Kondo effect in a semiconductor quantum dot coupled to ferromagnetic electrodes
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Hamaya, K.; Kitabatake, M.; Shibata, K.; Jung, M.; Kawamura, M.; Hirakawa, K.; Machida, T.; Taniyama, T.; Ishida, S.; Arakawa, Y.
2007-12-01
Using a laterally fabricated quantum-dot (QD) spin-valve device, we experimentally study the Kondo effect in the electron transport through a semiconductor QD with an odd number of electrons (N). In a parallel magnetic configuration of the ferromagnetic electrodes, the Kondo resonance at N =3 splits clearly without external magnetic fields. With applying magnetic fields (B), the splitting is gradually reduced, and then the Kondo effect is almost restored at B =1.2T. This means that, in the Kondo regime, an inverse effective magnetic field of B ˜1.2T can be applied to the QD in the parallel magnetic configuration of the ferromagnetic electrodes.
Effect of Si Substitution on the Antiferromagnetic Ordering in the Kondo Semiconductor CeRu2Al10
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Hayashi, Kyosuke; Muro, Yuji; Fukuhara, Tadashi; Kawabata, Jo; Kuwai, Tomohiko; Takabatake, Toshiro
2016-03-01
We have studied the effect of 3p electron doping on the unusual antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in the Kondo semiconductor CeRu2Al10 with TN = 27 K by measuring the magnetic susceptibility χ, specific heat C, and electrical resistivity ρ for polycrystalline samples of CeRu2Al10-ySiy. The large decrease in the absolute value of paramagnetic Curie temperature |θP| with increasing y indicates the suppression of c-f hybridization. The thermal activation behavior in ρ(T) above TN disappears for y ≥ 0.3 and TN decreases to 12 K for y = 0.38. These systematic changes in |θP|, ρ(T), and TN coincide with those reported in the 4d-electron doped system Ce(Ru1-xRhx)2Al10 with respect to the number of doped electrons per formula unit. This coincidence indicates that the Al 3p- and Ru 4d-electrons in CeRu2Al10 play the equivalent role in both the formation of hybridization gap and the unusual AFM ordering.
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Tanida, H.; Nakamura, M.; Sera, M.; Nishioka, T.; Matsumura, M.
2015-12-01
We examined the chemical doping effect on the Kondo semiconductor CeFe2Al10 with a nonmagnetic ground state by means of the magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, and thermopower. The effect of Ru doping on the ground state is small. On the other hand, by a small amount of Rh doping, the magnetic susceptibility is strongly enhanced along the orthorhombic a axis, and a Curie-Weiss behavior is observed in a wide temperature range. The low-temperature specific heat is also strongly enhanced by the doping, and a metallic ground state is realized at low temperatures. These results suggest the collapse of the spin and charge gap due to the suppression of the c -f hybridization effect. From the results of a crystalline electric field analysis on the magnetic susceptibility of Ce (Fe1 -xRhx )2Al10 , it was revealed that the Rh-doping effect on the c -f hybridization effect is anisotropic, especially for the a axis. Similar doping effects are seen in the Rh-doped CeRu2Al10 , Ir-doped CeOs2Al10 , and Si-doped CeRu2Al10 . From these results, we conclude that the collapse of the spin and charge gap by such an excess electron doping is one of the universal features of the Kondo semiconductor Ce T2Al10 (T = Fe, Ru, and Os).
Fisk, Z.; Sarrao, J.L.; Thompson, J.D.
1994-10-01
The Kondo insulating materials present a particularly simple limiting case of the strongly correlated electron lattice problem: one occupied f-state interacting with a single half-filled conduction band. Experiment shows that the solution to this problem has some remarkably simple aspects. Optical conductivity data display the strong coupling nature of this physics.
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Yoshida, K.; Okubo, R.; Tanida, H.; Matsumura, T.; Sera, M.; Nishioka, T.; Matsumura, M.; Moriyoshi, C.; Kuroiwa, Y.
2015-06-01
We have studied the Pr- and La-doping effects on the magnetic anisotropy in the antiferro-magnetic (AFM) phase of CeRu2Al10 . The crystalline electric field (CEF) splitting in PrRu2Al10 was found to be as large as ˜800 K with a singlet ground state. In Ce1 -xPrxRu2Al10 , the CEF level scheme of the Pr ion is not changed with x . The AFM moment (mAF) is rotated from c to b axis in both systems at xcsr˜0.03 and ˜0.07 for Ln=Pr and La, respectively. As the ionic radius of La and Pr is larger and smaller than that of Ce, respectively, these results indicate that the chemical pressure effect is not associated with the rotation of mAF, but is caused by the suppression of the c -f hybridization originating from the decrease of 4 f electrons of Ce ions by Ce-site substitution. Since a small amount of Pr or La doping changes easily the magnetization easy axis of all the moments on Ce sites, the origin of the magnetic anisotropy is not the local single ion effect but the bandlike effect through the anisotropic c -f hybridization. The magnetic phase diagrams of Ce1 -xLnxRu2Al10 indicate that above xcsr, the AFM order with mAF∥b continues to exist up to xc, which is ˜0.4 and ˜0.6 in Ln=Pr and Ln=La, respectively. This indicates that even in the sample with an AFM transition temperature (T0) near xc, the anisotropic c -f hybridization dominates the AFM order. A large positive transverse magnetoresistance is seen below T0, but a very small one above T0. Together with the results of Hall resistivity and the observation of Shubnikov-de Haas oscillation, we propose that there exist large Fermi surfaces above T0 and small ones below T0. A gap is opened by the AFM order on almost the area of the large Fermi surface, and small Fermi surfaces are constructed below T0, although we do not know the mechanism, which might be specific to the AFM order in Kondo semiconductors. The largest suppression of the magnetic scattering below T0 is observed for the current I ∥a and the
Photoinduced Kondo effect in CeZn3P3
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Kitagawa, J.; Kitajima, D.; Shimokawa, K.; Takaki, H.
2016-01-01
The Kondo effect, which originates from the screening of a localized magnetic moment by a spin-spin interaction, is widely observed in nonartificial magnetic materials, artificial quantum dots, and carbon nanotubes. In devices based on quantum dots or carbon nanotubes that target quantum information applications, the Kondo effect can be tuned by a gate voltage, a magnetic field, or light. However, the manipulation of the Kondo effect in nonartificial materials has not been thoroughly studied; in particular, the artificial creation of the Kondo effect remains unexplored. Per this subject study, however, a route for the optical creation of the Kondo effect in the nonartificial material p -type semiconductor CeZn3P3 is presented. The Kondo effect emerges under visible-light illumination of the material by a continuous-wave laser diode and is ultimately revealed by photoinduced electrical resistivity, which clearly exhibits a logarithmic temperature dependency. By contrast, a La-based compound (LaZn3P3 ) displays only normal metallic behavior under similar illumination. The photoinduced Kondo effect, which occurs at higher temperatures when compared with the Kondo effect in artificial systems, provides a potential range of operation for not only quantum information/computation devices but also for operation of magneto-optic devices, thereby expanding the range of device applications based on the Kondo effect.
Spin Relaxation in Kondo Lattice Systems with Anisotropic Kondo Interaction
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Belov, S. I.; Kutuzov, A. S.
2016-04-01
We study the influence of the Kondo effect on the spin relaxation in systems with anisotropic Kondo interaction at temperatures both high and low as compared with the static magnetic field. In the absence of the Kondo effect, the electron spin resonance linewidth is not narrowed in the whole temperature range due to the high anisotropy of the Kondo interaction. The Kondo effect leads to the universal energy scale, which regulates the temperature and magnetic field dependence of different kinetic coefficients and results in a mutual cancelation of their singular parts in a collective spin mode.
Renormalization group theory for Kondo breakdown in Kondo lattice systems
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Ballmann, K.; Nejati, A.; Kroha, J.
2015-03-01
We present a renormalization group (RG) theory for the breakdown of Kondo screening in the Kondo lattice model (KLM) without pre-assumptions about the competition between Kondo effect and magnetic ordering or Fermi surface criticality. We show that the vertex between a single, local Kondo spin and the extended conduction electrons obtains RKKY- induced, non-local contributions in the in-and out-going coordinates of scattering electrons due to scattering at surrounding Kondo sites, but it remains local in the Kondo spin position. This enables the existence of a local Kondo screening scale TK(y) in the KLM, controlled by the effective RKKY coupling parameter y. TK(y) is determined by the RG flow of the local spin exchange coupling in the presence of the self-consistent spin response on surrounding Kondo sites. We show that TK(y) exhibits universal behavior and is suppressed by the antiferromagnetic RKKY coupling. Beyond a maximal RKKY parameter value ymax Kondo screening ceases to exist even without magnetic ordering. The theory opens up the possibility of describing quantum critical scenarios involving spin wave instabilities or local Kondo breakdown on the same footing.
How does a Kondo impurity respond to its local environment?
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Heinrich, Andreas
2008-03-01
The interplay between localized electrons on a magnetic atom and the conducting electrons in a metal can lead to intriguing many-body ground states such as the Kondo effect. When a spin is Kondo screened by conduction electrons the entire spin system performs a complicated dance that results in the formation of a spin singlet at sufficiently low temperature. For simplicity, most theoretical considerations of Kondo screening focus on magnetic impurities with the lowest possible spin S = 1/2. Such systems can be studied experimentally in exquisite detail and with great control using quantum dots in semiconductor heterostructures or carbon nanotubes. However, in Kondo systems consisting of localized magnetic atoms, the spin is often larger, making the Kondo effect richer and more complex. Here we use the imaging and spectroscopy capabilities of a scanning tunnelling microscope to study how the Kondo screening of a known high-spin atom is determined by its local environment. Co and Ti atoms were deposited on a thin insulating layer (Cu2N) on a copper substrate. We study the influence of external magnetic fields, crystalline magnetic anisotropy, as well as spin-coupling to surrounding atomic spins on the Kondo effect that forms on the Co or Ti atoms. We find that the anisotropy of the crystalline field quenches the high-spin system of Co (S = 3/2) into an effective S = 1/2 Kramers doublet. Surprisingly, much of the impact of these environmental factors on the complex many-body ground state can be understood simply through their effects on the energy levels of the unscreened spin.
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Dzero, Maxim; Xia, Jing; Galitski, Victor; Coleman, Piers
2016-03-01
This article reviews recent theoretical and experimental work on a new class of topological material -- topological Kondo insulators, which develop through the interplay of strong correlations and spin-orbit interactions. The history of Kondo insulators is reviewed along with the theoretical models used to describe these heavy fermion compounds. The Fu-Kane method of topological classification of insulators is used to show that hybridization between the conduction electrons and localized f electrons in these systems gives rise to interaction-induced topological insulating behavior. Finally, some recent experimental results are discussed, which appear to confirm the theoretical prediction of the topological insulating behavior in samarium hexaboride, where the long-standing puzzle of the residual low-temperature conductivity has been shown to originate from robust surface states.
Lateral manipulation and interplay of local Kondo resonances in a two-impurity Kondo system
Ren, Jindong; Wu, Xu; Guo, Haiming Pan, Jinbo; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hong-Jun; Luo, Hong-Gang
2015-08-17
The atomic-scale spatial relationship of a two-impurity Kondo system has been determined at varying lateral distance by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy. The localized spins of two cobalt magnetic adatoms that are placed on different electrodes of an STM form two individual Kondo singlet states, each showing quite different Kondo coupling, i.e., the tip-Kondo with low Kondo temperature and the sample-Kondo with high Kondo temperature. The differential conductance dI/dV spectra show the continuous changes of the resonance peak feature when approaching the Kondo tip laterally to the local sample-Kondo impurity on the surface. The result indicates a notable interplay between these two Kondo systems. We propose a convolution model based on the q factor of the sample-Kondo (q{sub s}) and tip-Kondo (q{sub t}) to interpret the change of various tunneling channels and the evolution of the experimental spectra.
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Kettemann, S.; Mucciolo, E. R.; Varga, I.; Slevin, K.
2012-03-01
Dilute magnetic impurities in a disordered Fermi liquid are considered close to the Anderson metal-insulator transition (AMIT). Critical power-law correlations between electron wave functions at different energies in the vicinity of the AMIT result in the formation of pseudogaps of the local density of states. Magnetic impurities can remain unscreened at such sites. We determine the density of the resulting free magnetic moments in the zero-temperature limit. While it is finite on the insulating side of the AMIT, it vanishes at the AMIT, and decays with a power law as function of the distance to the AMIT. Since the fluctuating spins of these free magnetic moments break the time-reversal symmetry of the conduction electrons, we find a shift of the AMIT, and the appearance of a semimetal phase. The distribution function of the Kondo temperature TK is derived at the AMIT, in the metallic phase, and in the insulator phase. This allows us to find the quantum phase diagram in an external magnetic field B and at finite temperature T. We calculate the resulting magnetic susceptibility, the specific heat, and the spin relaxation rate as a function of temperature. We find a phase diagram with finite-temperature transitions among insulator, critical semimetal, and metal phases. These new types of phase transitions are caused by the interplay between Kondo screening and Anderson localization, with the latter being shifted by the appearance of the temperature-dependent spin-flip scattering rate. Accordingly, we name them Kondo-Anderson transitions.
From Kondo lattices to Kondo superlattices.
Shimozawa, Masaaki; Goh, Swee K; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji
2016-07-01
block layer. In addition, recent experiments involving CeCoIn5/YbCoIn5 superlattices have shown that the degree of the inversion symmetry breaking and, in turn, the Rashba splitting are controllable, offering the prospect of achieving even more fascinating superconducting states. Thus, these Kondo superlattices pave the way for the exploration of unconventional metallic and superconducting states. PMID:27275757
From Kondo lattices to Kondo superlattices
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shimozawa, Masaaki; Goh, Swee K.; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji
2016-07-01
block layer. In addition, recent experiments involving CeCoIn5/YbCoIn5 superlattices have shown that the degree of the inversion symmetry breaking and, in turn, the Rashba splitting are controllable, offering the prospect of achieving even more fascinating superconducting states. Thus, these Kondo superlattices pave the way for the exploration of unconventional metallic and superconducting states.
Observation of the two-channel Kondo effect
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Potok, R. M.; Rau, I. G.; Shtrikman, Hadas; Oreg, Yuval; Goldhaber-Gordon, D.
2007-03-01
Some of the most intriguing problems in solid-state physics arise when the motion of one electron dramatically affects the motion of surrounding electrons. Traditionally, such highly correlated electron systems have been studied mainly in materials with complex transition metal chemistry. Over the past decade, researchers have learned to confine one or a few electrons within a nanometre-scale semiconductor `artificial atom', and to understand and control this simple system in detail3. Here we combine artificial atoms to create a highly correlated electron system within a nano-engineered semiconductor structure. We tune the system in situ through a quantum phase transition between two distinct states, each a version of the Kondo state, in which a bound electron interacts with surrounding mobile electrons. The boundary between these competing Kondo states is a quantum critical point-namely, the exotic and previously elusive two-channel Kondo state, in which electrons in two reservoirs are entangled through their interaction with a single localized spin.
Spin polarization of the split Kondo state.
von Bergmann, Kirsten; Ternes, Markus; Loth, Sebastian; Lutz, Christopher P; Heinrich, Andreas J
2015-02-20
Spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy is employed to quantitatively determine the spin polarization of the magnetic field-split Kondo state. Tunneling conductance spectra of a Kondo-screened magnetic atom are evaluated within a simple model taking into account inelastic tunneling due to spin excitations and two Kondo peaks positioned symmetrically around the Fermi energy. We fit the spin state of the Kondo-screened atom with a spin Hamiltonian independent of the Kondo effect and account for Zeeman splitting of the Kondo peak in the magnetic field. We find that the width and the height of the Kondo peaks scales with the Zeeman energy. Our observations are consistent with full spin polarization of the Kondo peaks, i.e., a majority spin peak below the Fermi energy and a minority spin peak above. PMID:25763966
A Maximally Supersymmetric Kondo Model
Harrison, Sarah; Kachru, Shamit; Torroba, Gonzalo; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC
2012-02-17
We study the maximally supersymmetric Kondo model obtained by adding a fermionic impurity to N = 4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. While the original Kondo problem describes a defect interacting with a free Fermi liquid of itinerant electrons, here the ambient theory is an interacting CFT, and this introduces qualitatively new features into the system. The model arises in string theory by considering the intersection of a stack of M D5-branes with a stack of N D3-branes, at a point in the D3 worldvolume. We analyze the theory holographically, and propose a dictionary between the Kondo problem and antisymmetric Wilson loops in N = 4 SYM. We perform an explicit calculation of the D5 fluctuations in the D3 geometry and determine the spectrum of defect operators. This establishes the stability of the Kondo fixed point together with its basic thermodynamic properties. Known supergravity solutions for Wilson loops allow us to go beyond the probe approximation: the D5s disappear and are replaced by three-form flux piercing a new topologically non-trivial S3 in the corrected geometry. This describes the Kondo model in terms of a geometric transition. A dual matrix model reflects the basic properties of the corrected gravity solution in its eigenvalue distribution.
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Yanagisawa, Takashi
2015-07-01
We investigate the Kondo effect in Dirac systems, where Dirac electrons interact with the localized spin via the s-d exchange coupling. The Dirac electron in solid state has the linear dispersion and is described typically by the Hamiltonian such as Hk = vk · σ for the wave number k where σj are Pauli matrices. We derived the formula of the Kondo temperature TK by means of the Green's function theory for small J. The TK is determined from a singularity of Green's functions in the form T{K} ≃ bar{D}exp ( - {const}{.}/ρ |J|) when the exchange coupling |J| is small where bar{D} = D/√{1 + D2/(2μ )2} for a cutoff D and ρ is the density of states at the Fermi surface. When |μ| ≪ D, TK is proportional to |μ|: TK ≃ |μ| exp(-const./ρ|J|). The Kondo screening will, however, disappear when the Fermi surface shrinks to a point called the Dirac point, that is, TK vanishes when the chemical potential μ is just at the Dirac point. The resistivity and the specific heat exhibit a log-T singularity in the range TK < T ≪ |μ|/kB. Instead, for T ˜ O(|μ|) or T > |μ|, they never show log-T.
Probing the Kondo State using Terahertz Radiation
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Wetli, Christoph; Kroha, Johann; Krellner, Cornelius; Kliemt, Kristin; Stockert, Oliver; v. Loehneysen, Hilbert; Fiebig, Manfred
The appearance of quantum critical phase transitions is boosting the interest in the field of Kondo-lattice systems. After intense research over the last decades, experimental insights have been mainly gained by measuring the specific heat capacity or the magnetic susceptibility and relating them to the increase of the effective mass. Lately, it has been demonstrated that ARPES experiments allow direct access to the electrons contributing to the Kondo-lattice effect, but with some experimental restrictions. We will show that THz radiation is a powerful and highly accurate alternative for investigating the approach to the coherent Kondo-state of heavy-fermion systems. Photons in the THz range directly couple to the electronic heavy quasiparticles causing the Kondo-singlet behavior. Additionally, this technique allows studying Kondo-state dynamics on the picosecond time scale. We report lifetime measurements of excited Kondo singlets for the two crystalline rare earth heavy-fermion systems CeCu6 and YbRh2Si2, where the lifetimes scale inversely proportional to the Kondo-temperature. THz spectroscopy thus gives a very different perspective towards the Kondo-lattice effect, with the unique ability to combine temporal resolution and possible measurements in magnetic field.
A holographic model of the Kondo effect
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Erdmenger, Johanna; Hoyos, Carlos; O'Bannon, Andy; Wu, Jackson
2013-12-01
We propose a model of the Kondo effect based on the Anti-de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence, also known as holography. The Kondo effect is the screening of a magnetic impurity coupled anti-ferromagnetically to a bath of conduction electrons at low temperatures. In a (1+1)-dimensional CFT description, the Kondo effect is a renormalization group flow triggered by a marginally relevant (0+1)-dimensional operator between two fixed points with the same Kac-Moody current algebra. In the large- N limit, with spin SU( N) and charge U(1) symmetries, the Kondo effect appears as a (0+1)-dimensional second-order mean-field transition in which the U(1) charge symmetry is spontaneously broken. Our holographic model, which combines the CFT and large- N descriptions, is a Chern-Simons gauge field in (2+1)-dimensional AdS space, AdS 3, dual to the Kac-Moody current, coupled to a holographic superconductor along an AdS 2 sub-space. Our model exhibits several characteristic features of the Kondo effect, including a dynamically generated scale, a resistivity with power-law behavior in temperature at low temperatures, and a spectral flow producing a phase shift. Our holographic Kondo model may be useful for studying many open problems involving impurities, including for example the Kondo lattice problem.
Mapping itinerant electrons around Kondo impurities.
Prüser, H; Wenderoth, M; Weismann, A; Ulbrich, R G
2012-04-20
We investigate single Fe and Co atoms buried below a Cu(100) surface using low temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy. By mapping the local density of states of the itinerant electrons at the surface, the Kondo resonance near the Fermi energy is analyzed. Probing bulk impurities in this well-defined scattering geometry allows separating the physics of the Kondo system and the measuring process. The line shape of the Kondo signature shows an oscillatory behavior as a function of depth of the impurity as well as a function of lateral distance. The oscillation period along the different directions reveals that the spectral function of the itinerant electrons is anisotropic. PMID:22680744
The Kondo Effect and Controlled Spin Entanglement in Coupled Double-Quantum-Dots
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Chang, Albert M.
2005-07-01
Semiconductor double-quantum dots represent an ideal system for studying the novel spin physics of localized spins. On each quantum dot when the number of electrons is odd and the net spin is 1/2, a strong coupling of this localized spin to conducting electrons in the leads gives rise to Kondo correlation. On the other hand, in the coupled double-quantum-dot if the inter-dot antiferromagnetic interaction is strong, the two spins can form a correlated spin-singlet state, quenching the Kondo effect. This competition between Kondo and antiferromagnetic correlation is studied in a controlled manner by tuning the inter-dot tunnel coupling. Increasing the inter-dot tunneling, we observe a continuous transition from a single-peaked to a double-peaked Kondo resonance in the differential conductance. On the double-peaked side, the differential conductance becomes suppressed at zero source-drain bias. The observed strong suppression of the differential conductance at zero bias provides direct evidence signaling the formation of an entangled spin-singlet state. This evidence for entanglement and the tunability of our devices bode well for quantum computation applications.
Kondo peak splitting and Kondo dip induced by a local moment
Niu, Pengbin; Shi, Yun-Long; Sun, Zhu; Nie, Yi-Hang; Luo, Hong-Gang
2015-01-01
Many features like spin-orbit coupling, bias and magnetic fields applied, and so on, can strongly influence the Kondo effect. One of the consequences is Kondo peak splitting. However, Kondo peak splitting led by a local moment has not been investigated systematically. In this research we study theoretically electronic transport through a single-level quantum dot exchange coupled to a local magnetic moment in the Kondo regime. We focus on the Kondo peak splitting induced by an anisotropic exchange coupling between the quantum dot and the local moment, which shows rich splitting behavior. We consider the cases of a local moment with S = 1/2 and S = 1. The longitudinal (z-component) coupling plays a role of multivalued magnetic fields and the transverse (x, y-components) coupling lifts the degeneracy of the quantum dot, both of which account for the fine Kondo peak splitting structures. The inter-level or intra-level transition processes are identified in detail. Moreover, we find a Kondo dip at the Fermi level under the proper parameters. The possible experimental observations of these theoretical results should deepen our understanding of Kondo physics. PMID:26658128
Kondo peak splitting and Kondo dip induced by a local moment.
