excited Dirac band of a hexagonal lattice, such a state supports staggered spin loop currents in real space. We show that Bloch oscillations provide a powerful dynamical route to quantum state preparation of such a chiral spin superfluid. Our predictions can be readily tested in spin resolved time-of-flight experiments. JQI-NSF-PFC, ARO-Atomtronics-MURI, NSERC of Canada.

  3. Chiral magnetism and spontaneous spin Hall effect of interacting Bose superfluids

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Natu, Stefan S.; Paramekanti, Arun; Sarma, S. Das

    2014-10-01

    Recent experiments on ultracold atoms in optical lattices have synthesized a variety of tunable bands with degenerate double-well structures in momentum space. Such degeneracies in the single-particle spectrum strongly enhance quantum fluctuations, and often lead to exotic many-body ground states. Here we consider weakly interacting spinor Bose gases in such bands, and discover a universal quantum ‘order by disorder’ phenomenon which selects a novel superfluid with chiral spin order displaying remarkable properties such as spontaneous spin Hall effect and momentum space antiferromagnetism. For bosons in the excited Dirac band of a hexagonal lattice, such a state supports staggered spin loop currents in real space. We show that Bloch oscillations provide a powerful dynamical route to quantum state preparation of such a chiral spin superfluid. Our predictions can be readily tested in spin-resolved time-of-flight experiments.

  4. Chiral magnetism and spontaneous spin Hall effect of interacting Bose superfluids.

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    Li, Xiaopeng; Natu, Stefan S; Paramekanti, Arun; Das Sarma, S

    2014-01-01

    Recent experiments on ultracold atoms in optical lattices have synthesized a variety of tunable bands with degenerate double-well structures in momentum space. Such degeneracies in the single-particle spectrum strongly enhance quantum fluctuations, and often lead to exotic many-body ground states. Here we consider weakly interacting spinor Bose gases in such bands, and discover a universal quantum 'order by disorder' phenomenon which selects a novel superfluid with chiral spin order displaying remarkable properties such as spontaneous spin Hall effect and momentum space antiferromagnetism. For bosons in the excited Dirac band of a hexagonal lattice, such a state supports staggered spin loop currents in real space. We show that Bloch oscillations provide a powerful dynamical route to quantum state preparation of such a chiral spin superfluid. Our predictions can be readily tested in spin-resolved time-of-flight experiments. PMID:25300774

  5. Multiple spectra of electron spin resonance in chiral molecule-based magnets networked by a single chiral ligand

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    Mito, M.; Nagano, T.; Tsuruta, K.; Deguchi, H.; Takagi, S.; Kishine, J.; Yoshida, Y.; Inoue, K.

    2013-10-01

    A molecule-based magnet [Cr(CN)6][Mn(R/S)-pnH(H2O)](H2O) (termed R/S-GN) is a chiral crystal without an inversion center and mirror reflection, and its structural network is constructed using a chiral ligand diaminopropane (R/S)-pn. In S-GN, multiple spectra of ESR were observed below the magnetic ordering temperature by Morgunov et al. [Phys. Rev. B 77, 184419 (2008)]. They concluded that the phenomenon at the high field side occurred because the incommensurate magnetic structure resulted in a length-controllable superlattice of domain walls (the so-called chiral soliton lattice, CSL) under a dc magnetic field H applied perpendicular to the magnetic chiral axis. However, there multiple spectra were observed even for H nearly parallel to the chiral axis, a-axis, and their interpretation is unreasonable. Thus, we conducted an X-band electron spin resonance (ESR) measurement of R-GN under conditions similar to those of their experiment and performed Fourier spectrum analyses for the data of R-GN as an approach of physical characterization. By using two Lorentz spectra, the main ESR spectra for H // a were reproduced, and furthermore two prominent periodic modes were found by spectrum analyses based on Fourier transform. Two characteristic periods, p1 and p2 (chiral crystals.

  6. Magnetochiral nonreciprocity of volume spin wave propagation in chiral-lattice ferromagnets

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    Seki, S.; Okamura, Y.; Kondou, K.; Shibata, K.; Kubota, M.; Takagi, R.; Kagawa, F.; Kawasaki, M.; Tatara, G.; Otani, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-06-01

    In magnetic materials with chiral crystal structure, it has been predicted that quasiparticle flows propagating parallel and antiparallel to the external magnetic field can show different propagating character, with its sign of nonreciprocity dependent on the chirality of the underlying bulk crystal lattice. This unique phenomenon, termed magnetochiral nonreciprocity, has previously been demonstrated for the propagating light and conduction electrons but seldom for other quasiparticles. In this study, we report the experimental observation of magnetochiral nonreciprocity of propagating magnons for a chiral-lattice ferromagnet Cu2OSeO3 by employing the spin wave spectroscopy. We found that the sign of nonreciprocity is reversed for the opposite chirality of crystal, and also directly identified the wave-number-linear term in the spin wave dispersion associated with the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction as the origin of observed nonreciprocity. Our present results pave a route for the design of efficient spin wave diode based on the bulk crystallographic symmetry breaking and also offer a unique method to evaluate the magnitude of DM interaction in chiral-lattice bulk compounds.

  7. Influence of black hole spin on galaxy properties

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    Cora, S. A.; Del P. Lagos, C.; Padilla, N. D.

    We use a hybrid model that combines a cosmological N-body simulation of the concordance Lambda Cold Dark Matter paradigm and a semi-analytic model of galaxy formation (Lagos, Cora & Padilla 2008a) to study the development of the spin of central super-massive black holes (SMBHs), and the relations between the BH spin and mass, and the morphology and radio-loudness of host galaxies. BH spins are computed using the alpha model (Shakura & Sunyaev 1973) and considering a warped disc treatment (King et al. 2005). The direction of the BH spin is inferred from the angular momentum of the source of the accreted material, which encodes information on the evolution of the surrounding large-scale structure.

  8. Reflective Spin-Orbit Geometric Phase from Chiral Anisotropic Optical Media

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    Rafayelyan, Mushegh; Tkachenko, Georgiy; Brasselet, Etienne

    2016-06-01

    We report on highly reflective spin-orbit geometric phase optical elements based on a helicity-preserving circular Bragg-reflection phenomenon. First, we present a dynamical geometric phase experiment using a flat chiral Bragg mirror. Then, we show that shaping such a geometric phase allows the efficient spin-orbit tailoring of light fields without the need to fulfill any condition on birefringent phase retardation, in contrast to the case of transmission spin-orbit optical elements. This is illustrated by optical vortex generation from chiral liquid crystal droplets in the Bragg regime that unveils spin-orbit consequences of the droplet's curvature. Our results thus introduce a novel class of geometric phase elements—"Bragg-Berry" optical elements.

  9. Cooperative phenomenon in a rippled graphene: Chiral spin guide

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    Pudlak, M.; Pichugin, K. N.; Nazmitdinov, R. G.

    2015-11-01

    We analyze spin scattering in ballistic transport of electrons through a ripple at a normal incidence of an electron flow. The model of a ripple consists of a curved graphene surface in the form of an arc of a circle connected from the left-hand and right-hand sides to two flat graphene sheets. At certain conditions the curvature-induced spin-orbit coupling creates a transparent window for incoming electrons with one spin polarization simultaneously with a backscattering of those with opposite polarization. This window is equally likely transparent for electrons with spin up and spin down that move in opposite directions. The spin-filtering effect that is small in one ripple becomes prominent with the increase of N consequently connected ripples that create a graphene sheet of the sinusoidal type. We present the analytical expressions for spin-up and spin-down transmission probabilities as a function of N connected ripples.

  10. Spontaneous formation of a nonuniform chiral spin liquid in a moat-band lattice.

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    Sedrakyan, Tigran A; Glazman, Leonid I; Kamenev, Alex

    2015-01-23

    A number of lattices exhibit moatlike band structures, i.e., a band with infinitely degenerate energy minima attained along a closed line in the Brillouin zone. If such a lattice is populated with hard-core bosons, the degeneracy prevents their condensation. At half-filling, the system is equivalent to the s=1/2  XY model at a zero magnetic field, while the absence of condensation translates into the absence of magnetic order in the XY plane. Here, we show that the ground state breaks time reversal as well as inversion symmetries. This state, which may be identified with the chiral spin liquid, has a bulk gap and chiral gapless edge excitations. The applications of the developed analytical theory include an explanation of recent numerical findings and a suggestion for the chiral spin liquid realizations in experiments with cold atoms in optical lattices. PMID:25659019

  11. Chiral Selective Chemistry Induced by Natural Selection of Spin-Polarized Electrons.

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    Rosenberg, Richard A; Mishra, Debabrata; Naaman, Ron

    2015-06-15

    The search to understand the origin of homochirality in nature has been ongoing since the time of Pasteur. Previous work has shown that DNA can act as a spin filter for low-energy electrons and that spin-polarized secondary electrons produced by X-ray irradiation of a magnetic substrate can induce chiral selective chemistry. In the present work it is demonstrated that secondary electrons from a substrate that are transmitted through a chiral overlayer cause enantiomeric selective chemistry in an adsorbed adlayer. We determine the quantum yields (QYs) for dissociation of (R)- or (S)-epichlorohydrin adsorbed on a chiral self-assembled layer of DNA on gold and on bare gold (for control). The results show that there is a significant difference in the QYs between the two enantiomers when adsorbed on DNA, but none when they are adsorbed on bare Au. We propose that the effect results from natural spin filtering effects cause by the chiral monolayer. PMID:25950284

  12. Vector chiral phases in the frustrated 2D XY model and quantum spin chains.

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    Schenck, H; Pokrovsky, V L; Nattermann, T

    2014-04-18

    The phase diagram of the frustrated 2D classical and 1D quantum XY models is calculated analytically. Four transitions are found: the vortex unbinding transitions triggered by strong fluctuations occur above and below the chiral transition temperature. Vortex interaction is short range on small and logarithmic on large scales. The chiral transition, though belonging to the Ising universality class by symmetry, has different critical exponents due to nonlocal interaction. In a narrow region close to the Lifshitz point a reentrant phase transition between paramagnetic and quasiferromagnetic phase appears. Applications to antiferromagnetic quantum spin chains and multiferroics are discussed. PMID:24785067

  13. Multi-Q hexagonal spin density waves and dynamically generated spin-orbit coupling: Time-reversal invariant analog of the chiral spin density wave

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    Venderbos, J. W. F.

    2016-03-01

    We study hexagonal spin-channel ("triplet") density waves with commensurate M -point propagation vectors. We first show that the three Q =M components of the singlet charge density and charge-current density waves can be mapped to multicomponent Q =0 nonzero angular momentum order in three dimensions (3D) with cubic crystal symmetry. This one-to-one correspondence is exploited to define a symmetry classification for triplet M -point density waves using the standard classification of spin-orbit coupled electronic liquid crystal phases of a cubic crystal. Through this classification we naturally identify a set of noncoplanar spin density and spin-current density waves: the chiral spin density wave and its time-reversal invariant analog. These can be thought of as 3 DL =2 and 4 spin-orbit coupled isotropic β -phase orders. In contrast, uniaxial spin density waves are shown to correspond to α phases. The noncoplanar triple-M spin-current density wave realizes a novel 2 D semimetal state with three flavors of four-component spin-momentum locked Dirac cones, protected by a crystal symmetry akin to nonsymmorphic symmetry, and sits at the boundary between a trivial and topological insulator. In addition, we point out that a special class of classical spin states, defined as classical spin states respecting all lattice symmetries up to global spin rotation, are naturally obtained from the symmetry classification of electronic triplet density waves. These symmetric classical spin states are the classical long-range ordered limits of chiral spin liquids.

  14. Enhanced Stability of Skyrmions in Two-Dimensional Chiral Magnets with Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Banerjee, Sumilan; Rowland, James; Erten, Onur; Randeria, Mohit

    2014-07-01

    Recent developments have led to an explosion of activity on skyrmions in three-dimensional (3D) chiral magnets. Experiments have directly probed these topological spin textures, revealed their nontrivial properties, and led to suggestions for novel applications. However, in 3D the skyrmion crystal phase is observed only in a narrow region of the temperature-field phase diagram. We show here, using a general analysis based on symmetry, that skyrmions are much more readily stabilized in two-dimensional (2D) systems with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. This enhanced stability arises from the competition between field and easy-plane magnetic anisotropy and results in a nontrivial structure in the topological charge density in the core of the skyrmions. We further show that, in a variety of microscopic models for magnetic exchange, the required easy-plane anisotropy naturally arises from the same spin-orbit coupling that is responsible for the chiral Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions. Our results are of particular interest for 2D materials like thin films, surfaces, and oxide interfaces, where broken surface-inversion symmetry and Rashba spin-orbit coupling naturally lead to chiral exchange and easy-plane compass anisotropy. Our theory gives a clear direction for experimental studies of 2D magnetic materials to stabilize skyrmions over a large range of magnetic fields down to T=0.

  15. Resonant mixing of optical orbital and spin angular momentum by using chiral silicon nanosphere clusters.

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    Al-Jarro, Ahmed; Biris, Claudiu G; Panoiu, Nicolae C

    2016-04-01

    We present an in-depth analysis of the resonant intermixing between optical orbital and spin angular momentum of Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beams, mediated by chiral clusters made of silicon nanospheres. In particular, we establish a relationship between the spin and orbital quantum numbers characterizing the LG beam and the order q of the rotation symmetry group q of the cluster of nanospheres for which resonantly enhanced coupling between the two components of the optical angular momentum is observed. Thus, similar to the case of diffraction grating-mediated transfer of linear momentum between optical beams, we demonstrate that clusters of nanospheres that are invariant to specific rotation transformations can efficiently transfer optical angular momentum between LG beams with different quantum numbers. We also discuss the conditions in which the resonant interaction between LG beams and a chiral cluster of nanospheres leads to the generation of superchiral light. PMID:27136989

  16. Chiral phase from three-spin interactions in an optical lattice

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    D'Cruz, Christian; Pachos, Jiannis K.

    2005-10-15

    A spin-1/2 chain model that includes three-spin interactions can effectively describe the dynamics of two species of bosons trapped in an optical lattice with a triangular-ladder configuration. A perturbative theoretical approach and numerical study of its ground state is performed that reveals a rich variety of phases and criticalities. We identify phases with periodicity one, two, or three, as well as critical points that belong in the same universality class as the Ising or the three-state Potts model. We establish a range of parameters, corresponding to a large degeneracy present between phases with period 2 and 3, that nests a gapless incommensurate chiral phase.

  17. Sustained chiral magnetic domain wall motion driven by spin-orbit torques under the tilted current

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    He, Peng-Bin; Yan, Han; Cai, Meng-Qiu; Li, Zai-Dong

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the steady magnetic domain wall driven by spin-orbit torques in the heavy-metal/magnet bilayers with perpendicular anisotropy. Based on collective coordinates method and stability analysis, we analyze the effects of tilted current and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction on the wall. We find that the wall acquires a sustained motion in the high-current regime by deviating the current from the wall track. Also, a persistent motion can be supported by the competition between spin-orbit torques and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in transforming wall type. In the low-current regime, there exist a switching of wall chirality and a reversal of wall motion.

  18. Vector chiral spin liquid phase in quasi-one-dimensional incommensurate helimagnets

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    Cinti, Fabio; Cuccoli, Alessandro; Rettori, Angelo

    2011-05-01

    Making use of detailed classical Monte Carlo simulations, we study the critical properties of a two-dimensional planar spin model on a square lattice composed by weakly interacting helimagnetic chains. We find a large temperature window where the vector chirality order parameter, <{kappa}{sub jk}> = , the key quantity in multiferroic systems, takes nonzero value in the absence of long-range order or quasi-long-range order. The phase diagram we obtain for different strengths of the interchain coupling clearly shows that the weakness of the interchain interaction plays an essential role in order to observe the vector chiral spin liquid phase in a temperature range of up to now unattained width ({approx_equal}7%, to be compared with {approx_equal}1% or less previously reported for fully frustrated models, the only well-investigated systems unambiguously displaying spin-chirality decoupling). The relevance of our results for three-dimensional models is also discussed.

  19. Emergent Chiral Spin Liquid: Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in a Kagome Heisenberg Model

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    Gong, Shou-Shu; Zhu, Wei; Sheng, D. N.

    2014-09-01

    The fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) realized in two-dimensional electron systems under a magnetic field is one of the most remarkable discoveries in condensed matter physics. Interestingly, it has been proposed that FQHE can also emerge in time-reversal invariant spin systems, known as the chiral spin liquid (CSL) characterized by the topological order and the emerging of the fractionalized quasiparticles. A CSL can naturally lead to the exotic superconductivity originating from the condense of anyonic quasiparticles. Although CSL was highly sought after for more than twenty years, it had never been found in a spin isotropic Heisenberg model or related materials. By developing a density-matrix renormalization group based method for adiabatically inserting flux, we discover a FQHE in a isotropic kagome Heisenberg model. We identify this FQHE state as the long-sought CSL with a uniform chiral order spontaneously breaking time reversal symmetry, which is uniquely characterized by the half-integer quantized topological Chern number protected by a robust excitation gap. The CSL is found to be at the neighbor of the previously identified Z2 spin liquid, which may lead to an exotic quantum phase transition between two gapped topological spin liquids.

  20. Cold denaturation induces inversion of dipole and spin transfer in chiral peptide monolayers

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    Eckshtain-Levi, Meital; Capua, Eyal; Refaely-Abramson, Sivan; Sarkar, Soumyajit; Gavrilov, Yulian; Mathew, Shinto P.; Paltiel, Yossi; Levy, Yaakov; Kronik, Leeor; Naaman, Ron

    2016-02-01

    Chirality-induced spin selectivity is a recently-discovered effect, which results in spin selectivity for electrons transmitted through chiral peptide monolayers. Here, we use this spin selectivity to probe the organization of self-assembled α-helix peptide monolayers and examine the relation between structural and spin transfer phenomena. We show that the α-helix structure of oligopeptides based on alanine and aminoisobutyric acid is transformed to a more linear one upon cooling. This process is similar to the known cold denaturation in peptides, but here the self-assembled monolayer plays the role of the solvent. The structural change results in a flip in the direction of the electrical dipole moment of the adsorbed molecules. The dipole flip is accompanied by a concomitant change in the spin that is preferred in electron transfer through the molecules, observed via a new solid-state hybrid organic-inorganic device that is based on the Hall effect, but operates with no external magnetic field or magnetic material.

  1. Emergent Chiral Spin Liquid: Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in a Kagome Heisenberg Model

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    Gong, Shou-Shu; Zhu, Wei; Sheng, D. N.

    2014-01-01

    The fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) realized in two-dimensional electron systems under a magnetic field is one of the most remarkable discoveries in condensed matter physics. Interestingly, it has been proposed that FQHE can also emerge in time-reversal invariant spin systems, known as the chiral spin liquid (CSL) characterized by the topological order and the emerging of the fractionalized quasiparticles. A CSL can naturally lead to the exotic superconductivity originating from the condense of anyonic quasiparticles. Although CSL was highly sought after for more than twenty years, it had never been found in a spin isotropic Heisenberg model or related materials. By developing a density-matrix renormalization group based method for adiabatically inserting flux, we discover a FQHE in a isotropic kagome Heisenberg model. We identify this FQHE state as the long-sought CSL with a uniform chiral order spontaneously breaking time reversal symmetry, which is uniquely characterized by the half-integer quantized topological Chern number protected by a robust excitation gap. The CSL is found to be at the neighbor of the previously identified Z2 spin liquid, which may lead to an exotic quantum phase transition between two gapped topological spin liquids. PMID:25204626

  2. Cold denaturation induces inversion of dipole and spin transfer in chiral peptide monolayers

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    Eckshtain-Levi, Meital; Capua, Eyal; Refaely-Abramson, Sivan; Sarkar, Soumyajit; Gavrilov, Yulian; Mathew, Shinto P.; Paltiel, Yossi; Levy, Yaakov; Kronik, Leeor; Naaman, Ron

    2016-01-01

    Chirality-induced spin selectivity is a recently-discovered effect, which results in spin selectivity for electrons transmitted through chiral peptide monolayers. Here, we use this spin selectivity to probe the organization of self-assembled α-helix peptide monolayers and examine the relation between structural and spin transfer phenomena. We show that the α-helix structure of oligopeptides based on alanine and aminoisobutyric acid is transformed to a more linear one upon cooling. This process is similar to the known cold denaturation in peptides, but here the self-assembled monolayer plays the role of the solvent. The structural change results in a flip in the direction of the electrical dipole moment of the adsorbed molecules. The dipole flip is accompanied by a concomitant change in the spin that is preferred in electron transfer through the molecules, observed via a new solid-state hybrid organic–inorganic device that is based on the Hall effect, but operates with no external magnetic field or magnetic material. PMID:26916536

  3. Broadband chirality-coded meta-aperture for photon-spin resolving.

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    Du, Luping; Kou, Shan Shan; Balaur, Eugeniu; Cadusch, Jasper J; Roberts, Ann; Abbey, Brian; Yuan, Xiao-Cong; Tang, Dingyuan; Lin, Jiao

    2015-01-01

    The behaviour of light transmitted through an individual subwavelength aperture becomes counterintuitive in the presence of surrounding 'decoration', a phenomenon known as the extraordinary optical transmission. Despite being polarization-sensitive, such an individual nano-aperture, however, often cannot differentiate between the two distinct spin-states of photons because of the loss of photon information on light-aperture interaction. This creates a 'blind-spot' for the aperture with respect to the helicity of chiral light. Here we report the development of a subwavelength aperture embedded with metasurfaces dubbed a 'meta-aperture', which breaks this spin degeneracy. By exploiting the phase-shaping capabilities of metasurfaces, we are able to create specific meta-apertures in which the pair of circularly polarized light spin-states produces opposite transmission spectra over a broad spectral range. The concept incorporating metasurfaces with nano-apertures provides a venue for exploring new physics on spin-aperture interaction and potentially has a broad range of applications in spin-optoelectronics and chiral sensing. PMID:26628047

  4. Cold denaturation induces inversion of dipole and spin transfer in chiral peptide monolayers.

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    Eckshtain-Levi, Meital; Capua, Eyal; Refaely-Abramson, Sivan; Sarkar, Soumyajit; Gavrilov, Yulian; Mathew, Shinto P; Paltiel, Yossi; Levy, Yaakov; Kronik, Leeor; Naaman, Ron

    2016-01-01

    Chirality-induced spin selectivity is a recently-discovered effect, which results in spin selectivity for electrons transmitted through chiral peptide monolayers. Here, we use this spin selectivity to probe the organization of self-assembled α-helix peptide monolayers and examine the relation between structural and spin transfer phenomena. We show that the α-helix structure of oligopeptides based on alanine and aminoisobutyric acid is transformed to a more linear one upon cooling. This process is similar to the known cold denaturation in peptides, but here the self-assembled monolayer plays the role of the solvent. The structural change results in a flip in the direction of the electrical dipole moment of the adsorbed molecules. The dipole flip is accompanied by a concomitant change in the spin that is preferred in electron transfer through the molecules, observed via a new solid-state hybrid organic-inorganic device that is based on the Hall effect, but operates with no external magnetic field or magnetic material. PMID:26916536

  5. Broadband chirality-coded meta-aperture for photon-spin resolving

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    Du, Luping; Kou, Shan Shan; Balaur, Eugeniu; Cadusch, Jasper J.; Roberts, Ann; Abbey, Brian; Yuan, Xiao-Cong; Tang, Dingyuan; Lin, Jiao

    2015-01-01

    The behaviour of light transmitted through an individual subwavelength aperture becomes counterintuitive in the presence of surrounding ‘decoration', a phenomenon known as the extraordinary optical transmission. Despite being polarization-sensitive, such an individual nano-aperture, however, often cannot differentiate between the two distinct spin-states of photons because of the loss of photon information on light-aperture interaction. This creates a ‘blind-spot' for the aperture with respect to the helicity of chiral light. Here we report the development of a subwavelength aperture embedded with metasurfaces dubbed a ‘meta-aperture', which breaks this spin degeneracy. By exploiting the phase-shaping capabilities of metasurfaces, we are able to create specific meta-apertures in which the pair of circularly polarized light spin-states produces opposite transmission spectra over a broad spectral range. The concept incorporating metasurfaces with nano-apertures provides a venue for exploring new physics on spin-aperture interaction and potentially has a broad range of applications in spin-optoelectronics and chiral sensing. PMID:26628047

  6. Time-reversal asymmetry without local moments via directional scalar spin chirality

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    Hosur, Pavan

    Quantum phases of matter that violate time-reversal symmetry invariably develop local spin or orbital moments in the ground state. Here, a directional scalar spin chiral order (DSSCO) phase is introduced, that disrespects time-reversal symmetry but has no static moments. It can be obtained by melting the spin moments in a magnetically ordered phase but retaining residual broken time-reversal symmetry. Orbital moments are then precluded by the spatial symmetries of the spin rotation symmetric state. Interestingly, polar Kerr effect in the 3D DSSCO has the same symmetries as those observed experimentally in the pseudogap phase of several underdoped cuprates. Finally, it is shown that the DSSCO provides a phenomenological route for reconciling the results of Kerr effect and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments in the cuprates, with charge ordering tendencies - observed in X-ray diffraction studies - playing a crucial role. The so-called ''memory effect'' in the cuprates can be incorporated into this picture as well.

  7. Itinerant chiral ferromagnetism in a trapped Rashba spin-orbit-coupled Fermi gas

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    Zhang, Shang-Shun; Liu, Wu-Ming; Pu, Han

    2016-04-01

    We consider a repulsive two-component Fermi gas confined in a two-dimensional isotropic harmonic potential and subject to a large Rashba spin-orbit coupling. The single-particle dispersion can be tailored by the spin-orbit-coupling term, which provides an opportunity to study itinerant ferromagnetism in this system. We show that the interplay among spin-orbit coupling, correlation effect, and mean-field repulsion leads to a competition between ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic phases. The weakly correlated nonmagnetic and the ferromagnetic phases can be well described by the mean-field Hartree-Fock theory, while the transition between the ferromagnetic and a strongly correlated nonmagnetic phase is driven by beyond-mean-field quantum correlation effect. Furthermore, the ferromagnetic phase of this system possesses a chiral current density induced by the Rashba spin-orbit coupling, whose experimental signature is investigated.

  8. New predictions for generalized spin polarizabilities from heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory

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    Kao, C.-W.; Pasquini, Barbara; Vanderhaeghen, Marc

    2004-12-01

    We extract the next-to-next-to-leading order results for spin-flip generalized polarizabilities (GPs) of the nucleon from the spin-dependent amplitudes for virtual Compton scattering at O(p{sup 4}) in heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory. At this order, no unknown low-energy constants enter the theory, allowing us to make absolute predictions for all spin-flip GPs. Furthermore, by using constraint equations between the GPs due to nucleon crossing combined with charge conjugation symmetry of the virtual Compton scattering amplitudes, we get a next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order prediction for one of the GPs. We provide estimates for forthcoming double-polarization experiments which allow one to access these spin-flip GPs of the nucleon.

  9. New predictions for generalized spin polarizabilities from heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory

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    Chung-Wen Kao; Barbara Pasquini; Marc Vanderhaeghen

    2004-08-01

    We extract the next-to-next-to-leading order results for spin-flip generalized polarizabilities (GPs) of the nucleon from the spin-dependent amplitudes for virtual Compton scattering (VCS) at {Omicron}(p{sup 4}) in heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory. At this order, no unknown low energy constants enter the theory, allowing us to make absolute predictions for all spin-flip GPs. Furthermore, by using constraint equations between the GPs due to nucleon crossing combined with charge conjugation symmetry of the VCS amplitudes, we get a next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order prediction for one of the GPs. We provide estimates for forthcoming double polarization experiments which allow to access these spin-flip GPs of the nucleon.

  10. Ultradiffuse galaxies: the high-spin tail of the abundant dwarf galaxy population

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    Amorisco, N. C.; Loeb, A.

    2016-06-01

    Recent observations have revealed the existence of an abundant population of faint, low surface brightness (SB) galaxies, which appear to be numerous and ubiquitous in nearby galaxy clusters, including the Virgo, Coma and Fornax clusters. With median stellar masses of dwarf galaxies, these ultradiffuse galaxies (UDGs) have unexpectedly large sizes, corresponding to a mean SB of 24 ≲ <μe>r mag-1 arcsec2 ≲ 27 within the effective radius. We show that the UDG population represents the tail of galaxies formed in dwarf-sized haloes with higher-than-average angular momentum. By adopting the standard model of disc formation - in which the size of galaxies is set by the spin of the halo - we recover both the abundance of UDGs as a function of the host cluster mass and the distribution of sizes within the UDG population. According to this model, UDGs are not failed L* galaxies, but genuine dwarfs, and their low SB is not uniquely connected to the harsh cluster environment. We therefore expect a correspondingly abundant population of UDGs in the field, with possibly different morphologies and colours.

  11. Skyrmion dynamics in chiral ferromagnets under spin-transfer torque

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    Komineas, Stavros; Papanicolaou, Nikos

    2015-11-01

    We study the dynamics of skyrmions under spin-transfer torque in Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya materials with easy-axis anisotropy. In particular, we study the motion of a topological skyrmion with skyrmion number Q =1 and a nontopological skyrmionium with Q =0 using their linear momentum, virial relations, and numerical simulations. The nontopological Q =0 skyrmionium is accelerated in the direction of the current flow and it either reaches a steady state with constant velocity, or it is elongated to infinity. The steady-state velocity is given by a balance between current and dissipation and has an upper limit. In contrast, the topological Q =1 skyrmion converges to a steady state with constant velocity at an angle to the current flow. When the spin current stops the Q =1 skyrmion is spontaneously pinned, whereas the Q =0 skyrmionium continues propagation. Exact solutions for the propagating skyrmionium are identified as solutions of equations given numerically in a previous work. Further exact results for propagating skyrmions are given in the case of the pure exchange model. The traveling solutions provide arguments that a spin-polarized current will cause rigid motion of a skyrmion or a skyrmionium.

  12. Kagome Chiral Spin Liquid as a Gauged U (1 ) Symmetry Protected Topological Phase

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    He, Yin-Chen; Bhattacharjee, Subhro; Pollmann, Frank; Moessner, R.

    2015-12-01

    While the existence of a chiral spin liquid (CSL) on a class of spin-1 /2 kagome antiferromagnets is by now well established numerically, a controlled theoretical path from the lattice model leading to a low-energy topological field theory is still lacking. This we provide via an explicit construction starting from reformulating a microscopic model for a CSL as a lattice gauge theory and deriving the low-energy form of its continuum limit. A crucial ingredient is the realization that the bosonic spinons of the gauge theory exhibit a U (1 ) symmetry protected topological (SPT) phase, which upon promoting its U (1 ) global symmetry to a local gauge structure ("gauging"), yields the CSL. We suggest that such an explicit lattice-based construction involving gauging of a SPT phase can be applied more generally to understand topological spin liquids.

  13. Excitations from a chiral magnetized state of a frustrated quantum spin liquid

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    Garlea, Vasile O; Zheludev, Andrey I; Tsvelik, A.; Regnault, L.-P.; Habicht, Klaus; Kiefer, K.; Roessli, Bertrand

    2009-01-01

    We study excitations in weakly interacting pairs of quantum spin ladders coupled through geometrically frustrated bonds. The ground state is a disordered spin liquid, at high fields replaced by an ordered chiral helimagnetic phase. The spectra observed by high-field inelastic neutron scattering experiments on the prototype compound Sul Cu2Cl4 are qualitatively different from those in the previously studied frustration-free spin liquids. Beyond the critical field Hc = 3.7 T, the soft mode that drives the quantum phase transition spawns two separate excitations: a gapless Goldstone mode and a massive magnon. Additional massive quasiparticles are clearly visible below Hc, but are destroyed in the ordered phase. In their place one observes a sharply bound excitation continuum.

  14. Magnetic ground state and spin fluctuations in MnGe chiral magnet as studied by muon spin rotation

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    Martin, N.; Deutsch, M.; Bert, F.; Andreica, D.; Amato, A.; Bonfà, P.; De Renzi, R.; Rößler, U. K.; Bonville, P.; Fomicheva, L. N.; Tsvyashchenko, A. V.; Mirebeau, I.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied by muon spin resonance (μ SR ) the helical ground state and fluctuating chiral phase recently observed in the MnGe chiral magnet. At low temperature, the muon polarization shows double-period oscillations at short-time scales. Their analysis, akin to that recently developed for MnSi [A. Amato et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 184425 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.184425], provides an estimation of the field distribution induced by the Mn helical order at the muon site. The refined muon position agrees nicely with ab initio calculations. With increasing temperature, an inhomogeneous fluctuating chiral phase sets in, characterized by two well-separated frequency ranges which coexist in the sample. Rapid and slow fluctuations, respectively, associated with short-range and long-range ordered helices, coexist in a large temperature range below TN=170 K. We discuss the results with respect to MnSi, taking the short helical period, metastable quenched state, and peculiar band structure of MnGe into account.

  15. Chiral magnetism and spin liquid Mott insulators induced by synthetic gauge fields

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    Paramekanti, Arun; Hickey, Ciaran; Cincio, Lukasz; Papic, Zlatko; Vellat-Sadashivan, Arun; Sohal, Ramanjit

    2016-05-01

    Recent experiments using Raman-assisted tunneling or lattice-shaking have realized synthetic gauge fields and optical lattice bands with nontrivial band topology. Here we examine the effect of particle interactions in such bands, focussing on two-component fermions with local Hubbard repulsion. We show that interactions can drive the integer quantum Hall insulator into Mott insulating states which possess noncoplanar chiral magnetic textures and even chiral spin liquids with many-body topological order. We establish our results using a combination of mean field theory, strong coupling expansions, numerical exact diagonalization and DMRG methods. We also discuss possible signatures of such non-coplanar orders in Bragg scattering and noise measurements.

  16. RECOILING SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES IN SPIN-FLIP RADIO GALAXIES

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    Liu, F. K.; Wang Dong; Chen Xian

    2012-02-20

    Numerical relativity simulations predict that coalescence of supermassive black hole (SMBH) binaries leads not only to a spin flip but also to a recoiling of the merger remnant SMBHs. In the literature, X-shaped radio sources are popularly suggested to be candidates for SMBH mergers with spin flip of jet-ejecting SMBHs. Here we investigate the spectral and spatial observational signatures of the recoiling SMBHs in radio sources undergoing black hole spin flip. Our results show that SMBHs in most spin-flip radio sources have mass ratio q {approx}> 0.3 with a minimum possible value q{sub min} {approx_equal} 0.05. For major mergers, the remnant SMBHs can get a kick velocity as high as 2100 km s{sup -1} in the direction within an angle {approx}< 40 Degree-Sign relative to the spin axes of remnant SMBHs, implying that recoiling quasars are biased to be with high Doppler-shifted broad emission lines while recoiling radio galaxies are biased to large apparent spatial off-center displacements. We also calculate the distribution functions of line-of-sight velocity and apparent spatial off-center displacements for spin-flip radio sources with different apparent jet reorientation angles. Our results show that the larger the apparent jet reorientation angle is, the larger the Doppler-shifting recoiling velocity and apparent spatial off-center displacement will be. We investigate the effects of recoiling velocity on the dust torus in spin-flip radio sources and suggest that recoiling of SMBHs would lead to 'dust-poor' active galactic nuclei. Finally, we collect a sample of 19 X-shaped radio objects and for each object give the probability of detecting the predicted signatures of recoiling SMBH.

  17. Search for Asymmetric Interactions between Chiral Molecules and Spin-Polarized Electrons

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    Dreiling, Joan; Litaker, Eric; Gay, Timothy

    2013-05-01

    We present our preliminary asymmetry results for the transmission of longitudinally spin-polarized electrons through a vapor of chirally-pure bromocamphor (C10H15BrO) molecules. We define the asymmetry for transmission as A = [(I ↑-I ↓) /(I ↑ + I ↓) ]R- [(I ↑-I ↓) /(I ↑ + I ↓) ]L, where I ↑ (I ↓) is the transmitted current measured for spin-up (spin-down) electrons and the ``L'' and ``R'' subscripts correspond to the left- and right-handed chirality of the molecules. At present, we have measured A at 1.5 eV electron scattering energy to be 5.4(2.5)*10-5 when the transmitted, magnetically collimated electron beam is attenuated to 10% of its initial value, corresponding to a pressure of a few millitorr in a cell of length 2.54 cm. This should be compared with the measurements of Mayer et al., where they report an asymmetry (by our definition) of about 3.4(0.2)*10-4 for the same incident energy and electron beam attenuation. We discuss possible reasons for this discrepancy.

  18. Renormalization and additional degrees of freedom within the chiral effective theory for spin-1 resonances

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    Kampf, Karol; Novotny, Jiri; Trnka, Jaroslav

    2010-06-01

    We study in detail various aspects of the renormalization of the spin-1 resonance propagator in the effective field theory framework. First, we briefly review the formalisms for the description of spin-1 resonances in the path integral formulation with the stress on the issue of propagating degrees of freedom. Then we calculate the one-loop 1{sup --} meson self-energy within the resonance chiral theory in the chiral limit using different methods for the description of spin-1 particles, namely, the Proca field, antisymmetric tensor field, and the first-order formalisms. We discuss in detail technical aspects of the renormalization procedure which are inherent to the power-counting nonrenormalizable theory and give a formal prescription for the organization of both the counterterms and one-particle irreducible graphs. We also construct the corresponding propagators and investigate their properties. We show that the additional poles corresponding to the additional one-particle states are generated by loop corrections, some of which are negative norm ghosts or tachyons. We count the number of such additional poles and briefly discuss their physical meaning.

  19. Interfacial exchange-coupling induced chiral symmetry breaking of spin-orbit effects

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    Perna, P.; Ajejas, F.; Maccariello, D.; Fernandez Cuñado, J. L.; Guerrero, R.; Niño, M. A.; Bollero, A.; Miranda, R.; Camarero, J.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that the interfacial exchange coupling in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FM/AFM) systems induces symmetry breaking of the spin-orbit (SO) effects. This has been done by studying the field and angle dependencies of anisotropic magnetoresistance and vectorial-resolved magnetization hysteresis loops, measured simultaneously and reproduced with numerical simulations. We show how the induced unidirectional magnetic anisotropy at the FM/AFM interface results in strong asymmetric transport behaviors, which are chiral around the magnetization hard-axis direction. Similar asymmetric features are anticipated in other SO-driven phenomena.

  20. Nucleon structure functions and longitudinal spin asymmetries in the chiral quark constituent model

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    Dahiya, Harleen; Randhawa, Monika

    2016-06-01

    We have analyzed the phenomenological dependence of the spin independent (F1p ,n and F2p ,n) and the spin dependent (g1p ,n) structure functions of the nucleon on the Bjorken scaling variable x using the unpolarized distribution functions of the quarks q (x ) and the polarized distribution functions of the quarks Δ q (x ) respectively. The chiral constituent quark model, which is known to provide a satisfactory explanation of the proton spin crisis and related issues in the nonperturbative regime, has been used to compute explicitly the valence and sea quark flavor distribution functions of p and n . In light of the improved precision of the world data, the p and n longitudinal spin asymmetries [A1p(x ) and A1n(x )] have been calculated. The implication of the presence of the sea quarks has been discussed for the ratio of polarized to unpolarized quark distribution functions for up and down quarks in the p and n Δ/up(x ) up(x ) , Δ/dp(x ) dp(x ) , Δ/un(x ) un(x ) , and Δ/dn(x ) dn(x ) . The ratio of the n and p structure functions Rn p(x )=F/2n(x ) F2p(x ) has also been presented. The results have been compared with the recent available experimental observations. The results on the spin sum rule have also been included and compared with data and other recent approaches.

  1. Non-Markovian dynamics in chiral quantum networks with spins and photons

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    Ramos, Tomás; Vermersch, Benoît; Hauke, Philipp; Pichler, Hannes; Zoller, Peter

    2016-06-01

    We study the dynamics of chiral quantum networks consisting of nodes coupled by unidirectional or asymmetric bidirectional quantum channels. In contrast to familiar photonic networks where driven two-level atoms exchange photons via 1D photonic nanostructures, we propose and study a setup where interactions between the atoms are mediated by spin excitations (magnons) in 1D X X spin chains representing spin waveguides. While Markovian quantum network theory eliminates quantum channels as structureless reservoirs in a Born-Markov approximation to obtain a master equation for the nodes, we are interested in non-Markovian dynamics. This arises from the nonlinear character of the dispersion with band-edge effects, and from finite spin propagation velocities leading to time delays in interactions. To account for the non-Markovian dynamics we treat the quantum degrees of freedom of the nodes and connecting channel as a composite spin system with the surrounding of the quantum network as a Markovian bath, allowing for an efficient solution with time-dependent density matrix renormalization-group techniques. We illustrate our approach showing non-Markovian effects in the driven-dissipative formation of quantum dimers, and we present examples for quantum information protocols involving quantum state transfer with engineered elements as basic building blocks of quantum spintronic circuits.

  2. Crystalline and spin chiralities in multiferroics with langasite-type structure and Fe1- x Co x Si crystals

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    Pikin, S. A.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Dudka, A. P.

    2015-09-01

    It is shown that, when magnetic ordering occurs in layered iron-containing langasites (sp. gr. P321), one of the reasons for spin chiralities of different signs is the presence of structural chirality (the existence of inversion twins), which, in turn, is due to the nonsymmetricity of these crystals. Spin helicoids arise in these multiferroics at split sites of Fe3+ ions below the Néel point. The direction of electric polarization vectors coincides with the direction of the magnetic helicoid axes because of the piezoelectric properties of these materials. Due to the magnetostriction effects, structural chirality wave vector k z exceeds the magnetic helicoid wave vector by a factor of 2: k z = 2 q z. The temperatures of transitions to the chiral structural and chiral magnetic states may differ. In particular, if the structural transition initial temperature exceeds the magnetic transition temperature ( Т U > Т М ), structural displacements may arise in the absence of magnetism at Т М < Т < Т U . In noncentrosymmetric Fe1- x Co x Si crystals (sp. gr. P213), which are not multiferroics, magnetic chirality is due to the Dzyaloshinski-Moriya interaction. The dependence of the moduli of incommensurate wave number of the corresponding helicoid on the atomic composition of the crystals under consideration is nonmonotonic.

  3. Spin-Dependent Emission from Arrays of Planar Chiral Nanoantennas Due to Lattice and Localized Plasmon Resonances.

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    Cotrufo, Michele; Osorio, Clara I; Koenderink, A Femius

    2016-03-22

    Chiral plasmonic nanoantennas manifest a strong asymmetric response to circularly polarized light. Particularly, the geometric handedness of a plasmonic structure can alter the circular polarization state of light emitted from nearby sources, leading to a spin-dependent emission direction. In past experiments, these effects have been attributed entirely to the localized plasmonic resonances of single antennas. In this work, we demonstrate that, when chiral nanoparticles are arranged in diffractive arrays, lattice resonances play a primary role in determining the spin-dependent emission of light. We fabricate 2D diffractive arrays of planar chiral metallic nanoparticles embedded in a light-emitting dye-doped slab. By measuring the polarized photoluminescence enhancement, we show that the geometric chirality of the array's unit cell induces a preferential circular polarization, and that both the localized surface plasmon resonance and the delocalized hybrid plasmonic-photonic mode contribute to this phenomenon. By further mapping the angle-resolved degree of circular polarization, we demonstrate that strong chiral dissymmetries are mainly localized at the narrow emission directions of the surface lattice resonances. We validate these results against a coupled dipole model calculation, which correctly reproduces the main features. Our findings demonstrate that, in diffractive arrays, lattice resonances play a primary role into the light spin-orbit effect, introducing a highly nontrivial behavior in the angular spectra. PMID:26854880

  4. Synthetic-gauge-field stabilization of the chiral-spin-liquid phase

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    Chen, Gang; Hazzard, Kaden R. A.; Rey, Ana Maria; Hermele, Michael

    2016-06-01

    We explore the phase diagram of the SU (N ) Hubbard models describing fermionic alkaline-earth-metal atoms in a square optical lattice with, on average, one atom per site, using a slave rotor mean-field approach. We find that the chiral spin liquid (CSL) predicted for N ≥5 and large interactions passes through a fractionalized state with a spinon Fermi surface as interactions are decreased before transitioning to a weakly interacting metal. We show that by adding a uniform artificial gauge field with 2 π /N flux per plaquette, the CSL becomes the ground state for all N ≥3 at intermediate interactions, persists to weaker interactions, and exhibits a larger spin gap. For N ≥5 we find the CSL is the ground state everywhere the system is a Mott insulator. The gauge field stabilization of the CSL at lower interactions, and thus at weaker lattice depths, together with the increased spin gap, can relax the temperature constraints required for its experimental realization in ultracold atom systems.

  5. Spin-orbit coupling, compass anisotropy and skyrmions in 2D chiral magnets

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    Banerjee, Sumilan; Erten, Onur; Rowland, James; Randeria, Mohit

    2014-03-01

    Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) gives rise to the chiral Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction in systems that lack inversion symmetry like non-centrosymmetric helimagnets, and two-dimensional magnetism at surfaces and interfaces. We explore here the role of SOC in several microscopic exchange mechanisms - superexchange, double exchange and RKKY - in insulating and itinerant electron systems. We show that, in addition to giving rise to the DM interaction, SOC generically leads to compass anisotropy terms. Although seemingly negligible, the compass terms are energetically comparable to DM and play a crucial role in deciding the fate of the magnetic ground state. We demonstrate that the compass terms act as an effective easy-plane anisotropy in 2D chiral magnets and lead to extremely large region of stable skyrmion crystal (SkX) phase in a perpendicular magnetic field. We discuss the electronic properties of SkX in this hitherto unexplored region of the anisotropy-field plane for itinerant systems. We also comment on the possibility of realizing such SkX phase in the oxide interfaces. JR and MR supported by NSF MRSEC DMR-0820414 and SB by DOE-BES DE-SC0005035.

  6. The Ultraviolet View of Multi-Spin Galaxies: Insight from Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Simulations

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    Bettoni, D.; Mazzei, P.; Marino, A.; Rampazzo, R.; Galletta, G.; Buson, L. M.

    2014-05-01

    The UV images of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite revealed that about (30±3)% of early-type galaxies show UV emission indicating a rejuvenation episode. In early-type galaxies with multi-spin components this percentage increases at 50%. We present here the characteristics of this sample and our smooth particle hydrodynamic simulations with chemo-photometric implementation that provide dynamical and morphological information together with the spectral energy distribution at each evolutionary stage. We show our match of the global properties of two early-type galaxies, NGC 3626 and NGC 5173. For these galaxies we can trace their evolutionary path.

  7. SPIN ALIGNMENTS OF SPIRAL GALAXIES WITHIN THE LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURE FROM SDSS DR7

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    Zhang, Youcai; Yang, Xiaohu; Luo, Wentao; Wang, Huiyuan; Wang, Lei; Mo, H. J.; Van den Bosch, Frank C. E-mail: xyang@sjtu.edu.cn

    2015-01-01

    Using a sample of spiral galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7 and Galaxy Zoo 2, we investigate the alignment of spin axes of spiral galaxies with their surrounding large-scale structure, which is characterized by the large-scale tidal field reconstructed from the data using galaxy groups above a certain mass threshold. We find that the spin axes only have weak tendencies to be aligned with (or perpendicular to) the intermediate (or minor) axis of the local tidal tensor. The signal is the strongest in a cluster environment where all three eigenvalues of the local tidal tensor are positive. Compared to the alignments between halo spins and the local tidal field obtained in N-body simulations, the above observational results are in best agreement with those for the spins of inner regions of halos, suggesting that the disk material traces the angular momentum of dark matter halos in the inner regions.

  8. Spin Alignments of Spiral Galaxies within the Large-scale Structure from SDSS DR7

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    Zhang, Youcai; Yang, Xiaohu; Wang, Huiyuan; Wang, Lei; Luo, Wentao; Mo, H. J.; van den Bosch, Frank C.