Niu, Pengbin; Shi, Yun-Long; Sun, Zhu; Nie, Yi-Hang; Luo, Hong-Gang
2015-01-01
Many features like spin-orbit coupling, bias and magnetic fields applied, and so on, can strongly influence the Kondo effect. One of the consequences is Kondo peak splitting. However, Kondo peak splitting led by a local moment has not been investigated systematically. In this research we study theoretically electronic transport through a single-level quantum dot exchange coupled to a local magnetic moment in the Kondo regime. We focus on the Kondo peak splitting induced by an anisotropic exchange coupling between the quantum dot and the local moment, which shows rich splitting behavior. We consider the cases of a local moment with S = 1/2 and S = 1. The longitudinal (z-component) coupling plays a role of multivalued magnetic fields and the transverse (x, y-components) coupling lifts the degeneracy of the quantum dot, both of which account for the fine Kondo peak splitting structures. The inter-level or intra-level transition processes are identified in detail. Moreover, we find a Kondo dip at the Fermi level under the proper parameters. The possible experimental observations of these theoretical results should deepen our understanding of Kondo physics. PMID:26658128
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Flottat, T.; Hébert, F.; Rousseau, V. G.; Scalettar, R. T.; Batrouni, G. G.
2015-07-01
We study, using quantum Monte Carlo simulations, the bosonic Kondo-Hubbard model in a two-dimensional square lattice. We explore the phase diagram and analyze the mobility of particles and magnetic properties. At unit filling, the transition from a paramagnetic Mott insulator to a ferromagnetic superfluid appears continuous, contrary to what was predicted with mean field. For double occupation per site, both the Mott insulating and superfluid phases are ferromagnetic and the transition is still continuous. Multiband tight-binding Hamiltonians can be realized in optical lattice experiments, which offer not only the possibility of tuning the different energy scales over wide ranges, but also the option of loading the system with either fermionic or bosonic atoms.
Chern Kondo Insulator in an Optical Lattice
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Chen, Hua; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Xie, X. C.
2016-01-01
We propose to realize and observe Chern Kondo insulators in an optical superlattice with laser-assisted s and p orbital hybridization and a synthetic gauge field, which can be engineered based on the recent cold atom experiments. Considering a double-well square optical lattice, the localized s orbitals are decoupled from itinerant p bands and are driven into a Mott insulator due to the strong Hubbard interaction. Raman laser beams are then applied to induce tunnelings between s and p orbitals, and generate a staggered flux simultaneously. Because of the strong Hubbard interaction of s orbital states, we predict the existence of a critical Raman laser-assisted coupling, beyond which the Kondo screening is achieved, and then a fully gapped Chern Kondo phase emerges, with the topology characterized by integer Chern numbers. Being a strongly correlated topological state, the Chern Kondo phase is different from the single-particle quantum anomalous Hall state, and can be identified by measuring the band topology and double occupancy of s orbitals. The experimental realization and detection of the predicted Chern Kondo insulator are also proposed.
Chern Kondo Insulator in an Optical Lattice.
Chen, Hua; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Xie, X C
2016-01-29
We propose to realize and observe Chern Kondo insulators in an optical superlattice with laser-assisted s and p orbital hybridization and a synthetic gauge field, which can be engineered based on the recent cold atom experiments. Considering a double-well square optical lattice, the localized s orbitals are decoupled from itinerant p bands and are driven into a Mott insulator due to the strong Hubbard interaction. Raman laser beams are then applied to induce tunnelings between s and p orbitals, and generate a staggered flux simultaneously. Because of the strong Hubbard interaction of s orbital states, we predict the existence of a critical Raman laser-assisted coupling, beyond which the Kondo screening is achieved, and then a fully gapped Chern Kondo phase emerges, with the topology characterized by integer Chern numbers. Being a strongly correlated topological state, the Chern Kondo phase is different from the single-particle quantum anomalous Hall state, and can be identified by measuring the band topology and double occupancy of s orbitals. The experimental realization and detection of the predicted Chern Kondo insulator are also proposed. PMID:26871345
Colossal magnetoresistance in topological Kondo insulator
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Slieptsov, Igor O.; Karnaukhov, Igor N.
2016-04-01
Abnormal electronic properties of complex systems require new ideas concerning explanation of their behavior and possibility of realization. In this acticle we show that a colossal magnetoresistance is realized in the state of the topological Kondo insulator, that is similar to the Kondo insulator state in the Kondo lattice. The mechanism of the phenomenon is the following: in the spin gapless phase an external magnetic field induces the gap in the spectrum of spin excitations, the gap in the spectrum of fermions is opened due to a hybridization between spin and fermion subsystems at half-filling, as the result the magnetic field leads to metal–insulator (or bad metal–insulator) phase transition. A model of the topological Kondo lattice defined on a honeycomb lattice is studied for the case when spinless fermion bands are half-filled. It is shown that the hybridization between local moments and itinerant fermions should be understood as the hybridization between corresponding Majorana fermions of the spin and charge sectors. The system is a topological insulator, single fermion and spin excitations at low energies are massive. We will show that a spin gap induces a gap in the charge channel, it leads to an appearance of a topological insulator state with chiral gapless edge modes and the Chern number one or two depending on the exchange integrals’ values. The relevance of this to the traditional Kondo insulator state is discussed.
The Kondo effect in ferromagnetic atomic contacts.
Calvo, M Reyes; Fernández-Rossier, Joaquín; Palacios, Juan José; Jacob, David; Natelson, Douglas; Untiedt, Carlos
2009-04-30
Iron, cobalt and nickel are archetypal ferromagnetic metals. In bulk, electronic conduction in these materials takes place mainly through the s and p electrons, whereas the magnetic moments are mostly in the narrow d-electron bands, where they tend to align. This general picture may change at the nanoscale because electrons at the surfaces of materials experience interactions that differ from those in the bulk. Here we show direct evidence for such changes: electronic transport in atomic-scale contacts of pure ferromagnets (iron, cobalt and nickel), despite their strong bulk ferromagnetism, unexpectedly reveal Kondo physics, that is, the screening of local magnetic moments by the conduction electrons below a characteristic temperature. The Kondo effect creates a sharp resonance at the Fermi energy, affecting the electrical properties of the system; this appears as a Fano-Kondo resonance in the conductance characteristics as observed in other artificial nanostructures. The study of hundreds of contacts shows material-dependent log-normal distributions of the resonance width that arise naturally from Kondo theory. These resonances broaden and disappear with increasing temperature, also as in standard Kondo systems. Our observations, supported by calculations, imply that coordination changes can significantly modify magnetism at the nanoscale. Therefore, in addition to standard micromagnetic physics, strong electronic correlations along with atomic-scale geometry need to be considered when investigating the magnetic properties of magnetic nanostructures. PMID:19407797
Kondo effect in charm and bottom nuclei
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Yasui, Shigehiro
2016-06-01
The Kondo effect for isospin-exchange interaction between a D ¯, B meson and a valence nucleon in charm and bottom atomic nuclei including the discrete energy levels for valence nucleons is discussed. To investigate the binding energy by the Kondo effect, I introduce the mean-field approach for the bound state of the D ¯, B meson in charm and bottom nuclei. Assuming a simple model, I examine the validity of the mean-field approximation by comparing the results with the exact solutions. The effect of the quantum fluctuation is estimated beyond the mean-field approximation. The competition between the Kondo effect and the other correlations in valence nucleons, the isospin symmetry breaking and the nucleon pairings, are discussed.
Global phase diagram and single particle excitations in Kondo insulators
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Si, Qimiao; Pixley, Jedediah; Yu, Rong; Paschen, Silke
Motivated by quantum criticality in Kondo insulators tuned by pressure or doping we study the effects of magnetic frustration and the properties of the single particle excitations in a Kondo lattice model. Focusing on the Kondo insulating limit we study the Shastry-Sutherland Kondo lattice and determine the zero temperature phase diagram, which incorporates a valence bond solid, antiferromagnet, and Kondo insulating ground states, with metal-to-insulator quantum phase transitions. We argue that this phase diagram is generic and represents a ``global'' phase diagram of Kondo insulators in terms of quantum fluctuations and the Kondo interaction. We then focus on the momentum distribution of single particle excitations within the Kondo insulating ground state. We show how features of the Fermi-surface of the underlying conduction electrons appear in the Kondo insulating phase. Lastly, we discuss the implications of our results for quantum criticality in Kondo insulators as well as for the recent de Haas-von Alphen measurements in the Kondo insulator SmB6.
Effect of anisotropy in the S=1 underscreened Kondo lattice
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Thomas, Christopher; da Rosa Simões, Acirete S.; Lacroix, Claudine; Iglesias, José Roberto; Coqblin, Bernard
2014-12-01
We study the effect of crystal field anisotropy in the underscreened S=1 Kondo lattice model. Starting from the two orbital Anderson lattice model and including a local anisotropy term, we show, through Schrieffer-Wolff transformation, that local anisotropy is equivalent to an anisotropic Kondo interaction (J∥≠J⊥). The competition and coexistence between ferromagnetism and Kondo effect in this effective model is studied within a generalized mean-field approximation. Several regimes are obtained, depending on the parameters, exhibiting or not coexistence of magnetic order and Kondo effect. Particularly, we show that a re-entrant Kondo phase at low temperature can be obtained. We are also able to describe phases where the Kondo temperature is smaller than the Curie temperature (TK
Voltage Quench Dynamics of a Kondo System.
Antipov, Andrey E; Dong, Qiaoyuan; Gull, Emanuel
2016-01-22
We examine the dynamics of a correlated quantum dot in the mixed valence regime. We perform numerically exact calculations of the current after a quantum quench from equilibrium by rapidly applying a bias voltage in a wide range of initial temperatures. The current exhibits short equilibration times and saturates upon the decrease of temperature at all times, indicating Kondo behavior both in the transient regime and in the steady state. The time-dependent current saturation temperature connects the equilibrium Kondo temperature to a substantially increased value at voltages outside of the linear response. These signatures are directly observable by experiments in the time domain. PMID:26849606
The physics of Kondo impurities in graphene
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Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias
2013-03-01
This article summarizes our understanding of the Kondo effect in graphene, primarily from a theoretical perspective. We shall describe different ways to create magnetic moments in graphene, either by adatom deposition or via defects. For dilute moments, the theoretical description is in terms of effective Anderson or Kondo impurity models coupled to graphene's Dirac electrons. We shall discuss in detail the physics of these models, including their quantum phase transitions and the effect of carrier doping, and confront this with existing experimental data. Finally, we will point out connections to other quantum impurity problems, e.g., in unconventional superconductors, topological insulators, and quantum spin liquids.
The physics of Kondo impurities in graphene.
Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias
2013-03-01
This article summarizes our understanding of the Kondo effect in graphene, primarily from a theoretical perspective. We shall describe different ways to create magnetic moments in graphene, either by adatom deposition or via defects. For dilute moments, the theoretical description is in terms of effective Anderson or Kondo impurity models coupled to graphene's Dirac electrons. We shall discuss in detail the physics of these models, including their quantum phase transitions and the effect of carrier doping, and confront this with existing experimental data. Finally, we will point out connections to other quantum impurity problems, e.g., in unconventional superconductors, topological insulators, and quantum spin liquids. PMID:23411583
Kondo Tunneling through Real and Artificial Molecules
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Kikoin, Konstantin; Avishai, Yshai
2001-03-01
When an asymmetric double dot is hybridized with itinerant electrons, its singlet ground state and lowly excited triplet state cross, leading to a competition between the Zhang-Rice mechanism of singlet-triplet splitting in a confined cluster and the Kondo effect (which accompanies the tunneling through quantum dot under a Coulomb blockade restriction). The rich physics of an underscreened S = 1 Kondo impurity in the presence of low-lying triplet-singlet excitations is exposed and estimates of the magnetic susceptibility and the electric conductance are presented, together with applications for molecule chemisorption on metallic substrates.
Kondo peak splitting and Kondo dip in single molecular magnet junctions
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Niu, Pengbin; Shi, Yunlong; Sun, Zhu; Nie, Yi-Hang; Luo, Hong-Gang
2016-01-01
Many factors containing bias, spin-orbit coupling, magnetic fields applied, and so on can strongly influence the Kondo effect, and one of the consequences is Kondo peak splitting (KPS). It is natural that KPS should also appear when another spin degree of freedom is involved. In this work we study the KPS effects of single molecular magnets (SMM) coupled with two metallic leads in low-temperature regime. It is found that the Kondo transport properties are strongly influenced by the exchange coupling and anisotropy of the magnetic core. By employing Green's function method in Hubbard operator representation, we give an analytical expression for local retarded Green's function of SMM and discussed its low-temperature transport properties. We find that the anisotropy term behaves as a magnetic field and the splitting behavior of exchange coupling is quite similar to the spin-orbit coupling. These splitting behaviors are explained by introducing inter-level or intra-level transitions, which account for the seven-peak splitting structure. Moreover, we find a Kondo dip at Fermi level under proper parameters. These Kondo peak splitting behaviors in SMM deepen our understanding to Kondo physics and should be observed in the future experiments.
Transport across two interacting quantum dots: bulk Kondo, Kondo box and molecular regimes
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Costa Ribeiro, Laercio; Hamad, Ignacio; Chiappe, Guillermo; Victoriano Anda, Enrique
2014-03-01
We analyze the transport properties of a double quantum dot device with both dots coupled to perfect conducting leads and to a finite chain of N non-interacting sites connecting both of them. The inter-dot chain strongly influences the transport across the system and the local density of states of the dots. We study the case of small number of sites, so that Kondo box effects are present. For odd N and small coupling between the inter-dot chain and the dots, a state with two coexisting Kondo regimes develops: the bulk Kondo due to the quantum dots connected to leads and the one produced by the screening of the quantum dots spins by the spin in the finite chain. As the coupling to the inter-dot chain increases, there is a crossover to a molecular Kondo effect, due to the screening of the molecule spin by the leads. For even N the two-Kondo temperatures regime does not develop and the physics is dominated by the usual competition between Kondo and antiferromagnetism. We finally study how the transport properties are affected as N is increased. We used exact multi-configurational Lanczos calculations and finite U slave-boson mean-field theory. The results obtained with both methods describe qualitatively and also quantitatively the same physics.
Transport across two interacting quantum dots: Bulk Kondo, Kondo box, and molecular regimes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Costa Ribeiro, Laercio; Hamad, Ignacio; Chiappe, Guillermo; Victoriano Anda, Enrique
2015-03-01
We analyze the transport properties of a double quantum dot device with both dots coupled to perfect conducting leads and to a finite chain of N noninteracting sites connecting both of them. The interdot chain strongly influences the transport across the system and the local density of states of the dots. We study the case of a small number of sites, so that Kondo box effects are present, varying the coupling between the dots and the chain. For odd N and small coupling between the interdot chain and the dots, a state with two coexisting Kondo regimes develops: the bulk Kondo due to the quantum dots connected to leads and the one produced by the screening of the quantum dot spins by the spin in the finite chain at the Fermi level. As the coupling to the interdot chain increases, there is a crossover to a molecular Kondo effect, due to the screening of the molecule (formed by the finite chain and the quantum dots) spin by the leads. For even N the two Kondo temperatures regime does not develop and the physics is dominated by the usual competition between Kondo and antiferromagnetism between the quantum dots. We acknowledge financial support from the Brazilian agencies FAPERJ and CNPq.
Transport across two interacting quantum dots: Bulk Kondo, Kondo box, and molecular regimes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ribeiro, L. C.; Hamad, I. J.; Chiappe, G.; Anda, E. V.
2014-01-01
We analyze the transport properties of a double quantum dot device with both dots coupled to perfect conducting leads and to a finite chain of N noninteracting sites connecting both of them. The interdot chain strongly influences the transport across the system and the local density of states of the dots. We study the case of a small number of sites, so that Kondo box effects are present, varying the coupling between the dots and the chain. For odd N and small coupling between the interdot chain and the dots, a state with two coexisting Kondo regimes develops: the bulk Kondo due to the quantum dots connected to leads and the one produced by the screening of the quantum dot spins by the spin in the finite chain at the Fermi level. As the coupling to the interdot chain increases, there is a crossover to a molecular Kondo effect, due to the screening of the molecule (formed by the finite chain and the quantum dots) spin by the leads. For even N the two Kondo temperatures regime does not develop and the physics is dominated by the usual competition between Kondo and antiferromagnetism between the quantum dots. We finally study how the transport properties are affected as N is increased. For the study we used exact multiconfigurational Lanczos calculations and finite-U slave-boson mean-field theory at T =0. The results obtained with both methods describe qualitatively and also quantitatively the same physics.
Kondo physics in a dissipative environment
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Ingersent, K.; Glossop, M. T.; Khoshkhou, N.
2007-03-01
In recent years impurity models with quantum critical points have attracted much interest. Well-studied examples include the pseudogap and Bose-Fermi Kondo models. In the former model, the depletion of the host density of states at the Fermi level can destroy the Kondo effect; in the latter case, Kondo screening competes with coupling to a dissipative bosonic bath representing, e.g., collective spin fluctuations of the host. The physics of both models is dominated by an interacting quantum critical point. Here, we focus on the more general case of a magnetic impurity interacting with a pseudogap fermionic density of states ρ(ɛ)|ɛ|^r and with a bosonic bath having a spectral function B(φ)ŝ. Perturbative renormalization-group (RG) studies of the resulting model, discussed in relation to Kondo temperature suppression in underdoped cuprates [1], have established a rich phase diagram with three stable and two critical fixed points. We report nonperturbative results for this model, obtained using a Bose-Fermi numerical RG approach [2]. We discuss the phase diagram for the Ising-anisotropic case, together with quantum critical properties probed via response to a local magnetic field. [1] M. Vojta and M. Kir'can, PRL 90, 157203 (2003). [2] M. T. Glossop and K. Ingersent, PRL 95, 067202 (2005); PRB (2006).
Colossal positive magnetoresistance in a doped nearly magnetic semiconductor
Hu, R.; Thomas, K.; Lee, Y.; Vogt, T.; Choi, E.; Mitrovic, V.; Hermann, R.; Grandjean, F.; Canfield, P.; Kim, J.; Goldman, A.; Petrovic, C.
2008-02-27
We report on a positive colossal magnetoresistance (MR) induced by metallization of FeSb{sub 2}, a nearly magnetic or 'Kondo' semiconductor with 3d ions. We discuss the contribution of orbital MR and quantum interference to the enhanced magnetic field response of electrical resistivity.
Pressure effects on the optical conductivity of Kondo insulators
Zhang, Sun
2001-06-01
The effects of pressure on the optical conductivity of Kondo insulators are studied in the framework of the slave-boson mean-field theory under the coherent potential approximation. A unified picture is presented for both the hole-type Kondo insulators [H. Okamura , Phys. Rev. B >58, R7496 (1998)] and the electron-type Kondo insulators [B. Bucher , Phys. Rev. Lett. >72, 522 (1994)]. The density of states of f electrons under the applied pressure and its variation with the concentration of the impurity doping are calculated self-consistently. The Kondo temperature and the optical conductivity are obtained, in agreement with the experiments qualitatively. The two contrasting pressure-dependent effects for the hole-type Kondo insulators and the electron-type Kondo insulators are also given as predictions for further observations.
Dynamical symmetries in Kondo tunneling through complex quantum dots.
Kuzmenko, T; Kikoin, K; Avishai, Y
2002-10-01
Kondo tunneling reveals hidden SO(n) dynamical symmetries of evenly occupied quantum dots. As is exemplified for an experimentally realizable triple quantum dot in parallel geometry, the possible values n=3,4,5,7 can be easily tuned by gate voltages. Following construction of the corresponding o(n) algebras, scaling equations are derived and Kondo temperatures are calculated. The symmetry group for a magnetic field induced anisotropic Kondo tunneling is SU(2) or SO(4). PMID:12366008
Charge Kondo effect in a triple quantum dot
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Yoo, Gwangsu; Park, Jinhong; Lee, S. S.-B.; Sim, H.-S.
2014-03-01
We predict that the charge Kondo effect appears in a triangular triple quantum dot. The system has two-fold degenerate ground-state charge configurations, interdot Coulomb interactions, lead-dot electron tunnelings, but no interdot electron tunneling. We show, using bosonization and refermionization, that the system is described by the anisotropic Kondo model. The anisotropy can be tuned by changing lead-dot electron tunneling strength, which allows one to experimentally explore the transition between the ferromagnetic non-Fermi liquid and antiferromagnetic Kondo phases in the Kondo phase diagram. Using numerical renormalization group method, we demonstrate that the transition is manifested in electron conductances through the dot.
Antiferromagnetic phases of the Kondo lattice
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Eder, R.; Grube, K.; Wróbel, P.
2016-04-01
We discuss the paramagnetic and Néel-ordered phases of the Kondo lattice Hamiltonian on the two-dimensional square lattice by means of bond fermions. In the doped case we find two antiferromagnetic solutions, the first one with small ordered moment, heavy bands, and an antiferromagnetically folded large Fermi surface—i.e., including the localized spins—the second one with large ordered moment, light bands, and an antiferromagnetically folded conduction electron-only Fermi surface. The zero temperature phase diagram as a function of Kondo coupling and conduction electron density shows first- and second-order transition lines between the three different phases and agrees qualitatively with previous numerical studies. We compare to experiments on CeRh1 -xCoxIn5 and find qualitative agreement.
Kondo Force in Shuttling Devices: Dynamical Probe for a Kondo Cloud
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Kiselev, M. N.; Kikoin, K. A.; Gorelik, L. Y.; Shekhter, R. I.
2013-02-01
We consider the electromechanical properties of a single-electronic device consisting of a movable quantum dot attached to a vibrating cantilever, forming a tunnel contact with a nonmovable source electrode. We show that the resonance Kondo tunneling of electrons amplifies exponentially the strength of nanoelectromechanical (NEM) coupling in such a device and make the latter insensitive to mesoscopic fluctuations of electronic levels in a nanodot. It is also shown that the study of a Kondo-NEM phenomenon provides additional (as compared with standard conductance measurements in a nonmechanical device) information on retardation effects in the formation of a many-particle cloud accompanying the Kondo tunneling. A possibility for superhigh tunability of mechanical dissipation as well as supersensitive detection of mechanical displacement is demonstrated.
Scattering Theory of Kondo Mirages and Observation of Single Kondo Atom Phase Shift*
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Fiete, Gregory A.; Hersch, Jesse S.; Heller, Eric J.; Manoharan, H. C.; Lutz, C. P.; Eigler, D. M.
2001-03-01
We explain the origin of the Kondo mirage seen in recent quantum corral Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) experiments with a scattering theory of electrons on the surfaces of metals. Our theory combined with experimental data provides the first direct observation of a single Kondo atom phase shift. The Kondo mirage observed at the empty focus of an elliptical quantum corral is shown to arise from multiple electron bounces off the corral wall adatoms in a manner analagous to the formation of a real image in optics. We demonstrate our theory with direct quantitive comparision to experimental data. *This research was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE9610501 and by ITAMP.
Nuclear magnetic resonance in Kondo lattice systems
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Curro, Nicholas J.
2016-06-01
Nuclear magnetic resonance has emerged as a vital tool to explore the fundamental physics of Kondo lattice systems. Because nuclear spins experience two different hyperfine couplings to the itinerant conduction electrons and to the local f moments, the Knight shift can probe multiple types of spin correlations that are not accessible via other techniques. The Knight shift provides direct information about the onset of heavy electron coherence and the emergence of the heavy electron fluid.
Application of the underscreened Kondo lattice model to neptunium compounds
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Thomas, Christopher; da Rosa Simoes, Acirete S.; Iglesias, J. R.; Lacroix, C.; Coqublin, B.
2012-12-01
The coexistence of Kondo effect and ferromagnetic order has been observed in many uranium and neptunium compounds such as UTe or Np2PdGa3. This coexistence can be described within the underscreened Anderson lattice model with two f-electrons and S = 1 spins on each site. After performing the Schrieffer-Wolff transformation on this model, we have obtained an effective Hamiltonian with a f-band term in addition to the Kondo interaction for S = 1 spins. The results indicate a coexistence of Kondo effect and ferromagnetic order, with different relative values of the Kondo TK and Curie TC temperatures. We emphasize here especially the case TK < TC where there is a Kondo behavior below TC and a clear decrease of the magnetization below TK. Such a behavior has been observed in the magnetization curves of NpNiSi2 at low temperatures.
Anisotropic charge Kondo effect in a triple quantum dot.