    2015-01-01

    Using a sample of spiral galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7 and Galaxy Zoo 2, we investigate the alignment of spin axes of spiral galaxies with their surrounding large-scale structure, which is characterized by the large-scale tidal field reconstructed from the data using galaxy groups above a certain mass threshold. We find that the spin axes only have weak tendencies to be aligned with (or perpendicular to) the intermediate (or minor) axis of the local tidal tensor. The signal is the strongest in a cluster environment where all three eigenvalues of the local tidal tensor are positive. Compared to the alignments between halo spins and the local tidal field obtained in N-body simulations, the above observational results are in best agreement with those for the spins of inner regions of halos, suggesting that the disk material traces the angular momentum of dark matter halos in the inner regions.

  9. Chiral spin liquid emerging between competing magnetic order states in the spin-1/2 J1-J2-J3 kagome Heisenberg model

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    Gong, Shoushu; Zhu, Wei; Balents, Leon; Sheng, Dongning

    2015-03-01

    We studied the extended spin- 1 / 2 kagome model with the first neighbor (J1), the second (J2) and third neighbor (J3) couplings using density matrix renormalization group. We established a quantum phase diagram for 0 <= J 2 <= 0 . 25J1 and 0 <=J3 <=J1 , where we find a q = (0 , 0) Neel phase, a chiral spin liquid (CSL), a cuboc1 phase that breaks both time-reversal and spin rotational symmetries, and a valence-bond solid at the neighbor of the Heisenberg model, where a possible Z2 spin liquid has been previously identified. Interestingly, the classical cuboc1 phase could survive in the spin- 1 / 2 system with strong quantum fluctuations, and the CSL emerges between the q = (0 , 0) and the cuboc1 phases. We discover that the CSL has the short spin correlation pattern consistent with the cuboc1 phase, but the chiral order structure is totally different. The CSL might be understood as a result of the competitions between the q = (0 , 0) and the cuboc1 phases in the presence of strong quantum fluctuations. We further studied the quantum phase transitions from the CSL to the magnetically ordered phases, and to the possible Z2 spin liquid of the Heisenberg kagome model. Interestingly, the exotic continuous topological phase transition might be realized in the system.

  10. Chiral molecule for spin filtering purposes: the study of L- and D-Alanine

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    Yitamben, Esmeralda; Rosenberg, Richard; Guisinger, Nathan

    2011-03-01

    The field of molecular electronics has attracted scientists by the great opportunities and versatility it offers as a replacement for standard semiconductor electronics with organic materials, thus bringing down the cost, and opening endless possibilities for chemical synthesis, and scientific breakthrough. Of particular interest is the use of chiral molecules, such as alanine, for spin filtering studies in hope of creating highly spin-polarized charge carriers for spintronics applications. Preliminary studies of both L- and D-alanine on Cu(111) were conducted using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, revealing the formation of a 2-dimensional phase at low coverage, a hexagonal ``flower'' pattern at intermediate coverage, and a chain and ring superstructures at high coverage. A model is proposed to explain the surface chemistry and bonding of the molecules on the metallic surface. Current studies of L- and D-alanine on Fe/W show promises in the intermediate coverage regime. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  11. Orbital magnetization and its effects in spin-chiral ferromagnetic kagomé lattice

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    Wang, Zhigang; Zhang, Ping

    2007-08-01

    Recently, Berry phase in the semiclassical dynamics of Bloch electrons has been found to make a correction to the phase-space density of states and a general multiband formula for finite-temperature orbital magnetization has been given [D. Xiao , Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 026603 (2006)], where the orbital magnetization M consists of two parts, i.e., the conventional part Mc and the Berry-phase correction part MΩ . Using this general formula, we theoretically investigate the orbital magnetization and its effects on thermoelectric transport and magnetic susceptibility properties of the two-dimensional kagomé lattice with spin anisotropies included. The study in this paper is highly interesting because of the nonzero spin chirality parameter ϕ (see text), which results in profound effects on the topology of the electron Bloch states and the orbital magnetization properties. It is found that the two parts in orbital magnetization oppose each other. In particular, we show that the orbital magnetization displays fully different behaviors in the metallic and insulating regions, which is due to the different roles Mc and MΩ play in these two regions. The anomalous Nernst conductivity is also calculated, which displays a peak-valley structure as a function of the electron Fermi energy.

  12. Skyrmions in chiral magnets with Rashba and Dresselhaus Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Randeria, Mohit

    Studies of skyrmions in chiral magnets have focused largely on systems with broken bulk inversion and a Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya interaction (DMI) of the Dresselhaus form. The skyrmion crystal is then stable only in a small regime with easy-axis anisotropy. I will show how skyrmion crystal phases can be stabilized over a much larger region of field and anisotropy down to zero temperature in systems with a Rashba DMI that break surface inversion or mirror symmetry. Increasing the ratio of Rashba to Dresselhaus DMI leads to a progressively larger domain of stability for skyrmions, especially in the easy-plane anisotropy regime. The spin texture and topological charge density then develop nontrivial spatial structures, different from conventional skyrmions, with a quantized topological charge given by a Chern number. Our theoretical results predict how tuning the Rashba spin orbit coupling and magnetic anisotropy can help stabilize skyrmion phases in thin films, surfaces, interfaces and bulk magnets with broken mirror symmetry. Supported by the NSF Grant DMR-1410364 and by the CEM, an NSF MRSEC, under Grant DMR-1420451.

  13. Photospintronics: Magnetic Field-Controlled Photoemission and Light-Controlled Spin Transport in Hybrid Chiral Oligopeptide-Nanoparticle Structures

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    2016-01-01

    The combination of photonics and spintronics opens new ways to transfer and process information. It is shown here that in systems in which organic molecules and semiconductor nanoparticles are combined, matching these technologies results in interesting new phenomena. We report on light induced and spin-dependent charge transfer process through helical oligopeptide–CdSe nanoparticles’ (NPs) architectures deposited on ferromagnetic substrates with small coercive force (∼100–200 Oe). The spin control is achieved by the application of the chirality-induced spin-dependent electron transfer effect and is probed by two different methods: spin-controlled electrochemichemistry and photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. The injected spin could be controlled by excitation of the nanoparticles. By switching the direction of the magnetic field of the substrate, the PL intensity could be alternated. PMID:27027885

  14. Photospintronics: Magnetic Field-Controlled Photoemission and Light-Controlled Spin Transport in Hybrid Chiral Oligopeptide-Nanoparticle Structures.

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    Mondal, Prakash Chandra; Roy, Partha; Kim, Dokyun; Fullerton, Eric E; Cohen, Hagai; Naaman, Ron

    2016-04-13

    The combination of photonics and spintronics opens new ways to transfer and process information. It is shown here that in systems in which organic molecules and semiconductor nanoparticles are combined, matching these technologies results in interesting new phenomena. We report on light induced and spin-dependent charge transfer process through helical oligopeptide-CdSe nanoparticles' (NPs) architectures deposited on ferromagnetic substrates with small coercive force (∼100-200 Oe). The spin control is achieved by the application of the chirality-induced spin-dependent electron transfer effect and is probed by two different methods: spin-controlled electrochemichemistry and photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. The injected spin could be controlled by excitation of the nanoparticles. By switching the direction of the magnetic field of the substrate, the PL intensity could be alternated. PMID:27027885

  15. Higher moments of nucleon spin structure functions in heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory and in a resonance model

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    C. Kao; D. Drechsel; S. Kamalov; M. Vanderhaeghen

    2003-11-01

    The third moment d{sub 2} of the twist-3 part of the nucleon spin structure function g{sub 2} is generalized to arbitrary momentum transfer Q{sup 2} and is evaluated in heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory (HBChPT) up to order {Omicron}(p{sup 4}) and in a unitary isobar model (MAID). We show how to link d{sub 2} as well as higher moments of the nucleon spin structure functions g{sub 1} and g{sub 2} to nucleon spin polarizabilities. We compare our results with the most recent experimental data, and find a good description of these available data within the unitary isobar model. We proceed to extract the twist-4 matrix element f{sub 2} which appears in the 1/Q{sup 2} suppressed term in the twist expansion of the spin structure function g{sub 1} for proton and neutron.

  16. Spin orientation of supermassive black holes in active galaxies

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    Kollatschny, W.

    2003-12-01

    Accretion of gas onto a central supermassive black hole is generally accepted to be the source of the emitted energy in active galactic nuclei. The broad emission lines we observe in their optical spectra are probably formed in the wind of an accretion disk at distances of light days to light years from the central black hole. The variable fraction of the emission lines originates at typical distances of only 1 to 50 light days from the central supermassive black hole. We derived a central black hole mass of Morbital1.8+/- 0.4x 107 Msun in the Seyfert galaxy Mrk 110 assuming the broad emission lines are generated in gas clouds orbiting within an accretion disk. This figure depends on the inclination angle of the accretion disk. Here we report on the detection of gravitational redshifted emission in the variable fraction of the broad emission lines. We derive a central black hole mass of Mgrav=14.0+/- 3.0x 107 Msun. These measurements are independent on the orientation of the accretion disk. The comparison of both black hole mass estimates allows to determine the projection of the central accretion disk angle i to 21+/-5 deg in Mrk 110 and therefore the orientation of the spin axis of the central black hole. Based on observations obtained with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, which is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. This paper is dedicated to Frank Bash without whose efforts the Hobby-Eberly Telescope would not have been possible.

  17. Elastic energy and phase structure in a continuous spin Ising chain with applications to chiral homopolymers.

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    Chernodub, M N; Lundgren, Martin; Niemi, Antti J

    2011-01-01

    We present a numerical Monte Carlo analysis of the phase structure in a continuous spin Ising chain that describes chiral homopolymers. We find that depending on the value of the Metropolis temperature, the model displays the three known nontrivial phases of polymers: At low temperatures the model is in a collapsed phase, at medium temperatures it is in a random walk phase, and at high temperatures it enters the self-avoiding random walk phase. By investigating the temperature dependence of the specific energy we confirm that the transition between the collapsed phase and the random walk phase is a phase transition, while the random walk phase and self-avoiding random walk phase are separated from each other by a crossover transition. We propose that the model can be applied to characterize the statistical properties of protein folding. For this we compare the predictions of the model to a phenomenological elastic energy formula, proposed by J. Lei and K. Huang [e-print arXiv:1002.5013; Europhys. Lett. 88, 68004 (2009)] to describe folded proteins. PMID:21405680

  18. Elastic energy and phase structure in a continuous spin Ising chain with applications to chiral homopolymers

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    Chernodub, M. N.; Lundgren, Martin; Niemi, Antti J.

    2011-01-01

    We present a numerical Monte Carlo analysis of the phase structure in a continuous spin Ising chain that describes chiral homopolymers. We find that depending on the value of the Metropolis temperature, the model displays the three known nontrivial phases of polymers: At low temperatures the model is in a collapsed phase, at medium temperatures it is in a random walk phase, and at high temperatures it enters the self-avoiding random walk phase. By investigating the temperature dependence of the specific energy we confirm that the transition between the collapsed phase and the random walk phase is a phase transition, while the random walk phase and self-avoiding random walk phase are separated from each other by a crossover transition. We propose that the model can be applied to characterize the statistical properties of protein folding. For this we compare the predictions of the model to a phenomenological elastic energy formula, proposed by J. Lei and K. Huang [e-print arXiv:1002.5013; Europhys. Lett.EULEEJ0295-507510.1209/0295-5075/88/68004 88, 68004 (2009)] to describe folded proteins.

  19. The alignment of galaxy spin with the shear field in observations

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    Pahwa, Isha; Libeskind, Noam I.; Tempel, Elmo; Hoffman, Yehuda; Tully, R. Brent; Courtois, Hélène M.; Gottlöber, Stefan; Steinmetz, Matthias; Sorce, Jenny G.

    2016-03-01

    Tidal torque theory suggests that galaxies gain angular momentum in the linear stage of structure formation. Such a theory predicts alignments between the spin of haloes and tidal shear field. However, non-linear evolution and angular momentum acquisition may alter this prediction significantly. In this paper, we use a reconstruction of the cosmic shear field from observed peculiar velocities combined with spin axes extracted from galaxies within 115 Mpc (˜8000 km s-1) from 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) catalogue to test whether or not galaxies appear aligned with principal axes of shear field. Although linear reconstructions of the tidal field have looked at similar issues, this is the first such study to examine galaxy alignments with velocity shear field. Ellipticals in the 2MRS sample show a statistically significant alignment with two of the principal axes of the shear field. In general, elliptical galaxies have their short axis aligned with the axis of greatest compression and perpendicular to the axis of slowest compression. Spiral galaxies show no signal. Such an alignment is significantly strengthened when considering only those galaxies that are used in velocity field reconstruction. When examining such a subsample, a weak alignment with the axis of greatest compression emerges for spiral galaxies as well. This result indicates that although velocity field reconstructions still rely on fairly noisy and sparse data, the underlying alignment with shear field is strong enough to be visible even when small numbers of galaxies are considered - especially if those galaxies are used as constraints in the reconstruction.

  20. Experimental studies of skyrmion textures and spin torque effects in chiral magnets

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    Ritz, Robert

    2012-02-01

    Small angle neutron scattering and measurements of a topological Hall signal identify the formation of skyrmion lattices in the non-centrosymmetric B20 compounds MnSi [1], Mn1-xFexSi, Mn1-xCoxSi and the strongly doped semiconductor Fe1-xCoxSi [2]. This observation has been confirmed by Lorentz force microscopy in thin samples of Fe1-xCoxSi, FeGe and, most recently, MnSi, where even individual skyrmions have been spotted [3]. Because the skyrmion lattices are exceptionally weakly pinned to the crystal lattice, extreme care has to be exercised when studying the precise intrinsic morphology of related spin textures in bulk samples. As a particularly striking property each skyrmion supports precisely one quantum of emergent magnetic flux. This permits a highly efficient coupling between skyrmions and conduction electrons which results in spin torque effects at ultra-low current densities as seen in small angle neutron scattering [4] and the emergent electric field when the skyrmions move [5].[4pt] Work in collaboration with: T. Adams, A. Bauer, B. Binz, P. B"oni, G. Brandl, R. A. Duine, K. Everschor, C. Franz, M. Garst, R. Georgii, S. Gottlieb-Sch"onmeyer, W. Heusler, M. Janoschek, F. Jonietz, T. Keller, K. Mitterm"uller, S. M"uhlbauer, W. M"unzer, A. Neubauer, P.G. Niklowitz, C. Pfleiderer, A. Rosch, T. Schulz, A. Tischendorf, M. Wagner.[4pt] [1] S. M"uhlbauer et al., Science 323, 915 (2009); A. Neubauer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 186602 (2010); C. Pfleiderer et al., J. Phys. Cond. Matter 22, 164207 (2010); T. Adams et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., in press, arXiv/1107.0993. [0pt] [2] W. M"unzer et al., Phys. Rev. B 81, 041203(R) (2010). [0pt] [3] X. Z. Yu et al., Nature 465, 901 (2010); X. Z. Yu et al., Nature Materials 10, 106 (2010). [0pt] [4] F. Jonietz et al., Science, 330, 1648 (2010). [0pt] [5] Emergent electrodynamics of skyrmions in a chiral magnet, T. Schulz, R. Ritz, A. Bauer, M. Halder, M. Wagner, C. Franz, and C. Pfleiderer, K. Everschor, M. Garst, and A

  1. Chiral quark model of nucleon spin-flavor structure with SU(3) and axial-U(1) breakings

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    Cheng, T.P.; Li, L.

    1998-01-01

    The chiral quark model with a nonet of Goldstone bosons can yield an adequate description of the observed proton flavor and spin structure. In a previous publication we have compared the results of an SU(3) symmetric calculation with the phenomenological findings based on experimental measurements and SU(3) symmetry relations. In this paper we discuss their SU(3) and axial U(1) breaking corrections. Our result demonstrates the broad consistency of the chiral quark model with the experimental observations of the proton spin-flavor structure. With two parameters, we obtain a very satifactory fit to the F/D ratios for the octet baryon masses and for their axial vector couplings, as well as the different quark flavor contributions to the proton spin. The result also can account for not only the light quark asymmetry {bar u}{minus}{bar d} but also the strange quark content {bar s} of the proton sea. SU(3) breaking is the key in reconciling the {bar s} value as measured in the neutrino charm production and that as deduced from the pion nucleon {sigma} term. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Linking the Spin Evolution of Massive Black Holes to Galaxy Kinematics

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    Sesana, A.; Barausse, E.; Dotti, M.; Rossi, E. M.

    2014-10-01

    We present the results of a semianalytical model that evolves the masses and spins of massive black holes together with the properties of their host galaxies across the cosmic history. As a consistency check, our model broadly reproduces a number of observations, e.g., the cosmic star formation history; the black hole mass, luminosity, and galaxy mass functions at low redshift; the black hole-bulge mass relation; and the morphological distribution at low redshift. For the first time in a semianalytical investigation, we relax the simplifying assumptions of perfect coherency or perfect isotropy of the gas fueling the black holes. The dynamics of gas is instead linked to the morphological properties of the host galaxies, resulting in different spin distributions for black holes hosted in different galaxy types. We compare our results with the observed sample of spin measurements obtained through broad Kα iron line fitting. The observational data disfavor both accretion along a fixed direction and isotropic fueling. Conversely, when the properties of the accretion flow are anchored to the kinematics of the host galaxy, we obtain a good match between theoretical expectations and observations. A mixture of coherent accretion and phases of activity in which the gas dynamics is similar to that of the stars in bulges (i.e., with a significant velocity dispersion superimposed to a net rotation) best describes the data, adding further evidence in support of the coevolution of massive black holes and their hosts.

  3. Linking the spin evolution of massive black holes to galaxy kinematics

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    Sesana, A.; Barausse, E.; Dotti, M.; Rossi, E. M. E-mail: barausse@iap.fr E-mail: emr@strw.leidenuniv.nl

    2014-10-20

    We present the results of a semianalytical model that evolves the masses and spins of massive black holes together with the properties of their host galaxies across the cosmic history. As a consistency check, our model broadly reproduces a number of observations, e.g., the cosmic star formation history; the black hole mass, luminosity, and galaxy mass functions at low redshift; the black hole-bulge mass relation; and the morphological distribution at low redshift. For the first time in a semianalytical investigation, we relax the simplifying assumptions of perfect coherency or perfect isotropy of the gas fueling the black holes. The dynamics of gas is instead linked to the morphological properties of the host galaxies, resulting in different spin distributions for black holes hosted in different galaxy types. We compare our results with the observed sample of spin measurements obtained through broad Kα iron line fitting. The observational data disfavor both accretion along a fixed direction and isotropic fueling. Conversely, when the properties of the accretion flow are anchored to the kinematics of the host galaxy, we obtain a good match between theoretical expectations and observations. A mixture of coherent accretion and phases of activity in which the gas dynamics is similar to that of the stars in bulges (i.e., with a significant velocity dispersion superimposed to a net rotation) best describes the data, adding further evidence in support of the coevolution of massive black holes and their hosts.

  4. Effective spin-1/2 scalar chiral order on kagome lattices in Nd3Sb3Mg2O14

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    Scheie, A.; Sanders, M.; Krizan, J.; Qiu, Y.; Cava, R. J.; Broholm, C.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce Nd3Sb3Mg2O14 with ideal kagome lattices of neodymium ions in ABC stacking. Thermodynamic measurements show a Curie-Weiss temperature of ΘCW=-0.12 K, a Nd3 + spin-1/2 Kramers doublet ground state, and a second-order phase transition at TN=0.56 (2 ) K. Neutron scattering reveals noncoplanar scalar chiral k =0 magnetic order with a correlation length exceeding 400 Å=55 a and an ordered moment of 1.79 (5 ) μB . This order includes a canted ferromagnetic component perpendicular to the kagome planes favored by Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions.

  5. Radio Loudness of AGNs: Host Galaxy Morphology and the Spin Paradigm

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    Stawarz, L.; Sikora, M.; Lasota, J.-P.

    2007-10-15

    We investigate how the total radio luminosity of AGN-powered radio sources depends on their accretion luminosity and the central black hole mass. We find that AGNs form two distinct and well separated sequences on the radio-loudness -- Eddington-ratio plane. We argue that these sequences mark the real upper bounds of radio-loudness of two distinct populations of AGNs: those hosted respectively by elliptical and disk galaxies. Both sequences show the same dependence of the radio-loudness on the Eddington ratio (an increase with decreasing Eddington ratio), which suggests that another parameter in addition to the accretion rate must play a role in determining the jet production efficiency in active galactic nuclei, and that this parameter is related to properties of the host galaxy. The revealed host-related radio dichotomy breaks down at high accretion rates where the dominant fraction of luminous quasars hosted by elliptical galaxies is radio quiet. We argue that the huge difference between the radio-loudness reachable by AGNs in disc and elliptical galaxies can be explained by the scenario according to which the spin of a black hole determines the outflows power, and central black holes can reach large spins only in early type galaxies (following major mergers), and not (in a statistical sense) in spiral galaxies.

  6. Metastable configurations of a finite-size chain of classical spins within the one-dimensional chiral XY-model

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    Popov, Alexander P.; Gloria Pini, Maria; Rettori, Angelo

    2016-03-01

    The metastable states of a finite-size chain of N classical spins described by the chiral XY-model on a discrete one-dimensional lattice are calculated by means of a general theoretical method recently developed by one of us. This method allows one to determine all the possible equilibrium magnetic states in an accurate and systematic way. The ground state of a chain consisting of N classical XY spins is calculated in the presence of (i) a symmetric ferromagnetic exchange interaction, favoring parallel alignment of nearest neighbor spins, (ii) a uniaxial anisotropy, favoring a given direction in the film plane, and (iii) an antisymmetric Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), favoring perpendicular alignment of nearest neighbor spins. In addition to the ground state with a non-uniform helical spin arrangement, which originates from the energy competition in the finite-size chain with open boundary conditions, we have found a considerable number of higher-energy equilibrium states. In the investigated case of a chain with N=10 spins and a DMI much smaller than the in-plane uniaxial anisotropy, it turns out that a metastable (unstable) state of the finite chain is characterized by a configuration where none (at least one) of the inner spins is nearly parallel to the hard axis. The role of the DMI is to establish a unique rotational sense for the helical ground state. Moreover, the number of both metastable and unstable equilibrium states is doubled with respect to the case of zero DMI. This produces modifications in the Peierls-Nabarro potential encountered by a domain wall during its displacement along the discrete spin chain.

  7. SU (2 )1 chiral edge modes of a critical spin liquid

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    Poilblanc, Didier; Schuch, Norbert; Affleck, Ian

    2016-05-01

    Protected chiral edge modes are a well-known signature of topologically ordered phases like the fractional quantum Hall states. Recently, using the framework of projected entangled pair states (PEPS) on the square lattice, we constructed a family of chiral resonating valence bond states with Z2 gauge symmetry. Here we revisit and analyze in full details the properties of the edge modes as given by their entanglement spectra on a cylinder. Surprisingly, we show that the latter can be well described by a chiral SU (2 )1 conformal field theory, as for the ν =1 /2 (bosonic) gapped Laughlin state, although our numerical data suggest a critical bulk compatible with an emergent U(1 ) gauge symmetry. We propose that our family of PEPS may physically describe a boundary between a chiral topological phase and a trivial phase.

  8. Electric-field-induced spin resonance in antiferromagnetic insulators: Inverse process of the dynamical chiral magnetic effect

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    Sekine, Akihiko; Chiba, Takahiro

    2016-06-01

    We propose a realization of the electric-field-induced antiferromagnetic resonance. We consider three-dimensional antiferromagnetic insulators with spin-orbit coupling characterized by the existence of a topological term called the θ term. By solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation in the presence of the θ term, we show that, in contrast to conventional methods using ac magnetic fields, the antiferromagnetic resonance state is realized by ac electric fields along with static magnetic fields. This mechanism can be understood as the inverse process of the dynamical chiral magnetic effect, an alternating current generation by magnetic fields. In other words, we propose a way to electrically induce the dynamical axion field in condensed matter. We discuss a possible experiment to observe our proposal, which utilizes the spin pumping from the antiferromagnetic insulator into a heavy metal contact.

  9. Chiral Spin-Density Wave, Spin-Charge-Chern Liquid, and d +id Superconductivity in 1/4-Doped Correlated Electronic Systems on the Honeycomb Lattice

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    Jiang, Shenghan; Mesaros, Andrej; Ran, Ying

    2014-07-01

    Recently, two interesting candidate quantum phases—the chiral spin-density wave state featuring anomalous quantum Hall effect and the d+id superconductor—were proposed for the Hubbard model on the honeycomb lattice at 1/4 doping. Using a combination of exact diagonalization, density matrix renormalization group, the variational Monte Carlo method, and quantum field theories, we study the quantum phase diagrams of both the Hubbard model and the t-J model on the honeycomb lattice at 1/4 doping. The main advantage of our approach is the use of symmetry quantum numbers of ground-state wave functions on finite-size systems (up to 32 sites) to sharply distinguish different quantum phases. Our results show that for 1≲U/t<40 in the Hubbard model and for 0.1chiral spin-density wave state or a spin-charge-Chern liquid, but not a d +id superconductor. However, in the t-J model, upon increasing J, the system goes through a first-order phase transition at J/t=0.80(2) into the d+id superconductor. Here, the spin-charge-Chern liquid state is a new type of topologically ordered quantum phase with Abelian anyons and fractionalized excitations. Experimental signatures of these quantum phases, such as tunneling conductance, are calculated. These results are discussed in the context of 1/4-doped graphene systems and other correlated electronic materials on the honeycomb lattice.

  10. The effect of field cooling on a spin-chiral domain structure in a magnetoelectric helimagnet Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22

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    Hiraoka, Y.; Tanaka, Y.; Oura, M.; Wakabayashi, Y.; Kimura, T.

    2015-06-01

    Spin-chiral domain structures near a cleaved crystal face of a magnetoelectric helimagnet, Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22, were examined after various magnetic and electric field-cooling procedures by means of the scanning resonant X-ray microdiffraction technique using circularly polarized X-rays. We have found that the application of a magnetic field (1-2 k Oe) during the field-cooling procedure stabilizes one of the handedness among the two spin-chiral states (left- or right-handed screw structure) and makes nearly a single spin-chiral domain in the vicinity of the cleaved crystal face. However, it makes the degree of the spin chirality spatially inhomogeneous even within a domain. We discuss the observed field-cooling effect in terms of possible formation of spin-chiral domains with "stripe-type" domain walls accompanied by randomly-distributed ferromagnetic islands.

  11. Lifetimes and chirality of spin waves in antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic FeRh from the perspective of time-dependent density functional theory

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    Sandratskii, Leonid M.; Buczek, Paweł

    2012-01-01

    The study of the spin excitations in antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferromagnetic (FM) phases of FeRh is reported. We demonstrate that, although the Fe atomic moments are well defined, there is a number of important phenomena absent in the Heisenberg description: Landau damping of spin waves, large Rh moments induced by the AFM magnons, and the formation of the optical magnons terminated by Stoner excitations. We relate the properties of the spin-wave damping to the features of the Stoner continuum and compare the chirality of the spin excitations in AFM, FM, and paramagnetic systems.

  12. Crystalline and spin chiralities in multiferroics with langasite-type structure and Fe{sub 1–x}Co{sub x}Si crystals

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    Pikin, S. A. Lyubutin, I. S.; Dudka, A. P.

    2015-09-15

    It is shown that, when magnetic ordering occurs in layered iron-containing langasites (sp. gr. P321), one of the reasons for spin chiralities of different signs is the presence of structural chirality (the existence of inversion twins), which, in turn, is due to the nonsymmetricity of these crystals. Spin helicoids arise in these multiferroics at split sites of Fe{sup 3+} ions below the Néel point. The direction of electric polarization vectors coincides with the direction of the magnetic helicoid axes because of the piezoelectric properties of these materials. Due to the magnetostriction effects, structural chirality wave vector k{sub z} exceeds the magnetic helicoid wave vector by a factor of 2: k{sub z} = 2q{sub z}. The temperatures of transitions to the chiral structural and chiral magnetic states may differ. In particular, if the structural transition initial temperature exceeds the magnetic transition temperature (Τ{sub U}> Τ{sub M}), structural displacements may arise in the absence of magnetism at Τ{sub M} < Τ < Τ{sub U}. In noncentrosymmetric Fe{sub 1–x}Co{sub x}Si crystals (sp. gr. P2{sub 1}3), which are not multiferroics, magnetic chirality is due to the Dzyaloshinski–Moriya interaction. The dependence of the moduli of incommensurate wave number of the corresponding helicoid on the atomic composition of the crystals under consideration is nonmonotonic.

  13. Numerical evidence for a chiral spin liquid in the XXZ model on the kagome lattice in a magnetic field

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    Changlani, Hitesh; Kumar, Krishna; Clark, Bryan; Fradkin, Eduardo

    Frustrated spin systems in two dimensions provide a fertile ground for discovering exotic states of matter, often with topologically non-trivial properties. In this work, we investigate the possible existence of a chiral spin liquid state in the spin 1/2 XXZ model on the frustrated kagome lattice in the presence of a magnetic field. This model is equivalent to a hard-core bosonic one with density-density interactions at finite filling fraction. Motivated by previous field theoretic predictions utilizing a Chern-Simons theory adapted for this lattice, we focus our attention to understanding the XY limit for the 2/3 magnetization plateau (equivalent to a system of hard-core bosons at 1/6 filling with weak nearest-neighbor repulsive interactions). Performing exact or accurate numerical computations, and based on energetics and construction of minimally entangled states and associated modular matrices, we provide evidence for such a spin liquid. We study the nature of this phase and examine its stability to additional interactions. We acknowledge support from the SciDAC program under Award Number DE-FG02-12ER46875.

  14. A new spin on discs of satellite galaxies

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    Cautun, Marius; Wang, Wenting; Frenk, Carlos S.; Sawala, Till

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the angular and kinematic distributions of satellite galaxies around a large sample of bright isolated primaries in the spectroscopic and photometric catalogues of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). We detect significant anisotropy in the spatial distribution of satellites. To test whether this anisotropy could be related to the rotating discs of satellites recently found by Ibata et al. in a sample of SDSS galaxies, we repeat and extend their analysis. Ibata et al. found an excess of satellites on opposite sides of their primaries having anticorrelated radial velocities. We find that this excess is sensitive to small changes in the sample selection criteria which can greatly reduce its significance. In addition, we find no evidence for correspondingly correlated velocities for satellites observed on the same side of their primaries, which would be expected for rotating discs of satellites. We conclude that the detection of rotating planes of satellites in the observational sample of Ibata et al. is not robust to changes in the sample selection criteria. We compare our data to the Λ cold dark matter Millennium simulations populated with galaxies according to the semi-analytic model of Guo et al. We find excellent agreement with the spatial distribution of satellites in the SDSS data and the lack of a strong signal from coherent rotation.

  15. Fundamental Mass-Spin-Morphology Relation Of Spiral Galaxies

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    Obreschkow, D.; Glazebrook, K.

    2014-03-01

    This work presents high-precision measurements of the specific baryon angular momentum j b contained in stars, atomic gas, and molecular gas, out to >~ 10 scale radii, in 16 nearby spiral galaxies of the THINGS sample. The accuracy of these measurements improves on existing studies by an order of magnitude, leading to the discovery of a strong correlation between the baryon mass M b, j b, and the bulge mass fraction β, fitted by \\beta =-(0.34+/- 0.03)\\,lg\\,(j_bM_b^{-1}/[10^{-7}\\, kpc\\,km\\,s^{-1}\\,{M}_{\\odot }^{-1}])-(0.04+/- 0.01) on the full sample range of 0 <= β <~ 0.3 and 109 M ⊙ < M b < 1011 M ⊙. The corresponding relation for the stellar quantities M * and j * is identical within the uncertainties. These M-j-β relations likely originate from the proportionality between jM -1 and the surface density of the disk that dictates its stability against (pseudo-)bulge formation. Using a cold dark matter model, we can approximately explain classical scaling relations, such as the fundamental plane of spiral galaxies, the Tully-Fisher relation, and the mass-size relation, in terms of the M-j(-β) relation. These results advocate the use of mass and angular momentum as the most fundamental quantities of spiral galaxies.

  16. Fundamental mass-spin-morphology relation of spiral galaxies

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    Obreschkow, D.; Glazebrook, K.

    2014-03-20

    This work presents high-precision measurements of the specific baryon angular momentum j {sub b} contained in stars, atomic gas, and molecular gas, out to ≳ 10 scale radii, in 16 nearby spiral galaxies of the THINGS sample. The accuracy of these measurements improves on existing studies by an order of magnitude, leading to the discovery of a strong correlation between the baryon mass M {sub b}, j {sub b}, and the bulge mass fraction β, fitted by β=−(0.34±0.03) lg (j{sub b}M{sub b}{sup −1}/[10{sup −7} kpc km s{sup −1} M{sub ⊙}{sup −1}])−(0.04±0.01) on the full sample range of 0 ≤ β ≲ 0.3 and 10{sup 9} M {sub ☉} < M {sub b} < 10{sup 11} M {sub ☉}. The corresponding relation for the stellar quantities M {sub *} and j {sub *} is identical within the uncertainties. These M-j-β relations likely originate from the proportionality between jM {sup –1} and the surface density of the disk that dictates its stability against (pseudo-)bulge formation. Using a cold dark matter model, we can approximately explain classical scaling relations, such as the fundamental plane of spiral galaxies, the Tully-Fisher relation, and the mass-size relation, in terms of the M-j(-β) relation. These results advocate the use of mass and angular momentum as the most fundamental quantities of spiral galaxies.

  17. Chiral spin density wave order on the frustrated honeycomb and bilayer triangle lattice hubbard model at half-filling.

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    Jiang, Kun; Zhang, Yi; Zhou, Sen; Wang, Ziqiang

    2015-05-29

    We study the Hubbard model on the frustrated honeycomb lattice with nearest-neighbor hopping t_{1} and second nearest-neighbor hopping t_{2}, which is isomorphic to the bilayer triangle lattice, using the SU(2)-invariant slave boson theory. We show that the Coulomb interaction U induces antiferromagnetic (AF) chiral spin density wave (χSDW) order in a wide range of κ=t_{2}/t_{1} where both the two-sublattice AF order at small κ and the decoupled three-sublattice 120° order at large κ are strongly frustrated, leading to three distinct phases with different anomalous Hall responses. We find a continuous transition from a χSDW semimetal with the anomalous Hall effect to a topological chiral Chern insulator exhibiting the quantum anomalous Hall effect, followed by a discontinuous transition to a χSDW insulator with a zero total Chern number but an anomalous ac Hall effect. The χSDW is likely a generic phase of strongly correlated and highly frustrated hexagonal lattice electrons. PMID:26066448

  18. Chiral Spin Density Wave Order on the Frustrated Honeycomb and Bilayer Triangle Lattice Hubbard Model at Half-Filling

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    Jiang, Kun; Zhang, Yi; Zhou, Sen; Wang, Ziqiang

    2015-05-01

    We study the Hubbard model on the frustrated honeycomb lattice with nearest-neighbor hopping t1 and second nearest-neighbor hopping t2, which is isomorphic to the bilayer triangle lattice, using the SU(2)-invariant slave boson theory. We show that the Coulomb interaction U induces antiferromagnetic (AF) chiral spin density wave (χ SDW ) order in a wide range of κ =t2/t1 where both the two-sublattice AF order at small κ and the decoupled three-sublattice 120° order at large κ are strongly frustrated, leading to three distinct phases with different anomalous Hall responses. We find a continuous transition from a χ SDW semimetal with the anomalous Hall effect to a topological chiral Chern insulator exhibiting the quantum anomalous Hall effect, followed by a discontinuous transition to a χ SDW insulator with a zero total Chern number but an anomalous ac Hall effect. The χ SDW is likely a generic phase of strongly correlated and highly frustrated hexagonal lattice electrons.

  19. Spatially Resolving Spin-split Edge States of Chiral Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Crommie, M. F.

    2011-03-01

    A central question in the field of graphene-related research is how graphene behaves when it is patterned at the nanometer scale with different edge geometries. The most fundamental shape in this regard is the graphene nanoribbon (GNR), a narrow strip of graphene that is characterized by its width and chirality. GNRs have been predicted to exhibit a wide range of behavior that includes tunable energy gaps and unique 1D edge states with unusual magnetic structure. I will discuss a scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STS) study of GNRs that allows us to examine how GNR electronic structure depends on the chirality of atomically well-defined GNR edges. Our STS measurements reveal the presence of 1D GNR edge states that closely match theoretical expectations for GNRs of similar width and chirality. We additionally observe width-dependent energy splitting in GNR edge states, providing compelling evidence of their magnetic nature. This work performed in collaboration with Chenggang Tao, Liying Jiao, Oleg V. Yazyev, Yen-Chia Chen, Juanjuan Feng, Xiaowei Zhang, Rodrigo B. Capaz, James M. Tour, Alex Zettl, Steven G. Louie, and Hongjie Dai.

  20. Two-dimensional massless Dirac fermions, chiral pseudo-spins, and Berry's phase in few-layer black phosphorus

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    Baik, Seung Su; Choi, Hyoung Joon

    Black phosphorus (BP) and its two-dimensional (2D) derivative phosphorene are rapidly emerging nanoelectronic materials with potential applicability to field effect transistors and optoelectronic devices. Unlike the gapless semiconductor graphene, multilayer BP has a substantial band gap of 0.2 eV, and this band-gap size is predicted being sensitive to the external perturbations such as pressure, strain, and electric field. Very recently, a semiconductor-semimetal transition in BP was realized by the surface potassium (K) doping, producing a Dirac semimetal state with a linear dispersion in the armchair direction and a quadratic one in the zigzag direction. Here, based on first-principles density functional calculations, we present that beyond the critical K density, 2D massless Dirac fermions emerge in K-doped few-layer BP, and the electronic states around Dirac points have chiral pseudo-spins and Berry's phase. These features are robust with respect to the spin-orbit interaction. The switchable massless Dirac fermions discussed here may open a new way for the development of high performance devices in 2D materials beyond graphene. This work was supported by NRF of Korea (Grant No. 2011-0018306) and KISTI supercomputing center (Project No. KSC-2015-C3-039).

  1. Chirality-driven intrinsic spin-glass ordering and field-induced ferromagnetism in Ni3Al nanoparticle aggregates

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    Kaul, S. N.; Messala, Umasankar

    2016-03-01

    Weak itinerant-electron ferromagnet Ni3Al is driven to magnetic instability (quantum critical point, QCP, where the long-range ferromagnetic order of the bulk ceases to exist) by reducing the average crystallite size to d=50 nm. 'Zero-field' (H=0) linear and nonlinear ac-susceptibilities, measured on Ni3Al nanoparticle aggregates, with d=50 nm (S1) and d=5 nm (S2), provide strong evidence for two spin glass (SG)-like thermodynamic phase transitions: one at Ti(H = 0) ≃ 30 K (Ti† (H = 0) ≃ 230 K) and the other at a lower temperature Tp(H = 0) ≃ 8 K (Th(H = 0) ≃ 52 K) in S1 (S2). 'In-field' (H ≠ 0) linear ac-susceptibility and dc magnetization demonstrate that the thermodynamic nature of these transitions is preserved in finite fields. The presently determined H-T phase diagrams for the samples S1 and S2 are compared with those predicted by the Kotliar-Sompolinsky and Gabay-Toulouse mean-field models and Monte Carlo simulations, based on the chirality-driven spin glass (SG) ordering scenario, for a three-dimensional nearest-neighbor Heisenberg SG system with or without weak random anisotropy. Such a detailed comparison permits us to unambiguously identify various 'zero-field' and 'in-field' SG phase transitions as: (i) the simultaneous paramagnetic (PM)-chiral glass (CG) and PM-SG phase transitions at Ti(H), (ii) the PM-CG transition at Ti† (H), (iii) the replica symmetry-breaking SG transition at Tp(H), and (iv) the continuous spin-rotation symmetry-breaking SG transition at Th(H). In the presence of random anisotropy, magnetization fails to saturate even at 90 kOe in S1 whereas negligibly small anisotropy allows even fields as weak as 1 kOe to saturate magnetization and induce ferromagnetism in S2. Due to the proximity to CG/SG-QCP, magnetization and susceptibility both exhibit non-Fermi liquid behavior over a wide range at low temperatures.

  2. A NEW APPROACH TO CONSTRAIN BLACK HOLE SPINS IN ACTIVE GALAXIES USING OPTICAL REVERBERATION MAPPING

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    Wang, Jian-Min; Du, Pu; Li, Yan-Rong; Hu, Chen; Ho, Luis C.; Bai, Jin-Ming

    2014-09-01

    A tight relation between the size of the broad-line region (BLR) and optical luminosity has been established in about 50 active galactic nuclei studied through reverberation mapping of the broad Hβ emission line. The R {sub BLR}-L relation arises from simple photoionization considerations. Using a general relativistic model of an optically thick, geometrically thin accretion disk, we show that the ionizing luminosity jointly depends on black hole mass, accretion rate, and spin. The non-monotonic relation between the ionizing and optical luminosity gives rise to a complicated relation between the BLR size and the optical luminosity. We show that the reverberation lag of Hβ to the varying continuum depends very sensitively on black hole spin. For retrograde spins, the disk is so cold that there is a deficit of ionizing photons in the BLR, resulting in shrinkage of the hydrogen ionization front with increasing optical luminosity, and hence shortened Hβ lags. This effect is specially striking for luminous quasars undergoing retrograde accretion, manifesting in strong deviations from the canonical R {sub BLR}-L relation. This could lead to a method to estimate black hole spins of quasars and to study their cosmic evolution. At the same time, the small scatter of the observed R {sub BLR}-L relation for the current sample of reverberation-mapped active galaxies implies that the majority of these sources have rapidly spinning black holes.

  3. Effects of external magnetic field and magnetic anisotropy on chiral spin structures of square nanodisks investigated with a quantum simulation approach

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    Liu, Zhaosen; Ian, Hou

    2016-04-01

    We employed a quantum simulation approach to investigate the magnetic properties of monolayer square nanodisks with Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya (DM) interaction. The computational program converged very quickly, and generated chiral spin structures on the disk planes with good symmetry. When the DM interaction is sufficiently strong, multi-domain structures appears, their sizes or average distance between each pair of domains can be approximately described by a modified grid theory. We further found that the external magnetic field and uniaxial magnetic anisotropy both normal to the disk plane lead to reductions of the total free energy and total energy of the nanosystems, thus are able to stabilize and/or induce the vortical structures, however, the chirality of the vortex is still determined by the sign of the DM interaction parameter. Moreover, the geometric shape of the nanodisk affects the spin configuration on the disk plane as well.

  4. Angular dependence of the spin textures in two-dimensional chiral magnets

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    Tang, Dan; Qi, Yang

    2015-05-28

    The angular dependence of spin textures in thin helimagnetic films is investigated by a Monte Carlo simulation. When an external field is applied at an angle relative to the film normal, we find that the skyrmion states with broken axis-symmetric structure are able to persist over a wide range of angles by changing the spin orientation. In addition, the uniaxial anisotropy is able to stabilize the distorted skyrmions. This behavior reflects the robust topological stability of skyrmion states in helimagnets and favors their application in spintronic devices.

  5. A Chiral, Photoluminescent, and Spin-Canted {Cu(I)Re(IV)2}n Branched Chain.

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    Martínez-Lillo, José; Armentano, Donatella; Fortea-Pérez, Francisco R; Stiriba, Salah-Eddine; De Munno, Giovanni; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel; Faus, Juan

    2015-05-18

    A new heteroleptic 1D Cu(I)-Re(IV) coordination polymer of the formula {Cu(I)Re(IV)Cl4(μ-Cl)(μ-pyz)[Re(IV)Cl4(μ-bpym)]}n·nMeNO2 (1; pyz = pyrazine, bpym = 2,2'-bipyrimidine) has been prepared through the Cu(I)-mediated self-assembly of two different Re(IV) metalloligands, namely, [ReCl5(pyz)](-) and [ReCl4(bpym)]. 1 consists of chiral branched chains with an overall rack-type architecture displaying photoemission and magnetic ordering. These results constitute a first step toward making new multifunctional magnetic materials based on mixed 3d-5d molecular systems. PMID:25950857

  6. Galaxies

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    1981-01-01

    Normal galaxies, radio galaxies, and Seyfert galaxies are considered. The large magellanic cloud and the great galaxy in Andromedia are highlighted. Quasars and BL lacertae objects are also discussed and a review of the spectral observations of all of these galaxies and celestial objects is presented.

  7. Jet drifts and flips in radio galaxies as probes of the historical evolution of spin axis in supermassive black holes

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    Saripalli, Lakshmi; Subrahmanyan, Ravi; Hall Roberts, David

    2015-08-01

    Jets in radio galaxies create twin lobes of synchrotron plasma on opposite sides of the host elliptical. The jets are believed to emerge along the spin axis of the central supermassive black hole. The history of evolution in spin axis is traced in the off axis distortions in the radio structure. We have analyzed the radio structures in a large sample of distorted radio galaxies to examine black hole spin axis behavior. These sources are selected specifically to have low axial-ratio structures and hence off-axis distortions that are, however, unbiased with respect to the nature of the distortions.We have imaged 52 radio galaxies having length to width ratio less than 1 to obtain detailed radio structures that enable a tracing of the origin of the off-axis radio emission. The unique sample consists of radio sources where the off axis radio emission originates from strategic locations - regions closer to the host galaxy and from the outer ends of the jets. A third category consists of sources where there is only a swathe of radio emission nearly orthogonal to the radio axis and passing through the central radio core.Our study has highlighted the potential of radio galaxies in tracing black hole spin axis changes over time; we use the occurrence rates of the different categories of sources to derive occurrence rates of drifts and flips in black hole axis. Since the host galaxies are an unbiased sampling of luminous elliptical galaxies, the rates derived are relevant to this parent population (Roberts, Cohen, Lu, Saripalli and Subrahmanyan, 2015, arXiv150203954; Roberts, Saripalli, Subrahmanyan, 2015, arXiv150302021).

  8. Spintronics: Chiral damping

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    Kim, Kyoung-Whan; Lee, Hyun-Woo

    2016-01-01

    The analysis of the magnetic domain wall motion in a nanostructured magnetic system with strong spin-orbit coupling shows that the energy dissipation can be chiral when the inversion symmetry is broken. PMID:26906956

  9. Stardust, Supernovae and the Chirality of the Amino Acids

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    Boyd, R N; Kajino, T; Onaka, T

    2011-03-09

    A mechanism for creating enantiomerism in the amino acids, the building blocks of the proteins, that involves global selection of one chirality by interactions between the amino acids and neutrinos from core-collapse supernovae is described. The selection involves the dependence of the interaction cross sections on the orientations of the spins of the neutrinos and the 14N nuclei in the amino acids, or in precursor molecules, which in turn couple to the molecular chirality. The subsequent chemical evolution and galactic mixing would ultimately populate the Galaxy with the selected species. The resulting amino acids could either be the source thereof on Earth, or could have triggered the chirality that was ultimately achieved for Earth's amino acids.