Yoo, Gwangsu; Park, Jinhong; Lee, S-S B; Sim, H-S
2014-12-01
We predict that an anisotropic charge Kondo effect appears in a triple quantum dot, when the system has twofold degenerate ground states of (1,1,0) and (0,0,1) charge configurations. Using bosonization and refermionization methods, we find that at low temperature the system has the two different phases of massive charge fluctuations between the two charge configurations and vanishing fluctuations, which are equivalent with the Kondo-screened and ferromagnetic phases of the anisotropic Kondo model, respectively. The phase transition is identifiable by electron conductance measurement, offering the possibility of experimentally exploring the anisotropic Kondo model. Our charge Kondo effect has a similar origin to that in a negative-U Anderson impurity. PMID:25526143
Anisotropic Charge Kondo Effect in a Triple Quantum Dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yoo, Gwangsu; Park, Jinhong; Lee, S.-S. B.; Sim, H.-S.
2014-12-01
We predict that an anisotropic charge Kondo effect appears in a triple quantum dot, when the system has twofold degenerate ground states of (1,1,0) and (0,0,1) charge configurations. Using bosonization and refermionization methods, we find that at low temperature the system has the two different phases of massive charge fluctuations between the two charge configurations and vanishing fluctuations, which are equivalent with the Kondo-screened and ferromagnetic phases of the anisotropic Kondo model, respectively. The phase transition is identifiable by electron conductance measurement, offering the possibility of experimentally exploring the anisotropic Kondo model. Our charge Kondo effect has a similar origin to that in a negative-U Anderson impurity.
Magnetic frustration in itinerant systems: the Kondo polaron problem
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Isaev, Leonid; Batista, Cristian; Vekhter, Ilya
2013-03-01
We study the interplay between magnetic frustration and Kondo screening in Kondo lattices by analyzing the J1-J2 antiferromagnetic chain coupled to a conduction band. The system is tuned to the Majumdar-Ghosh point J2 =J1 / 2 which stabilizes a dimer valence-bond solid at weak Kondo coupling JK. We use an effective low-energy theory to demonstrate that sufficiently large JK results in a proliferation of ``Kondo polarons'', i.e. Kondo-screened domain-wall excitations of the dimer state, and collapse of the dimer order via a 2nd order quantum phase transition. At the quantum critical point, JK =JKc , these polarons become gapless, and we argue that the transition itself belongs to a 2D Ising universality class. For JK >JKc increasing concentration of the polarons leads to a continuous growth of the electron Fermi momentum until all spins are absorbed by the Fermi sea.
Fano-Kondo and the Kondo box regimes crossover in a quantum dot coupled to a quantum box.
Apel, Victor M; Orellana, Pedro A; Pacheco, Monica; Anda, Enrique V
2013-12-18
In this work, we study the Kondo effect of a quantum dot (QD) connected to leads and to a discrete set of one-particle states provided by a quantum box represented by a quantum ring (QR) pierced by a magnetic flux side attached to the QD. The interplay between the bulk Kondo effect and the so-called Kondo box regime is studied. In this system the QR energies can be continuously modified by the application of the magnetic field. The crossover between these two regimes is analyzed by changing the connection of the QD to the QR from the weak to the strong coupling regime. In the weak coupling regime, the differential conductance develops a sequence of Fano-Kondo anti-resonances due to destructive interference between the discrete quantum ring levels and the conducting Kondo channel provided by the leads. In the strong coupling regime the differential conductance has very sharp resonances when one of the Kondo discrete sub-levels characterizing the Kondo box is tuned by the applied potential. The conductance, the current fluctuations and the Fano coefficient result as being the relevant physical magnitudes to be analyzed to reveal the physical properties of these two Kondo regimes and the crossover region between them. The results were obtained by using the slave boson mean field theory (SBMFT). PMID:24275637
Kondo effect in triple quantum dots
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Žitko, R.; Bonča, J.; Ramšak, A.; Rejec, T.
2006-04-01
Numerical analysis of the simplest odd-numbered system of coupled quantum dots reveals an interplay between magnetic ordering, charge fluctuations, and the tendency of itinerant electrons in the leads to screen magnetic moments. The transition from local-moment to molecular-orbital behavior is visible in the evolution of correlation functions as the interdot coupling is increased. Resulting Kondo phases are presented in a phase diagram which can be sampled by measuring the zero-bias conductance. We discuss the origin of the even-odd effects by comparing with the double quantum dot.
Integrable Two-Impurity Kondo Model
Schlottmann, P.
1998-06-01
The exact solution by means of Bethe{close_quote}s {ital Ansatz} of a variant of the two-impurity Kondo problem is presented. The occupation of the singlet and triplet states, the expectation value {l_angle}{rvec S}{sub 1}{center_dot} {cflx S}{sub 2}{r_angle} , the homogeneous and staggered magnetic field susceptibilities, and the specific heat {gamma} coefficient are studied for the ground state as a function of the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida{endash}coupling strength. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}
Numerical analysis of the spatial range of the Kondo effect
Busser, C. A.; Martins, G. B.; Ribeiro, L. Costa; Vernek, E.; Anda, E. V.; Dagotto, Elbio R
2010-01-01
The spatial length of the Kondo screening is still a controversial issue related to Kondo physics. While renormalization-group and Bethe-Ansatz solutions have provided detailed information about the thermodynamics of magnetic impurities, they are insufficient to study the effect on the surrounding electrons, i.e., the spatial range of the correlations created by the Kondo effect between the localized magnetic moment and the conduction electrons. The objective of this work is to present a quantitative way of measuring the extension of these correlations by studying their effect directly on the local density of states (LDOS) at arbitrary distances from the impurity. The numerical techniques used, the embedded cluster approximation, the finite-U slave bosons, and numerical renormalization group, calculate the Green s functions in real space. With this information, one can calculate how the local density of states away from the impurity is modified by its presence, below and above the Kondo temperature, and then estimate the range of the disturbances in the noninteracting Fermi sea due to the Kondo effect, and how it changes with the Kondo temperature TK. The results obtained agree with results obtained through spin-spin correlations, showing that the LDOS captures the phenomenology of the Kondo cloud as well.
Competing Kondo Effects in Non-Kramers Doublet Systems
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Kusunose, Hiroaki
2016-06-01
In non-Kramers Kondo systems with quadrupolar degrees of freedom, an ordinary magnetic Kondo effect can compete with the quadrupolar Kondo effect. We discuss such competition keeping PrT2Zn20 (T = Ir, Rh) and PrT2Al20 (T = V, Ti) in mind, where the Γ3 non-Kramers crystalline-electric-field (CEF) doublet ground state is realized in a Pr3+ ion with a (4f)2 configuration under cubic symmetry. The quadrupolar Kondo effect can be described by the two-channel Kondo model, which leads to the local non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) ground state, while the magnetic Kondo effect favors the ordinary local Fermi-liquid (FL) ground state. On the basis of the minimal extended two-channel Kondo model including the magnetic Kondo coupling as well, we investigate the competition and resulting thermodynamics, and orbital/magnetic and single-particle excitation spectra by Wilson's numerical renormalization group (NRG) method. There is a first-order transition between the NFL and FL ground states. In addition to these two states, the alternative FL state accompanied by a free magnetic spin appears in the intermediate temperature range, which eventually reaches the true NFL ground state, as a consequence of the stronger competition between the magnetic and quadrupolar Kondo effects. In this peculiar state, the magnetic susceptibility shows a Curie-like behavior, while the orbital fluctuation exhibits the FL behavior. Moreover, the single-particle spectra yield a more singular behavior. Implications to the Pr 1-2-20 systems are briefly discussed.
Collective Kondo effect in the Anderson-Hubbard lattice
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Fazekas, P.; Itai, K.
1997-02-01
The periodic Anderson model is extended by switching on a Hubbard U for the conduction electrons. We use the Gutzwiller variational method to study the nearly integral valent limit. The lattice Kondo energy contains the U-dependent chemical potential of the Hubbard subsystem in the exponent, and the correlation-induced band narrowing in the prefactor. Both effects tend to suppress the Kondo scale, which can be understood to result from the blocking of hybridization. At half-filling, we find a Brinkman-Rice-type transition from a Kondo insulator to a Mott insulator.
Kondo effect and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in Dirac and Weyl semimetals
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Principi, Alessandro; Vignale, Giovanni; Rossi, E.
2015-07-01
We study the Kondo effect in three-dimensional (3D) Dirac materials and Weyl semimetals. We find the scaling of the Kondo temperature with respect to the doping n and the coupling J between the moment of the magnetic impurity and the carriers of the semimetal. We consider the interplay of long-range scalar disorder and Kondo screening and find that it causes the Kondo effect to be characterized not by a Kondo temperature, but by a distribution of Kondo temperatures with features that cause the appearance of strong non-Fermi-liquid behavior. We then consider the effect of Kondo screening, and of the interplay of Kondo screening and long-range scalar disorder, on the transport properties of Weyl semimetals. Finally, we compare the properties of the Kondo effect in 3D and 2D Dirac materials such as graphene and topological insulators.
Is the black phase of SmS a topological Kondo insulator?
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Bauer, Eric; Ghimire, N. J.; Ronning, F.; Batista, C.; Byler, D.; Thompson, J. D.; Rahmanisisan, A.; Fisk, Z.
2015-03-01
SmS is a prototypical Kondo insulator where electronic correlations drive a system insulating that would otherwise be metallic. Whether or not such a system is also a topological insulator that hosts a protected metallic surface state, depends on the parity of the wavefunction of the occupied states. However, unlike weakly correlated materials, it is unclear whether state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations accurately predict the parity of the occupied wavefunctions of correlated insulators. Nevertheless, Dzero and collaborators suggest that Kondo insulators such as SmB6 can be topological. Like SmB6, Cubic SmS is a non-magnetic semiconductor with an insulating behavior at ambient pressure and low temperatures driven by hybridization with the Sm f-electrons. At 6 kbar, SmS undergoes a phase transition into a valance fluctuating phase accompanied by a visible color change from black to gold. It then undergoes a second phase transition at about 20 kbar to an antiferromagnetic order at low temperatures. We will discuss whether electronic structure calculations indicate a topological state of SmS at P =0. We will also discuss whether or not the magnetic, thermal and transport properties of the black phase of SmS are consistent with the existence of a topological protected surface state.
Coexistence of Kondo effect and ferromagnetism in the Underscreened Kondo Lattice model
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Thomas, C.; Simões, A. S. R.; Iglesias, J. R.; Lacroix, C.; Perkins, N. B.; Coqblin, B.
2011-12-01
In this work we use a Schrieffer-Wolff transformation in a two-fold degenerate periodic Anderson lattice to describe the coexistence of Kondo effect and ferromagnetism in some uranium and neptunium compounds. We show that the inclusion of a bandwidth for the f electrons can account for a weak delocalization of 5f electrons. Using a mean field approximation, we show that a maximum of TC versus JK can be found when the bandwidth is proportional to JK.
Competition between Kondo Screening and Quantum Hall Edge Reconstruction.
Heine, A W; Tutuc, D; Zwicknagl, G; Haug, R J
2016-03-01
We report on a Kondo correlated quantum dot connected to two-dimensional leads where we demonstrate the renormalization of the g factor in the pure Zeeman case. i.e., for magnetic fields parallel to the plane of the quantum dot. For the same system, we study the influence of orbital effects by investigating the quantum Hall regime; i.e., a perpendicular magnetic field is applied. In this case an unusual behavior of the suppression of the Kondo effect and of the split zero-bias anomaly is observed. The splitting decreases with magnetic field and shows discontinuous changes that are attributed to the intricate interplay between Kondo screening and the quantum Hall edge structure originating from electrostatic screening. This edge structure, made up of compressible and incompressible stripes, strongly affects the Kondo temperature of the quantum dot and thereby influences the renormalized g factor. PMID:26991192
Competition between Kondo Screening and Quantum Hall Edge Reconstruction
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Heine, A. W.; Tutuc, D.; Zwicknagl, G.; Haug, R. J.
2016-03-01
We report on a Kondo correlated quantum dot connected to two-dimensional leads where we demonstrate the renormalization of the g factor in the pure Zeeman case. i.e., for magnetic fields parallel to the plane of the quantum dot. For the same system, we study the influence of orbital effects by investigating the quantum Hall regime; i.e., a perpendicular magnetic field is applied. In this case an unusual behavior of the suppression of the Kondo effect and of the split zero-bias anomaly is observed. The splitting decreases with magnetic field and shows discontinuous changes that are attributed to the intricate interplay between Kondo screening and the quantum Hall edge structure originating from electrostatic screening. This edge structure, made up of compressible and incompressible stripes, strongly affects the Kondo temperature of the quantum dot and thereby influences the renormalized g factor.
Tunable unconventional Kondo effect on topological insulator surfaces
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Isaev, L.; Ortiz, G.; Vekhter, I.
2015-11-01
We study Kondo physics of a spin-1/2 impurity in electronic matter with strong spin-orbit interaction, which can be realized by depositing magnetic adatoms on the surface of a three-dimensional topological insulator. We show that magnetic properties of topological surface states and the very existence of Kondo screening strongly depend on details of the bulk material, and specifics of surface preparation encoded in time-reversal preserving boundary conditions for electronic wavefunctions. When this tunable Kondo effect occurs, the impurity spin is screened by purely orbital motion of surface electrons. This mechanism gives rise to a transverse magnetic response of the surface metal, and to spin textures that can be used to experimentally probe signatures of a Kondo resonance. Our predictions are particularly relevant for STM measurements in Pb Te -class crystalline topological insulators, but we also discuss implications for other classes of topological materials.
Spin dynamics in paramagnetic diluted magnetic semiconductors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Phan, Van-Nham; Tran, Minh-Tien
2015-10-01
Microscopic properties of low-energy spin dynamics in diluted magnetic semiconductor are addressed in a framework of the Kondo lattice model including random distribution of magnetic dopants. Based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, we derive an explicit dependence of the spin diffusion coefficient on the single-particle Green function which is directly evaluated by dynamical mean-field theory. In the paramagnetic state, the magnetic scattering has been manifested to suppress spin diffusion. In agreement with other ferromagnet systems, we also point out that the spin diffusion in diluted magnetic semiconductors at small carrier concentration displays a monotonic 1 /T -like temperature dependence. By investigating the spin diffusion coefficient on a wide range of the model parameters, the obtained results have provided a significant scenario to understand the spin dynamics in the paramagnetic diluted magnetic semiconductors.
Rakhmilevitch, David
2015-01-01
Summary The vibration-mediated Kondo effect attracted considerable theoretical interest during the last decade. However, due to lack of extensive experimental demonstrations, the fine details of the phenomenon were not addressed. Here, we analyze the evolution of vibration-mediated Kondo effect in molecular junctions during mechanical stretching. The described analysis reveals the different contributions of Kondo and inelastic transport. PMID:26734532
Quantum entanglement in the two-impurity Kondo model
Cho, Sam Young; McKenzie, Ross H.
2006-01-15
In order to quantify quantum entanglement in two-impurity Kondo systems, we calculate the concurrence, negativity, and von Neumann entropy. The entanglement of the two Kondo impurities is shown to be determined by two competing many-body effects, namely the Kondo effect and the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction, I. Due to the spin-rotational invariance of the ground state, the concurrence and negativity are uniquely determined by the spin-spin correlation between the impurities. It is found that there exists a critical minimum value of the antiferromagnetic correlation between the impurity spins which is necessary for entanglement of the two impurity spins. The critical value is discussed in relation with the unstable fixed point in the two-impurity Kondo problem. Specifically, at the fixed point there is no entanglement between the impurity spins. Entanglement will only be created [and quantum information processing (QIP) will only be possible] if the RKKY interaction exchange energy, I, is at least several times larger than the Kondo temperature, T{sub K}. Quantitative criteria for QIP are given in terms of the impurity spin-spin correlation.
Quantitative Calculation of the Spatial Extension of the Kondo Cloud
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gerd, Bergmann
2008-03-01
A recently developed compact solution for the singlet state of the Friedel-Anderson and the Kondo impurity is applied to investigate the old question of a Kondo cloud in the Kondo ground state. Wilson's states with an exponentially decreasing frame of energy cells towards the Fermi level are used. The Wilson states are expressed as free electron waves with a linear dispersion and integrated over the width of their energy cells. For the magnetic state of the Friedel-Anderson impurity one finds essentially no spin polarization in the vicinity of the d-impurity. However, for the magnetic component of the singlet state a spin polarization cloud is observed which screens the spin (magnetic moment) of the d-electron. The range ξK of this polarization cloud is investigated in detail for the Kondo impurity. The range is inversely proportional to the Kondo energy δK. The extent of the electron density in real space is a detector for a resonance in energy. The spatial extension ξ and the resonance width δ are reciprocal and given by the relation ξδ vF.
Quantitative calculation of the spatial extension of the Kondo cloud
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bergmann, Gerd
2008-03-01
A recently developed compact solution for the singlet state of the Friedel-Anderson and the Kondo impurity is applied to investigate the old question of a Kondo cloud in the Kondo ground state. Wilson’s states with an exponentially decreasing frame of energy cells toward the Fermi level are used. The Wilson states are expressed as free electron waves with a linear dispersion and integrated over the width of their energy cells. For the magnetic state of the Friedel-Anderson impurity, one finds essentially no spin polarization in the vicinity of the d impurity. However, for the magnetic component of the singlet state, a spin polarization cloud is observed which screens the spin (magnetic moment) of the d electron. The range ξK of this polarization cloud is investigated in detail for the Kondo impurity. The range is inversely proportional to the Kondo energy ΔK . The extent of the electron density in real space is a detector for a resonance in energy. The spatial extension ξ and the resonance width Δ are reciprocal and given by the relation ξΔ≈ℏvF .
Haldane phase in one-dimensional topological Kondo insulators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mezio, Alejandro; Lobos, Alejandro M.; Dobry, Ariel O.; Gazza, Claudio J.
2015-11-01
We investigate the ground-state properties of a recently proposed model for a topological Kondo insulator in one dimension (i.e., the p -wave Kondo-Heisenberg lattice model) by means of the density-matrix renormalization-group method. The nonstandard Kondo interaction in this model is different from the usual (i.e., local) Kondo interaction in that the localized spins couple to the "p -wave" spin density of conduction electrons, inducing a topologically nontrivial insulating ground state. Based on the analysis of the charge- and spin-excitation gaps, the string order parameter, and the spin profile in the ground state, we show that, at half filling and low energies, the system is in the Haldane phase and hosts topologically protected spin-1/2 end states. Beyond its intrinsic interest as a useful "toy model" to understand the effects of strong correlations on topological insulators, we show that the p -wave Kondo-Heisenberg model could be experimentally implemented in p -band optical lattices loaded with ultracold Fermi gases.
Evolution of the Kondo effect in a quantum dot probed by shot noise.
Yamauchi, Yoshiaki; Sekiguchi, Koji; Chida, Kensaku; Arakawa, Tomonori; Nakamura, Shuji; Kobayashi, Kensuke; Ono, Teruo; Fujii, Tatsuya; Sakano, Rui
2011-04-29
We measure the current and shot noise in a quantum dot in the Kondo regime to address the nonequilibrium properties of the Kondo effect. By systematically tuning the temperature and gate voltages to define the level positions in the quantum dot, we observe an enhancement of the shot noise as temperature decreases below the Kondo temperature, which indicates that the two-particle scattering process grows as the Kondo state evolves. Below the Kondo temperature, the Fano factor defined at finite temperature is found to exceed the expected value of unity from the noninteracting model, reaching 1.8±0.2. PMID:21635054
Cotunneling into a Kondo lattice with odd hybridization
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baruselli, Pier Paolo; Vojta, Matthias
2016-06-01
Cotunneling into Kondo systems, where an electron enters an f -electron material via a cotunneling process through the local-moment orbital, has been proposed to explain the characteristic line shapes observed in scanning-tunneling-spectroscopy (STS) experiments. Here we extend the theory of electron cotunneling to Kondo-lattice systems in which the bulk hybridization between conduction and f electrons is odd under inversion, being particularly relevant to Kondo insulators. Compared to the case of even hybridization, we show that the interference between normal tunneling and cotunneling processes is fundamentally altered: it is entirely absent for layered, i.e., quasi-two-dimensional materials, while its energy dependence is strongly modified for three-dimensional materials. We discuss implications for STS experiments.
Scanning Tunneling Electron Transport into a Kondo Lattice
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Fu-Bin; Wu, Hua
2016-05-01
We theoretically present the results for a scanning tunneling transport between a metallic tip and a Kondo lattice. We calculate the density of states (DOS) and the tunneling current and differential conductance (DC) under different conduction-fermion band hybridization and temperature in the Kondo lattice. It is found that the hybridization strength and temperature give asymmetric coherent peaks in the DOS separated by the Fermi energy. The corresponding current and DC intensity depend on the temperature and quantum interference effect among the c-electron and f-electron states in the Kondo lattice. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11547203, and the Research Project of Education Department in Sichuan Province of China under Grant No. 15ZB0457
Tunable Kondo effect and spin textures on topological insulators surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vekhter, Ilya; Ortiz, Gerardo; Isaev, Leonid
We consider screening of a spin- 1 / 2 impurity at the surface of a topological insulator, and show that the very existence of Kondo screening strongly depend on details of the bulk material and surface preparation whose details are encoded in time-reversal preserving boundary conditions for electronic wavefunctions. We investigate in detail the formation of the Kondo resonance by studying the ''orbital-flip'' processes that screen the impurity spin in the resulting strongly spin-orbit coupled system. This mechanism gives rise to spin textures that can be used to experimentally probe signatures of a Kondo resonance in topological insulators, and we give examples relevant to specific materials. L.I. was supported by the NSF (PIF-1211914 and PFC-1125844), AFOSR, AFOSR-MURI, NIST and ARO individual investigator awards, and also in part by ICAM. I.V. acknowledges support from NSF Grant DMR-1105339.
The entanglement structure of the Kondo singlet in energy space
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Chun; Feiguin, Adrian
We unveil the entanglement structure of the Kondo singlet in energy space by studying the contribution of each individual free electron eigenstate. This is a problem of two spins coupled to a bath, where the bath is formed by the remaining conduction electrons. Being a mixed state, we resort to the ''concurrence'' as a good measure of entanglement. Using the density matrix renormalization group and analytical variational calculations with the Yoshida wave-function, and slave bosons, we find a distinct transition between weak and strong coupling regimes characterized by very different entanglement distributions. We discuss implications to the theory of the Kondo cloud.
Robust Josephson-Kondo screening cloud in circuit quantum electrodynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Snyman, Izak; Florens, Serge
2015-08-01
We investigate the entanglement properties of a standard circuit-QED setup that consists of a Cooper pair box coupled to a long chain of Josephson junctions. We calculate the static charge polarization at finite distances along the device. Our calculations reveal a deep connection to the Kondo screening cloud, together with robust correlations that are difficult to measure in a condensed matter context. We also find weak sensitivity of these Kondo signatures to the actual parameters and design of the device, demonstrating the universality of the Josephson entanglement cloud.
Quadrupolar Kondo effect in uranium heavy-electron materials?
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Cox, D. L.
1987-01-01
The possibility of an electric quadrupole Kondo effect for a non-Kramers doublet on a uranium (U) ion is a cubic metallic host is demonstrated by model calculations showing a Kondo upturn in the resistivity, universal quenching of the quadrupolar moment, and a heavy-electron anomaly in the electronic specific heat. With inclusion of excited crystal-field levels, some of the unusual magnetic-response data in the heavy-electron superconductor UBe13 may be understood. Structural phase transitions at unprecedented low temperatures may occur in U-based heavy-electron materials.