  10. A MONTE CARLO MARKOV CHAIN BASED INVESTIGATION OF BLACK HOLE SPIN IN THE ACTIVE GALAXY NGC 3783

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    Reynolds, Christopher S.; Lohfink, Anne M.; Trippe, Margaret L.; Brenneman, Laura W.; Miller, Jon M.; Fabian, Andrew C.; Nowak, Michael A. E-mail: alohfink@astro.umd.edu

    2012-08-20

    The analysis of relativistically broadened X-ray spectral features from the inner accretion disk provides a powerful tool for measuring the spin of supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei (AGNs). However, AGN spectra are often complex and careful analysis employing appropriate and self-consistent models is required if one has to obtain robust results. In this paper, we revisit the deep 2009 July Suzaku observation of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 3783 in order to study in a rigorous manner the robustness of the inferred black hole spin parameter. Using Monte Carlo Markov chain techniques, we identify a (partial) modeling degeneracy between the iron abundance of the disk and the black hole spin parameter. We show that the data for NGC 3783 strongly require both supersolar iron abundance (Z{sub Fe} = 2-4 Z{sub Sun }) and a rapidly spinning black hole (a > 0.89). We discuss various astrophysical considerations that can affect the measured abundance. We note that, while the abundance enhancement inferred in NGC 3783 is modest, the X-ray analysis of some other objects has found extreme iron abundances. We introduce the hypothesis that the radiative levitation of iron ions in the innermost regions of radiation-dominated AGN disks can enhance the photospheric abundance of iron. We show that radiative levitation is a plausible mechanism in the very inner regions of high accretion rate AGN disks.

  11. Antiferromagnetic order driven chiral topological spin density waves on the repulsive Haldane-Hubbard model on square lattices

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    Wu, Ya-Jie; Li, Ning; He, Jing; Kou, Su-Peng

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, based on mean-field approach and random-phase-approximation, we study the magnetic properties of the repulsive Haldane-Hubbard model on a square lattice. We find antiferromagnetic order driven topological spin density waves beyond Landau’s symmetry-breaking paradigm, for which the effective low energy physics is determined by Chern-Simons-Hopf gauge field theories with different K matrices.

  12. Coupling of chiralities in spin and physical spaces: the Möbius ring as a case study.

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    Pylypovskyi, Oleksandr V; Kravchuk, Volodymyr P; Sheka, Denis D; Makarov, Denys; Schmidt, Oliver G; Gaididei, Yuri

    2015-05-15

    We show that the interaction of the magnetic subsystem of a curved magnet with the magnet curvature results in the coupling of a topologically nontrivial magnetization pattern and topology of the object. The mechanism of this coupling is explored and illustrated by an example of a ferromagnetic Möbius ring, where a topologically induced domain wall appears as a ground state in the case of strong easy-normal anisotropy. For the Möbius geometry, the curvilinear form of the exchange interaction produces an additional effective Dzyaloshinskii-like term which leads to the coupling of the magnetochirality of the domain wall and chirality of the Möbius ring. Two types of domain walls are found, transversal and longitudinal, which are oriented across and along the Möbius ring, respectively. In both cases, the effect of magnetochirality symmetry breaking is established. The dependence of the ground state of the Möbius ring on its geometrical parameters and on the value of the easy-normal anisotropy is explored numerically. PMID:26024195

  13. Exact chiral spin liquids and mean-field perturbations of gamma matrix models on the ruby lattice

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    Whitsitt, Seth; Chua, Victor; Fiete, Gregory A.

    2012-11-01

    We theoretically studied an exactly solvable gamma matrix generalization of the Kitaev spin model on the ruby lattice, which is a honeycomb lattice with ‘expanded’ vertices and links. We find that this model displays an exceptionally rich phase diagram that includes (i) gapless phases with stable spin Fermi surfaces, (ii) gapless phases with low-energy Dirac cones and quadratic band touching points and (iii) gapped phases with finite Chern numbers possessing the values ±4,±3,±2 and ±1. The model is then generalized to include Ising-like interactions that break the exact solvability of the model in a controlled manner. When these terms are dominant, they lead to a trivial Ising ordered phase which is shown to be adiabatically connected to a large coupling limit of the exactly solvable phase. In the limit where these interactions are weak, we treat them within mean-field theory and present the resulting phase diagrams. We discuss the nature of the transitions between various phases. Our results show the richness of possible ground states in closely related magnetic systems.

  14. On the spin bias of satellite galaxies in the local group-like environment

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    Lee, Jounghun; Lemson, Gerard E-mail: lemson@mpa-garching.mpg.de

    2013-05-01

    We utilize the Millennium-II simulation databases to study the spin bias of dark subhalos in the Local Group-like systems which have two prominent satellites with comparable masses. Selecting the group-size halos with total mass similar to that of the Local Group (LG) from the friends-of-friends halo catalog and locating their subhalos from the substructure catalog, we determine the most massive (main) and second to the most massive (submain) ones among the subhalos hosted by each selected halo. When the dimensionless spin parameter (λ) of each subhalo is derived from its specific angular momentum and circular velocity at virial radius, a signal of correlation is detected between the spin parameters of the subhalos and the main-to-submain mass ratios of their host halos at z = 0: the higher main-to-submain mass ratio a host halo has, the higher mean spin parameter its subhalos have. It is also found that the correlations exist even for the subhalo progenitors at z = 0.5 and 1. Our interpretation of this result is that the subhalo spin bias is not a transient effect but an intrinsic property of a LG-like system with higher main-to- submain mass ratio, caused by stronger anisotropic stress in the region. A cosmological implication of our result is also discussed.

  15. Chiral superconductors.

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed. PMID:27088452

  16. Chiral squaring

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    Nagy, S.

    2016-07-01

    We construct the states and symmetries of N = 4 super-Yang-Mills by tensoring two N = 1 chiral multiplets and introducing two extra SUSY generators. This allows us to write the maximal N = 8 supergravity as four copies of the chiral multiplet. We extend this to higher dimensions and discuss applications to scattering amplitudes.

  17. Chiral superconductors

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed.

  18. THE BLACK HOLE SPIN AND SOFT X-RAY EXCESS OF THE LUMINOUS SEYFERT GALAXY FAIRALL 9

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    Lohfink, Anne M.; Reynolds, Christopher S.; Mushotzky, Richard F.; Miller, Jon M.; Brenneman, Laura W.; Nowak, Michael A.; Fabian, Andrew C.

    2012-10-10

    We present an analysis of all XMM-Newton and Suzaku X-ray spectra of the nearby luminous Seyfert galaxy Fairall 9. Confirming previous analyses, we find robust evidence for a broad iron line associated with X-ray reflection from the innermost accretion disk. By fitting a spectral model that includes a relativistically ionized reflection component, we examine the constraints on the inclination of the inner accretion disk and the black hole spin, and the complications introduced by the presence of a photoionized emission line system. Employing multi-epoch fitting, we attempt to obtain robust and concordant measures of the accretion disk parameters. We also clearly see a soft X-ray excess in Fairall 9. During certain epochs, the soft excess can be described with the same disk reflection component that produces the iron line. However, there are epochs where an additional soft component is required. This can be attributed to either an additional highly ionized, strongly blurred disk reflection component or a new X-ray continuum component.

  19. Lateral chirality-sorting optical forces

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    Hayat, Amaury; Mueller, J. P. Balthasar; Capasso, Federico

    2015-01-01

    The transverse component of the spin angular momentum of evanescent waves gives rise to lateral optical forces on chiral particles, which have the unusual property of acting in a direction in which there is neither a field gradient nor wave propagation. Because their direction and strength depends on the chiral polarizability of the particle, they act as chirality-sorting and may offer a mechanism for passive chirality spectroscopy. The absolute strength of the forces also substantially exceeds that of other recently predicted sideways optical forces. PMID:26453555

  20. Isotopic chirality

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    Floss, H.G.

    1994-12-01

    This paper deals with compounds that are chiral-at least in part, due to isotope substitution-and their use in tracing the steric course of enzyme reaction in vitro and in vivo. There are other applications of isotopically chiral compounds (for example, in analyzing the steric course of nonenzymatic reactions and in probing the conformation of biomolecules) that are important but they will not be discussed in this context.

  1. Punctuated Chirality

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    Gleiser, Marcelo; Thorarinson, Joel; Walker, Sara Imari

    2008-12-01

    Most biomolecules occur in mirror, or chiral, images of each other. However, life is homochiral: proteins contain almost exclusively L-amino acids, while only D-sugars appear in RNA and DNA. The mechanism behind this fundamental asymmetry of life remains an open problem. Coupling the spatiotemporal evolution of a general autocatalytic polymerization reaction network to external environmental effects, we show through a detailed statistical analysis that high intensity and long duration events may drive achiral initial conditions towards chirality. We argue that life’s homochirality resulted from sequential chiral symmetry breaking triggered by environmental events, thus extending the theory of punctuated equilibrium to the prebiotic realm. Applying our arguments to other potentially life-bearing planetary platforms, we predict that a statistically representative sampling will be racemic on average.

  2. Punctuated chirality.

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    Gleiser, Marcelo; Thorarinson, Joel; Walker, Sara Imari

    2008-12-01

    Most biomolecules occur in mirror, or chiral, images of each other. However, life is homochiral: proteins contain almost exclusively L-amino acids, while only D-sugars appear in RNA and DNA. The mechanism behind this fundamental asymmetry of life remains an open problem. Coupling the spatiotemporal evolution of a general autocatalytic polymerization reaction network to external environmental effects, we show through a detailed statistical analysis that high intensity and long duration events may drive achiral initial conditions towards chirality. We argue that life's homochirality resulted from sequential chiral symmetry breaking triggered by environmental events, thus extending the theory of punctuated equilibrium to the prebiotic realm. Applying our arguments to other potentially life-bearing planetary platforms, we predict that a statistically representative sampling will be racemic on average. PMID:18841492

  3. Prebiotic chirality

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    Mekki-Berrada, Ali

    Bringing closer phospholipids each other on a bilayer of liposome, causes their rotation around their fatty acids axis, generating a force which brings closer the two sheets of the bilayer. In this theoretical study I show that for getting the greater cohesion of the liposome, by these forces, the serine in the hydrophilic head must have a L chirality. In the case where the hydrophilic head is absent amino acids with L chirality could contribute to this cohesion by taking the place of L-serine. Some coenzymes having a configuration similar to ethanolamine may also contribute. This is the case of pyridoxamine, thiamine and tetrahydrofolic acid. The grouping of amino acids of L chirality and pyridoxamine on the wall could initialize the prebiotic metabolism of these L amino acids only. This would explain the origin of the homo-chirality of amino acids in living world. Furthermore I show that in the hydrophilic head, the esterification of glycerol-phosphate by two fatty acids go through the positioning of dihydroxyacetone-phosphate and L-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, but not of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, prior their hydrogenation to glycerol-3- phosphate. The accumulation of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate in the cytoplasm displace the thermodynamic equilibria towards the synthesis of D-dATP from D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, acetaldehyde and prebiotic adenine, a reaction which does not require a coenzyme in the biotic metabolism. D-dATP and thiamine, more prebiotic metabolism of L-amino acids on the wall, would initialize D-pentoses phosphate and D-nucleotides pathways from the reaction of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate + dihydroxyacetone-phosphate + prebiotic nucleic bases. The exhaustion of the prebiotic glyceraldehyde (racemic) and the nascent biotic metabolism dominated by D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, would explain the origin of homo-chirality of sugars in living world. References: http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Prebiotic_chirality

  4. Chiral Dynamics 2006

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    Ahmed, Mohammad W.; Gao, Haiyan; Weller, Henry R.; Holstein, Barry

    2007-10-01

    pt. A. Plenary session. Opening remarks: experimental tests of chiral symmetry breaking / A. M. Bernstein. [Double pie symbols] scattering / H. Leutwyler. Chiral effective field theory in a [Triangle]-resonance region / V. Pascalutsa. Some recent developments in chiral perturbation theory / Ulf-G. Mei ner. Chiral extrapolation and nucleon structure from the lattice / R.D. Young. Recent results from HAPPEX / R. Michaels. Chiral symmetries and low energy searches for new physics / M.J. Ramsey-Musolf. Kaon physics: recent experimental progress / M. Moulson. Status of the Cabibbo angle / V. Cirigliano. Lattice QCD and nucleon spin structure / J.W. Negele. Spin sum rules and polarizabilities: results from Jefferson lab / J-P Chen. Compton scattering and nucleon polarisabilities / Judith A. McGovern. Virtual compton scattering at MIT-bates / R. Miskimen. Physics results from the BLAST detector at the BATES accelerator / R.P. Redwine. The [Pie sympbol]NN system, recent progress / C. Hanhart. Application of chiral nuclear forces to light nuclei / A. Nogga. New results on few-body experiments at low energy / Y. Nagai. Few-body lattice calculations / M.J. Savage. Research opportunities at the upgraded HI?S facility / H.R. Weller -- pt. B. Goldstone boson dynamics. Working group summary: Goldstone Boson dynamics / G. Colangelo and S. Giovannella. Recent results on radiative Kaon decays from NA48 and NA48/2 / S.G. López. Cusps in K-->3 [Pie symbol] decays / B. Kubis. Recent KTeV results on radiative Kaon decays / M.C. Ronquest. The [Double pie symbols] scattering amplitude / J.R. Peláez. Determination of the Regge parameters in the [Double pie symbols] scattering amplitude / I. Caprini. e+e- Hadronic cross section measurement at DA[symbol]NE with the KLOE detector / P. Beltrame. Measurement of the form factors of e+e- -->2([Pie symbol]+[Pie symbol]-), pp and the resonant parameters of the heavy charmonia at BES / H. Hu. Measurement of e+e- multihadronic cross section below 4

  5. Chirality and gravitational parity violation.

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    Bargueño, Pedro

    2015-06-01

    In this review, parity-violating gravitational potentials are presented as possible sources of both true and false chirality. In particular, whereas phenomenological long-range spin-dependent gravitational potentials contain both truly and falsely chiral terms, it is shown that there are models that extend general relativity including also coupling of fermionic degrees of freedom to gravity in the presence of torsion, which give place to short-range truly chiral interactions similar to that usually considered in molecular physics. Physical mechanisms which give place to gravitational parity violation together with the expected size of the effects and their experimental constraints are discussed. Finally, the possible role of parity-violating gravity in the origin of homochirality and a road map for future research works in quantum chemistry is presented. PMID:25919812

  6. Establishing the fundamental magnetic interactions in the chiral Skyrmionic Mott insulator Cu(2)OSeO(3) by terahertz electron spin resonance.

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    Ozerov, M; Romhányi, J; Belesi, M; Berger, H; Ansermet, J-Ph; van den Brink, Jeroen; Wosnitza, J; Zvyagin, S A; Rousochatzakis, I

    2014-10-10

    The recent discovery of Skyrmions in Cu(2)OSeO(3) has established a new platform to create and manipulate Skyrmionic spin textures. We use high-field electron spin resonance with a terahertz free-electron laser and pulsed magnetic fields up to 64 T to probe and quantify its microscopic spin-spin interactions. In addition to the previously observed long-wavelength Goldstone mode, this technique probes also the high-energy part of the excitation spectrum which is inaccessible by standard low-frequency electron spin resonance. Fitting the behavior of the observed modes in magnetic field to a theoretical framework establishes experimentally that the fundamental magnetic building blocks of this Skyrmionic magnet are rigid, highly entangled and weakly coupled tetrahedra. PMID:25375739

  7. Chiral symmetry in rotating systems

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    Malik, Sham S.

    2015-08-01

    The triaxial rotating system at critical angular momentum I ≥Iband exhibits two enatiomeric (the left- and right-handed) forms. These enatiomers are related to each other through dynamical chiral symmetry. The chiral symmetry in rotating system is defined by an operator χ ˆ =Rˆy (π) T ˆ, which involves the product of two distinct symmetries, namely, continuous and discrete. Therefore, new guidelines are required for testing its commutation with the system Hamiltonian. One of the primary objectives of this study is to lay down these guidelines. Further, the possible impact of chiral symmetry on the geometrical arrangement of angular momentum vectors and investigation of observables unique to nuclear chiral-twins is carried out. In our model, the angular momentum components (J1, J2, J3) occupy three mutually perpendicular axes of triaxial shape and represent a non-planar configuration. At certain threshold energy, the equation of motion in angular momentum develops a second order phase transition and as a result two distinct frames (i.e., the left- and right-handed) are formed. These left- and right-handed states correspond to a double well system and are related to each other through chiral operator. At this critical angular momentum, the centrifugal and Coriolis interactions lower the barrier in the double well system. The tunneling through the double well starts, which subsequently lifts the degeneracy among the rotational states. A detailed analysis of the behavior of rotational energies, spin-staggering, and the electromagnetic transition probabilities of the resulting twin-rotational bands is presented. The ensuing model results exhibit similarities with many observed features of the chiral-twins. An advantage of our formalism is that it is quite simple and it allows us to pinpoint the understanding of physical phenomenon which lead to chiral-twins in rotating systems.

  8. Dark-ages reionization and galaxy formation simulation - II. Spin and concentration parameters for dark matter haloes during the epoch of reionization

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    Angel, Paul W.; Poole, Gregory B.; Ludlow, Aaron D.; Duffy, Alan R.; Geil, Paul M.; Mutch, Simon J.; Mesinger, Andrei; Wyithe, J. Stuart B.

    2016-06-01

    We use high-resolution N-body simulations to study the concentration and spin parameters of dark matter haloes in the mass range 108 M⊙ h-1 < M < 1011 M⊙ h-1 and redshifts 5 < z < 10, corresponding to the haloes of galaxies thought to be responsible for reionization. We build a subsample of equilibrium haloes and contrast their properties to the full population that also includes unrelaxed systems. Concentrations are calculated by fitting both NFW and Einasto profiles to the spherically averaged density profiles of individual haloes. After removing haloes that are out of equilibrium, we find a z > 5 concentration-mass (c(M)) relation that is almost flat and well described by a simple power law for both NFW and Einasto fits. The intrinsic scatter around the mean relation is Δcvir ˜ 1 (or 20 per cent) at z = 5. We also find that the analytic model proposed by Ludlow et al. reproduces the mass and redshift dependence of halo concentrations. Our best-fitting Einasto shape parameter, α, depends on peak height, ν, in a manner that is accurately described by α = 0.0070ν2 + 0.1839. The distribution of the spin parameter, λ, has a weak dependence on equilibrium state; λ peaks at roughly ˜0.033 for our relaxed sample, and at ˜0.04 for the full population. The spin-virial mass relation has a mild negative correlation at high redshift.

  9. Chiral streamers

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    Zou, Dandan; Cao, Xin; Lu, Xinpei; Ostrikov, Kostya

    2015-10-15

    The interaction of time-varying electromagnetic fields and solid, liquid, and gaseous matter may lead to electrical breakdown phenomena through the excitation of ionization waves or streamers that control the dynamics of localized plasma propagation through the media. The streamers usually propagate along straight lines, either between random points in space or along a certain direction in a guided mode. Here, we report on a new type of plasma discharges with the regular helical propagation pattern driven by a pulsed dc voltage in nitrogen at sub-atmospheric-pressure conditions. The helical guided streamers, named chiral streamers or chi-streamers, are excited without any external magnetic fields, which commonly cause helical plasma motions. We also demonstrate a hybrid propagation mode involving the interchangeable chiral streamers and the straight-line propagating plasmas. High-speed, time-resolved optical imaging reveals that the chiral streamers and the hybrid patterns are made of spatially localized discrete plasma bullets, similar to the straight-line guided streamers. These results may enable effective control of propagation of confined plasmas and electromagnetic energy along pre-determined, potentially deterministic paths, which have important implications for the development of next-generation plasma-based radiation sources, communication devices, and medical treatments.

  10. Chiral streamers

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    Zou, Dandan; Cao, Xin; Lu, Xinpei; Ostrikov, Kostya Ken

    2015-10-01

    The interaction of time-varying electromagnetic fields and solid, liquid, and gaseous matter may lead to electrical breakdown phenomena through the excitation of ionization waves or streamers that control the dynamics of localized plasma propagation through the media. The streamers usually propagate along straight lines, either between random points in space or along a certain direction in a guided mode. Here, we report on a new type of plasma discharges with the regular helical propagation pattern driven by a pulsed dc voltage in nitrogen at sub-atmospheric-pressure conditions. The helical guided streamers, named chiral streamers or chi-streamers, are excited without any external magnetic fields, which commonly cause helical plasma motions. We also demonstrate a hybrid propagation mode involving the interchangeable chiral streamers and the straight-line propagating plasmas. High-speed, time-resolved optical imaging reveals that the chiral streamers and the hybrid patterns are made of spatially localized discrete plasma bullets, similar to the straight-line guided streamers. These results may enable effective control of propagation of confined plasmas and electromagnetic energy along pre-determined, potentially deterministic paths, which have important implications for the development of next-generation plasma-based radiation sources, communication devices, and medical treatments.

  11. Simplification of the 1H NMR spectra of enantiomers dissolved in chiral liquid crystals, combining variable angle sample spinning and selective refocusing experiments.

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    Beguin, Laetitia; Courtieu, Jacques; Ziani, Latifa; Merlet, Denis

    2006-12-01

    This work presents a technique to simplify overcrowded proton spectra in chiral liquid crystal solvents using rotation of the sample near the magic angle, VASS, combined with homonuclear selective refocusing 2D NMR experiments, SERF. This methodology provides a powerful tool to visualise enantiomers out of unresolved proton spectra. A modified SERF sequence is presented where the resulting 2D spectrum can be phased to increase the resolution. Accurate enantiomeric excesses are determined that are not possible to measure on static samples. Two examples are presented. PMID:16991108

  12. Chiral Thermoelectrics with Quantum Hall Edge States

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    Sánchez, Rafael; Sothmann, Björn; Jordan, Andrew N.

    2015-04-01

    The thermoelectric properties of a three-terminal quantum Hall conductor are investigated. We identify a contribution to the thermoelectric response that relies on the chirality of the carrier motion rather than on spatial asymmetries. The Onsager matrix becomes maximally asymmetric with configurations where either the Seebeck or the Peltier coefficients are zero while the other one remains finite. Reversing the magnetic field direction exchanges these effects, which originate from the chiral nature of the quantum Hall edge states. The possibility to generate spin-polarized currents in quantum spin Hall samples is discussed.

  13. Plasmonic enhancement of chiral light-matter interactions

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    Alizadeh, Mohammadhossein

    Plasmonic nanostructures provide unique opportunities to improve the detection limits of chiroptical spectroscopies by enhancing chiral light-matter interactions. The most significant of such interaction occur in ultraviolet (UV) range of the electromagnetic spectrum that remains challenging to access by conventional localized plasmon resonance based sensors. Although Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPPs) on noble metal films can sustain resonances in the desired spectral range, their transverse magnetic nature has been an obstacle for enhancing chiroptical effects. We demonstrate, both analytically and numerically, that SPPs excited by near-field sources can exhibit rich and non-trivial chiral characteristics. In particular, we show that the excitation of SPPs by a chiral source not only results in a locally enhanced optical chirality but also achieves manifold enhancement of net optical chirality. Our finding that SPPs facilitate a plasmonic enhancement of optical chirality in the UV part of the spectrum is of great interest in chiral bio-sensing. Next we focus on the new concepts of transverse spin angular momentum and Belinfante spin momentum of evanescent waves, which have recently drawn considerable attention. We investigate these novel physical properties of electromagnetic fields in the context of chiral surface plasmon polaritons. We demonstrate, both analytically and numerically, that locally excited surface plasmon polaritons possess transverse Spin angular momentum and Belinfante momentum with rich and non-trivial characteristics. We also show that the transverse spin angular momentum of locally excited surface plasmon polaritons leads to the emergence of transverse chiral forces in opposite directions for chiral objects of different handedness. The magnitude of such a transverse force is comparable to the optical gradient force and scattering forces. This finding may pave the way for realization of optical separation of chiral biomolecules.

  14. A semiclassical formulation of the chiral magnetic effect and chiral anomaly in even d + 1 dimensions

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    Dayi, Ömer F.; Elbistan, Mahmut

    2016-05-01

    In terms of the matrix valued Berry gauge field strength for the Weyl Hamiltonian in any even space-time dimensions a symplectic form whose elements are matrices in spin indices is introduced. Definition of the volume form is modified appropriately. A simple method of finding the path integral measure and the chiral current in the presence of external electromagnetic fields is presented. It is shown that within this new approach the chiral magnetic effect as well as the chiral anomaly in even d + 1 dimensions are accomplished straightforwardly.

  15. Broken chiral symmetry on a null plane

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    Beane, Silas R.

    2013-10-15

    On a null-plane (light-front), all effects of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking are contained in the three Hamiltonians (dynamical Poincaré generators), while the vacuum state is a chiral invariant. This property is used to give a general proof of Goldstone’s theorem on a null-plane. Focusing on null-plane QCD with N degenerate flavors of light quarks, the chiral-symmetry breaking Hamiltonians are obtained, and the role of vacuum condensates is clarified. In particular, the null-plane Gell-Mann–Oakes–Renner formula is derived, and a general prescription is given for mapping all chiral-symmetry breaking QCD condensates to chiral-symmetry conserving null-plane QCD condensates. The utility of the null-plane description lies in the operator algebra that mixes the null-plane Hamiltonians and the chiral symmetry charges. It is demonstrated that in a certain non-trivial limit, the null-plane operator algebra reduces to the symmetry group SU(2N) of the constituent quark model. -- Highlights: •A proof (the first) of Goldstone’s theorem on a null-plane is given. •The puzzle of chiral-symmetry breaking condensates on a null-plane is solved. •The emergence of spin-flavor symmetries in null-plane QCD is demonstrated.

  16. Bars Triggered By Galaxy Flybys

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    Holley-Bockelmann, Kelly; Lang, Meagan; Sinha, Manodeep

    2015-05-01

    Galaxy mergers drive galaxy evolution and are a key mechanism by which galaxies grow and transform. Unlike galaxy mergers where two galaxies combine into one remnant, galaxy flybys occur when two independent galaxy halos interpenetrate but detach at a later time; these one-time events are surprisingly common and can even out-number galaxy mergers at low redshift for massive halos. Although these interactions are transient and occur far outside the galaxy disk, flybys can still drive a rapid and large pertubations within both the intruder and victim halos. We explored how flyby encounters can transform each galaxy using a suite of N-body simulations. We present results from three co-planar flybys between disk galaxies, demonstrating that flybys can both trigger strong bar formation and can spin-up dark matter halos.

  17. Chiral mirrors

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    Plum, Eric; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2015-06-01

    Mirrors are used in telescopes, microscopes, photo cameras, lasers, satellite dishes, and everywhere else, where redirection of electromagnetic radiation is required making them arguably the most important optical component. While conventional isotropic mirrors will reflect linear polarizations without change, the handedness of circularly polarized waves is reversed upon reflection. Here, we demonstrate a type of mirror reflecting one circular polarization without changing its handedness, while absorbing the other. The polarization-preserving mirror consists of a planar metasurface with a subwavelength pattern that cannot be superimposed with its mirror image without being lifted out of its plane, and a conventional mirror spaced by a fraction of the wavelength from the metasurface. Such mirrors enable circularly polarized lasers and Fabry-Pérot cavities with enhanced tunability, gyroscopic applications, polarization-sensitive detectors of electromagnetic waves, and can be used to enhance spectroscopies of chiral media.

  18. Holographic chiral induced W-gravities

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    Poojary, Rohan R.; Suryanarayana, Nemani V.

    2015-10-01

    We study boundary conditions for 3-dimensional higher spin gravity that admit asymptotic symmetry algebras expected of 2-dimensional induced higher spin theories in the light-cone gauge. For the higher spin theory based on sl(3,{R})oplus sl(3,{R}) algebra, our boundary conditions give rise to one copy of classical W 3 and a copy of sl(3,{R}) or su(1 , 2) Kac-Moody as the asymptotic symmetry algebra. We propose that the higher spin theories with these boundary conditions describe appropriate chiral induced W-gravity theories on the boundary. We also consider boundary conditions of spin-3 higher spin gravity that admit a u(1) ⊕ u(1) current algebra.

  19. Preparation, characterization and magnetic behavior of a spin-labelled physical hydrogel containing a chiral cyclic nitroxide radical unit fixed inside the gelator molecule.

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    Takemoto, Yusa; Yamamoto, Takayuki; Ikuma, Naohiko; Uchida, Yoshiaki; Suzuki, Katsuaki; Shimono, Satoshi; Takahashi, Hiroki; Sato, Nobuhiro; Oba, Yojiro; Inoue, Rintaro; Sugiyama, Masaaki; Tsue, Hirohito; Kato, Tatsuhisa; Yamauchi, Jun; Tamura, Rui

    2015-07-21

    An optically active amphiphilic nitroxide radical compound [(S,S,R)-], which contains a paramagnetic (2S,5S)-2,5-dimethyl-2,5-diphenylpyrrolidine-N-oxyl radical group fixed in the inner position together with a hydrophobic long alkyl chain and a hydrophilic (R)-alanine residue in the opposite terminal positions, was found to serve as a low-molecular-weight gelator in H2O to give rise to a spin-labelled physical hydrogel. Characterization of the hydrogel was performed by microscopic (SEM, TEM and AFM) techniques, XRD and SAXS measurements, and IR, UV and CD spectroscopies. The gel-sol transition temperature was determined by EPR spectral line-width (ΔHpp) analysis. Measurement of the temperature dependence of relative paramagnetic susceptibility (χrel) for the hydrogel and sol phases was achieved by means of the double-integration of VT-EPR spectra. PMID:26073537

  20. Chirality of Viral Capsids

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    Dharmavaram, Sanjay; Xie, Fangming; Bruinsma, Robijn; Klug, William; Rudnick, Joseph

    Most icosahedral viruses are classified by their T-number which identifies their capsid in terms of the number of capsomers and their relative arrangement. Certain T-numbers (T = 7 for instance) are inherently chiral (with no reflection planes) while others (e.g. T = 1) are achiral. We present a Landau-Brazovskii (LB) theory for weak crystallization in which a scalar order parameter that measures density of capsid proteins successfully predicts the various observed T-numbers and their respective chiralities. We find that chiral capsids gain stability by spontaneously breaking symmetry from an unstable chiral state. The inherently achiral LB-free energy does not preferentially select a particular chiral state from its mirror reflection. Based on the physical observation that proteins are inherently chiral molecules with directional interactions, we propose a new chiral term to the LB energy as a possible selection mechanism for chirality.

  1. Phenomenology of chiral damping in noncentrosymmetric magnets

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    Akosa, Collins Ashu; Miron, Ioan Mihai; Gaudin, Gilles; Manchon, Aurélien

    2016-06-01

    A phenomenology of magnetic chiral damping is proposed in the context of magnetic materials lacking inversion symmetry. We show that the magnetic damping tensor acquires a component linear in magnetization gradient in the form of Lifshitz invariants. We propose different microscopic mechanisms that can produce such a damping in ferromagnetic metals, among which local spin pumping in the presence of an anomalous Hall effect and an effective "s-d" Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya antisymmetric exchange. The implication of this chiral damping in terms of domain-wall motion is investigated in the flow and creep regimes.

  2. Possible chiral bands in {sup 194}Tl

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    Masiteng, P. L.; Ramashidzha, T. M.; Maliage, S. M.; Sharpey-Schafer, J. F.; Vymers, P. A.; Lawrie, E. A.; Lawrie, J. J.; Bark, R. A.; Mullins, S. M.; Murray, S. H. T.; Kau, J.; Komati, F.; Lindsay, R.; Matamba, I.; Mutshena, P.; Zhang, Y.

    2011-10-28

    High spin states in {sup 194}Tl, excited through the {sup 181}Ta({sup 18}O,5n) fusion evaporation reaction, were studied using the AFRODITE array at iThemba LABS. Candidate chiral bands built on the {pi}h{sub 9/2} x {nu}i{sub 13/2}{sup 1} configuration were found. Furthermore these bands were observed through a band crossing caused by the excitation of a {nu}i{sub 13/2} pair. Above the band crossing the excitation energies remain close, suggesting that chirality may persist for the four quasiparticle configuration too.

  3. Introduction to chiral symmetry

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    Koch, V.

    1996-01-08

    These lectures are an attempt to a pedagogical introduction into the elementary concepts of chiral symmetry in nuclear physics. Effective chiral models such as the linear and nonlinear sigma model will be discussed as well as the essential ideas of chiral perturbation theory. Some applications to the physics of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions will be presented.

  4. Invariant Spin in the Proton

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    Thomas, Anthony

    2008-11-01

    We discuss recent theoretical progress in understanding the distribution of spin and orbital angular momentum in the proton. Particular attention is devoted to the effect of QCD evolution and to the distinction between "chiral" and "invariant" spin. This is particularly significant with respect to the possible presence of polarized strange quarks.

  5. Invariant Spin in the Proton

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    Thomas, Anthony W.

    2008-10-13

    We discuss recent theoretical progress in understanding the distribution of spin and orbital angular momentum in the proton. Particular attention is devoted to the effect of QCD evolution and to the distinction between 'chiral' and 'invariant' spin. This is particularly significant with respect to the possible presence of polarized strange quarks.

  6. Chirality in nonlinear optics.

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    Haupert, Levi M; Simpson, Garth J

    2009-01-01

    The past decade has witnessed the emergence of new measurement approaches and applications for chiral thin films and materials enabled by the observations of the high sensitivity of second-order nonlinear optical measurements to chirality. In thin films, the chiral response to second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation (SFG) from a single molecular monolayer is often comparable with the achiral response. The chiral specificity also allows for symmetry-allowed SFG in isotropic chiral media, confirming predictions made approximately 50 years ago. With these experimental demonstrations in hand, an important challenge is the construction of intuitive predictive models that allow the measured chiral response to be meaningfully related back to molecular and macromolecular structure. This review defines and considers three distinct mechanisms for chiral effects in uniaxially oriented assemblies: orientational chirality, intrinsic chirality, and isotropic chirality. The role of each is discussed in experimental and computational studies of bacteriorhodopsin films, binaphthol, and collagen. Collectively, these three model systems support a remarkably simple framework for quantitatively recovering the measured chiral-specific activity. PMID:19046125

  7. Chirality in Nonlinear Optics

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    Haupert, Levi M.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2009-05-01

    The past decade has witnessed the emergence of new measurement approaches and applications for chiral thin films and materials enabled by the observations of the high sensitivity of second-order nonlinear optical measurements to chirality. In thin films, the chiral response to second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation (SFG) from a single molecular monolayer is often comparable with the achiral response. The chiral specificity also allows for symmetry-allowed SFG in isotropic chiral media, confirming predictions made ˜50 years ago. With these experimental demonstrations in hand, an important challenge is the construction of intuitive predictive models that allow the measured chiral response to be meaningfully related back to molecular and macromolecular structure. This review defines and considers three distinct mechanisms for chiral effects in uniaxially oriented assemblies: orientational chirality, intrinsic chirality, and isotropic chirality. The role of each is discussed in experimental and computational studies of bacteriorhodopsin films, binaphthol, and collagen. Collectively, these three model systems support a remarkably simple framework for quantitatively recovering the measured chiral-specific activity.

  8. Emergent spin

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    Creutz, Michael

    2014-03-15

    Quantum mechanics and relativity in the continuum imply the well known spin–statistics connection. However for particles hopping on a lattice, there is no such constraint. If a lattice model yields a relativistic field theory in a continuum limit, this constraint must “emerge” for physical excitations. We discuss a few models where a spin-less fermion hopping on a lattice gives excitations which satisfy the continuum Dirac equation. This includes such well known systems such as graphene and staggered fermions. -- Highlights: •The spin–statistics theorem is not required for particles on a lattice. •Spin emerges dynamically when spinless fermions have a relativistic continuum limit. •Graphene and staggered fermions are examples of this phenomenon. •The phenomenon is intimately tied to chiral symmetry and fermion doubling. •Anomaly cancellation is a crucial feature of any valid lattice fermion action.

  9. Chiral symmetry and chiral-symmetry breaking

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    Peskin, M.E.

    1982-12-01

    These lectures concern the dynamics of fermions in strong interaction with gauge fields. Systems of fermions coupled by gauge forces have a very rich structure of global symmetries, which are called chiral symmetries. These lectures will focus on the realization of chiral symmetries and the causes and consequences of thier spontaneous breaking. A brief introduction to the basic formalism and concepts of chiral symmetry breaking is given, then some explicit calculations of chiral symmetry breaking in gauge theories are given, treating first parity-invariant and then chiral models. These calculations are meant to be illustrative rather than accurate; they make use of unjustified mathematical approximations which serve to make the physics more clear. Some formal constraints on chiral symmetry breaking are discussed which illuminate and extend the results of our more explicit analysis. Finally, a brief review of the phenomenological theory of chiral symmetry breaking is presented, and some applications of this theory to problems in weak-interaction physics are discussed. (WHK)

  10. Theory of magnon motive force in chiral ferromagnets

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    Güngördü, Utkan; Kovalev, Alexey A.

    2016-07-01

    We predict that magnon motive force can lead to temperature dependent, nonlinear chiral damping in both conducting and insulating ferromagnets. We estimate that this damping can significantly influence the motion of skyrmions and domain walls at finite temperatures. We also find that in systems with low Gilbert damping moving chiral magnetic textures and resulting magnon motive forces can induce large spin and energy currents in the transverse direction.

  11. Electromagnetic propulsion and separation by chirality of nanoparticles in liquids

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    Kirkinis, E.; Andreev, A. V.; Spivak, B.

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a new mechanism for the propulsion and separation by chirality of small ferromagnetic particles suspended in a liquid. Under the action of a uniform dc magnetic field H and an ac electric field E isomers with opposite chirality move in opposite directions. Such a mechanism could have a significant impact on a wide range of emerging technologies. The component of the chiral velocity that is odd in H is found to be proportional to the intrinsic orbital and spin angular momentum of the magnetized electrons. This effect arises because a ferromagnetic particle responds to the applied torque as a small gyroscope.

  12. Chiral Surface Modes in Three-Dimensional Topological Insulators

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    Hattori, Kiminori; Okamoto, Hiroaki

    2016-05-01

    Where chiral modes should appear is an essential question for the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in three-dimensional topological insulators (3DTIs). In this letter, we show that in a slab of ferromagnetic 3DTI subjected to a uniform exchange field normal to its top and bottom surfaces, the QAH effect creates a single chiral surface mode delocalized on the side faces. In a nonmagnetic 3DTI, analogously, delocalized helical modes consisting of a pair of oppositely propagating chiral surface modes are produced by the quantum spin Hall effect.

  13. Electromagnetic propulsion and separation by chirality of nanoparticles in liquids.

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    Kirkinis, E; Andreev, A V; Spivak, B

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a new mechanism for the propulsion and separation by chirality of small ferromagnetic particles suspended in a liquid. Under the action of a uniform dc magnetic field H and an ac electric field E isomers with opposite chirality move in opposite directions. Such a mechanism could have a significant impact on a wide range of emerging technologies. The component of the chiral velocity that is odd in H is found to be proportional to the intrinsic orbital and spin angular momentum of the magnetized electrons. This effect arises because a ferromagnetic particle responds to the applied torque as a small gyroscope. PMID:22400671

  14. Chiral magnetic effect in ZrTe5

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    Li, Qiang; Kharzeev, Dmitri E.; Zhang, Cheng; Huang, Yuan; Pletikosić, I.; Fedorov, A. V.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Gu, G. D.; Valla, T.

    2016-06-01

    The chiral magnetic effect is the generation of an electric current induced by chirality imbalance in the presence of a magnetic field. It is a macroscopic manifestation of the quantum anomaly in relativistic field theory of chiral fermions (massless spin 1/2 particles with a definite projection of spin on momentum)--a remarkable phenomenon arising from a collective motion of particles and antiparticles in the Dirac sea. The recent discovery of Dirac semimetals with chiral quasiparticles opens a fascinating possibility to study this phenomenon in condensed matter experiments. Here we report on the measurement of magnetotransport in zirconium pentatelluride, ZrTe5, that provides strong evidence for the chiral magnetic effect. Our angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments show that this material’s electronic structure is consistent with a three-dimensional Dirac semimetal. We observe a large negative magnetoresistance when the magnetic field is parallel with the current. The measured quadratic field dependence of the magnetoconductance is a clear indication of the chiral magnetic effect. The observed phenomenon stems from the effective transmutation of a Dirac semimetal into a Weyl semimetal induced by parallel electric and magnetic fields that represent a topologically non-trivial gauge field background. We expect that the chiral magnetic effect may emerge in a wide class of materials that are near the transition between the trivial and topological insulators.

  15. Chiral magnetic effect in ZrTe5

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    Li, Q.; Kharzeev, D. E.; Zhang, C.; Huang, Y.; Pletikosic, I.; Fedorov, A. V.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Gu, G. D.; Valla, T.

    2016-02-08

    The chiral magnetic effect is the generation of electric current induced by chirality imbalance in the presence of magnetic field. It is a macroscopic manifestation of the quantum anomaly in relativistic field theory of chiral fermions (massless spin 1/2 particles with a definite projection of spin on momentum) - a dramatic phenomenon arising from a collective motion of particles and antiparticles in the Dirac sea. The recent discovery of Dirac semimetals with chiral quasi-particles opens a fascinating possibility to study this phenomenon in condensed matter experiments. Here we report on the measurement of magneto-transport in zirconium pentatelluride, ZrTe5 that providesmore » a strong evidence for the chiral magnetic effect. Our angleresolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments show that this material’s electronic structure is consistent with a 3D Dirac semimetal. We observe a large negative magnetoresistance when magnetic field is parallel with the current. The measured quadratic field dependence of the magnetoconductance is a clear indication of the chiral magnetic effect. The observed phenomenon stems from the effective transmutation of Dirac semimetal into a Weyl semimetal induced by the parallel electric and magnetic fields that represent a topologically nontrivial gauge field background. We expect that chiral magnetic effect may emerge in a wide class of materials that are near the transition between the trivial and topological insulators.« less

  16. Chiral plaquette polaron theory of cuprate superconductivity

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    Tahir-Kheli, Jamil; Goddard, William A., III

    2007-07-01

    Ab initio density functional calculations on explicitly doped La2-xSrxCuO4 find that doping creates localized holes in out-of-plane orbitals. A model for cuprate superconductivity is developed based on the assumption that doping leads to the formation of holes on a four-site Cu plaquette composed of the out-of-plane A1 orbitals apical Opz , planar Cud3z2-r2 , and planar Opσ . This is in contrast to the assumption of hole doping into planar Cudx2-y2 and Opσ orbitals as in the t-J model. Allowing these holes to interact with the d9 spin background leads to chiral polarons with either a clockwise or anticlockwise charge current. When the polaron plaquettes percolate through the crystal at x≈0.05 for La2-xSrxCuO4 , a Cudx2-y2 and planar Opσ band is formed. The computed percolation doping of x≈0.05 equals the observed transition to the “metallic” and superconducting phase for La2-xSrxCuO4 . Spin exchange Coulomb repulsion with chiral polarons leads to d -wave superconducting pairing. The equivalent of the Debye energy in phonon superconductivity is the maximum energy separation between a chiral polaron and its time-reversed partner. This energy separation is on the order of the antiferromagnetic spin coupling energy, Jdd˜0.1eV , suggesting a higher critical temperature. An additive skew-scattering contribution to the Hall effect is induced by chiral polarons and leads to a temperature dependent Hall effect that fits the measured values for La2-xSrxCuO4 . The integrated imaginary susceptibility, observed by neutron spin scattering, satisfies ω/T scaling due to chirality and spin-flip scattering of polarons along with a uniform distribution of polaron energy splittings. The derived functional form is compatible with experiments. The static spin structure factor for chiral spin coupling of the polarons to the undoped antiferromagnetic Cud9 spins is computed for classical spins on large two-dimensional lattices and is found to be incommensurate with a

  17. Planar plasmonic chiral nanostructures.

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    Zu, Shuai; Bao, Yanjun; Fang, Zheyu

    2016-02-21

    A strong chiral optical response induced at a plasmonic Fano resonance in a planar Au heptamer nanostructure was experimentally and theoretically demonstrated. The scattering spectra show the characteristic narrow-band feature of Fano resonances for both left and right circular polarized lights, with a chiral response reaching 30% at the Fano resonance. Specifically, we systematically investigate the chiral response of planar heptamers with gradually changing the inter-particle rotation angles and separation distance. The chiral spectral characteristics clearly depend on the strength of Fano resonances and the associated near-field optical distributions. Finite element method simulations together with a multipole expansion method demonstrate that the enhanced chirality is caused by the excitation of magnetic quadrupolar and electric toroidal dipolar modes. Our work provides an effective method for the design of 2D nanostructures with a strong chiral response. PMID:26818746

  18. Axially chiral BODIPYs.

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    Lerrick, Reinner I; Winstanley, Thomas P L; Haggerty, Karen; Wills, Corinne; Clegg, William; Harrington, Ross W; Bultinck, Patrick; Herrebout, Wouter; Benniston, Andrew C; Hall, Michael J

    2014-05-11

    The synthesis and resolution of a class of chiral organic fluorophores, axially chiral 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacenes (Ax*-BODIPY), is described. Ax*-BODIPYs were prepared through a modular synthesis combined with a late stage Heck functionalisation. Resolution was achieved by preparative chiral HPLC. Absolute stereochemical assignment was performed by comparison of experimental ECD spectra with TD-DFT calculations. PMID:24676233

  19. Galaxies et trous noirs supermassifs

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    Collin-Zahn, Suzy

    2016-08-01

    A few percents of galaxies are classified as « active ». An active galaxy is a galaxy whose nucleus emits more energy than the whole galaxy in the form of electromagnetic radiation, relativistic particles, or mechanical energy. It is activated by a supermassive black hole fueled by matter falling on it, whose characteristics (Eddington luminosity, spin) are recalled. The class includes quasars and Seyfert galaxies. All massive "non active" galaxies contain a supermassive black hole, but there is not enough matter in its environment so as the nucleus becomes luminous. Different items are considered in the paper : how supermassive black holes are fueled, the accretion disc, the jets and the winds, the unified model of active galaxies, how are determined the masses of supermassive black holes, and what is the relation between the evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes.

  20. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm–1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  1. Chiral atomically thin films.

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra. PMID:26900756

  2. Complex Langevin simulation of chiral symmetry restoration at finite baryonic density

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    Ilgenfritz, Ernst-Michael

    1986-12-01

    A recently proposed effective SU(3) spin model with chiral order parameter is studied by means of the complex Langevin equation. A first-order chiral symmetry restoring and deconfining transition is observed at sufficiently low temperature at finite baryonic density. Permanent address: Sektion Physik, Karl-Marx Universität, DDR-7010 Leipzig, German Democratic Republic.

  3. Imaging and Tailoring the Chirality of Domain Walls in Magnetic Films.

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    Chen, Gong; Schmid, Andreas K

    2015-10-14

    Electric-current-induced magnetization switching is a keystone concept in the development of spintronics devices. In the last few years this field has experienced a significant boost with the discovery of ultrafast domain wall motions and very low threshold currents in structures designed to stabilize chiral spin textures. Imaging domain-wall spin textures in situ, while fabricating magnetic multilayer structures, is a powerful way to investigate the forces stabilizing this type of chirality, and informs strategies to engineer structures with controlled spin textures. Here, recent results applying spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy to image chiral domain walls in magnetic multilayer films are summarized. Providing a way to measure the strength of the asymmetric exchange interaction that causes the chirality, this approach can be used to tailor the texture and handedness of magnetic domain walls by interface engineering. These results advance understanding of the underlying physics and offer new insights toward the design of spintronic devices. PMID:26032892

  4. Chiral geometry in multiple chiral doublet bands

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    Zhang, Hao; Chen, Qibo

    2016-02-01

    The chiral geometry of multiple chiral doublet bands with identical configuration is discussed for different triaxial deformation parameters γ in the particle rotor model with . The energy spectra, electromagnetic transition probabilities B(M1) and B(E2), angular momenta, and K-distributions are studied. It is demonstrated that the chirality still remains not only in the yrast and yrare bands, but also in the two higher excited bands when γ deviates from 30°. The chiral geometry relies significantly on γ, and the chiral geometry of the two higher excited partner bands is not as good as that of the yrast and yrare doublet bands. Supported by Plan Project of Beijing College Students’ Scientific Research and Entrepreneurial Action, Major State 973 Program of China (2013CB834400), National Natural Science Foundation of China (11175002, 11335002, 11375015, 11461141002), National Fund for Fostering Talents of Basic Science (NFFTBS) (J1103206), Research Fund for Doctoral Program of Higher Education (20110001110087) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2015M580007)

  5. Chiral Properties in ^134Pr

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    Starosta, K.; Chiara, C. J.; Fossan, D. B.; Koike, T.; Beausang, C. W.; Hecht, A. A.; Boston, A. J.; Chantler, H. J.; Paul, E. S.; Scraggs, H. C.; Simons, A.; Wadsworth, R.; Clark, R. M.