Kondo effect in a topological insulator quantum dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xin, Xianhao; Zhou, Di
2015-04-01
We investigate theoretically the nonequilibrium transport properties of a topological insulator quantum dot (TIQD) in the Coulomb blockade and Kondo regime. An Anderson impurity model is applied to a TIQD system coupled to two external leads, and we show that the model realizes the spin-orbital Kondo effect at the Dirac point where the edge states are not split by a finite-size effect, leading to an additional S U (4 ) symmetry because of the presence of strong mixture among four internal degrees of freedom. In a more realistic situation where the degeneracy is lifted due to the finite-size effect, we demonstrate that there is a richer structure in transport measurements. We illustrate a continuous crossover from four (spin and orbital) Coulomb peaks with large interpair spacing and small intrapair spacing to a double-peak structure in the local density of states (LDOS) as increasing the hybridization strength Γ within the Coulomb blockade regime. When temperature falls below the Kondo temperature TK, four Kondo peaks show up in the nonequilibrium LDOS. Two of them are located at the chemical potential of each lead, and the other two are shifted away from the chemical potential by an amount proportional to the TIQD's bare energy level, leading to a triple-peak structure in the differential conductance when a bias voltage is applied.
Antiferromagnetism and Kondo screening on a honeycomb lattice
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lin, Heng-Fu; Hong-Shuai, Tao; Guo, Wen-Xiang; Liu, Wu-Ming
2015-05-01
Magnetic adatoms in the honeycomb lattice have received tremendous attention due to the interplay between Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction and Kondo coupling leading to very rich physics. Here we study the competition between the antiferromagnetism and Kondo screening of local moments by the conduction electrons on the honeycomb lattice using the determinant quantum Monte Carlo method. While changing the interband hybridization V, we systematically investigate the antiferromagnetic-order state and the Kondo singlet state transition, which is characterized by the behavior of the local moment, antiferromagnetic structure factor, and the short range spin-spin correlation. The evolution of the single particle spectrum are also calculated as a function of hybridization V, we find that the system presents a small gap in the antiferromagnetic-order region and a large gap in the Kondo singlet region in the Fermi level. We also find that the localized and itinerant electrons coupling leads to the midgap states in the conduction band in the Fermi level at very small V. Moreover, the formation of antiferromagnetic order and Kondo singlet are studied as on-site interaction U or temperature T increasing, we have derived the phase diagrams at on-site interaction U (or temperature T) and hybridization V plane. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Special Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 2011CB921502 and 2012CB821305), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 61227902, 61378017, and 11434015), the State Key Laboratory for Quantum Optics and Quantum Optical Devices, China (Grant No. KF201403).
Surface Kondo effect and non-trivial metallic state of the Kondo insulator YbB12.
Hagiwara, Kenta; Ohtsubo, Yoshiyuki; Matsunami, Masaharu; Ideta, Shin-Ichiro; Tanaka, Kiyohisa; Miyazaki, Hidetoshi; Rault, Julien E; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Bertran, François; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Yukawa, Ryu; Kobayashi, Masaki; Horiba, Koji; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Sumida, Kazuki; Okuda, Taichi; Iga, Fumitoshi; Kimura, Shin-Ichi
2016-01-01
A synergistic effect between strong electron correlation and spin-orbit interaction has been theoretically predicted to realize new topological states of quantum matter on Kondo insulators (KIs), so-called topological Kondo insulators (TKIs). One TKI candidate has been experimentally observed on the KI SmB6(001), and the origin of the surface states (SS) and the topological order of SmB6 has been actively discussed. Here, we show a metallic SS on the clean surface of another TKI candidate YbB12(001) using angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The SS shows temperature-dependent reconstruction corresponding to the Kondo effect observed for bulk states. Despite the low-temperature insulating bulk, the reconstructed SS with c-f hybridization is metallic, forming a closed Fermi contour surrounding on the surface Brillouin zone and agreeing with the theoretically expected behaviour for SS on TKIs. These results demonstrate the temperature-dependent holistic reconstruction of two-dimensional states localized on KIs surface driven by the Kondo effect. PMID:27576449
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Si, Qimiao; Goswami, Pallab
2014-03-01
Heavy fermion systems represent a prototypical setting to study magnetic quantum phase transitions. In this context, we study the spin one-half Kondo-Heisenberg model on a honeycomb lattice at half filling. The problem is approached from the Kondo destroyed, antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase. We describe the local moments in terms of a coarse grained quantum non-linear sigma model, and show that the skyrmion defects of the antiferromagnetic order parameter host a number of competing order parameters. In addition to the spin Peierls, charge and current density wave order parameters, we identify for the first time Kondo singlets as the competing dual orders of the antiferromagnetism, which can be related to each other via generalized chiral transformations of the underlying fermions. We also show that the conduction electrons acquire a Berry phase through their coupling to the hedgehog configurations of the Néel order, which cancels the Berry phase of the local moments. Our results demonstrate the competition between the Kondo-singlet formation and spin-Peierls order when the antiferromagnetic order is suppressed, thereby shedding new light on the global phase diagram of heavy fermion systems at zero temperature. NSF.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhong, Yin; Wang, Yu-Feng; Lu, Han-Tao; Luo, Hong-Gang
2014-08-01
We have studied Kondo spin liquid phase of Kondo necklace models from the perspective of quantum O(N) non-linear sigma model (NLSM) field theory, particularly we focus on its possible topologically nontrivial phases. In the one-dimensional case, the Kondo spin liquid phase is a usual quantum disordered phase in contrast to the well-known topologically nontrivial Haldane phase due to destructive interference effect of topological θ term. In the two-dimensional case, the system can be mapped onto an O(4)-like NLSM with some O(3) anisotropy. Interestingly, if hedgehog-like point defects are included together with the restoration of the full O(4) symmetry, our model is identical to a kind of SU(2) symmetry-protected topological (SPT) state, which highlights a possible link between the extended Kondo necklace models and the desirable SPT states. Additionally, if the system has the expanded O(5) symmetry instead, the effective NLSM with the Wess-Zumino-Witten term is just a description of the surface modes of a three-dimensional SPT state. The deviations from fully symmetrical cases are discussed. We expect that the results might provide useful threads to identify certain microscopic bilayer antiferromagnet models (and related materials), which can support the SPT states.
Kondo effect in magnetic tunnel junctions with an AlOx tunnel barrier
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zheng, Chao; Shull, Robert D.; Chen, P. J.; Pong, Philip W. T.
2016-06-01
The influence of the magnetization configuration on the Kondo effect in a magnetic tunnel junction is investigated. In the parallel configuration, an additional resistance contribution (R*) below 40 K exhibits a logarithmic temperature dependence, indicating the presence of the Kondo effect. However, in the anti-parallel configuration, the Kondo-effect-associated spin-flip scattering has a nontrivial contribution to the tunneling current, which compensates the reduction of the current directly caused by Kondo scattering, making R* disappear. These results indicate that suppression and restoration of the Kondo effect can be experimentally achieved by altering the magnetization configuration, enhancing our understanding of the role of the Kondo effect in spin-dependent transport.
Non-Kondo Mechanism for Resistivity Minimum in Spin Ice Conduction Systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Udagawa, Masafumi; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Motome, Yukitoshi
2012-02-01
We present a mechanism of resistivity minimum in conduction electron systems coupled with localized moments, which is distinguished from the Kondo effect. Instead of the spin-flip process in the Kondo effect, electrons are elastically scattered by local spin correlations which evolve in a particular way under geometrical frustration as decreasing temperature. This is demonstrated by the cellular dynamical mean-field theory for a spin-ice-type Kondo lattice model on a pyrochlore lattice. Peculiar temperature dependences of the resistivity, specific heat, and magnetic susceptibility in the non-Kondo mechanism are compared with the experimental data in metallic Ir pyrochlore oxides.
Influence of organic ligands on the line shape of the Kondo resonance
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meyer, Jörg; Ohmann, Robin; Nickel, Anja; Toher, Cormac; Gresser, Roland; Leo, Karl; Ryndyk, Dmitry A.; Moresco, Francesca; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio
2016-04-01
The Kondo resonance of an organic molecule containing a Co atom is investigated by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and ab initio calculations on a Ag(100) surface. High resolution mapping of the line shape shows evidence of local nonradially symmetric variations of the Fano factor and the Kondo amplitude, revealing a strong influence of the molecular ligand. We show that the decay of the amplitude of the Kondo resonance is determined by the spatial distribution of the ligand's orbital being hybridized with the singly occupied Co dz2 orbital, forming together the singly occupied Kondo-active orbital.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Gatos, Harry C. (Inventor); Lagowski, Jacek (Inventor)
1977-01-01
A semiconductor sensor adapted to detect with a high degree of sensitivity small magnitudes of a mechanical force, presence of traces of a gas or light. The sensor includes a high energy gap (i.e., .about. 1.0 electron volts) semiconductor wafer. Mechanical force is measured by employing a non-centrosymmetric material for the semiconductor. Distortion of the semiconductor by the force creates a contact potential difference (cpd) at the semiconductor surface, and this cpd is determined to give a measure of the force. When such a semiconductor is subjected to illumination with an energy less than the energy gap of the semiconductors, such illumination also creates a cpd at the surface. Detection of this cpd is employed to sense the illumination itself or, in a variation of the system, to detect a gas. When either a gas or light is to be detected and a crystal of a non-centrosymmetric material is employed, the presence of gas or light, in appropriate circumstances, results in a strain within the crystal which distorts the same and the distortion provides a mechanism for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the gas or the light, as the case may be.
Semiconductor photoelectrochemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Buoncristiani, A. M.; Byvik, C. E.
1983-01-01
Semiconductor photoelectrochemical reactions are investigated. A model of the charge transport processes in the semiconductor, based on semiconductor device theory, is presented. It incorporates the nonlinear processes characterizing the diffusion and reaction of charge carriers in the semiconductor. The model is used to study conditions limiting useful energy conversion, specifically the saturation of current flow due to high light intensity. Numerical results describing charge distributions in the semiconductor and its effects on the electrolyte are obtained. Experimental results include: an estimate rate at which a semiconductor photoelectrode is capable of converting electromagnetic energy into chemical energy; the effect of cell temperature on the efficiency; a method for determining the point of zero zeta potential for macroscopic semiconductor samples; a technique using platinized titanium dioxide powders and ultraviolet radiation to produce chlorine, bromine, and iodine from solutions containing their respective ions; the photoelectrochemical properties of a class of layered compounds called transition metal thiophosphates; and a technique used to produce high conversion efficiency from laser radiation to chemical energy.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
1982-01-01
The primary thrust of the semiconductor processing is outlined. The purpose is to (1) advance the theoretical basis for bulk growth of elemental and compound semiconductors in single crystal form, and (2) to develop a new experimental approaches by which semiconductor matrices with significantly improved crystalline and chemical perfection can be obtained. The most advanced approaches to silicon crystal growth is studied. The projected research expansion, directed toward the capability of growth of 4 inch diameter silicon crystals was implemented. Both intra and interdepartmental programs are established in the areas of process metallurgy, heat transfer, mass transfer, and systems control. Solutal convection in melt growth systems is also studied.
Kondo effect goes anisotropic in vanadate oxide superlattices
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rotella, H.; Pautrat, A.; Copie, O.; Boullay, P.; David, A.; Mercey, B.; Morales, M.; Prellier, W.
2015-11-01
We study the transport properties in SrVO3/LaVO3 (SVO/LVO) superlattices deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. We show that the electronic conduction occurs in the metallic LVO layers with a galvanomagnetism typical of a 2D Fermi surface. In addition, a Kondo-like component appears in both the thermal variation of resistivity and the magnetoresistance. Surprisingly, in this system where the STO interface does not contribute to the measured conduction, the Kondo correction is strongly anisotropic. We show that the growth temperature allows a direct control of this contribution. Finally, the key role of vanadium mixed valency stabilized by oxygen vacancies is enlightened.
Kondo and Majorana doublet interactions in quantum dots
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Younghyun; Liu, Dong E.; Gaidamauskas, Erikas; Paaske, Jens; Flensberg, Karsten; Lutchyn, Roman
We study the properties of a quantum dot coupled to a normal lead and a time-reversal topological superconductor with Majorana Kramers pair at the end. We explore the phase diagram of the system as a function of Kondo and Majorana-induced coupling strengths using perturbative renormalization group study and slave-boson mean-field theory. We find that, in the presence of coupling between a quantum dot and a Majorana doublet, the system flows to a new fixed point controlled by the Majorana doublet, rather than the Kondo coupling, which is characterized by correlations between a localized spin and the fermion parity of each spin sector of the topological superconductor. We find that this fixed point is stable with respect to Gaussian fluctuations. We also investigate the effect of spin-spin interaction between a quantum dot and Majorana doublet and compare the result with a case where a normal lead is directly coupled to Majorana doublet.
Observation of the underscreened Kondo effect in a molecular transistor.
Roch, Nicolas; Florens, Serge; Costi, Theo A; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Balestro, Franck
2009-11-01
We present the first quantitative experimental evidence for the underscreened Kondo effect, an incomplete compensation of a quantized magnetic moment by conduction electrons, as originally proposed by Nozières and Blandin. The device consists of an even charge spin S=1 molecular quantum dot, obtained by electromigration of C60 molecules into gold nanogaps and operated in a dilution fridge. The persistence of logarithmic singularities in the low temperature conductance is demonstrated by a comparison to the fully screened configuration obtained in odd charge spin S=1/2 Coulomb diamonds. We also discover an extreme sensitivity of the underscreened Kondo resonance to the magnetic field that we confirm on the basis of numerical renormalization group calculations. PMID:20365950
Observation of the Underscreened Kondo Effect in a Molecular Transistor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Roch, Nicolas; Florens, Serge; Costi, Theo A.; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Balestro, Franck
2009-11-01
We present the first quantitative experimental evidence for the underscreened Kondo effect, an incomplete compensation of a quantized magnetic moment by conduction electrons, as originally proposed by Nozières and Blandin. The device consists of an even charge spin S=1 molecular quantum dot, obtained by electromigration of C60 molecules into gold nanogaps and operated in a dilution fridge. The persistence of logarithmic singularities in the low temperature conductance is demonstrated by a comparison to the fully screened configuration obtained in odd charge spin S=1/2 Coulomb diamonds. We also discover an extreme sensitivity of the underscreened Kondo resonance to the magnetic field that we confirm on the basis of numerical renormalization group calculations.
Characterization of a correlated topological Kondo insulator in one dimension
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hagymási, I.; Legeza, Ö.
2016-04-01
We investigate the ground state of a p -wave Kondo-Heisenberg model introduced by Alexandrov and Coleman with an Ising-type anisotropy in the Kondo interaction and correlated conduction electrons. Our aim is to understand how they affect the stability of the Haldane state obtained in the SU(2)-symmetric case without the Hubbard interaction. By applying the density-matrix renormalization group algorithm and calculating the entanglement entropy we show that in the anisotropic case a phase transition occurs and a Néel state emerges above a critical value of the Coulomb interaction. These findings are also corroborated by the examination of the entanglement spectrum and the spin profile of the system which clarify the structure of each phase.
Quantum spins on star graphs and the Kondo model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Crampé, N.; Trombettoni, A.
2013-06-01
We study the XX model for quantum spins on the star graph with three legs (i.e., on a Y-junction). By performing a Jordan-Wigner transformation supplemented by the introduction of an auxiliary space we find a Kondo Hamiltonian of fermions, in the spin 1 representation of su(2), locally coupled with a magnetic impurity. In the continuum limit our model is shown to be equivalent to the 4-channel Kondo model coupling spin-1/2 fermions with a spin-1/2 impurity and exhibiting a non-Fermi liquid behavior. We also show that it is possible to find an XY model such that - after the Jordan-Wigner transformation - one obtains a quadratic fermionic Hamiltonian directly diagonalizable.
First principles electron transport simulations in the Kondo regime
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rungger, Ivan; Radonjic, Milos; Appelt, Wilhelm; Chioncel, Liviu; Droghetti, Andrea
When magnetic atoms, molecules or thin films are brought into contact with metals the electron-electron interaction leads to the appearance of the correlated Kondo state at low temperatures. In this talk we will present results for the electronic structure and conductance in the Kondo regime of recent STM and break junction experiments for stable radical molecules, which correspond to spin half molecular magnets. We will outline the methodological approach to evaluate the conductance of such systems from first principles, as implemented in the Smeagol electron transport code. The method combines the density functional theory (DFT) with Anderson impurity solvers within the continuum time quantum Monte Carlo (CTQMC) and numerical renormalization group (NRG) approaches.
Ferromagnetic Kondo Effect in a Triple Quantum Dot System
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baruselli, P. P.; Requist, R.; Fabrizio, M.; Tosatti, E.
2013-07-01
A simple device of three laterally coupled quantum dots, the central one contacted by metal leads, provides a realization of the ferromagnetic Kondo model, which is characterized by interesting properties like a nonanalytic inverted zero-bias anomaly and an extreme sensitivity to a magnetic field. Tuning the gate voltages of the lateral dots allows us to study the transition from a ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic Kondo effect, a simple case of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. We model the device by three coupled Anderson impurities that we study by numerical renormalization group. We calculate the single-particle spectral function of the central dot, which at zero frequency is proportional to the zero-bias conductance, across the transition, both in the absence and in the presence of a magnetic field.
Ferromagnetic Kondo effect in a triple quantum dot system.
Baruselli, P P; Requist, R; Fabrizio, M; Tosatti, E
2013-07-26
A simple device of three laterally coupled quantum dots, the central one contacted by metal leads, provides a realization of the ferromagnetic Kondo model, which is characterized by interesting properties like a nonanalytic inverted zero-bias anomaly and an extreme sensitivity to a magnetic field. Tuning the gate voltages of the lateral dots allows us to study the transition from a ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic Kondo effect, a simple case of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. We model the device by three coupled Anderson impurities that we study by numerical renormalization group. We calculate the single-particle spectral function of the central dot, which at zero frequency is proportional to the zero-bias conductance, across the transition, both in the absence and in the presence of a magnetic field. PMID:23931401
Neutron scattering from the Kondo Insulator SmB6
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Broholm, Collin
A review of neutron scattering work probing the Kondo insulator SmB6 is presented with special emphasis on assessing the topology of the underlying strongly renormalized band structure. A 14 meV excition dominates the spectrum and is evidence of strong electron correlations [1]. Though the data generally supports the proposal that SmB6 is a topological Kondo insulator, specific heat and high-resolution neutron scattering data show a continuum of states well below the bulk transport gap, which enrich the problem and may connect to the recent surprising de Haas van Alpen results. ``Interaction Driven Subgap Spin Exciton in the Kondo Insulator SmB6,'' W. T. Fuhrman, J. Leiner, P. Nikolic, G. E. Granroth, M. B. Stone, M. D. Lumsden, L. DeBeer-Schmitt, P. A. Alekseev, J.-M. Mignot, S. M. Koohpayeh, P. Cottingham, W. Adam Phelan, L. Schoop, T. M. McQueen, and C. Broholm, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 036401 (2015). Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Material Sciences and Engineering, under Grant No. DEFG02-08ER46544 and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Kondo physics from quasiparticle poisoning in Majorana devices
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Plugge, S.; Zazunov, A.; Eriksson, E.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Egger, R.
2016-03-01
We present a theoretical analysis of quasiparticle poisoning in Coulomb-blockaded Majorana fermion systems tunnel-coupled to normal-conducting leads. Taking into account finite-energy quasiparticles, we derive the effective low-energy theory and present a renormalization group analysis. We find qualitatively new effects when a quasiparticle state with very low energy is localized near a tunnel contact. For M =2 attached leads, such "dangerous" quasiparticle poisoning processes cause a spin S =1 /2 single-channel Kondo effect, which can be detected through a characteristic zero-bias anomaly conductance peak in all Coulomb blockade valleys. For more than two attached leads, the topological Kondo effect of the unpoisoned system becomes unstable. A strong-coupling bosonization analysis indicates that at low energy the poisoned lead is effectively decoupled and hence, for M >3 , the topological Kondo fixed point re-emerges, though now it involves only M -1 leads. As a consequence, for M =3 , the low-energy fixed point becomes trivial corresponding to decoupled leads.
Conductance fingerprint of Majorana fermions in the topological Kondo effect
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Galpin, Martin R.; Mitchell, Andrew K.; Temaismithi, Jesada; Logan, David E.; Béri, Benjamin; Cooper, Nigel R.
2014-01-01
We consider an interacting nanowire/superconductor heterostructure attached to metallic leads. The device is described by an unusual low-energy model involving spin-1 conduction electrons coupled to a nonlocal spin-1/2 Kondo impurity built from Majorana fermions. The topological origin of the resulting Kondo effect is manifest in distinctive non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior, and the existence of Majorana fermions in the device is demonstrated unambiguously by distinctive conductance line shapes. We study the physics of the model in detail, using the numerical renormalization group, perturbative scaling, and Abelian bosonization. In particular, we calculate the full scaling curves for the differential conductance in ac and dc fields, onto which experimental data should collapse. Scattering t matrices and thermodynamic quantities are also calculated, recovering asymptotes from conformal field theory. We show that the NFL physics is robust to asymmetric Majorana-lead couplings, and here we uncover a duality between strong and weak coupling. The NFL behavior is understood physically in terms of competing Kondo effects. The resulting frustration is relieved by inter-Majorana coupling which generates a second crossover to a regular Fermi liquid.
Kondo physics from quasiparticle poisoning in Majorana devices
Plugge, S.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Zazunov, A.; Eriksson, E.; Egger, R.
2016-03-24
Here, we present a theoretical analysis of quasiparticle poisoning in Coulomb-blockaded Majorana fermion systems tunnel-coupled to normal-conducting leads. Taking into account finite-energy quasiparticles, we derive the effective low-energy theory and present a renormalization group analysis. We find qualitatively new effects when a quasiparticle state with very low energy is localized near a tunnel contact. For M = 2 attached leads, such “dangerous” quasiparticle poisoning processes cause a spin S = 1/2 single-channel Kondo effect, which can be detected through a characteristic zero-bias anomaly conductance peak in all Coulomb blockade valleys. For more than two attached leads, the topological Kondo effectmore » of the unpoisoned system becomes unstable. A strong-coupling bosonization analysis indicates that at low energy the poisoned lead is effectively decoupled and hence, for M > 3, the topological Kondo fixed point re-emerges, though now it involves only M–1 leads. As a consequence, for M = 3, the low-energy fixed point becomes trivial corresponding to decoupled leads.« less
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Takada, Yasutami; Maezono, Ryo; Yoshizawa, Kanako
2015-10-01
Hydrogen in metals has attracted much attention for a long time from both basic scientific and technological points of view. Its electronic state has been investigated in terms of a proton embedded in the electron gas mostly by the local density approximation (LDA) to the density functional theory. At high electronic densities, it is well described by a bare proton H+ screened by metallic electrons (charge resonance), while at low densities two electrons are localized at the proton site to form a closed-shell negative ion H- protected from surrounding metallic electrons by the Pauli exclusion principle. However, no details are known about the transition from H+ to H- in the intermediate-density region. Here, by accurately determining the ground-state electron distribution n (r ) by the use of LDA and diffusion Monte Carlo simulations with the total electron number up to 170, we obtain a complete picture of the transition, in particular, a sharp transition from short-range H+ screening charge resonance to long-range Kondo-type spin-singlet resonance, the emergence of which is confirmed by the presence of an anomalous Friedel oscillation characteristic to the Kondo singlet state with the Kondo temperature TK well beyond 1000 K. This study not only reveals interesting competition between charge and spin resonances, enriching the century-old paradigm of metallic screening to a point charge, but also discovers a high-TK system long sought in relation to the development of exotic superconductivity in the quantum critical regime.
Quantum phase transitions and anomalous Hall effect in a pyrochlore Kondo lattice
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Grefe, Sarah; Ding, Wenxin; Si, Qimiao
The metallic variant of the pyrochlore iridates Pr2Ir2O7 has shown characteristics of a possible chiral spin liquid state [PRL 96 087204 (2006), PRL 98, 057203 (2007), Nature 463, 210 (2010)] and quantum criticality [Nat. Mater. 13, 356 (2014)]. An important question surrounding the significant anomalous Hall response observed in Pr2Ir2O7 is the nature of the f-electron local moments, including their Kondo coupling with the conduction d-electrons. The heavy effective mass and related thermodynamic characteristics indicate the involvement of the Kondo effect in this system's electronic properties. In this work, we study the effects of Kondo coupling on candidate time-reversal-symmetry-breaking spin liquid states on the pyrochlore lattice. Representing the f-moments as slave fermions Kondo-coupled to conduction electrons, we study the competition between Kondo-singlet formation and chiral spin correlations and determine the zero-temperature phase diagram. We derive an effective chiral interaction between the local moments and the conduction electrons and calculate the anomalous Hall response across the quantum phase transition from the Kondo destroyed phase to the Kondo screened phase. We discuss our results' implications for Pr2Ir2O7 and related frustrated Kondo-lattice systems.
Optical Study of Interactions in a d-Electron Kondo Lattice with Ferromagnetism
Burch, K. S.; Schafgans, A.; Butch, N. P.; Sayles, T. A.; Maple, M. B.; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, David; Basov, D. N.
2005-01-01
We report on a comprehensive optical, transport, and thermodynamic study of the Zintl compound Yb{sub 14}MnSb{sub 11}, demonstrating that it is the first ferromagnetic Kondo lattice compound in the underscreened limit. We propose a scenario whereby the combination of Kondo and Jahn-Teller effects provides a consistent explanation of both transport and optical data.
Reappearance of the Kondo effect in serially coupled symmetric triple quantum dots
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Cheng, Yongxi; Wei, Jianhua; Yan, Yijing
2015-12-01
We investigate the spectral properties of a serially coupled triple quantum dot (STQD) system by means of the hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach. We find that with the increase of the interdot coupling t, the first Kondo screening is followed by another Kondo effect reappearing due to the transition from the respective Kondo singlet state of individual QD to the coherence bonding state generated among the three QDs. The reappearance of the Kondo effect results in the three-peak structure of the spectral functions of peripheral QD-1(3). By investigating the susceptibility χ, we find that the local susceptibility of intermediate QD-2 is a positive value at weak interdot coupling, while it changes into a negative value at strong interdot coupling, at which the STQD system gives rise to the reappearance of the Kondo effect. We also find that the slopes of 1/χ will deviate from a straight line behaviour at low temperature in the reappearing Kondo regime. In addition, the influence of temperature and dot-lead coupling strength on the reappearing Kondo effect as well as the Kondo-correlated transport properties are afterwards exploited in detail.
Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of a magnetic atom on graphene in the Kondo regime
Zhuang, Huai -Bin; Sun, Qing -feng; Xie, X. C.
2009-06-23
In this study, the Kondo effect in the system consisting of a magnetic adatom on the graphene is studied. By using the non-equilibrium Green function method with the slave-boson mean field approximation, the local density of state (LDOS) and the conductance are calculated. For a doped graphene, the Kondo phase is present at all time. Surprisingly, two kinds of Kondo regimes are revealed. But for the undoped graphene, the Kondo phase only exists if the adatom’s energy level is beyond a critical value. The conductance is similar to the LDOS, thus, the Kondo peak in the LDOS can be observed with the scanning tunneling spectroscopy. In addition, in the presence of a direct coupling between the STM tip and the graphene, the conductance may be dramatically enhanced, depending on the coupling site.
Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of a magnetic atom on graphene in the Kondo regime
Zhuang, Huai -Bin; Sun, Qing -feng; Xie, X. C.
2009-06-23
In this study, the Kondo effect in the system consisting of a magnetic adatom on the graphene is studied. By using the non-equilibrium Green function method with the slave-boson mean field approximation, the local density of state (LDOS) and the conductance are calculated. For a doped graphene, the Kondo phase is present at all time. Surprisingly, two kinds of Kondo regimes are revealed. But for the undoped graphene, the Kondo phase only exists if the adatom’s energy level is beyond a critical value. The conductance is similar to the LDOS, thus, the Kondo peak in the LDOS can be observedmore » with the scanning tunneling spectroscopy. In addition, in the presence of a direct coupling between the STM tip and the graphene, the conductance may be dramatically enhanced, depending on the coupling site.« less
Exploring the phase diagram of the two-impurity Kondo problem
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Spinelli, A.; Gerrits, M.; Toskovic, R.; Bryant, B.; Ternes, M.; Otte, A. F.
2015-11-01
A system of two exchange-coupled Kondo impurities in a magnetic field gives rise to a rich phase space hosting a multitude of correlated phenomena. Magnetic atoms on surfaces probed through scanning tunnelling microscopy provide an excellent platform to investigate coupled impurities, but typical high Kondo temperatures prevent field-dependent studies from being performed, rendering large parts of the phase space inaccessible. We present a study of pairs of Co atoms on insulating Cu2N/Cu(100), which each have a Kondo temperature of only 2.6 K. The pairs are designed to have interaction strengths similar to the Kondo temperature. By applying a sufficiently strong magnetic field, we are able to access a new phase in which the two coupled impurities are simultaneously screened. Comparison of differential conductance spectra taken on the atoms to simulated curves, calculated using a third-order transport model, allows us to independently determine the degree of Kondo screening in each phase.
From four- to two-channel Kondo effect in junctions of XY spin chains
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Giuliano, Domenico; Sodano, Pasquale; Tagliacozzo, Arturo; Trombettoni, Andrea
2016-08-01
We consider the Kondo effect in Y-junctions of anisotropic XY models in an applied magnetic field along the critical lines characterized by a gapless excitation spectrum. We find that, while the boundary interaction Hamiltonian describing the junction can be recasted in the form of a four-channel, spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Kondo Hamiltonian, the number of channels effectively participating in the Kondo effect depends on the chain parameters, as well as on the boundary couplings at the junction. The system evolves from an effective four-channel topological Kondo effect for a junction of XX-chains with symmetric boundary couplings into a two-channel one at a junction of three quantum critical Ising chains. The effective number of Kondo channels depends on the properties of the boundary and of the bulk. The XX-line is a "critical" line, where a four-channel topological Kondo effect can be recovered by fine-tuning the boundary parameter, while along the line in parameter space connecting the XX-line and the critical Ising point the junction is effectively equivalent to a two-channel topological Kondo Hamiltonian. Using a renormalization group approach, we determine the flow of the boundary couplings, which allows us to define and estimate the critical couplings and Kondo temperatures of the different Kondo (pair) channels. Finally, we study the local transverse magnetization in the center of the Y-junction, eventually arguing that it provides an effective tool to monitor the onset of the two-channel Kondo effect.
Analysis of the antiferromagnetic phase transitions of the 2D Kondo lattice
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Jones, Barbara
2010-03-01
The Kondo lattice continues to present an interesting and relevant challenge, with its interactions between Kondo, RKKY, and coherent order. We present our study[1] of the antiferromagnetic quantum phase transitions of a 2D Kondo-Heisenberg square lattice. Starting from the nonlinear sigma model as a model of antiferromagnetism, we carry out a renormalization group analysis of the competing Kondo-RKKY interaction to one-loop order in an ɛ-expansion. We find a new quantum critical point (QCP) strongly affected by Kondo fluctuations. Near this QCP, there is a breakdown of hydrodynamic behavior, and the spin waves are logarithmically frozen out. The renormalization group results allow us to propose a new phase diagram near the antiferromagnetic fixed point of this 2D Kondo lattice model. The T=0 phase diagram contains four phases separated by a tetracritical point, the new QCP. For small spin fluctuations, we find a stable local magnetic moment antiferromagnet. For stronger coupling, region II is a metallic quantum disordered paramagnet. We find in region III a paramagnetic phase driven by Kondo interactions, with possible ground states of a heavy fermion liquid or a Kondo driven spin-liquid. The fourth phase is a spiral phase, or a large-Fermi-surface antiferromagnetic phase. We will describe these phases in more detail, including possible experimental confirmation of the spiral phase. The existence of the tetracritical point found here would be expected to affect the phase diagram at finite temperatures as well. In addition, It is hoped that these results, and particularly the Kondo interaction paramagnetic phase, will serve to bridge to solutions starting from the opposite limit, of a Kondo effect leading to a heavy fermion ground state. Work in collaboration with T. Tzen Ong. [4pt] [1] T. Ong and B. A. Jones, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 066405 (2009).
Unconventional superconductivity from local spin fluctuations in the Kondo lattice.
Bodensiek, Oliver; Žitko, Rok; Vojta, Matthias; Jarrell, Mark; Pruschke, Thomas
2013-04-01
The explanation of heavy-fermion superconductivity is a long-standing challenge to theory. It is commonly thought to be connected to nonlocal fluctuations of either spin or charge degrees of freedom and therefore of unconventional type. Here we present results for the Kondo-lattice model, a paradigmatic model to describe heavy-fermion compounds, obtained from dynamical mean-field theory which captures local correlation effects only. Unexpectedly, we find robust s-wave superconductivity in the heavy-fermion state. We argue that this novel type of pairing is tightly connected to the formation of heavy quasiparticle bands and the presence of strong local spin fluctuations. PMID:25167017
Application of the S=1 underscreened Anderson lattice model to Kondo uranium and neptunium compounds
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Thomas, Christopher; da Rosa Simões, Acirete S.; Iglesias, J. R.; Lacroix, C.; Perkins, N. B.; Coqblin, B.
2011-01-01
Magnetic properties of uranium and neptunium compounds showing the coexistence of the Kondo screening effect and ferromagnetic order are investigated within the Anderson lattice Hamiltonian with a two-fold degenerate f level in each site, corresponding to 5f2 electronic configuration with S=1 spins. A derivation of the Schrieffer-Wolff transformation is presented and the resulting Hamiltonian has an effective f-band term, in addition to the regular exchange Kondo interaction between the S=1 f spins and the s=1/2 spins of the conduction electrons. The resulting effective Kondo lattice model can describe both the Kondo regime and a weak delocalization of the 5f electrons. Within this model we compute the Kondo and Curie temperatures as a function of model parameters, namely the Kondo exchange interaction constant JK, the magnetic intersite exchange interaction JH, and the effective f bandwidth. We deduce, therefore, a phase diagram of the model which yields the coexistence of the Kondo effect and ferromagnetic ordering and also accounts for the pressure dependence of the Curie temperature of uranium compounds such as UTe.
Entanglement probe of two-impurity Kondo physics in a spin chain.
Bayat, Abolfazl; Bose, Sougato; Sodano, Pasquale; Johannesson, Henrik
2012-08-10
We propose that real-space properties of the two-impurity Kondo model can be obtained from an effective spin model where two single-impurity Kondo spin chains are joined via an Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between the two impurity spins. We then use a density matrix renormalization group approach, valid in all ranges of parameters, to study its features using two complementary quantum-entanglement measures, the negativity and the von Neumann entropy. This nonperturbative approach enables us to uncover the precise dependence of the spatial extent ξ(K) of the Kondo screening cloud with the Kondo and RKKY couplings. Our results reveal an exponential suppression of the Kondo temperature T(K)~1/ξ(K) with the size of the effective impurity spin in the limit of large ferromagnetic RKKY coupling, a striking display of "Kondo resonance narrowing" in the two-impurity Kondo model. We also show how the antiferromagnetic RKKY interaction produces an effective decoupling of the impurities from the bulk already for intermediate strengths of this interaction, and, furthermore, exhibit how the non-Fermi liquid quantum critical point is signaled in the quantum entanglement between various parts of the system. PMID:23006288
Transport through side-coupled multilevel double quantum dots in the Kondo regime
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Andrade, J. A.; Cornaglia, Pablo S.; Aligia, A. A.
2014-03-01
We analyze the transport properties of a double quantum dot device in the side-coupled configuration. A small quantum dot (QD), having a single relevant electronic level, is coupled to source and drain electrodes. A larger QD, whose multilevel nature is considered, is tunnel-coupled to the small QD. A Fermi-liquid analysis shows that the low-temperature conductance of the device is determined by the total electronic occupation of the double QD. When the small dot is in the Kondo regime, an even number of electrons in the large dot leads to a conductance that reaches the unitary limit, while for an odd number of electrons a two-stage Kondo effect is observed and the conductance is strongly suppressed. The Kondo temperature of the second-stage Kondo effect is strongly affected by the multilevel structure of the large QD. For increasing level spacing, a crossover from a large Kondo temperature regime to a small Kondo temperature regime is obtained when the level spacing becomes of the order of the large Kondo temperature.
Noise characteristics of the Fano effect and the Fano-Kondo effect in triple quantum dots.
Tanamoto, T; Nishi, Y; Fujita, S
2009-04-01
We theoretically compare transport properties of the Fano-Kondo effect with those of the Fano effect, focusing on the effect of a two-level state in a triple quantum dot (QD) system. We analyze shot noise characteristics in the Fano-Kondo region at zero temperature, and discuss the effect of strong electronic correlation in QDs. We found that the modulation of the Fano dip is strongly affected by the on-site Coulomb interaction in QDs, and stronger Coulomb interaction (Fano-Kondo case) induces larger noise. PMID:21825341
Magnetic Flux Effect on a Kondo-Induced Electric Polarization in a Triangular Triple Quantum Dot
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Koga, Mikito; Matsumoto, Masashige; Kusunose, Hiroaki
2014-08-01
A magnetic flux effect is studied theoretically on an electric polarization induced by the Kondo effect in a triangular triple-quantum-dot system, where one of the three dots is connected to a metallic lead. This electric polarization exhibits an Aharonov-Bohm oscillation as a function of the magnetic flux penetrating through the triangular loop. The numerical renormalization group analysis reveals how the oscillation pattern depends on the Kondo coupling of a local spin with lead electrons, which is sensitive to the point contact with the lead. It provides an experimental implication that the Kondo effect is the origin of the emergent electric polarization.
Interaction effect in the Kondo energy of the periodic Anderson-Hubbard model
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Itai, K.; Fazekas, P.
1996-07-01
We extend the periodic Anderson model by switching on a Hubbard U for the conduction band. The nearly integral valent limit of the Anderson-Hubbard model is studied with the Gutzwiller variational method. The lattice Kondo energy shows U dependence both in the prefactor and the exponent. Switching on U reduces the Kondo scale, which can be understood to result from the blocking of hybridization. At half filling, we find a Brinkman-Rice-type transition from a Kondo insulator to a Mott insulator. Our findings should be relevant for a number of correlated two-band models of recent interest.
Entanglement structure of the two-channel Kondo model
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Alkurtass, Bedoor; Bayat, Abolfazl; Affleck, Ian; Bose, Sougato; Johannesson, Henrik; Sodano, Pasquale; Sørensen, Erik S.; Le Hur, Karyn
2016-02-01
Two electronic channels competing to screen a single impurity spin, as in the two-channel Kondo model, are expected to generate a ground state with a nontrivial entanglement structure. We exploit a spin-chain representation of the two-channel Kondo model to probe the ground-state block entropy, negativity, tangle, and Schmidt gap, using a density matrix renormalization group approach. In the presence of symmetric coupling to the two channels, we confirm field-theory predictions for the boundary entropy difference ln(gUV/gIR) =ln(2 ) /2 between the ultraviolet and infrared limits and the leading ln(x )/x impurity correction to the block entropy. The impurity entanglement Simp is shown to scale with the characteristic length ξ2 CK. We show that both the Schmidt gap and the entanglement of the impurity with one of the channels—as measured by the negativity—faithfully serve as order parameters for the impurity quantum phase transition appearing as a function of channel asymmetry, allowing for explicit determination of critical exponents, ν ≈2 and β ≈0.2 . Remarkably, we find the emergence of tripartite entanglement only in the vicinity of the critical channel-symmetric point.
Holographic optical traps for atom-based topological Kondo devices
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Buccheri, F.; Bruce, G. D.; Trombettoni, A.; Cassettari, D.; Babujian, H.; Korepin, V. E.; Sodano, P.
2016-07-01
The topological Kondo (TK) model has been proposed in solid-state quantum devices as a way to realize non-Fermi liquid behaviors in a controllable setting. Another motivation behind the TK model proposal is the demand to demonstrate the quantum dynamical properties of Majorana fermions, which are at the heart of their potential use in topological quantum computation. Here we consider a junction of crossed Tonks–Girardeau gases arranged in a star-geometry (forming a Y-junction), and we perform a theoretical analysis of this system showing that it provides a physical realization of the TK model in the realm of cold atom systems. Using computer-generated holography, we experimentally implement a Y-junction suitable for atom trapping, with controllable and independent parameters. The junction and the transverse size of the atom waveguides are of the order of 5 μm, leading to favorable estimates for the Kondo temperature and for the coupling across the junction. Since our results show that all the required theoretical and experimental ingredients are available, this provides the demonstration of an ultracold atom device that may in principle exhibit the TK effect.
Kondo route to spin inhomogeneities in the honeycomb Kitaev model
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Das, S. D.; Dhochak, K.; Tripathi, V.
2016-07-01
Paramagnetic impurities in a quantum spin liquid give rise to Kondo effects with highly unusual properties. We have studied the effect of locally coupling a paramagnetic impurity with the spin-1/2 honeycomb Kitaev model in its gapless spin-liquid phase. The (impurity) scaling equations are found to be insensitive to the sign of the coupling. The weak and strong coupling fixed points are stable, with the latter corresponding to a noninteracting vacancy and an interacting, spin-1 defect for the antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic cases, respectively. The ground state in the strong coupling limit in both cases has a nontrivial topology associated with a finite Z2 flux at the impurity site. For the antiferromagnetic case, this result has been obtained straightforwardly owing to the integrability of the Kitaev model with a vacancy. The strong-coupling limit of the ferromagnetic case is, however, nonintegrable, and we address this problem through exact-diagonalization calculations with finite Kitaev fragments. Our exact diagonalization calculations indicate that the weak-to-strong coupling transition and the topological phase transition occur rather close to each other and are possibly coincident. We also find an intriguing similarity between the magnetic response of the defect and the impurity susceptibility in the two-channel Kondo problem.
The Kondo effect in three-dimensional topological insulators
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Xin, Xianhao; Yeh, Mao-Chuang
2013-07-01
We investigate the role of magnetic impurities in the transport properties of surface states on a three-dimensional topological insulator. First, we use second-order perturbation theory and the Boltzmann transport equation to calculate the magnetically induced resistivity in a topological insulator. Our result shows a non-perturbative behavior when conducting electrons and magnetic impurities’ spins are antiferromagnetically coupled. The surface resistivity is found to display an oscillatory rather than isotropic behavior compared to the conventional Kondo effect. Both the variational method and renormalization group (RG) analysis are employed to compute the Kondo temperature, through which the non-perturbative behavior is confirmed. We further study the RG flows and demonstrate that the RG trajectories flow into a strong coupling regime if coupling is antiferromagnetic. Our work is motivated by the recent transport experiments with surface currents on topological insulators. Our calculation is qualitatively consistent with the low temperature dip observed in the experimental R-T curve and might be one of the possible origins of the dip.
A Quantum Electrodynamics Kondo Circuit with Orbital and Spin Entanglement
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Schiro, Marco; Deng, Guang-Wei; Henriet, Loic; Wei, Da; Li, Shu-Xiao; Li, Hai-Ou; Cao, Gang; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Le Hur, Karyn; Guo, Guo-Ping
Recent progress in nanotechnology allows to engineer hybrid mesoscopic devices comprising on chip an artificial atom or quantum dot, capacitively coupled to a microwave (superconducting) resonator and to biased metallic leads. Here, we build such a prototype system where the artificial atom is a graphene double quantum dot (DQD) to probe non-equilibrium aspects of strongly-entangled many body states between light and matter at the nanoscale. Controlling the coupling of the photon field and the charge states of the DQD, we measure the microwave reflection spectrum of the resonator. When the DQD is at the charge degeneracy points, experimental results are consistent with a Kondo impurity model entangling charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom with the quantum fluctuations of the cavity photon. The light coming out from the resonator reveals the formation of the Kondo or Abrikosov-Suhl resonance at low temperatures. We also explore other routes to investigate nonlinear transport by increasing the microwave power, the bias and gate voltages.
Alternative Kondo breakdown mechanism: Orbital-selective orthogonal metal transition
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Zhong, Yin; Liu, Ke; Wang, Yong-Qiang; Luo, Hong-Gang
2012-09-01
In a recent paper of Nandkishore, Metlitski, and Senthil [Phys. Rev. B1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.86.045128 86, 045128 (2012)], a concept of orthogonal metal has been introduced to reinterpret the disordered state of slave-spin representation in the Hubbard model as an exotic gapped metallic state. We extend this concept to study the corresponding quantum phase transition in the extended Anderson lattice model. It is found that the disordered state of slave spins in this model is an orbital-selective orthogonal metal, a generalization of the concept of the orthogonal metal in the Hubbard model. The quantum critical behaviors are multiscale and dominated by a z=3 and z=2 critical modes in the high- and low-temperature regime, respectively. Such behaviors are obviously in contrast to the naive expectation in the Hubbard model. The result provides alternative Kondo breakdown mechanism for heavy fermion compounds underlying the physics of the orbital-selective orthogonal metal in the disordered state, which is different from the conventional Kondo breakdown mechanism with the fractionalized Fermi-liquid picture. This work is expected to be useful in understanding the quantum criticality happening in some heavy fermion materials and other related strongly correlated systems.
Spin fluctations and heavy fermions in the Kondo lattice
Khaliullin, G.G.
1994-09-01
This paper studies the spectrum of the spin and electronic excitations of the Kondo lattice at low temperatures. To avoid unphysical states, the Mattis {open_quotes}drone{close_quotes}-fermion representation for localized spins is employed. First, the known Fermi liquid properties of a single impurity are examined. The behavior of the correlator between a localized spin and the electron spin density at large distances shows that the effective interaction between electrons on the Fermi level and low-energy localized spin fluctuations scales as {rho}{sup {minus}1}, where {rho} is the band-state density. This fact is developed into a renormalization of the band spectrum in a periodic lattice. If the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interaction between localized spins is much smaller than the Kondo fluctuation frequency {omega}{sub k}, the temperature of the crossover to the single-parameter Fermi liquid mode is determined by {omega}{sub k}. When the RKKY interaction becomes of order {omega}{sub k}, there is a new scale {omega}{sub sf}, the energy of the (antiferromagnetic) paramagnon mode, with {omega}{sub sf}{much_lt}{omega}{sub k}. Here the coherent Fermi liquid regime is realized only below a temperature T{sub coh} of order {omega}{sub sf}, while above T{sub coh} quasiparticle damping exhibits a linear temperature dependence. Finally, the nuclear-spin relaxation rate is calculated. 42 refs.
Co adatoms on Cu surfaces: Ballistic conductance and Kondo temperature
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Baruselli, P. P.; Requist, R.; Smogunov, A.; Fabrizio, M.; Tosatti, E.
2015-07-01
The Kondo zero-bias anomaly of Co adatoms probed by scanning tunneling microscopy is known to depend on the height of the tip above the surface, and this dependence is different on different low index Cu surfaces. On the (100) surface, the Kondo temperature first decreases then increases as the tip approaches the adatom, while on the (111) surface it is virtually unaffected. These trends are captured by combined density functional theory and numerical renormalization-group calculations. The adatoms are found to be described by an S =1 Anderson model on both surfaces, and ab initio calculations help identify the symmetry of the active d orbitals. We correctly reproduce the Fano line shape of the zero-bias anomaly for Co/Cu(100) in the tunneling regime but not in the contact regime, where it is probably dependent on the details of the tip and contact geometry. The line shape for Co/Cu(111) is presumably affected by the presence of surface states, which are not included in our method. We also discuss the role of symmetry, which is preserved in our model scattering geometry but most likely broken in experimental conditions.
Quantum phase transitions in the Kondo-necklace model
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Ghassemi, Nader; Hemmatiyan, Shayan; Rahimi Movassagh, Mahsa; Kargarian, Mahdi; Rezakhani, Ali T.; Langari, Abdollah
2015-03-01
Kondo-necklace model can describe the magnetic low-energy limit of strongly correlated heavy fermion materials. There exist multiple energy scales in this model corresponding to each phase of the system. Here, we study quantum phase transitions between these different phases, and show the effect of anisotropies in terms of quantum information properties and vanishing energy gap. We employ the perturbative unitary transformations to calculate the energy gap and spin-spin correlations for the model one, two, and three spatial dimensions as well as for the spin ladders. In particular, we show that the method, although being perturbative, can predict the expected quantum critical point by imposing the spontaneous symmetry breaking, which is in good agreement with the results of numerical and Green's function analyses. We also use concurrence, a bipartite entanglement measure, to study the criticality of the model. Absence of singularities in the derivative of the concurrence in 2d and 3d in Kondo-necklace model shows this model has multipartite entanglement. We also discuss the crossover from the one-dimensional to the two-dimensional model via the ladder structure. Sharif University of Technology.