    2001-04-01

    The πh_11/2νh_11/2 doublet bands in ^134Pr, which represent the best evidence to date for chiral symmetry breaking in odd-odd nuclei [1], were investigated with the GAMMASPHERE array using the ^116Cd(^23Na,5n) reaction at 115 MeV. From thin-target data, the nearly degenerate ΔI=1 side band was extended from a 9^+ bandhead up to a spin of 24^+ with E2 crossovers, a total of 15 units of spin, while the main yrast band was observed from an 8^+ bandhead to 24^+. Measured γ-ray intensities suggest a staggering of the B(M1)/B(E2) ratios in the main band with the ratio smaller for even-spin initial states; these compare well with those of other N=75 isotones. Relative transition rates for γ-rays linking the doublet bands have also been extracted. Analysis of backed-target data aimed at absolute transition rates is underway. The results will be compared to calculations with particle-hole triaxial-rotor and 3-D TAC models. [1mm] [1] C.M.Petrache, et al., Nucl.Phys.A597(1996)106; V.I.Dimitrov, et al., PRL 84(2000)5732; K. Starosta, et al., PRL 86(2001).

  6. Chiral Drugs: An Overview

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    Nguyen, Lien Ai; He, Hua; Pham-Huy, Chuong

    2006-01-01

    About more than half of the drugs currently in use are chiral compounds and near 90% of the last ones are marketed as racemates consisting of an equimolar mixture of two enantiomers. Although they have the same chemical structure, most isomers of chiral drugs exhibit marked differences in biological activities such as pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, metabolism etc. Some mechanisms of these properties are also explained. Therefore, it is important to promote the chiral separation and analysis of racemic drugs in pharmaceutical industry as well as in clinic in order to eliminate the unwanted isomer from the preparation and to find an optimal treatment and a right therapeutic control for the patient. In this article, we review the nomenclature, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, metabolism etc of some usual chiral drugs as well as their mechanisms. Different techniques used for the chiral separation in pharmaceutical industry as well as in clinical analyses are also examined. PMID:23674971

  7. Magnetic Reversal of Electric Polarization with Fixed Chirality of Magnetic Structure in a Chiral-Lattice Helimagnet MnSb_{2}O_{6}.

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    Kinoshita, M; Seki, S; Sato, T J; Nambu, Y; Hong, T; Matsuda, M; Cao, H B; Ishiwata, S; Tokura, Y

    2016-07-22

    The correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties has been investigated for the single crystal of the chiral triangular-lattice helimagnet MnSb_{2}O_{6}. We found that the spin-spiral plane in the ground state has a considerable tilting from the (110) plane and that the sign of the spin-spiral tilting angle is coupled to the clockwise or counterclockwise manner of spin rotation and accordingly to the sign of magnetically induced electric polarization. This leads to unique magnetoelectric responses such as the magnetic-field-induced selection of a single ferroelectric domain as well as the reversal of electric polarization just by a slight tilting of the magnetic field direction, where the chiral nature of the crystal structure plays a crucial role through the coupling of the chirality between the crystal and magnetic structures. Our results demonstrate that crystallographic chirality can be an abundant source of novel magnetoelectric functions with coupled internal degrees of freedom. PMID:27494497

  8. Magnetic Reversal of Electric Polarization with Fixed Chirality of Magnetic Structure in a Chiral-Lattice Helimagnet MnSb2 O6

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    Kinoshita, M.; Seki, S.; Sato, T. J.; Nambu, Y.; Hong, T.; Matsuda, M.; Cao, H. B.; Ishiwata, S.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-07-01

    The correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties has been investigated for the single crystal of the chiral triangular-lattice helimagnet MnSb2 O6 . We found that the spin-spiral plane in the ground state has a considerable tilting from the (110) plane and that the sign of the spin-spiral tilting angle is coupled to the clockwise or counterclockwise manner of spin rotation and accordingly to the sign of magnetically induced electric polarization. This leads to unique magnetoelectric responses such as the magnetic-field-induced selection of a single ferroelectric domain as well as the reversal of electric polarization just by a slight tilting of the magnetic field direction, where the chiral nature of the crystal structure plays a crucial role through the coupling of the chirality between the crystal and magnetic structures. Our results demonstrate that crystallographic chirality can be an abundant source of novel magnetoelectric functions with coupled internal degrees of freedom.

  9. Chiral magnetism at oxide interfaces

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    Randeria, Mohit

    2014-03-01

    There are tantalizing hints of magnetism at the n-type LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, but the experimental evidence remains controversial in view of some of the differences between different samples and probes. I will argue that if magnetism exists at interfaces, symmetry arguments imply chiral interactions that lead to a spiral ground state in zero external field and skyrmion crystals for H ≠ 0 . I will next present a microscopic model that provides a possible mechanism for the formation of local moments. I will show that the coupling of these moments to itinerant electrons leads to ferromagnetic double exchange together with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions and an easy-plane ``compass'' anisotropy, which arise from Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) due to the lack of inversion symmetry at the interface. The compass term, often ignored in the literature on chiral magnetism, is shown to play a crucial role in determining the magnetic ground state. I will compare our results with existing torque magnetometry data on LAO/STO and try to reconcile it with scanning SQUID magnetometry. Finally, I will present the phase diagram in a field and show that easy-plane anisotropy stabilizes an unexpectedly large skyrmion crystal phase and describe its properties. (Work done in collaboration with Sumilan Banerjee, Onur Erten, Daniel Kestner and James Rowland). Supported by DOE-BES DE-SC0005035, NSF-DMR-1006532 and NSF MRSEC DMR-0820414.

  10. Spin-Wave Diode

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    Lan, Jin; Yu, Weichao; Wu, Ruqian; Xiao, Jiang

    2015-10-01

    A diode, a device allowing unidirectional signal transmission, is a fundamental element of logic structures, and it lies at the heart of modern information systems. The spin wave or magnon, representing a collective quasiparticle excitation of the magnetic order in magnetic materials, is a promising candidate for an information carrier for the next-generation energy-saving technologies. Here, we propose a scalable and reprogrammable pure spin-wave logic hardware architecture using domain walls and surface anisotropy stripes as waveguides on a single magnetic wafer. We demonstrate theoretically the design principle of the simplest logic component, a spin-wave diode, utilizing the chiral bound states in a magnetic domain wall with a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, and confirm its performance through micromagnetic simulations. Our findings open a new vista for realizing different types of pure spin-wave logic components and finally achieving an energy-efficient and hardware-reprogrammable spin-wave computer.

  11. Observation of the chiral magnetic effect in ZrTe₅

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    Li, Qiang; Kharzeev, Dmitri E.; Zhang, Cheng; Huang, Yuan; Pletikosic, I.; Fedorov, A. V.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Gu, G. D.; Valla, T.

    2015-02-08

    The chiral magnetic effect is the generation of electric current induced by chirality imbalance in the presence of magnetic field. It is a macroscopic manifestation of the quantum anomaly in relativistic field theory of chiral fermions (massless spin 1/2 particles with a definite projection of spin on momentum) – a dramatic phenomenon arising from a collective motion of particles and antiparticles in the Dirac sea. The recent discovery of Dirac semimetals with chiral quasi-particles opens a fascinating possibility to study this phenomenon in condensed matter experiments. Here we report on the first observation of chiral magnetic effect through the measurement of magneto-transport in zirconium pentatelluride, ZrTe₅. Our angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments show that this material’s electronic structure is consistent with a 3D Dirac semimetal. We observe a large negative magnetoresistance when magnetic field is parallel with the current. The measured quadratic field dependence of the magnetoconductance is a clear indication of the chiral magnetic effect. Furthermore, the observed phenomenon stems from the effective transmutation of Dirac semimetal into a Weyl semimetal induced by the parallel electric and magnetic fields that represent a topologically nontrivial gauge field background.

  12. Observation of the chiral magnetic effect in ZrTe₅

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    Li, Qiang; Kharzeev, Dmitri E.; Zhang, Cheng; Huang, Yuan; Pletikosic, I.; Fedorov, A. V.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Gu, G. D.; Valla, T.

    2015-02-08

    The chiral magnetic effect is the generation of electric current induced by chirality imbalance in the presence of magnetic field. It is a macroscopic manifestation of the quantum anomaly in relativistic field theory of chiral fermions (massless spin 1/2 particles with a definite projection of spin on momentum) – a dramatic phenomenon arising from a collective motion of particles and antiparticles in the Dirac sea. The recent discovery of Dirac semimetals with chiral quasi-particles opens a fascinating possibility to study this phenomenon in condensed matter experiments. Here we report on the first observation of chiral magnetic effect through the measurementmore » of magneto-transport in zirconium pentatelluride, ZrTe₅. Our angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments show that this material’s electronic structure is consistent with a 3D Dirac semimetal. We observe a large negative magnetoresistance when magnetic field is parallel with the current. The measured quadratic field dependence of the magnetoconductance is a clear indication of the chiral magnetic effect. Furthermore, the observed phenomenon stems from the effective transmutation of Dirac semimetal into a Weyl semimetal induced by the parallel electric and magnetic fields that represent a topologically nontrivial gauge field background.« less

  13. Radio Galaxies.

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    Downes, Ann

    1986-01-01

    Provides background information on radio galaxies. Topic areas addressed include: what produces the radio emission; radio telescopes; locating radio galaxies; how distances to radio galaxies are found; physics of radio galaxies; computer simulations of radio galaxies; and the evolution of radio galaxies with cosmic time. (JN)

  14. Space Group Symmetry Fractionalization in a Chiral Kagome Heisenberg Antiferromagnet

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    Zaletel, Michael P.; Zhu, Zhenyue; Lu, Yuan-Ming; Vishwanath, Ashvin; White, Steven R.

    2016-05-01

    The anyonic excitations of a spin liquid can feature fractional quantum numbers under space group symmetries. Detecting these fractional quantum numbers, which are analogs of the fractional charge of Laughlin quasiparticles, may prove easier than the direct observation of anyonic braiding and statistics. Motivated by the recent numerical discovery of spin-liquid phases in the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet, we theoretically predict the pattern of space group symmetry fractionalization in the kagome lattice SO(3)-symmetric chiral spin liquid. We provide a method to detect these fractional quantum numbers in finite-size numerics which is simple to implement in the density matrix renormalization group. Applying these developments to the chiral spin liquid phase of a kagome Heisenberg model, we find perfect agreement between our theoretical prediction and numerical observations.

  15. Space Group Symmetry Fractionalization in a Chiral Kagome Heisenberg Antiferromagnet.

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    Zaletel, Michael P; Zhu, Zhenyue; Lu, Yuan-Ming; Vishwanath, Ashvin; White, Steven R

    2016-05-13

    The anyonic excitations of a spin liquid can feature fractional quantum numbers under space group symmetries. Detecting these fractional quantum numbers, which are analogs of the fractional charge of Laughlin quasiparticles, may prove easier than the direct observation of anyonic braiding and statistics. Motivated by the recent numerical discovery of spin-liquid phases in the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet, we theoretically predict the pattern of space group symmetry fractionalization in the kagome lattice SO(3)-symmetric chiral spin liquid. We provide a method to detect these fractional quantum numbers in finite-size numerics which is simple to implement in the density matrix renormalization group. Applying these developments to the chiral spin liquid phase of a kagome Heisenberg model, we find perfect agreement between our theoretical prediction and numerical observations. PMID:27232041

  16. Tailoring azimuthal optical force on lossy chiral particles in Bessel beams

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    Chen, Huajin; Wang, Neng; Lu, Wanli; Liu, Shiyang; Lin, Zhifang

    2014-10-01

    Based on the Mie scattering theory and Maxwell stress tensor method, we investigate the transverse optical force (TOF) acting on chiral particles illuminated by a zero-order Bessel beam. It is demonstrated that the particle chirality can induce an azimuthal optical force (AOF), resulting in orbital motion of particles around the optical beam axis. The AOF depends strongly on particle loss as well as the handedness of chirality, with its amplitude capable of changing by over an order of magnitude by particle's chiral loss. The other component of TOF, the radial optical force (ROF), is much less sensitive to the magnitude and handedness of the particle chirality as well as the loss when the chirality is small. Analytical result based on dipole approximation reveals that the AOF arises from the direct coupling of particle chirality to both the spin angular momentum (SAM) and optical vorticity (curl of Poynting vector), exhibiting a conversion of optical SAM of an incident beam to mechanical orbital angular momentum of an illuminated particle. Differently, the ROF originates from the transverse gradient force. In addition, particle chirality yields a negative contribution to the gradient force; thus the ROF can be attenuated and even reversed in direction when particle chirality is sufficiently large. These characteristics of TOF might find applications in chirality detection as well as sorting chiral particles of different handedness and separating them from conventional ones.

  17. The properties of isolated chiral skyrmions in thin magnetic films

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    Leonov, A. O.; Monchesky, T. L.; Romming, N.; Kubetzka, A.; Bogdanov, A. N.; Wiesendanger, R.

    2016-06-01

    Axisymmetric solitonic states (chiral skyrmions) were first predicted theoretically more than two decades ago. However, until recently they have been observed in a form of skyrmionic condensates (hexagonal lattices and other mesophases). In this paper we report experimental and theoretical investigations of isolated chiral skyrmions discovered in PdFe/Ir(111) bilayers two years ago by Romming et al (2013 Science 341 636). The results of spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy analyzed within the continuum and discrete models provide a consistent description of isolated skyrmions in thin layers. The existence region of chiral skyrmions is restricted by strip-out instabilities at low fields and a collapse at high fields. We demonstrate that the same equations describe axisymmetric localized states in all condensed matter systems with broken mirror symmetry, and thus our findings establish basic properties of isolated skyrmions common for chiral liquid crystals, different classes of noncentrosymmetric magnets, ferroelectrics, and multiferroics.

  18. Chiral Perturbation Theory

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    Tiburzi, Brian C.

    The era of high-precision lattice QCD has led to synergy between lattice computations and phenomenological input from chiral perturbation theory. We provide an introduction to chiral perturbation theory with a bent towards understanding properties of the nucleon and other low-lying baryons. Four main topics are the basis for this chapter. We begin with a discussion of broken symmetries and the procedure to construct the chiral Lagrangian. The second topic concerns specialized applications of chiral perturbation theory tailored to lattice QCD, such as partial quenching, lattice discretization, and finite-volume effects. We describe inclusion of the nucleon in chiral perturbation theory using a heavy-fermion Euclidean action. Issues of convergence are taken up as our final topic. We consider expansions in powers of the strange-quark mass, and the appearance of unphysical singularities in the heavy-particle formulation. Our aim is to guide lattice practitioners in understanding the predictions chiral perturbation theory makes for baryons, and show how the lattice will play a role in testing the rigor of the chiral expansion at physical values of the quark masses.

  19. Applications of chiral symmetry

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    Pisarski, R.D.

    1995-03-01

    The author discusses several topics in the applications of chiral symmetry at nonzero temperature. First, where does the rho go? The answer: up. The restoration of chiral symmetry at a temperature T{sub {chi}} implies that the {rho} and a{sub 1} vector mesons are degenerate in mass. In a gauged linear sigma model the {rho} mass increases with temperature, m{sub {rho}}(T{sub {chi}}) > m{sub {rho}}(0). The author conjectures that at T{sub {chi}} the thermal {rho} - a{sub 1}, peak is relatively high, at about {approximately}1 GeV, with a width approximately that at zero temperature (up to standard kinematic factors). The {omega} meson also increases in mass, nearly degenerate with the {rho}, but its width grows dramatically with temperature, increasing to at least {approximately}100 MeV by T{sub {chi}}. The author also stresses how utterly remarkable the principle of vector meson dominance is, when viewed from the modern perspective of the renormalization group. Secondly, he discusses the possible appearance of disoriented chiral condensates from {open_quotes}quenched{close_quotes} heavy ion collisions. It appears difficult to obtain large domains of disoriented chiral condensates in the standard two flavor model. This leads to the last topic, which is the phase diagram for QCD with three flavors, and its proximity to the chiral critical point. QCD may be very near this chiral critical point, and one might thereby generated large domains of disoriented chiral condensates.

  20. Chiral Sensitivity in the Dissociative Electron Attachment of Halocamphor Molecules

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    Dreiling, Joan

    2016-05-01

    We have demonstrated chirally-dependent molecular destruction when incident longitudinally-spin-polarized (chiral) electrons break bonds in chiral molecules. This chiral sensitivity was observed through an asymmetry in the dissociative electron attachment (DEA) reaction rate with chiral 3-bromocamphor (C10 H15 BrO). Such an observation provides an unambiguous demonstration of the idea underlying the Vester-Ulbricht hypothesis, which attempts to explain the origins of the homochirality that is observed in many biological systems. While the lack of inversion symmetry in these reactions allows the effects we observe to occur, their dynamic causes are poorly understood. We have further studied the asymmetries in the DEA rates for two additional halocamphor molecules, 3-iodocamphor (C10 H15 IO) and 10-iodocamphor, in a systematic effort to illuminate the mechanisms responsible for the chiral sensitivity. The DEA signal depends on the sign of the incident electron helicity for a given target handedness in all molecules, and it varies with both the atomic number and the location of the heaviest atom in the molecule. Surprisingly, the DEA asymmetries for 10-iodocamphor, in which the heaviest atom is farther from a chiral center than for the other molecules, produced the largest asymmetries. This work was performed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This project was funded by NSF Grant PHY-1206067.

  1. Quantum group extended chiral p-models

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    Hadjiivanov, L. K.; Paunov, R. R.; Todorov, I. T.

    1991-06-01

    The quantum symmetry group U q of an extended chiral conformal model is determined by the requirement that symmetry transformations commute with braid group statistics operators and by the relation between fusion rules and tensor product expansions of a certain class of U 4 representations. For thermal minimal " p-models", involving no more than p - 1 unitary lowest weight representations of the Virasoro algebra Vir, U 4 is the quantum universal enveloping (QUE) algebra U 4(sl(2)) with deformation parameter q satisfying q + q-1 = 2 cos π/ p ( qp = - 1, p = 4, 5,…). To each 2-dimensional local field labelled by a pair of nonnegative integers v, v¯ (0 ⩽ v, v¯ ⩽ p - 2) we make correspond an analytic chiral field φv, of weight Δ vand q- spin I v¯. The correlation functions of φv, transform under an 1-dimensional unitary representation of the braid group. As a result we reproduce the ADE classification of 2-dimensional p models in terms of their extended chiral counterparts. It turns out that U q-extended chiral p-models always involve non-unitary and indecomposable representations of Vir.

  2. Chiral damping of magnetic domain walls.

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    Jué, Emilie; Safeer, C K; Drouard, Marc; Lopez, Alexandre; Balint, Paul; Buda-Prejbeanu, Liliana; Boulle, Olivier; Auffret, Stephane; Schuhl, Alain; Manchon, Aurelien; Miron, Ioan Mihai; Gaudin, Gilles

    2016-03-01

    Structural symmetry breaking in magnetic materials is responsible for the existence of multiferroics, current-induced spin-orbit torques and some topological magnetic structures. In this Letter we report that the structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) gives rise to a chiral damping mechanism, which is evidenced by measuring the field-driven domain-wall (DW) motion in perpendicularly magnetized asymmetric Pt/Co/Pt trilayers. The DW dynamics associated with the chiral damping and those with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) exhibit identical spatial symmetry. However, both scenarios are differentiated by their time reversal properties: whereas DMI is a conservative effect that can be modelled by an effective field, the chiral damping is purely dissipative and has no influence on the equilibrium magnetic texture. When the DW motion is modulated by an in-plane magnetic field, it reveals the structure of the internal fields experienced by the DWs, allowing one to distinguish the physical mechanism. The chiral damping enriches the spectrum of physical phenomena engendered by the SIA, and is essential for conceiving DW and skyrmion devices owing to its coexistence with DMI (ref. ). PMID:26689141

  3. Chiral damping of magnetic domain walls

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    Jué, Emilie; Safeer, C. K.; Drouard, Marc; Lopez, Alexandre; Balint, Paul; Buda-Prejbeanu, Liliana; Boulle, Olivier; Auffret, Stephane; Schuhl, Alain; Manchon, Aurelien; Miron, Ioan Mihai; Gaudin, Gilles

    2016-03-01

    Structural symmetry breaking in magnetic materials is responsible for the existence of multiferroics, current-induced spin-orbit torques and some topological magnetic structures. In this Letter we report that the structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) gives rise to a chiral damping mechanism, which is evidenced by measuring the field-driven domain-wall (DW) motion in perpendicularly magnetized asymmetric Pt/Co/Pt trilayers. The DW dynamics associated with the chiral damping and those with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) exhibit identical spatial symmetry. However, both scenarios are differentiated by their time reversal properties: whereas DMI is a conservative effect that can be modelled by an effective field, the chiral damping is purely dissipative and has no influence on the equilibrium magnetic texture. When the DW motion is modulated by an in-plane magnetic field, it reveals the structure of the internal fields experienced by the DWs, allowing one to distinguish the physical mechanism. The chiral damping enriches the spectrum of physical phenomena engendered by the SIA, and is essential for conceiving DW and skyrmion devices owing to its coexistence with DMI (ref. ).

  4. Chirality control in oligothiophene through chiral wrapping.

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    Sanji, Takanobu; Kato, Nobu; Tanaka, Masato

    2006-01-19

    [structure: see text] Mixing oligothiophenes and polysaccharides, such as amylose and schizophyllan, affords novel inclusion complexes, in which oligothiophene guests adopt twisted conformation in the chiral channel created by left- or right-handed helical wrapping with the polysaccharide host polymers, leading to optical activity. PMID:16408883

  5. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking by hydromagnetic buoyancy

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Mitra, Dhrubaditya; Brandenburg, Axel; Rheinhardt, Matthias

    2011-08-01

    Evidence for the parity-breaking nature of the magnetic buoyancy instability in a stably stratified gas is reported. In the absence of rotation, no helicity is produced, but the nonhelical state is found to be unstable to small helical perturbations during the development of the instability. The parity-breaking nature of this magnetohydrodynamic instability appears to be the first of its kind and has properties similar to those in chiral symmetry breaking in biochemistry. Applications to the production of mean fields in galaxy clusters are discussed.

  6. Room-temperature chiral magnetic skyrmions in ultrathin magnetic nanostructures

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    Boulle, Olivier; Vogel, Jan; Yang, Hongxin; Pizzini, Stefania; de Souza Chaves, Dayane; Locatelli, Andrea; Menteş, Tevfik Onur; Sala, Alessandro; Buda-Prejbeanu, Liliana D.; Klein, Olivier; Belmeguenai, Mohamed; Roussigné, Yves; Stashkevich, Andrey; Chérif, Salim Mourad; Aballe, Lucia; Foerster, Michael; Chshiev, Mairbek; Auffret, Stéphane; Miron, Ioan Mihai; Gaudin, Gilles

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic skyrmions are chiral spin structures with a whirling configuration. Their topological properties, nanometre size and the fact that they can be moved by small current densities have opened a new paradigm for the manipulation of magnetization at the nanoscale. Chiral skyrmion structures have so far been experimentally demonstrated only in bulk materials and in epitaxial ultrathin films, and under an external magnetic field or at low temperature. Here, we report on the observation of stable skyrmions in sputtered ultrathin Pt/Co/MgO nanostructures at room temperature and zero external magnetic field. We use high lateral resolution X-ray magnetic circular dichroism microscopy to image their chiral Néel internal structure, which we explain as due to the large strength of the Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction as revealed by spin wave spectroscopy measurements. Our results are substantiated by micromagnetic simulations and numerical models, which allow the identification of the physical mechanisms governing the size and stability of the skyrmions.