Kondo bahavior in antiferromagnetic NpPdSn
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Shrestha, K.; Prokes, K.; Griveau, J.-C.; Jardin, R.; Colineau, E.; Caciuffo, R.; Eloirdi, R.; Gofryk, K.
Actinide-based intermetallics show a large variety of exotic physical phenomena mainly coming from 5f hybridization with both on-site and neighboring ligand states. Depending on the strength of these process unusual behaviors such as long-range magnetic order, Kondo effect, heavy-fermion ground state, valence fluctuations, and/or superconductivity have been observed. Here we report results of our extensive studies on NpPdSn. The compound crystalizes in hexagonal ZrNiAl-type of crystal structure and is studied by means of x-ray and neutron diffraction, magnetization, heat capacity, electrical resistivity, and thermoelectric power measurements, performed over a wide range of temperatures and applied magnetic fields. All the results revealed Kondo lattice behavior and antiferromagnetic ordering below 19 K. NpPdSn can be classified as a moderately enhanced heavy-fermion system, one of very few known amidst Np-based intermetallics. Work at Idaho National Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Engineering Division.
Local moment formation and Kondo screening in impurity trimers.
Mitchell, Andrew K; Jarrold, Thomas F; Galpin, Martin R; Logan, David E
2013-10-24
We study theoretically a triangular cluster of three magnetic impurities, hybridizing locally with conduction electrons of a metallic host. Such a cluster is the simplest to exhibit frustration, an important generic feature of many complex molecular systems in which different interactions compete. Here, low-energy doublet states of the trimer are favored by effective exchange interactions produced by strong electronic repulsion in localized impurity orbitals. Parity symmetry protects a level crossing of such states on tuning microscopic parameters, while an avoided crossing arises in the general distorted case. Upon coupling to a metallic host, the behavior is shown to be immensely rich because collective quantum many-body effects now also compete. In particular, impurity degrees of freedom are totally screened at low temperatures in a Kondo-screened Fermi liquid phase, while degenerate ground states persist in a local moment phase. Local frustration drives the quantum phase transition between the two, which may be first order or of Kosterlitz-Thouless type, depending on symmetries. Unusual mechanisms for local moment formation and Kondo screening are found due to the orbital structure of the impurity trimer. Our results are of relevance for triple quantum dot devices. The problem is studied by a combination of analytical arguments and the numerical renormalization group. PMID:23527540
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Goswami, Pallab; Si, Qimiao
2014-01-01
Heavy-fermion systems represent a prototypical setting to study magnetic quantum phase transitions. A particular focus has been on the physics of Kondo destruction, which captures quantum criticality beyond the Landau framework of order-parameter fluctuations. In this context, we study the spin one-half Kondo-Heisenberg model on a honeycomb lattice at half filling. The problem is approached from the Kondo-destroyed, antiferromagnetically ordered insulating phase. We describe the local moments in terms of a coarse grained quantum nonlinear sigma model, and show that the skyrmion defects of the antiferromagnetic order parameter host a number of competing order parameters. In addition to the spin Peierls, charge and current density wave order parameters, we identify for the first time Kondo singlets as the competing orders of the antiferromagnetism. We show that the antiferromagnetism and various competing singlet orders can be related to each other via generalized chiral transformations of the underlying fermions. We also show that the conduction electrons acquire a Berry phase through their coupling to the hedgehog configurations of the Néel order, which cancels the Berry phase of the local moments. Our results demonstrate the competition between the Kondo singlet formation and spin-Peierls order when the antiferromagnetic order is suppressed, thereby shedding new light on the global phase diagram of heavy-fermion systems at zero temperature.
Interdiffusion-controlled Kondo suppression of injection efficiency in metallic nonlocal spin valves
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
O'Brien, L.; Spivak, D.; Jeong, J. S.; Mkhoyan, K. A.; Crowell, P. A.; Leighton, C.
2016-01-01
Nonlocal spin valves (NLSVs) generate pure spin currents, providing unique insight into spin injection and relaxation at the nanoscale. Recently it was shown that the puzzling low temperature nonmonotonicity of the spin accumulation in all-metal NLSVs occurs due to a manifestation of the Kondo effect arising from dilute local-moment-forming impurities in the nonmagnetic material. Here it is demonstrated that precise control over interdiffusion in Fe/Cu NLSVs via thermal annealing can induce dramatic increases in this Kondo suppression of injection efficiency, observation of injector/detector separation-dependent Kondo effects in both charge and spin channels simultaneously, and, in the limit of large interdiffusion, complete breakdown of standard Valet-Fert-based models. The Kondo effect in the charge channel enables extraction of the exact interdiffusion profile, quantifying the influence of local moment density on the injection efficiency and presenting a well-posed challenge to theory.
Two-fluid behavior of the Kondo lattice in the 1/N slave boson approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Barzykin, Victor
2006-03-01
It has been recently shown by Nakatsuji, Pines, and Fisk [S. Nakatsuji, D. Pines, and Z. Fisk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 016401 (2004)] from the phenomenological analysis of experiments in Ce1-xLaxCoIn5 and CeIrIn5 that thermodynamic and transport properties of Kondo lattices below coherence temperature can be very successfully described in terms of a two-fluid model, with Kondo impurity and heavy electron Fermi liquid contributions. We analyze thermodynamic properties of Kondo lattices using 1/N slave boson treatment of the periodic Anderson model and show that these two contributions indeed arise below the coherence temperature. We find that the Kondo impurity contribution to thermodynamics corresponds to thermal excitations into the flat portion of the energy spectrum.
Gate-tunable split Kondo effect in a carbon nanotube quantum dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Eichler, A.; Weiss, M.; Schönenberger, C.
2011-07-01
We show a detailed investigation of the split Kondo effect in a carbon nanotube quantum dot with multiple gate electrodes. Two conductance peaks, observed at finite bias in nonlinear transport measurements, are found to approach each other for increasing magnetic field, to result in a recovered zero bias Kondo resonance at finite magnetic field. Surprisingly, in the same charge state, but under different gate configurations, the splitting does not disappear for any value of the magnetic field, but we observe an avoided crossing. We think that our observations can be understood in terms of a two-impurity Kondo effect with two spins coupled antiferromagnetically. The exchange coupling between the two spins can be influenced by a local gate, and the non-recovery of the Kondo resonance for certain gate configurations is explained by the existence of a small antisymmetric contribution to the exchange interaction between the two spins.
Surface-State Spin Textures and Mirror Chern Numbers in Topological Kondo Insulators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Legner, Markus; Rüegg, Andreas; Sigrist, Manfred
2015-10-01
The recent discovery of topological Kondo insulators has triggered renewed interest in the well-known Kondo insulator samarium hexaboride, which is hypothesized to belong to this family. In this Letter, we study the spin texture of the topologically protected surface states in such a topological Kondo insulator. In particular, we derive close relationships between (i) the form of the hybridization matrix at certain high-symmetry points, (ii) the mirror Chern numbers of the system, and (iii) the observable spin texture of the topological surface states. In this way, a robust classification of topological Kondo insulators and their surface-state spin texture is achieved. We underpin our findings with numerical calculations of several simplified and realistic models for systems like samarium hexaboride.
Surface-State Spin Textures and Mirror Chern Numbers in Topological Kondo Insulators.
Legner, Markus; Rüegg, Andreas; Sigrist, Manfred
2015-10-01
The recent discovery of topological Kondo insulators has triggered renewed interest in the well-known Kondo insulator samarium hexaboride, which is hypothesized to belong to this family. In this Letter, we study the spin texture of the topologically protected surface states in such a topological Kondo insulator. In particular, we derive close relationships between (i) the form of the hybridization matrix at certain high-symmetry points, (ii) the mirror Chern numbers of the system, and (iii) the observable spin texture of the topological surface states. In this way, a robust classification of topological Kondo insulators and their surface-state spin texture is achieved. We underpin our findings with numerical calculations of several simplified and realistic models for systems like samarium hexaboride. PMID:26550740
Measurement of Valley Kondo Effect in a Si/SiGe Quantum Dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yuan, Mingyun; Yang, Zhen; Tang, Chunyang; Rimberg, A. J.; Joynt, R.; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Eriksson, M. A.
2013-03-01
The Kondo effect in Si/SiGe QDs can be enriched by the valley degree of freedom in Si. We have observed resonances showing temperature dependence characteristic of the Kondo effect in two consecutive Coulomb diamonds. These resonances exhibit unusual magnetic field dependence that we interpret as arising from Kondo screening of the valley degree of freedom. In one diamond two Kondo peaks due to screening of the valley index exist at zero magnetic field, revealing a zero-field valley splitting of Δ ~ 0.28 meV. In a non-zero magnetic field the peaks broaden and coalesce due to Zeeman splitting. In the other diamond, a single resonance at zero bias persists without Zeeman splitting for non-zero magnetic field, a phenomenon characteristic of valley non-conservation in tunneling. This research is supported by the NSA and ARO.
Kondo physics in the Josephon junction with DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gao, Z.; Gong, W. J.
2015-12-01
We discuss the Kondo effect in the Josephson junction formed by the indirect coupling between a one-dimensional DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors via a quantum dot. By performing the Schrieffer-Wolff transformation, we find that the single-electron occupation in the quantum dot induces various correlation modes, such as the Kondo and singlet-triplet correlations between the quantum dot and the s-wave superconductor and the spin-exchange correlation between the dot and Majorana doublet. Also, it modifies the Josephson effect by introducing the high-order anisotropic Kondo-like correlation and extra spin-exchange correlations. However, the Kondo temperature is still governed by the antiferromagnetic correlation between the dot and s-wave superconductor. We believe that this work shows the fundamental property of the DIII-class topological superconductor.
Emergence of a Fermionic Finite-Temperature Critical Point in a Kondo Lattice
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Chou, Po-Hao; Zhai, Liang-Jun; Chung, Chung-Hou; Mou, Chung-Yu; Lee, Ting-Kuo
2016-04-01
The underlying Dirac point is central to the profound physics manifested in a wide class of materials. However, it is often difficult to drive a system with Dirac points across the massless fermionic critical point. Here by exploiting screening of local moments under spin-orbit interactions in a Kondo lattice, we show that below the Kondo temperature, the Kondo lattice undergoes a topological transition from a strong topological insulator to a weak topological insulator at a finite temperature TD. At TD, massless Dirac points emerge and the Kondo lattice becomes a Dirac semimetal. Our analysis indicates that the emergent relativistic symmetry dictates nontrivial thermal responses over large parameter and temperature regimes. In particular, it yields critical scaling behaviors both in magnetic and transport responses near TD.
Emergence of a Fermionic Finite-Temperature Critical Point in a Kondo Lattice.
Chou, Po-Hao; Zhai, Liang-Jun; Chung, Chung-Hou; Mou, Chung-Yu; Lee, Ting-Kuo
2016-04-29
The underlying Dirac point is central to the profound physics manifested in a wide class of materials. However, it is often difficult to drive a system with Dirac points across the massless fermionic critical point. Here by exploiting screening of local moments under spin-orbit interactions in a Kondo lattice, we show that below the Kondo temperature, the Kondo lattice undergoes a topological transition from a strong topological insulator to a weak topological insulator at a finite temperature T_{D}. At T_{D}, massless Dirac points emerge and the Kondo lattice becomes a Dirac semimetal. Our analysis indicates that the emergent relativistic symmetry dictates nontrivial thermal responses over large parameter and temperature regimes. In particular, it yields critical scaling behaviors both in magnetic and transport responses near T_{D}. PMID:27176534
The Kondo temperature of a two-dimensional electron gas with Rashba spin-orbit coupling.
Chen, Liang; Sun, Jinhua; Tang, Ho-Kin; Lin, Hai-Qing
2016-10-01
We use the Hirsch-Fye quantum Monte Carlo method to study the single magnetic impurity problem in a two-dimensional electron gas with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We calculate the spin susceptibility for various values of spin-orbit coupling, Hubbard interaction, and chemical potential. The Kondo temperatures for different parameters are estimated by fitting the universal curves of spin susceptibility. We find that the Kondo temperature is almost a linear function of Rashba spin-orbit energy when the chemical potential is close to the edge of the conduction band. When the chemical potential is far away from the band edge, the Kondo temperature is independent of the spin-orbit coupling. These results demonstrate that, for single impurity problems in this system, the most important reason to change the Kondo temperature is the divergence of density of states near the band edge, and the divergence is induced by the Rashba spin-orbit coupling. PMID:27494800
Self-sustained oscillations in nanoelectromechanical systems induced by Kondo resonance
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Song, Taegeun; Kiselev, Mikhail N.; Kikoin, Konstantin; Shekhter, Robert I.; Gorelik, Leonid Y.
2014-03-01
We investigate the instability and dynamical properties of nanoelectromechanical systems represented by a single-electron device containing movable quantum dots attached to a vibrating cantilever via asymmetric tunnel contacts. The Kondo resonance in electron tunneling between the source and shuttle facilitates self-sustained oscillations originating from the strong coupling of mechanical and electronic/spin degrees of freedom. We analyze a stability diagram for the two-channel Kondo shuttling regime due to limitations given by the electromotive force acting on a moving shuttle, and find that the saturation oscillation amplitude is associated with the retardation effect of the Kondo cloud. The results shed light on possible ways to experimentally realize the Kondo-cloud dynamical probe by using high mechanical dissipation tunability as well as supersensitive detection of mechanical displacement.
Kondo effect of trivalent Tm in Y 0.9Tm 0.1S
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Haen, P.; Lapierre, F.; Mignot, J. M.; Flouquet, J.; Holtzberg, F.; Penney, T.
1983-02-01
The existence of a Kondo effect in a trivalent alloy Y 0.9Tm 0.1 S is shown by the Curie-Weiss behavior of the susceptibility and by a ln T decrease of Δϱ = ϱ alloy - ϱ YS above ˜ 12 K comparable with that observed in TmS. Comparisons are made with the Kondo dilute alloys of the intermediate valent system (Y,Tm)Se.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
1996-01-01
Through Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Small Business Innovation Research contracts, Irvine Sensors developed a three-dimensional memory system for a spaceborne data recorder and other applications for NASA. From these contracts, the company created the Memory Short Stack product, a patented technology for stacking integrated circuits that offers higher processing speeds and levels of integration, and lower power requirements. The product is a three-dimensional semiconductor package in which dozens of integrated circuits are stacked upon each other to form a cube. The technology is being used in various computer and telecommunications applications.
Discovery of a 3d-transition-metal-based ferromagnetic Kondo lattice system
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Us Saleheen, Ahmad; Samanta, Tapas; Lepkowski, Daniel; Shankar, Alok; Prestigiacomo, Joseph; Dubenko, Igor; Quetz, Abdiel; McDougald, Roy, Jr.; McCandless, Gregory; Chan, Julia; Adams, Philip; Young, David; Ali, Naushad; Stadler, Shane
2015-03-01
The formation of a Kondo lattice results in a wide variety of exotic phenomena associated with the competition between the Kondo effect and the RKKY interaction, such as heavy fermions, non-Fermi liquid behavior, unconventional superconductivity, and so on. A quantum critical point (QCP) has been frequently observed at the boundaries of competing phases for antiferromagnetic materials. However, the existence of a ferromagnetic (FM) QCP is unclear. Moreover, FM Kondo lattices are rare. Here we report the discovery of a FM Kondo lattice system Mn1-xFexCoGe, which is the first example of a 3d-metal-based system (i.e., not rare-earth-based). Resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity and thermopower studies on a single crystal sample indicate that the anisotropic FM kondo lattice has formed along c-axis. The signature of a spin density wave transition was also observed above the Kondo minimum, below which the resistivity follows a log(T) behavior. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (Grant Nos. DE-FG02-13ER46946 and DE-FG02-06ER46291).
Kondo cloud mediated long-range entanglement after local quench in a spin chain
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sodano, Pasquale; Bayat, Abolfazl; Bose, Sougato
2010-03-01
We show that, in the gapless Kondo regime, a single local quench at one end of a Kondo spin chain induces a fast and long-lived oscillatory dynamics. This quickly establishes a high-quality entanglement between the spins at the opposite ends of the chain. This entanglement is mediated by the Kondo cloud, attains a constant high value independent of the length for large chains, and shows thermal robustness. In contrast, when the Kondo cloud is absent, e.g., in the gapped dimer regime, only finite-size end to end effects can create some entanglement on a much longer time scale for rather short chains. By decoupling one end of the chain during the dynamics, one can distinguish between this end-end effect which vanishes, and the global Kondo cloud mediated entanglement, which persists. This quench approach paves the way to detect the elusive Kondo cloud through the entanglement between two individual spins. Our results show that nonperturbative cooperative phenomena from condensed matter may be exploited for quantum information.
Kondo effect in a quantum dot side-coupled to a topological superconductor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, Minchul; Lim, Jong Soo; López, Rosa
2013-06-01
We investigate the dynamical and transport features of a Kondo dot side coupled to a topological superconductor (TS). The Majorana fermion states (MFSs) formed at the ends of the TS are found to be able to alter the Kondo physics profoundly: For an infinitely long wire where the MFSs do not overlap (ɛm=0) a finite dot-MFS coupling (Γm) reduces the unitary-limit value of the linear conductance by exactly a factor 3/4 in the weak-coupling regime (Γm
How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder.
Hamidian, Mohammad H; Schmidt, Andrew R; Firmo, Inês A; Allan, Milan P; Bradley, Phelim; Garrett, Jim D; Williams, Travis J; Luke, Graeme M; Dubi, Yonatan; Balatsky, Alexander V; Davis, J C
2011-11-01
Replacing a magnetic atom by a spinless atom in a heavy-fermion compound generates a quantum state often referred to as a "Kondo-hole". No experimental imaging has been achieved of the atomic-scale electronic structure of a Kondo-hole, or of their destructive impact [Lawrence JM, et al. (1996) Phys Rev B 53:12559-12562] [Bauer ED, et al. (2011) Proc Natl Acad Sci. 108:6857-6861] on the hybridization process between conduction and localized electrons which generates the heavy-fermion state. Here we report visualization of the electronic structure at Kondo-holes created by substituting spinless thorium atoms for magnetic uranium atoms in the heavy-fermion system URu(2)Si(2). At each thorium atom, an electronic bound state is observed. Moreover, surrounding each thorium atom we find the unusual modulations of hybridization strength recently predicted to occur at Kondo-holes [Figgins J, Morr DK (2011) Phys Rev Lett 107:066401]. Then, by introducing the "hybridization gapmap" technique to heavy-fermion studies, we discover intense nanoscale heterogeneity of hybridization due to a combination of the randomness of Kondo-hole sites and the long-range nature of the hybridization oscillations. These observations provide direct insight into both the microscopic processes of heavy-fermion forming hybridization and the macroscopic effects of Kondo-hole doping. PMID:22006302
A fully controllable Kondo system: Coupling a flux qubit and an ultracold Fermi gas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Patton, Kelly
We show that a composite spin-1/2 Kondo system can be formed by coupling a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to the internal hyperfine states of a trapped ultracold atomic Fermi gas. Here, the SQUID, or flux qubit, acts as an effective magnetic impurity that induces spin-flip scattering near the Fermi energies of the trapped gas. Although the ultracold gas and SQUID are at vastly different temperatures, the formation of a strongly correlated Kondo state between the two systems is found when the gas is cooled below the Kondo temperature. We find that the Kondo temperature of this hybrid system is within current experimental limits. Furthermore, the momentum distribution of the trapped fermions is calculated. We find that it clearly contains an experimental signature of this correlated state and the associated Kondo screening length. In addition to probing Kondo physics, the con- trollability of this system can be used to systematically explore the relaxation and equilibration of a strongly correlated system that has been initially prepared in a selected nonequilibrium state.
Fully controllable Kondo system: Coupling a flux qubit and an ultracold Fermi gas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Patton, Kelly R.
2016-02-01
We show that a composite spin-½ Kondo system can be formed by coupling a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to the internal hyperfine states of a trapped ultracold atomic Fermi gas. Here, the SQUID, or flux qubit, acts as an effective magnetic impurity that induces spin-flip scattering near the Fermi energies of the trapped gas. Although the ultracold gas and SQUID are at vastly different temperatures, the formation of a strongly correlated Kondo state between the two systems is found when the gas is cooled below the Kondo temperature. We find that the Kondo temperature of this hybrid system is within current experimental limits. Furthermore, the momentum distribution of the trapped fermions is calculated, which clearly shows an experimental signature of the Kondo screening length. In addition to probing Kondo physics, the controllability of this system can be used to systematically explore the relaxation and equilibration of a strongly correlated system that has been initially prepared in a selected nonequilibrium state.
Local susceptibility and Kondo scaling in the presence of finite bandwidth
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Hanl, Markus; Weichselbaum, Andreas
2014-02-01
The Kondo scale TK for impurity systems is expected to guarantee universal scaling of physical quantities. However, in practice, not every definition of TK necessarily supports this notion away from the strict scaling limit. Specifically, this paper addresses the role of finite bandwidth D in the strongly correlated Kondo regime. For this, various theoretical definitions of TK are analyzed based on the inverse magnetic impurity susceptibility at zero temperature. While conventional definitions in that respect quickly fail to ensure universal Kondo scaling for a large range of D, this paper proposes an altered definition of TKsc that allows universal scaling of dynamical or thermal quantities for a given fixed Hamiltonian. If the scaling is performed with respect to an external parameter that directly enters the Hamiltonian, such as magnetic field, the corresponding TKsc,B for universal scaling differs, yet becomes equivalent to TKsc in the scaling limit. The only requirement for universal scaling in the full Kondo parameter regime with a residual error of less than 1% is a well-defined isolated Kondo feature with TK≲0.01D irrespective of specific other impurity parameter settings. By varying D over a wide range relative to the bare energies of the impurity, for example, this allows a smooth transition from the Anderson to the Kondo model.
How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder
Hamidian, Mohammad H.; Schmidt, Andrew R.; Firmo, Inês A.; Allan, Milan P.; Bradley, Phelim; Garrett, Jim D.; Williams, Travis J.; Luke, Graeme M.; Dubi, Yonatan; Balatsky, Alexander V.; Davis, J. C.
2011-01-01
Replacing a magnetic atom by a spinless atom in a heavy-fermion compound generates a quantum state often referred to as a “Kondo-hole”. No experimental imaging has been achieved of the atomic-scale electronic structure of a Kondo-hole, or of their destructive impact [Lawrence JM, et al. (1996) Phys Rev B 53:12559–12562] [Bauer ED, et al. (2011) Proc Natl Acad Sci. 108:6857–6861] on the hybridization process between conduction and localized electrons which generates the heavy-fermion state. Here we report visualization of the electronic structure at Kondo-holes created by substituting spinless thorium atoms for magnetic uranium atoms in the heavy-fermion system URu2Si2. At each thorium atom, an electronic bound state is observed. Moreover, surrounding each thorium atom we find the unusual modulations of hybridization strength recently predicted to occur at Kondo-holes [Figgins J, Morr DK (2011) Phys Rev Lett 107:066401]. Then, by introducing the “hybridization gapmap” technique to heavy-fermion studies, we discover intense nanoscale heterogeneity of hybridization due to a combination of the randomness of Kondo-hole sites and the long-range nature of the hybridization oscillations. These observations provide direct insight into both the microscopic processes of heavy-fermion forming hybridization and the macroscopic effects of Kondo-hole doping. PMID:22006302
Surface-Supported Hydrocarbon π Radicals Show Kondo Behavior
2013-01-01
Stable hydrocarbon radicals are utilized as spin standards and prototype metal-free molecular magnets able to withstand ambient conditions. Our study presents experimental results obtained with submolecular resolution by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy from monomers and dimers of stable hydrocarbon π radicals adsorbed on the Au(111) surface at 7–50 K. We provide conclusive evidence of the preservation of the radical spin-1/2 state, aiming to establish α,γ-bisdiphenylene-β-phenylallyl (BDPA) on Au(111) as a novel Kondo system, where the impurity spin is localized in a metal-free π molecular orbital of a neutral radical state in gas phase preserved on a metal support. PMID:23539333
Kondo Effects in Single Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Phillips, Michael; Aji, Vivek
2015-03-01
Inversion symmetry breaking and strong spin orbit coupling in two dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides leads to interesting new phenomena such as the valley hall and spin hall effects. They display optical circular dichroism and the ability to generate excitation with valley specificity. In this talk we report on the consequences of these properties on correlated states in hole doped systems focussing on the physics of the screening of magnetic impurities. Unlike typical metals, the breaking of inversion symmetry leads to the mixing of a triplet component to the Kondo cloud. Using a variational wave function approach we determine the nature of the many body state. With the ground state in hand we analyze the excitations generated by valley discriminating perturbations. Graduate Student.
Kondo Breakdown and Quantum Oscillations in SmB6
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Erten, Onur; Ghaemi, Pouyan; Coleman, Piers
2016-01-01
Recent quantum oscillation experiments on SmB6 pose a paradox, for while the angular dependence of the oscillation frequencies suggest a 3D bulk Fermi surface, SmB6 remains robustly insulating to very high magnetic fields. Moreover, a sudden low temperature upturn in the amplitude of the oscillations raises the possibility of quantum criticality. Here we discuss recently proposed mechanisms for this effect, contrasting bulk and surface scenarios. We argue that topological surface states permit us to reconcile the various data with bulk transport and spectroscopy measurements, interpreting the low temperature upturn in the quantum oscillation amplitudes as a result of surface Kondo breakdown and the high frequency oscillations as large topologically protected orbits around the X point. We discuss various predictions that can be used to test this theory.
Nonuniversal weak antilocalization effect in cubic topological Kondo insulators
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Dzero, Maxim; Vavilov, Maxim G.; Kechedzhi, Kostyantyn; Galitski, Victor M.
2015-10-01
We study the quantum correction to conductivity on the surface of cubic topological Kondo insulators with multiple Dirac bands. We consider the model of time-reversal invariant disorder which induces the scattering of the electrons within the Dirac bands as well as between the bands. When only intraband scattering is present we find three long-range diffusion modes leading to weak antilocalization correction to conductivity which remains independent of the microscopic details such as Fermi velocities and relaxation times. Interband scattering gaps out two diffusion modes leaving only one long-range mode. We find that depending on the value of the phase coherence time, either three or only one long-range diffusion modes contribute to weak localization correction rendering the quantum correction to conductivity nonuniversal. We provide an interpretation for the results of the recent transport experiments on samarium hexaboride where weak antilocalization has been observed.
Quantum Phases of the Shastry-Sutherland Kondo Lattice
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pixley, Jedediah; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao
2013-03-01
Motivated by the discovery of the geometrically frustrated heavy fermion metal Yb2Pt2Pb, which has a quasi two dimensional Shastry-Sutherland lattice structure, we consider the Heisenberg-Kondo lattice model on a two dimensional Shastry-Sutherland geometry. Using a large-N method, we obtain the phase diagram and, in particular, the quantum transitions between a valence bond solid phase and a heavy Fermi liquid phase. Interestingly, we find intermediate states that break the C4 symmetry. We discuss the implications of our results for the experiments on Yb2Pt2Pb and related 221 materials, as well as the possible placement of these systems in a proposed global phase diagram for heavy fermion metals.
Anomalous Hall effect on the surface of topological Kondo insulators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
König, E. J.; Ostrovsky, P. M.; Dzero, M.; Levchenko, A.
2016-07-01
We calculate the anomalous Hall conductivity σx y of the surface states in cubic topological Kondo insulators. We consider a generic model for the surface states with three Dirac cones on the (001) surface. The Fermi velocity, the Fermi momentum, and the Zeeman energy in different Dirac pockets may be unequal. The microscopic impurity potential mediates mixed intra- and interband extrinsic scattering processes. Our calculation of σx y is based on the Kubo-Streda diagrammatic approach. It includes diffractive skew scattering contributions originating from the rare two-impurity complexes. Remarkably, these contributions yield anomalous Hall conductivity that is independent of impurity concentration, and thus is of the same order as other known extrinsic side jump and skew scattering terms. We discuss various special cases of our results and the experimental relevance of our study in the context of the recent hysteretic magnetotransport data in SmB6 samples.
Kondo Effect in a Triple Quantum-Dot Array
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Oguri, Akira; Nisikawa, Yunori; Hewson, A. C.
2006-09-01
We study the ground-state properties of a triple quantum dot based on a three-site Hubbard model connected to two non-interacting leads. Using the numerical renormalization group (NRG), the many-body phase shifts and dc conductance are calculated away from half-filling as a function of the onsite energy ɛd, which corresponds to the gate voltage. The results for conductance g show the typical Kondo plateaus of the Unitary limit g ≈ 2e2/h at some finite ranges of the gate-voltage corresponding to odd Nel (≈ 1, 3 and 5), where Nel is the total number of electrons in the triple dot. The conductance shows broad minima for even Nel(≈ 2 and 4). The local charge Nel shows a staircase behavior as a function of ɛd.
Superconductivity from spoiling magnetism in the Kondo lattice model
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Asadzadeh, Mohammad Zhian; Fabrizio, Michele; Becca, Federico
2014-11-01
We find evidence that superconductivity intrudes into the paramagnetic-to-magnetic transition of the Kondo lattice model if magnetic frustration is added. Specifically, we study by the variational method the model on a square lattice in the presence of both nearest-neighbor (t ) and next-nearest-neighbor (t') hopping of the conduction electrons. We find that, when t'/t >0 , a d -wave superconducting dome emerges between the magnetic and paramagnetic metal phases and close to the compensated regime, i.e., the number of conduction electrons equals the number of localized spin-1/2 moments. Superconductivity is further strengthened by a direct antiferromagnetic exchange, JH, between the localized moments, to such an extent that we observe coexistence with magnetic order.
Anomalous Hall Effect on the surface of topological Kondo insulators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
König, Elio; Ostrovsky, Pavel; Dzero, Maxim; Levchenko, Alex
We calculate the anomalous Hall conductivity σxy of surface states on three dimensional topological Kondo insulators with cubic symmetry and multiple Dirac cones. We treat a generic model in which the Fermi velocity, the Fermi momentum and the Zeeman energy in different pockets may be unequal and in which the microscopic impurity potential is short ranged on the scale of the smallest Fermi wavelength. Our calculation of σxy to the zeroth (i.e. leading) order in impurity concentration is based on the Kubo-Smrcka-Streda diagrammatic approach. It also includes certain extrinsic contributions with a single cross of impurity lines, which are of the same order in impurity concentration and were, to the best of our knowledge, scrutinized in a single band model, only. We discuss various special cases of our result and the experimental relevance of our study in the context of recent hysteretic magnetotransport data in SmB6 samples.
Entanglement switching via the Kondo effect in triple quantum dots
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tooski, S. B.; Bułka, Bogdan R.; Žitko, Rok; Ramšak, Anton
2014-06-01
We consider a triple quantum dot system in a triangular geometry with one of the dots connected to metallic leads. Using Wilson's numerical renormalization group method, we investigate quantum entanglement and its relation to the thermodynamic and transport properties in the regime where each of the dots is singly occupied on average, but with non-negligible charge fluctuations. It is shown that even in the regime of significant charge fluctuations the formation of the Kondo singlets induces switching between separable and perfectly entangled states. The quantum phase transition between unentangled and entangled states is analyzed quantitatively and the corresponding phase diagram is explained by exactly solvable spin model. In the framework of an effective model we also explain smearing of the entanglement transition for cases when the symmetry of the triple quantum dot system is relaxed.
One-dimensional Kondo lattice model at quarter filling
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xavier, J. C.; Miranda, E.
2008-10-01
We revisit the problem of the quarter-filled one-dimensional Kondo lattice model, for which the existence of a dimerized phase and a nonzero charge gap had been reported by Xavier [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 247204 (2003)]. Recently, some objections were raised claiming that the system is neither dimerized nor has a charge gap. In the interest of clarifying this important issue, we show that these objections are based on results obtained under conditions in which the dimer order is artificially suppressed. We use the incontrovertible dimerized phase of the Majumdar-Ghosh point of the J1-J2 Heisenberg model as a paradigm with which to illustrate this artificial suppression. Finally, by means of extremely accurate density-matrix renormalization-group calculations, we show that the charge gap is indeed nonzero in the dimerized phase.
Kondo effect and STM spectroscopy of Dirac electrons in graphene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sengupta, Krishnendu
2011-03-01
We show that graphene, whose low-energy quasiparticles display Dirac like behavior, may exhibit a two-channel Kondo effect in the presence of magnetic impurities. We present a large N analysis for a generic spin S local moment coupled to Dirac electrons in graphene and demonstrate that the corresponding Kondo temperature can be tuned by an experimentally controllable applied gate voltage. We also study the STM spectra of these Dirac electrons in the presence of such impurities and demonstrate that such spectra depend qualitatively on the position of the impurity atom in the graphene matrix. More specifically, for impurity atoms atop the hexagon center, the zero-bias tunneling conductance, as measured by a STM, shows a peak; for those atop a graphene site, it shows a dip. We provide a qualitative theoretical explanation of this phenomenon and show that this unconventional behavior is a consequence of conservation/breaking of pseudospin symmetry of the Dirac quasiparticles by the impurity. We also predict that tuning the Fermi energy to zero by a gate voltage would not lead to qualitative change in the shape of the conductance spectra when the impurity is atop the hexagon center. A similar tuning of the Fermi energy for the impurity atop a site, however, would lead to a change in the tunneling conductance from a dip to a peak via an antiresonance. We discuss some recent experiments on a doped graphene sample that seem to have qualitative agreement with our theory and suggest further experiments to test our predictions. DST, India.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kirchner, Stefan; Munoz, Enrique; Bolech, C. J.
2012-02-01
The non-linear conductance of semiconductor heterostructures and single molecule devices exhibiting Kondo physics has recently attracted attention [1,2]. We address the observed sample-dependence across various systems by considering additional electronic contributions present in the effective low-energy model underlying these experiments. To this end we develop a novel version of the superperturbation theory [3] in terms of dual fermions on the Keldysh contour. We analyze the role of particle hole asymmetry on the transport coefficients. Our approach [4] systematically extends the work of Yamada and Yosida and others to the particle-hole asymmetric Anderson model and reproduce the exactly solvable resonant level model and the special case considered in [5]. It correctly describes the strong coupling physics and is free of internal inconsistencies that would lead to a breakdown of current conservation. [4pt] [1] M. Grobis et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 246601 (2008).[0pt] [2] G. D. Scott et al., Phys. Rev. B 79, 165413 (2009).[0pt] [3] H. Hafermann et al., EPL 85, 27007 (2009).[0pt] [4] Enrique Munoz, C.J. Bolech, and Stefan Kirchner, submitted (2011).[0pt] [5] K. Yamada, Prog. Theo. Phys. 62, 354 (1979).
Study of ultrasonic attenuation for the Kondo and magnetic effects in heavy fermion systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baral, Purna Chandra; Rout, Govind Chandra
2013-05-01
The heavy fermion (HF) systems draw considerable attention due to their cooperative phenomena and anomalous properties arising out of the huge effective mass. A heavy fermion system is described by a model Hamiltonian consisting of the Kondo lattice model in addition to the Heisenberg-type spin-spin interaction among the localised electrons. The Hamiltonian is treated in the mean-field approximation to find the Kondo singlet parameter λ and the short-ranged f-electron correlation parameter Γ. In order to investigate ultrasonic absorption in the system, we consider the phonon interaction with the bare f-electrons, and the phonon coupling to the Kondo singlets. Further, the phonon Hamiltonian is considered in the harmonic approximation. The phonon Green's function is calculated in closed form. The imaginary part of the phonon self-energy describes the ultrasonic attenuation for the HF systems. The calculated ultrasonic attenuation clearly displays the f-electron correlation region separated by the Kondo singlet state at low temperatures. The correlation transition temperature and the Kondo temperature are located at dips in the temperature-dependent ultrasonic attenuation. The parameter dependence of the attenuation is investigated by varying the physical parameters of the HF systems and the wave frequency, and the experimental observations are explained on the basis of the model calculations.
Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films
Zhu, L. J.; Nie, S. H.; Xiong, P.; Schlottmann, P.; Zhao, J. H.
2016-01-01
The orbital two-channel Kondo effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid behaviour arises in the intricate scenario of two conduction electrons compensating a pseudo-spin-1/2 impurity of two-level system. Despite extensive efforts for several decades, no material system has been clearly identified to exhibit all three transport regimes characteristic of the two-channel Kondo effect in the same sample, leaving the interpretation of the experimental results a subject of debate. Here we present a transport study suggestive of a robust orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films, as evidenced by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn with a clear transition from logarithmic- to square-root temperature dependence and deviation from it in three distinct temperature regimes. Our results also provide an experimental indication of the presence of two-channel Kondo physics in a ferromagnet, pointing to considerable robustness of the orbital two-channel Kondo effect even in the presence of spin polarization of the conduction electrons. PMID:26905518
Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films
Zhu, L. J.; Nie, S. H.; Xiong, P.; Schlottmann, P.; Zhao, J. H.
2016-02-24
The orbital two-channel Kondo effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid behaviour arises in the intricate scenario of two conduction electrons compensating a pseudo-spin-1/2 impurity of two-level system. Despite extensive efforts for several decades, no material system has been clearly identified to exhibit all three transport regimes characteristic of the two-channel Kondo effect in the same sample, leaving the interpretation of the experimental results a subject of debate. Here we present a transport study suggestive of a robust orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films, as evidenced by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn with a clear transition from logarithmic- tomore » square-root temperature dependence and deviation from it in three distinct temperature regimes. Lastly, our results also provide an experimental indication of the presence of two-channel Kondo physics in a ferromagnet, pointing to considerable robustness of the orbital two-channel Kondo effect even in the presence of spin polarization of the conduction electrons.« less
Lateral spin-orbit coupling and the Kondo effect in quantum dots
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vernek, Edson; Ngo, Anh; Ulloa, Sergio
2010-03-01
We present studies of the Coulomb blockade and Kondo regimes of transport of a quantum dot connected to current leads through spin-polarizing quantum point contacts (QPCs) [1]. This configuration, arising from the effect of lateral spin-orbit fields, results in spin-polarized currents even in the absence of external magnetic fields and greatly affects the correlations in the dot. Using an equation-of-motion technique and numerical renormalization group calculations we obtain the conductance and spin polarization for this system under different parameter regimes. Our results show that both the Coulomb blockade and Kondo regimes exhibit non-zero spin-polarized conductance. We analyze the role that the spin-dependent tunneling amplitudes of the QPC play in determining the charge and net magnetic moment in the dot. We find that the Kondo regime exhibits a strongly dependent Kondo temperature on the QPC polarizability. These effects, controllable by lateral gate voltages, may provide a new approach for exploring Kondo correlations, as well as possible spin devices. Supported by NSF DMR-MWN and PIRE. [1] P. Debray et al., Nature Nanotech. 4, 759 (2009).
Understanding the Kondo resonance in the d-CoPc/Au(111) adsorption system.
Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiao; Li, Bin; Yang, Jinlong
2014-08-28
By combining the density functional theory (DFT) and a hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach, we investigate the Kondo phenomena in a composite system consisting of a dehydrogenated cobalt phthalocyanine molecule (d-CoPc) adsorbed on an Au(111) surface. DFT calculations are performed to determine the ground-state geometric and electronic structures of the adsorption system. It is found that the singly occupied dz(2) orbital of Co forms a localized spin, which could be screened by the substrate conduction electrons. This screening leads to the prominent Kondo features as observed in the scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We then employ the HEOM approach to characterize the Kondo correlations of the adsorption system. The calculated temperature-dependent differential conductance spectra and the predicted Kondo temperature agree well with the experiments, and the universal Kondo scaling behavior is correctly reproduced. This work thus provides important insights into the relevant experiments, and it also highlights the applicability of the combined DFT+HEOM approach to the studies of strongly correlated condensed matter systems. PMID:25173036
Understanding the Kondo resonance in the d-CoPc/Au(111) adsorption system
Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiao Li, Bin; Yang, Jinlong
2014-08-28
By combining the density functional theory (DFT) and a hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach, we investigate the Kondo phenomena in a composite system consisting of a dehydrogenated cobalt phthalocyanine molecule (d-CoPc) adsorbed on an Au(111) surface. DFT calculations are performed to determine the ground-state geometric and electronic structures of the adsorption system. It is found that the singly occupied d{sub z{sup 2}} orbital of Co forms a localized spin, which could be screened by the substrate conduction electrons. This screening leads to the prominent Kondo features as observed in the scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We then employ the HEOM approach to characterize the Kondo correlations of the adsorption system. The calculated temperature-dependent differential conductance spectra and the predicted Kondo temperature agree well with the experiments, and the universal Kondo scaling behavior is correctly reproduced. This work thus provides important insights into the relevant experiments, and it also highlights the applicability of the combined DFT+HEOM approach to the studies of strongly correlated condensed matter systems.
Effect of Spin-Orbit Coupling on Kondo Phenomena in f7-Electron Systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hotta, Takashi
2015-11-01
In order to promote our basic understanding of the Kondo behavior recently observed in europium compounds, we analyze an impurity Anderson model with seven f electrons at an impurity site by employing a numerical renormalization group method. The local part of the model consists of Coulomb interactions among f electrons, spin-orbit coupling λ, and crystalline electric field (CEF) potentials, while we consider the hybridization V between local f electrons and single-band conduction electrons with au symmetry. For λ = 0, we observe underscreening Kondo behavior for appropriate values of V, characterized by an entropy change from ln 8 to ln 7, in which one of the seven f electrons is screened by conduction electrons. When λ is increased, we obtain two types of behavior depending on the value of V. For large V, we find an entropy release of ln 7 at low temperatures, determined by the level splitting energy due to the hybridization. For small V, we also observe an entropy change from ln 8 to ln 2 by the level splitting due to the hybridization, but at low temperatures, ln 2 entropy is found to be released, leading to the Kondo effect. We emphasize that the Kondo behavior for small V is observed for realistic values of λ on the order of 0.1 eV. We also discuss the effect of CEF potentials and the multipole properties in the Kondo behavior reported in this paper.
Understanding the Kondo resonance in the d-CoPc/Au(111) adsorption system
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiao; Li, Bin; Yang, Jinlong
2014-08-01
By combining the density functional theory (DFT) and a hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach, we investigate the Kondo phenomena in a composite system consisting of a dehydrogenated cobalt phthalocyanine molecule (d-CoPc) adsorbed on an Au(111) surface. DFT calculations are performed to determine the ground-state geometric and electronic structures of the adsorption system. It is found that the singly occupied d_{z^2} orbital of Co forms a localized spin, which could be screened by the substrate conduction electrons. This screening leads to the prominent Kondo features as observed in the scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We then employ the HEOM approach to characterize the Kondo correlations of the adsorption system. The calculated temperature-dependent differential conductance spectra and the predicted Kondo temperature agree well with the experiments, and the universal Kondo scaling behavior is correctly reproduced. This work thus provides important insights into the relevant experiments, and it also highlights the applicability of the combined DFT+HEOM approach to the studies of strongly correlated condensed matter systems.
Exploring the phase diagram of the two-impurity Kondo problem
Spinelli, A.; Gerrits, M.; Toskovic, R.; Bryant, B.; Ternes, M.; Otte, A. F.
2015-01-01
A system of two exchange-coupled Kondo impurities in a magnetic field gives rise to a rich phase space hosting a multitude of correlated phenomena. Magnetic atoms on surfaces probed through scanning tunnelling microscopy provide an excellent platform to investigate coupled impurities, but typical high Kondo temperatures prevent field-dependent studies from being performed, rendering large parts of the phase space inaccessible. We present a study of pairs of Co atoms on insulating Cu2N/Cu(100), which each have a Kondo temperature of only 2.6 K. The pairs are designed to have interaction strengths similar to the Kondo temperature. By applying a sufficiently strong magnetic field, we are able to access a new phase in which the two coupled impurities are simultaneously screened. Comparison of differential conductance spectra taken on the atoms to simulated curves, calculated using a third-order transport model, allows us to independently determine the degree of Kondo screening in each phase. PMID:26616044
Terahertz transmission and reflection studies of the topological Kondo insulator candidate SmB6
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morris, Christopher M.; Laurita, N. J.; Koopayeh, S.; Cottingham, P.; Phelan, W. A.; Schoop, L.; McQueen, T. M.; Armitage, N. P.
2015-03-01
The Kondo insulator SmB6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures (T < 10 K) and high pressures. At low temperatures, a plateau is observed in the resistivity, contrary to the logarithmic divergence expected for a normal Kondo insulator. Recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator, a material with a Kondo insulating bulk, but topologically protected metallic surface states. Here, time domain terahertz spectroscopy (TDTS) is used to investigate the temperature dependent optical conductivity of single crystals of SmB6. A saturation of the transmission is observed associated with the resistance plateau as the bulk becomes insulating. A secondary bulk conduction mechanism remains down to the lowest measured temperature, 1.6 K. Additionally, FTIR measurements have been performed that show the Kondo gap of SmB6 opening at low temperatures. Work supported by The Institute of Quantum Matter under DOE Grant DE-FG02-08ER46544 and by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
SU(2)–SU(4) Kondo Crossover and Emergent Electric Polarization in a Triangular Triple Quantum Dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koga, Mikito; Matsumoto, Masashige; Kusunose, Hiroaki
2016-06-01
We study an orbitally degenerate Kondo effect in a triangular triple quantum dot (TTQD), where the three dots are connected vertically with a single metallic lead through electron tunneling. Both spin and orbital degrees of freedom play an important role in the SU(4) Kondo effect. This is demonstrated by an equilateral TTQD Kondo system at half-filling, by Wilson's numerical renormalization group method. We show how an emergent electric polarization of the TTQD is associated with a crossover from SU(4) to SU(2) symmetry in the low-temperature state. A marked sign reversal of the electric polarization is generated by the fine-tuning of Kondo coupling with degenerate orbitals, which can be utilized to reveal orbital dynamics in the SU(4) Kondo effect.
Spin dynamics and Kondo physics in optical tweezers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lin, Yiheng; Lester, Brian J.; Brown, Mark O.; Kaufman, Adam M.; Long, Junling; Ball, Randall J.; Isaev, Leonid; Wall, Michael L.; Rey, Ana Maria; Regal, Cindy A.
2016-05-01
We propose to use optical tweezers as a toolset for direct observation of the interplay between quantum statistics, kinetic energy and interactions, and thus implement minimum instances of the Kondo lattice model in systems with few bosonic rubidium atoms. By taking advantage of strong local exchange interactions, our ability to tune the spin-dependent potential shifts between the two wells and complete control over spin and motional degrees of freedom, we design an adiabatic tunneling scheme that efficiently creates a spin-singlet state in one well starting from two initially separated atoms (one atom per tweezer) in opposite spin state. For three atoms in a double-well, two localized in the lowest vibrational mode of each tweezer and one atom in an excited delocalized state, we plan to use similar techniques and observe resonant transfer of two-atom singlet-triplet states between the wells in the regime when the exchange coupling exceeds the mobile atom hopping. Moreover, we argue that such three-atom double-tweezers could potentially be used for quantum computation by encoding logical qubits in collective spin and motional degrees of freedom. Current address: Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.