  7. Synthesis of Chiral Cyclopentenones.

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    Simeonov, Svilen P; Nunes, João P M; Guerra, Krassimira; Kurteva, Vanya B; Afonso, Carlos A M

    2016-05-25

    The cyclopentenone unit is a very powerful synthon for the synthesis of a variety of bioactive target molecules. This is due to the broad diversity of chemical modifications available for the enone structural motif. In particular, chiral cyclopentenones are important precursors in the asymmetric synthesis of target chiral molecules. This Review provides an overview of reported methods for enantioselective and asymmetric syntheses of cyclopentenones, including chemical and enzymatic resolution, asymmetric synthesis via Pauson-Khand reaction, Nazarov cyclization and organocatalyzed reactions, asymmetric functionalization of the existing cyclopentenone unit, and functionalization of chiral building blocks. PMID:27101336

  8. The covariant chiral ring

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    Bourget, Antoine; Troost, Jan

    2016-03-01

    We construct a covariant generating function for the spectrum of chiral primaries of symmetric orbifold conformal field theories with N = (4 , 4) supersymmetry in two dimensions. For seed target spaces K3 and T 4, the generating functions capture the SO(21) and SO(5) representation theoretic content of the chiral ring respectively. Via string dualities, we relate the transformation properties of the chiral ring under these isometries of the moduli space to the Lorentz covariance of perturbative string partition functions in flat space.

  9. Universal chiral-triggered magnetization switching in confined nanodots

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    Martinez, Eduardo; Torres, Luis; Perez, Noel; Hernandez, Maria Auxiliadora; Raposo, Victor; Moretti, Simone

    2015-01-01

    Spin orbit interactions are rapidly emerging as the key for enabling efficient current-controlled spintronic devices. Much work has focused on the role of spin-orbit coupling at heavy metal/ferromagnet interfaces in generating current-induced spin-orbit torques. However, the strong influence of the spin-orbit-derived Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) on spin textures in these materials is now becoming apparent. Recent reports suggest DMI-stabilized homochiral domain walls (DWs) can be driven with high efficiency by spin torque from the spin Hall effect. However, the influence of the DMI on the current-induced magnetization switching has not been explored nor is yet well-understood, due in part to the difficulty of disentangling spin torques and spin textures in nano-sized confined samples. Here we study the magnetization reversal of perpendicular magnetized ultrathin dots, and show that the switching mechanism is strongly influenced by the DMI, which promotes a universal chiral non-uniform reversal, even for small samples at the nanoscale. We show that ultrafast current-induced and field-induced magnetization switching consists on local magnetization reversal with domain wall nucleation followed by its propagation along the sample. These findings, not seen in conventional materials, provide essential insights for understanding and exploiting chiral magnetism for emerging spintronics applications. PMID:26062075

  10. Hypernuclei and in-medium chiral dynamics

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    Finelli, P.

    2008-04-01

    A recently introduced relativistic nuclear energy density functional, constrained by features of low-energy QCD, is extended to describe the structure of hypernuclei. The density-dependent mean field and the spin-orbit potential of a Λ-hyperon in a nucleus, are consistently calculated using the SU(3) extension of in-medium chiral perturbation theory. The leading long-range ΛN interaction arises from kaon-exchange and 2π-exchange with a Σ-hyperon in the intermediate state. Scalar and vector mean fields, originating from in-medium changes of the quark condensates, produce a sizeable short-range spin-orbit interaction. The model, when applied to oxygen as a test case, provides a natural explanation for the smallness of the effective Λ spin-orbit potential: an almost complete cancellation between the background contributions (scalar and vector) and the long-range terms generated by two-pion exchange.

  11. HUBBLE REVEALS 'BACKWARDS' SPIRAL GALAXY

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    2002-01-01

    Astronomers have found a spiral galaxy that may be spinning to the beat of a different cosmic drummer. To the surprise of astronomers, the galaxy, called NGC 4622, appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what they expected. Pictures by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth. A Hubble telescope photo of the oddball galaxy is this month's Hubble Heritage offering. The image shows NGC 4622 and its outer pair of winding arms full of new stars [shown in blue]. Astronomers are puzzled by the clockwise rotation because of the direction the outer spiral arms are pointing. Most spiral galaxies have arms of gas and stars that trail behind as they turn. But this galaxy has two 'leading' outer arms that point toward the direction of the galaxy's clockwise rotation. To add to the conundrum, NGC 4622 also has a 'trailing' inner arm that is wrapped around the galaxy in the opposite direction it is rotating. Based on galaxy simulations, a team of astronomers had expected that the galaxy was turning counterclockwise. NGC 4622 is a rare example of a spiral galaxy with arms pointing in opposite directions. What caused this galaxy to behave differently from most galaxies? Astronomers suspect that NGC 4622 interacted with another galaxy. Its two outer arms are lopsided, meaning that something disturbed it. The new Hubble image suggests that NGC 4622 consumed a small companion galaxy. The galaxy's core provides new evidence for a merger between NGC 4622 and a smaller galaxy. This information could be the key to understanding the unusual leading arms. Galaxies, which consist of stars, gas, and dust, rotate very slowly. Our Sun, one of many stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, completes a circuit around the Milky Way every 250 million years. NGC 4622 resides 111 million light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. The pictures were taken in May 2001 with Hubble

  12. Nonlinear chiral transport phenomena

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    Chen, Jiunn-Wei; Ishii, Takeaki; Pu, Shi; Yamamoto, Naoki

    2016-06-01

    We study the nonlinear responses of relativistic chiral matter to the external fields such as the electric field E , gradients of temperature and chemical potential, ∇T and ∇μ . Using the kinetic theory with Berry curvature corrections under the relaxation time approximation, we compute the transport coefficients of possible new electric currents that are forbidden in usual chirally symmetric matter but are allowed in chirally asymmetric matter by parity. In particular, we find a new type of electric current proportional to ∇μ ×E due to the interplay between the effects of the Berry curvature and collisions. We also derive an analog of the "Wiedemann-Franz" law specific for anomalous nonlinear transport in relativistic chiral matter.

  13. Finite nuclei in relativistic models with a light chiral scalar meson

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    Serot, B.D.; Furnstahl, R.J.

    1993-10-01

    Relativistic chiral models with a light scalar, meson appear to provide an economical marriage of successful relativistic mean-field theories and chiral symmetry. In these models, the scalar meson serves as both the chiral partner of the pion and the mediator of the intermediate-range nucleon-nucleon (NN) attraction. However, while some of these models can reproduce the empirical nuclear matter saturation point, they fail to reproduce observed properties of finite nuclei, such as spin-orbit splittings, shell structure, charge densities, and surface energetics. There deficiencies imply that this realization of chiral symmetry is incorrect. An alternative scenario for chiral hadronic models, which features a heavy chiral scalar and dynamical generation of the NN attraction, is discussed.

  14. Chiral plasma instabilities.

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    Akamatsu, Yukinao; Yamamoto, Naoki

    2013-08-01

    We study the collective modes in relativistic electromagnetic or quark-gluon plasmas with an asymmetry between left- and right-handed chiral fermions, based on the recently formulated kinetic theory with Berry curvature corrections. We find that there exists an unstable mode, signaling the presence of a plasma instability. We argue the fate of this "chiral plasma instability" including the effect of collisions, and briefly discuss its relevance in heavy ion collisions and compact stars. PMID:23952387

  15. All-electrical production of spin-polarized currents in carbon nanotubes: Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Santos, Hernán; Latgé, A.; Alvarellos, J. E.; Chico, Leonor

    2016-04-01

    We study the effect of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the quantum transport of carbon nanotubes with arbitrary chiralities. For certain spin directions, we find a strong spin-polarized electrical current that depends on the diameter of the tube, the length of the Rashba region, and on the tube chirality. Predictions for the spin-dependent conductances are presented for different families of achiral and chiral tubes. We have found that different symmetries acting on spatial and spin variables have to be considered in order to explain the relations between spin-resolved conductances in carbon nanotubes. These symmetries are more general than those employed in planar graphene systems. Our results indicate the possibility of having stable spin-polarized electrical currents in absence of external magnetic fields or magnetic impurities in carbon nanotubes.

  16. Backwards Spiral Galaxy

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1999-01-01

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a spiral galaxy that may rotate in the opposite direction from what was expected.

    A picture of the oddball galaxy is available at http://heritage.stsci.edu or http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2002/03 or http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/wfpc . It was taken in May 2001 by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

    The picture showed which side of galaxy NGC 4622 is closer to Earth; that information helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise. The image shows NGC 4622 and its outer pair of winding arms full of new stars, shown in blue.

    Astronomers are puzzled by the clockwise rotation because of the direction the outer spiral arms are pointing. Most spiral galaxies have arms of gas and stars that trail behind as they turn. But this galaxy has two 'leading' outer arms that point toward the direction of the galaxy's clockwise rotation. NGC 4622 also has a 'trailing' inner arm that is wrapped around the galaxy in the opposite direction. Based on galaxy simulations, a team of astronomers had expected that the galaxy was turning counterclockwise.

    NGC 4622 is a rare example of a spiral galaxy with arms pointing in opposite directions. Astronomers suspect this oddity was caused by the interaction of NGC 4622 with another galaxy. Its two outer arms are lopsided, meaning that something disturbed it. The new Hubble image suggests that NGC 4622 consumed a smaller companion galaxy.

    Galaxies, which consist of stars, gas, and dust, rotate very slowly. Our Sun, one of many stars in our Milky Way galaxy, completes a circuit around the Milky Way every 250 million years. NGC 4622 lies 111 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Centaurus.

    The science team, consisting of Drs. Ron Buta and Gene Byrd from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Tarsh Freeman of Bevill State

  17. Chiral Sensitivity in Electron-Molecule Interactions

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    Dreiling, Joan

    2015-09-01

    All molecular forms of life possess a chiral asymmetry, with amino acids and sugars found respectively in L- and D-enantiomers only. The primordial origin of this enantiomeric excess is unknown. One possible explanation is given by the Vester- Ulbricht hypothesis, which suggests that left-handed electrons present in beta-radiation, produced by parity-violating weak decays, interacted with biological precursors and preferentially destroyed one of the two enantiomers. Experimental tests of this idea have thus far yielded inconclusive results. We show direct evidence for chirally-dependent bond breaking through a dissociative electron attachment (DEA) reaction when spin-polarized electrons are incident on gas-phase chiral molecules. This provides unambiguous evidence for a well-defined, chirally-sensitive destructive molecular process and, as such, circumstantial evidence for the Vester-Ulbricht hypothesis. I will also present the results of our systematic study of the DEA asymmetry for different chiral halocamphor molecules. Three halocamphor molecules were investigated: 3-bromocamphor (C10H15BrO), 3-iodocamphor(C10H15IO), and 10-iodocamphor. The DEA asymmetries collected for bromocamphor and iodocamphor are qualitatively different, suggesting that the atomic number of the heaviest atom in the molecule plays a crucial role in the asymmetric interactions. The DEA asymmetry data for 3- and 10-iodocamphor have the same qualitative behavior, but the 10-iodocamphor asymmetry is about twice as large at the lowest energies investigated, so the location of the heavy atom in the camphor molecule also affects the asymmetries. This work was performed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This project is funded by NSF Grant PHY-1206067.

  18. About flavor, spin, and color

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    Jora, Renata

    2010-09-01

    Chiral symmetry breaking (restoration) for SU(N) gauge theories is a topic of great interest and not yet fully explained. We consider the phenomenon as a collective spin effect and determine its behavior in terms of the number of flavors N{sub f}.

  19. Vortex Crystals with Chiral Stripes in Itinerant Magnets

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    Ozawa, Ryo; Hayami, Satoru; Barros, Kipton; Chern, Gia-Wei; Motome, Yukitoshi; Batista, Cristian D.

    Noncoplanar spin textures in itinerant magnets are generating increasing interest because of the associated spin Berry phase, which induces a tremendous effective magnetic field on the itinerant electrons. Such noncoplanar spin textures appear frequently in itinerant magnets, even with vanishingly small spin-orbit coupling. We explore a generic condition for noncoplanar spin ordering, with a focus on ``frustration'' in itinerant magnets, that is characterized by multiple global maxima in the magnetic susceptibility. In a simple square Kondo lattice model, we find that a noncoplanar vortex-antivortex crystal with a one-dimensional modulation of spin scalar chirality becomes stable in a wide range of electron filling fraction. The unexpected result is obtained by careful analyses of higher-order terms in the perturbative expansion in terms of the Kondo exchange coupling and the degree of noncoplanarity, as well as numerical simulation based on the Langevin and stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert dynamics with the kernel polynomial method.

  20. Hyperfine meson splittings: chiral symmetry versus transverse gluon exchange

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    Felipe J. Llanes-Estrada; Stephen R. Cotanch; Adam P. Szczepaniak; Eric S. Swanson

    2004-02-01

    Meson spin splittings are examined within an effective Coulomb gauge QCD Hamiltonian incorporating chiral symmetry and a transverse hyperfine interaction necessary for heavy quarks. For light and heavy quarkonium systems the pseudoscalar-vector meson spectrum is generated by approximate BCS-RPA diagonalizations. This relativistic formulation includes both S and D waves for the vector mesons which generates a set of coupled integral equations. A smooth transition from the heavy to the light quark regime is found with chiral symmetry dominating the /pi-/rho mass difference. A good, consistent description of the observed meson spin splittings and chiral quantities, such as the quark condensate and the /pi mass, is obtained. Similar comparisons with TDA diagonalizations, which violate chiral symmetry, are deficient for light pseudoscalar mesons indicating the need to simultaneously include both chiral symmetry and a hyperfine interaction. The /eta{sub b} mass is predicted to be around 9400 MeV consistent with other theoretical expectations and above the unconfirmed 9300 MeV candidate. Finally, for comparison with lattice results, the J reliability parameter is also evaluated.

  1. Chiral Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Suzuki, Nozomu; Wang, Yichun; Elvati, Paolo; Qu, Zhi-Bei; Kim, Kyoungwon; Jiang, Shuang; Baumeister, Elizabeth; Lee, Jaewook; Yeom, Bongjun; Bahng, Joong Hwan; Lee, Jaebeom; Violi, Angela; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2016-02-23

    Chiral nanostructures from metals and semiconductors attract wide interest as components for polarization-enabled optoelectronic devices. Similarly to other fields of nanotechnology, graphene-based materials can greatly enrich physical and chemical phenomena associated with optical and electronic properties of chiral nanostructures and facilitate their applications in biology as well as other areas. Here, we report that covalent attachment of l/d-cysteine moieties to the edges of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) leads to their helical buckling due to chiral interactions at the "crowded" edges. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra of the GQDs revealed bands at ca. 210-220 and 250-265 nm that changed their signs for different chirality of the cysteine edge ligands. The high-energy chiroptical peaks at 210-220 nm correspond to the hybridized molecular orbitals involving the chiral center of amino acids and atoms of graphene edges. Diverse experimental and modeling data, including density functional theory calculations of CD spectra with probabilistic distribution of GQD isomers, indicate that the band at 250-265 nm originates from the three-dimensional twisting of the graphene sheet and can be attributed to the chiral excitonic transitions. The positive and negative low-energy CD bands correspond to the left and right helicity of GQDs, respectively. Exposure of liver HepG2 cells to L/D-GQDs reveals their general biocompatibility and a noticeable difference in the toxicity of the stereoisomers. Molecular dynamics simulations demonstrated that d-GQDs have a stronger tendency to accumulate within the cellular membrane than L-GQDs. Emergence of nanoscale chirality in GQDs decorated with biomolecules is expected to be a general stereochemical phenomenon for flexible sheets of nanomaterials. PMID:26743467

  2. Kaon Thresholds and Two-Flavor Chiral Expansions for Hyperons

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    Fu-Jiun Jiang, Brian C. Tiburzi, Andre Walker-Loud

    2011-01-01

    Two-flavor chiral expansions provide a useful perturbative framework to study hadron properties. Such expansions should exhibit marked improvement over the conventional three-flavor chiral expansion. Although one can theoretically formulate two-flavor theories for the various hyperon multiplets, the nearness of kaon thresholds can seriously undermine the effectiveness of the perturbative expansion in practice. We investigate the importance of virtual kaon thresholds on hyperon properties, specifically their masses and isovector axial charges. Using a three-flavor expansion that includes SU(3) breaking effects, we uncover the underlying expansion parameter governing the description of virtual kaon thresholds. For spin-half hyperons, this expansion parameter is quite small. Consequently virtual kaon contributions are well described in the two-flavor theory by terms analytic in the pion mass-squared. For spin three-half hyperons, however, one is closer to the kaon production threshold, and the expansion parameter is not as small. Breakdown of SU(2) chiral perturbation theory is shown to arise from a pole in the expansion parameter associated with the kaon threshold. Estimating higher-order corrections to the expansion parameter is necessary to ascertain whether the two-flavor theory of spin three-half hyperons remains perturbative. We find that, despite higher-order corrections, there is a useful perturbative expansion for the masses and isovector axial charges of both spin-half and spin three-half hyperons.

  3. Local light-induced magnetization using nanodots and chiral molecules.

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    Dor, Oren Ben; Morali, Noam; Yochelis, Shira; Baczewski, Lech Tomasz; Paltiel, Yossi

    2014-11-12

    With the increasing demand for miniaturization, nanostructures are likely to become the primary components of future integrated circuits. Different approaches are being pursued toward achieving efficient electronics, among which are spin electronics devices (spintronics). In principle, the application of spintronics should result in reducing the power consumption of electronic devices. Recently a new, promising, effective approach for spintronics has emerged, using spin selectivity in electron transport through chiral molecules. In this work, using chiral molecules and nanocrystals, we achieve local spin-based magnetization generated optically at ambient temperatures. Through the chiral layer, a spin torque can be transferred without permanent charge transfer from the nanocrystals to a thin ferromagnetic layer, creating local perpendicular magnetization. We used Hall sensor configuration and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to measure the induced local magnetization. At low temperatures, anomalous spin Hall effects were measured using a thin Ni layer. The results may lead to optically controlled spintronics logic devices that will enable low power consumption, high density, and cheap fabrication. PMID:25313442

  4. d+id' Chiral Superconductivity in Bilayer Silicene

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    Liu, Feng; Liu, Cheng-Cheng; Wu, Kehui; Yang, Fan; Yao, Yugui

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the structure and physical properties of the undoped bilayer silicene through first-principles calculations and find the system is intrinsically metallic with sizable pocket Fermi surfaces. When realistic electron-electron interaction turns on, the system is identified as a chiral d+id' topological superconductor mediated by the strong spin fluctuation on the border of the antiferromagnetic spin density wave order. Moreover, the tunable Fermi pocket area via strain makes it possible to adjust the spin density wave critical interaction strength near the real one and enables a high superconducting critical temperature.

  5. Chiral quirkonium decays

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    Fok, R.; Kribs, Graham D.

    2011-08-01

    We calculate the two-body decay rates of quirkonium states formed from quirks that acquire mass solely through electroweak symmetry breaking. We consider SU(N)ic infracolor with two flavors of quirks transforming under the electroweak group (but not QCD) of the standard model. In one case, the quirks are in a chiral representation of the electroweak group, while in the other case, a vectorlike representation. The differences in the dominant decay channels between “chiral quirkonia” versus “vectorlike quirkonia” are striking. Several chiral quirkonia states can decay into the unique two-body resonance channels WH, ZH, tt¯, tb¯/bt¯, and γH, which never dominate for vectorlike quirkonia. Additionally, the channels WW, WZ, ZZ, and Wγ, are shared among both chiral and vectorlike quirkonia. Resonances of dileptons or light quarks (dijets) can dominate for some vectorlike quirkonia states throughout their mass range, while these modes never dominate for chiral quirkonia unless the decays into pairs of gauge or Higgs bosons are kinematically forbidden.

  6. Chiral Quirkonium Decays

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    Fok, R.; Kribs, Graham D.; /Fermilab

    2011-06-01

    We calculate the two-body decay rates of quirkonium states formed from quirks that acquire mass solely through electroweak symmetry breaking. We consider SU(N){sub ic} infracolor with two flavors of quirks transforming under the electroweak group (but not QCD) of the standard model. In one case, the quirks are in a chiral representation of the electroweak group, while in the other case, a vectorlike representation. The differences in the dominant decay channels between 'chiral quirkonia' versus 'vectorlike quirkonia' are striking. Several chiral quirkonia states can decay into the unique two-body resonance channels WH, ZH, t{bar t}, t{bar b}/b{bar t}, and {gamma}H, which never dominate for vectorlike quirkonia. Additionally, the channels WW, WZ, ZZ, and W{gamma}, are shared among both chiral and vectorlike quirkonia. Resonances of dileptons or light quarks (dijets) can dominate for some vectorlike quirkonia states throughout their mass range, while these modes never dominate for chiral quirkonia unless the decays into pairs of gauge or Higgs bosons are kinematically forbidden.

  7. Spontaneous chirality in simple systems

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    Pickett; Gross; Okuyama

    2000-10-23

    Two simple examples of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking are presented. The first is close-packed cylindrically confined spheres. As the cylinder diameter is varied, one obtains a variety of chiral phases. The second example involves unconfined dipolar particles with an isotropic attraction, which also exhibits chiral ground states. We speculate that a dilute magnetorheological fluid film, with the addition of smaller particles to provide an attractive entropic interaction, will exhibit a chiral columnar ground state. PMID:11030973

  8. Universal spin-momentum locked optical forces

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    Kalhor, Farid; Thundat, Thomas; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-02-01

    Evanescent electromagnetic waves possess spin-momentum locking, where the direction of propagation (momentum) is locked to the inherent polarization of the wave (transverse spin). We study the optical forces arising from this universal phenomenon and show that the fundamental origin of recently reported non-trivial optical chiral forces is spin-momentum locking. For evanescent waves, we show that the direction of energy flow, the direction of decay, and the direction of spin follow a right hand rule for three different cases of total internal reflection, surface plasmon polaritons, and HE11 mode of an optical fiber. Furthermore, we explain how the recently reported phenomena of lateral optical force on chiral and achiral particles are caused by the transverse spin of the evanescent field and the spin-momentum locking phenomenon. Finally, we propose an experiment to identify the unique lateral forces arising from the transverse spin in the optical fiber and point to fundamental differences of the spin density from the well-known orbital angular momentum of light. Our work presents a unified view on spin-momentum locking and how it affects optical forces on chiral and achiral particles.

  9. Inertial Mass from Spin Nonlinearity

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    Cohen, Marcus

    The inertial mass of a Fermion shows up as chiral cross-coupling in its Dirac system. No scalar term can invariantly couple left and right chirality fields; the Dirac matrices must be spin tensors of mixed chirality. We show how such tensor couplings could arise from nonlinear mixing of four spinor fields, two representing the local electron fields and two inertial spinor fields sourced in the distant masses. We thus give a model that implements Mach's principle. Following Mendel Sachs,1 we let the inertial spinors factor the moving spacetime tetrads qα(x) and bar {q}α (x) that appear in the Dirac operator. The inertial spinors do more than set the spacetime "stage;" they are players in the chiral dynamics. Specifically, we show how the massive Dirac system arises as the envelope modulation equations coupling left and right chirality electron fields on a Friedmann universe via nonlinear "spin gratings" with the inertial spinor fields. These gratings implement Penrose's "mass-scatterings," which keep the null zig-zags of the bispinor wave function confined to a timelike world tube. Local perturbations to the inertial spinor fields appear in the Dirac system as Abelian and non-Abelian vector potentials.

  10. Baryon chiral perturbation theory

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    Scherer, S.

    2012-03-01

    We provide a short introduction to the one-nucleon sector of chiral perturbation theory and address the issue of power counting and renormalization. We discuss the infrared regularization and the extended on-mass-shell scheme. Both allow for the inclusion of further degrees of freedom beyond pions and nucleons and the application to higher-loop calculations. As applications we consider the chiral expansion of the nucleon mass to order Script O(q6) and the inclusion of vector and axial-vector mesons in the calculation of nucleon form factors. Finally, we address the complex-mass scheme for describing unstable particles in effective field theory.