Fano-Andreev effect in Quantum Dots in Kondo regime
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Orellana, Pedro; Calle, Ana Maria; Pacheco, Monica; Apel, Victor
In the present work, we investigate the transport through a T-shaped double quantum dot system coupled to two normal leads and to a superconducting lead. We study the role of the superconducting lead in the quantum interferometric features of the double quantum dot and by means of a slave boson mean field approximation at low temperature regime. We inquire into the influence of intradot interactions in the electronic properties of the system as well. Our results show that Fano resonances due to Andreev bound states are exhibited in the transmission from normal to normal lead as a consequence of quantum interference and proximity effect. This Fano effect produced by Andreev bound states in a side quantum dot was called Fano-Andreev effect, which remains valid even if the electron-electron interaction are taken into account, that is, the Fano-Andreev effect is robust against e-e interactions even in Kondo regime. We acknowledge the financial support from FONDECYT program Grants No. 3140053 and 11400571.
Kondo physics in non-local metallic spin transport devices
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
O'Brien, L.; Erickson, M. J.; Spivak, D.; Ambaye, H.; Goyette, R. J.; Lauter, V.; Crowell, P. A.; Leighton, C.
2014-05-01
The non-local spin-valve is pivotal in spintronics, enabling separation of charge and spin currents, disruptive potential applications and the study of pressing problems in the physics of spin injection and relaxation. Primary among these problems is the perplexing non-monotonicity in the temperature-dependent spin accumulation in non-local ferromagnetic/non-magnetic metal structures, where the spin signal decreases at low temperatures. Here we show that this effect is strongly correlated with the ability of the ferromagnetic to form dilute local magnetic moments in the NM. This we achieve by studying a significantly expanded range of ferromagnetic/non-magnetic combinations. We argue that local moments, formed by ferromagnetic/non-magnetic interdiffusion, suppress the injected spin polarization and diffusion length via a manifestation of the Kondo effect, thus explaining all observations. We further show that this suppression can be completely quenched, even at interfaces that are highly susceptible to the effect, by insertion of a thin non-moment-supporting interlayer.
Kondo physics in non-local metallic spin transport devices.
O'Brien, L; Erickson, M J; Spivak, D; Ambaye, H; Goyette, R J; Lauter, V; Crowell, P A; Leighton, C
2014-01-01
The non-local spin-valve is pivotal in spintronics, enabling separation of charge and spin currents, disruptive potential applications and the study of pressing problems in the physics of spin injection and relaxation. Primary among these problems is the perplexing non-monotonicity in the temperature-dependent spin accumulation in non-local ferromagnetic/non-magnetic metal structures, where the spin signal decreases at low temperatures. Here we show that this effect is strongly correlated with the ability of the ferromagnetic to form dilute local magnetic moments in the NM. This we achieve by studying a significantly expanded range of ferromagnetic/non-magnetic combinations. We argue that local moments, formed by ferromagnetic/non-magnetic interdiffusion, suppress the injected spin polarization and diffusion length via a manifestation of the Kondo effect, thus explaining all observations. We further show that this suppression can be completely quenched, even at interfaces that are highly susceptible to the effect, by insertion of a thin non-moment-supporting interlayer. PMID:24873934
Kondo hole route to incoherence in the periodic Anderson model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kumar, Pramod; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.
2013-03-01
The interplay of disorder and interactions in strongly correlated electronic systems is a subject of perennial interest. In this work, we have investigated the effect of Kondo-hole type disorder on the dynamics and transport properties of heavy fermion systems. We employ the periodic Anderson model within the framework of coherent potential approximation and dynamical mean field theory. The crossover from lattice coherent behaviour to an incoherent single-impurity behaviour is reflected in all aspects: a highly frequency (ω)-dependent hybridization becomes almost flat, the coherence peak in resistivity (per impurity) gives way to a Hammann form that saturates at low temperature (T); the Drude peak and the mid-infrared peak in the optical conductivity vanish almost completely. The zero temperature resistivity can be captured in a closed form expression, and we show how the Nordheim's rule gets strongly modified in these systems. The thermopower exhibits a characteristic peak, which changes sign with increasing disorder, and its location is shown to correspond to the low energy scale of the system (ωL). In fact, the thermopower appears to be much more sensitive to disorder variations than the resistivity. A comparison to experiments yields quantitative agreement. JNCASR and CSIR
Replicas of the Kondo peak due to electron-vibration interaction in molecular transport properties
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Roura-Bas, P.; Tosi, L.; Aligia, A. A.
2016-03-01
The low temperature properties of single level molecular quantum dots including both electron-electron and electron-vibration interactions, are theoretically investigated. The calculated differential conductance in the Kondo regime exhibits not only the zero bias anomaly but also side peaks located at bias voltages which coincide with multiples of the energy of vibronic mode V ˜ℏ Ω /e . We obtain that the evolution with temperature of the two main satellite conductance peaks follows the corresponding one of the Kondo peak when ℏ Ω ≫kBTK , TK being the Kondo temperature, in agreement with recent transport measurements in molecular junctions. However, we find that this is no longer valid when ℏ Ω is of the order of a few times kBTK .
Kondo decoherence : finding the right spin model for iron impurities in gold and silver.
Costi, T. A.; Bergqvist, L.; Weichselbaum, A.; von Delft, J.; Micklitz, T.; Rosch, A.; Mavropoulos, P.; Dederichs, P. H.; Mallet, F.; Saminadayar, L.; Bauerle, C.
2009-02-01
We exploit the decoherence of electrons due to magnetic impurities, studied via weak localization, to resolve a long-standing question concerning the classic Kondo systems of Fe impurities in the noble metals gold and silver: which Kondo-type model yields a realistic description of the relevant multiple bands, spin, and orbital degrees of freedom? Previous studies suggest a fully screened spin S Kondo model, but the value of S remained ambiguous. We perform density functional theory calculations that suggest S=3/2. We also compare previous and new measurements of both the resistivity and decoherence rate in quasi-one-dimensional wires to numerical renormalization group predictions for S=1/2, 1, and 3/2, finding excellent agreement for S=3/2.
Kondo-type transport through a quantum dot under magnetic fields
Dong, Bing; Lei, X. L.
2001-06-15
In this paper, we investigate the Kondo correlation effects on linear and nonlinear transport in a quantum dot connected to reservoirs under finite magnetic fields, using the slave-boson mean field approach suggested by Kotliar and Ruckenstein [Phys. Rev. Lett. >57, 1362 (1986)]. A brief comparison between the present formulation and other slave-boson formulation is presented to justify this approach. The numerical results show that the linear conductance near electron-hole symmetry is suppressed by the application of the magnetic fields, but an anomalous enhancement is predicted in the nonsymmetry regime. The effect of external magnetic fields on the nonlinear differential conductances is discussed for the Kondo system. A significant reduction of the peak splitting is observed due to the strong Kondo correlation, which agrees well with experimental data.
Block entropy and quantum phase transition in the anisotropic Kondo necklace model
Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.
2010-06-15
We study the von Neumann block entropy in the Kondo necklace model for different anisotropies {eta} in the XY interaction between conduction spins using the density matrix renormalization group method. It was found that the block entropy presents a maximum for each {eta} considered, and, comparing it with the results of the quantum criticality of the model based on the behavior of the energy gap, we observe that the maximum block entropy occurs at the quantum critical point between an antiferromagnetic and a Kondo singlet state, so this measure of entanglement is useful for giving information about where a quantum phase transition occurs in this model. We observe that the block entropy also presents a maximum at the quantum critical points that are obtained when an anisotropy {Delta} is included in the Kondo exchange between localized and conduction spins; when {Delta} diminishes for a fixed value of {eta}, the critical point increases, favoring the antiferromagnetic phase.
Kondo interactions from band reconstruction in YbInCu(4).
Jarrige, I; Kotani, A; Yamaoka, H; Tsujii, N; Ishii, K; Upton, M; Casa, D; Kim, J; Gog, T; Hancock, J N
2015-03-27
We combine resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and model calculations in the Kondo lattice compound YbInCu_{4}, a system characterized by a dramatic increase in Kondo temperature and associated valence fluctuations below a first-order valence transition at T≃42 K. The bulk-sensitive, element-specific, and valence-projected charge excitation spectra reveal an unusual quasigap in the Yb-derived state density which drives an instability of the electronic structure and renormalizes the low-energy effective Hamiltonian at the transition. Our results provide long-sought experimental evidence for a link between temperature-driven changes in the low-energy Kondo scale and the higher-energy electronic structure of this system. PMID:25860761
Kondo phase shift at the zero-bias anomaly of quantum point contacts
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Brun, Boris; Martins, Frederico; Faniel, Sébastien; Hackens, Benoit; Cavanna, Antonella; Ulysse, Christian; Ouerghi, Albdelkarim; Gennser, Ulf; Mailly, Dominique; Simon, Pascal; Huant, Serge; Bayot, Vincent; Sanquer, Marc; Sellier, Hermann
The Kondo effect is the many-body screening of a local spin by a cloud of electrons at very low temperature. It has been proposed as an explanation of the zero-bias anomaly in quantum point contacts where interactions drive a spontaneous charge localization. However, the Kondo origin of this anomaly remains under debate, and additional experimental evidence is necessary. Here we report on the first phase-sensitive measurement of the zero-bias anomaly in quantum point contacts using a scanning gate microscope to create an electronic interferometer. We observe an abrupt shift of the interference fringes by half a period in the bias range of the zero-bias anomaly, a behavior which cannot be reproduced by single-particle models. We instead relate it to the phase shift experienced by electrons scattering off a Kondo system. Our experiment therefore provides new evidence of this many-body effect in quantum point contacts.
Broken SU(4) symmetry in a Kondo-correlated carbon nanotube
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schmid, Daniel R.; Smirnov, Sergey; Margańska, Magdalena; Dirnaichner, Alois; Stiller, Peter L.; Grifoni, Milena; Hüttel, Andreas K.; Strunk, Christoph
2015-04-01
Understanding the interplay between many-body phenomena and nonequilibrium in systems with entangled spin and orbital degrees of freedom is a central objective in nanoelectronics. We demonstrate that the combination of Coulomb interaction, spin-orbit coupling, and valley mixing results in a particular selection of the inelastic virtual processes contributing to the Kondo resonance in carbon nanotubes at low temperatures. This effect is dictated by conjugation properties of the underlying carbon nanotube spectrum at zero and finite magnetic field. Our measurements on a clean carbon nanotube are complemented by calculations based on a field-theoretical Keldysh approach to the nonequilibrium Kondo problem which well reproduces the rich experimental observations in Kondo transport.
Kondo interactions from band reconstruction in YbInCu4
Jarrige, I.; Kotani, A.; Yamaoka, H.; Tsujii, N.; Ishii, K.; Upton, M.; Casa, D.; Kim, J.; Gog, T.; Hancock, J. N.
2015-03-27
We combine resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and model calculations in the Kondo lattice compound YbInCu₄, a system characterized by a dramatic increase in Kondo temperature and associated valence fluctuations below a first-order valence transition at T≃42 K. In this study, the bulk-sensitive, element-specific, and valence-projected charge excitation spectra reveal an unusual quasi-gap in the Yb-derived state density which drives an instability of the electronic structure and renormalizes the low-energy effective Hamiltonian at the transition. Our results provide long-sought experimental evidence for a link between temperature-driven changes in the low-energy Kondo scale and the higher-energy electronic structure of this system.
Spin- and angle-resolved photoemission on the topological Kondo insulator candidate: SmB6
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xu, Nan; Ding, Hong; Shi, Ming
2016-09-01
Topological Kondo insulators are a new class of topological insulators in which metallic surface states protected by topological invariants reside in the bulk band gap at low temperatures. Unlike other 3D topological insulators, a truly insulating bulk state, which is critical for potential applications in next-generation electronic devices, is guaranteed by many-body effects in the topological Kondo insulator. Furthermore, the system has strong electron correlations that can serve as a testbed for interacting topological theories. This topical review focuses on recent advances in the study of SmB6, the most promising candidate for a topological Kondo insulator, from the perspective of spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy with highlights of some important transport results.
Spin- and angle-resolved photoemission on the topological Kondo insulator candidate: SmB6.
Xu, Nan; Ding, Hong; Shi, Ming
2016-09-14
Topological Kondo insulators are a new class of topological insulators in which metallic surface states protected by topological invariants reside in the bulk band gap at low temperatures. Unlike other 3D topological insulators, a truly insulating bulk state, which is critical for potential applications in next-generation electronic devices, is guaranteed by many-body effects in the topological Kondo insulator. Furthermore, the system has strong electron correlations that can serve as a testbed for interacting topological theories. This topical review focuses on recent advances in the study of SmB6, the most promising candidate for a topological Kondo insulator, from the perspective of spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy with highlights of some important transport results. PMID:27391865
Phonon-assisted tunneling and two-channel Kondo physics in molecular junctions
Dias Da Silva, Luis G; Dagotto, Elbio R
2009-01-01
The interplay between vibrational modes and Kondo physics is a fundamental aspect of transport properties of correlated molecular conductors. We present theoretical results for a single molecule in the Kondo regime connected to left and right metallic leads, creating the usual coupling to a conduction channel with left-right parity even. A center-of-mass vibrational mode introduces an additional phonon-assisted tunneling through the antisymmetric odd channel. A non-Fermi-liquid fixed point, reminiscent of the two-channel Kondo effect, appears at a critical value of the phonon-mediated coupling strength. Our numerical renormalization-group calculations for this system reveal non-Fermi-liquid behavior at low temperatures over lines of critical points. Signatures of this strongly correlated state are prominent in the thermodynamic properties and in the linear conductance.
Kondo effect in alkaline-earth-metal atomic gases with confinement-induced resonances
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Ren; Zhang, Deping; Cheng, Yanting; Chen, Wei; Zhang, Peng; Zhai, Hui
2016-04-01
Alkaline-earth-metal atoms have a long-lived electronic excited state, and when atoms in this excited state are localized in the Fermi sea of ground-state atoms by an external potential, they serve as magnetic impurities, due to the spin-exchange interaction between the excited- and the ground-state atoms. This can give rise to the Kondo effect. However, in order to achieve this effect in current atomic gas experiments, it requires the Kondo temperature to be increased to a sizable portion of the Fermi temperature. In this paper we calculate the confinement-induced resonance (CIR) for the spin-exchanging interaction between the ground and the excited states of the alkaline-earth-metal atoms and propose that the spin-exchange interaction can be strongly enhanced by utilizing the CIR. We analyze this system by the renormalization-group approach and show that near a CIR, the Kondo temperature can be significantly enhanced.
Kondo state for a compact Cr trimer on a metallic surface.
Kudasov, Yu B; Uzdin, V M
2002-12-30
The ground state of a Cr trimer supported on the Au(111) surface is investigated by means of a variational approach to the Coqblin-Schrieffer Hamiltonian. The temperature of Kondo-resonance formation (T(K)) for equilateral trimers increases drastically as compared to T(K) for a single Cr adatom. The Kondo state of a Cr trimer proves to be very sensitive to geometry and a small shift of any atom from the symmetrical position leads to a rapid decrease in T(K). These results are in good agreement with recent observations of the Kondo response of a single antiferromagnetic chromium trimer [T. Jamneala, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 256804 (2001)
Can magnetic noise from Kondo traps explain high frequency flux noise in superconducting qubits?
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Dias da Silva, Luis; de Sousa, Rogerio
2015-03-01
In solid state devices, charge and magnetic noise have common microscopic origin. Both occur due to the presence of Kondo traps nearby metallic wires. We use numerical renormalization group calculations to show that, despite their common origin, charge and magnetic noise have opposing behavior controlled by completely different energy scales. While magnetic noise follows an universal scaling with the Kondo temperature, charge noise remains well described by non-interacting theory even when the trap is deep into the Kondo regime. We show how these results may explain the high frequency (f= 1-10 GHz) Ohmic flux noise observed in SQUIDs and superconducting qubits. LGDS acknowledges support from Brazilian agencies FAPESP (2013/50220-7), CNPq (307107/2013-2) and PRP-USP NAP-QNano. RdS acknowledges support from the Canadian program NSERC-Discovery and a FAPESP-UVic exchange award.
Two-channel orbital Kondo effect in a quantum dot with SO(n) symmetry
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Kuzmenko, T.; Kikoin, K.; Avishai, Y.
2013-09-01
A scenario for the formation of non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) Kondo effect (KE) with spin variable enumerating Kondo channels is suggested and worked out. In a doubly occupied symmetric triple quantum dot within parallel geometry, the NFL low-energy regime arises provided the device possesses both source-drain and left-right parity. Kondo screening follows a multistage renormalization group mechanism: reduction of the energy scale is accompanied by the change of the relevant symmetry group from SO(8) to SO(5). At low energy, three phases compete: (1) an underscreening spin-triplet (conventional) KE, (2) a spin-singlet potential scattering, and (3) a NFL phase where the roles of spin and orbital degrees of freedom are swapped.
Observation of the Kondo effect in a spin-3/2 hole quantum dot
Klochan, O.; Micolich, A. P.; Hamilton, A. R.; Trunov, K.; Reuter, D.; Wieck, A. D.
2013-12-04
We report the observation of the Kondo effect in a spin-3/2 hole quantum dot formed near pinch-off in a GaAs quantum wire. We clearly observe two distinctive hallmarks of quantum dot Kondo physics. First, the zero-bias peak in the differential conductance splits an in-plane magnetic field and the splitting is independent of gate voltage. Second, the splitting rate is twice as large as that for the lowest one-dimensional subband. We show that the Zeeman splitting of the zero-bias peak is highly anisotropic and attribute this to the strong spin-orbit interaction for holes in GaAs.
Emergent p-Wave Kondo Coupling in Multi-Orbital Bands with Mirror Symmetry Breaking
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Rhim, Jun Won; Han, Jung Hoon
2013-10-01
Kondo effect in the periodic Anderson model is examined for situations where the conduction bands are of multi-orbital character and subject to mirror-symmetry-breaking electric field. Taking p-orbital-based model for analysis, we find that a new hybridization channel opens up between p-orbital electrons and the local moments, leading to Kondo-coupled phases with nematic, or two-fold symmetry, although the microscopic Hamiltonian has the full square symmetry. The reduced symmetry in the band structure should be readily observable in spectroscopic or transport measurements for heavy fermion system in a multilayer environment such as successfully grown recently.
Multipeak Kondo effect in one- and two-electron quantum dots.
Vidan, A; Stopa, M; Westervelt, R M; Hanson, M; Gossard, A C
2006-04-21
We have fabricated a few-electron quantum dot that can be tuned down to zero electrons while maintaining strong coupling to the leads. Using a nearby quantum point contact as a charge sensor, we can determine the absolute number of electrons in the quantum dot. We find several sharp peaks in the differential conductance, occurring at both zero and finite source-drain bias, for the one- and two-electron quantum dot. We attribute the peaks at finite bias to a Kondo effect through excited states of the quantum dot and investigate the magnetic field dependence of these Kondo resonances. PMID:16712183
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koga, M.; Matsumoto, M.; Kusunose, H.
2015-03-01
The Kondo effect plays an important role in emergence of electric polarization in a triangular triple-quantum-dot system, where one of the three dots is point-contacted with a single lead, and a magnetic flux penetrates through the triangular loop. The Kondo-induced electric polarization exhibits an Aharonov-Bohm type oscillation as a function of the magnetic flux. Our theoretical study shows various oscillation patterns associated with the field-dependent mixing of twofold orbitally degenerate ground states and their sensitivity to the point contact.
Magnetoresistance in the Spin-Orbit Kondo State of Elemental Bismuth
Craco, Luis; Leoni, Stefano
2015-01-01
Materials with strong spin-orbit coupling, which competes with other particle-particle interactions and external perturbations, offer a promising route to explore novel phases of quantum matter. Using LDA + DMFT we reveal the complex interplay between local, multi-orbital Coulomb and spin-orbit interaction in elemental bismuth. Our theory quantifies the role played by collective dynamical fluctuations in the spin-orbit Kondo state. The correlated electronic structure we derive is promising in the sense that it leads to results that might explain why moderate magnetic fields can generate Dirac valleys and directional-selective magnetoresistance responses within spin-orbit Kondo metals. PMID:26358556
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Heyder, Jan; Bauer, Florian; Schubert, Enrico; Borowsky, David; Schuh, Dieter; Wegscheider, Werner; von Delft, Jan; Ludwig, Stefan
2015-11-01
Quantum point contacts (QPCs) and quantum dots (QDs), two elementary building blocks of semiconducting nanodevices, both exhibit famously anomalous conductance features: the 0.7 anomaly in the former case, the Kondo effect in the latter. For both the 0.7 anomaly and the Kondo effect, the conductance shows a remarkably similar low-energy dependence on temperature T , source-drain voltage Vsd, and magnetic field B . In a recent publication [F. Bauer et al., Nature (London) 501, 73 (2013), 10.1038/nature12421], we argued that the reason for these similarities is that both a QPC and a Kondo QD (KQD) feature spin fluctuations that are induced by the sample geometry, confined in a small spatial regime, and enhanced by interactions. Here, we further explore this notion experimentally and theoretically by studying the geometric crossover between a QD and a QPC, focusing on the B -field dependence of the conductance. We introduce a one-dimensional model with local interactions that reproduces the essential features of the experiments, including a smooth transition between a KQD and a QPC with 0.7 anomaly. We find that in both cases the anomalously strong negative magnetoconductance goes hand in hand with strongly enhanced local spin fluctuations. Our experimental observations include, in addition to the Kondo effect in a QD and the 0.7 anomaly in a QPC, Fano interference effects in a regime of coexistence between QD and QPC physics, and Fabry-Perot-type resonances on the conductance plateaus of a clean QPC. We argue that Fabry-Perot-type resonances occur generically if the electrostatic potential of the QPC generates a flatter-than-parabolic barrier top.
Photoelectrosynthesis at semiconductor electrodes
Nozik, A. J.
1980-12-01
The general principles of photoelectrochemistry and photoelectrosynthesis are reviewed and some new developments in photoelectrosynthesis are discussed. Topics include energetics of semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces(band-edge unpinning); hot carrier injection at illuminated semiconductor-electrolyte junctions; derivatized semiconductor electrodes; particulate photoelectrochemical systems; layered compounds and other new materials; and dye sensitization. (WHK)
Photorefractive Semiconductors and Applications
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Chen, Li-Jen; Luke, Keung L.
1993-01-01
Photorefractive semiconductors are attractive for information processing, becuase of fast material response, compatibility with semiconductor lasers, and availability of cross polarization diffraction for enhancing signal-to-noise ration. This paper presents recent experimental results on information processing using photorefractive GaAs, InP and CdTe, including image processing with semiconductor lasers.
Competing Kondo and e-e interaction in Ce2.1Nd0.9Al
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Singh, Durgesh; Samatham, S. Shanmukharao; Venkateshwarlu, D.; Gangrade, Mohan; Ganesan, V.
2013-02-01
We report electrical resistivity of Ce2.1Nd0.9Al compound under applied magnetic fields. Magnetic field effect on the structural transition and Kondo ordering is studied. 30% Nd doping in Ce3Al makes TS = TK˜25K. Resistivity fits at low temperatures at different magnetic fields reveal a clear competition between Kondo and e-e interactions. It is demonstrated that Kondo interactions are weakened by the applied magnetic field and thus enhancing the e-e interaction. There seems a characteristic field where both the interactions contribute equally and for this sample it is around 6T.
Intersite coupling effects in a Kondo lattice near an antiferromagnetic instability
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Nakatsuji, Satoru
2003-03-01
Critcal fluctuations due to the proximity to a magnetic instability are believed to be the origin of a variety of non-Fermi-liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity observed in heavy fermion systems. Near the quantum critical points, prominent effect of intersite coupling in Kondo lattice systems may appear. With this in mind, we studied the La dilution effects in CeCoIn_5, a heavy fermion superconductor located near an antiferromangetic instability [1,2]. The scaling laws found for the magnetic susceptibility and the specific heat reveal two well-separated energy scales, corresponding to the single impurity Kondo temperature TK and an intersite spin-liquid temperature T. The Ce-dilute alloy has the expected Fermi liquid ground state, while the specific heat and resistivity in the dense Kondo regime exhibit non-Fermi-liquid behavior, which scales with T^*. These observations indicate that the screening of the magnetic moments in the lattice involves antiferromagnetic intersite correlations with a larger energy scale in comparison with the Kondo impurity case. This work was supported by NSF DMR-9527035. [1] C. Petrovic ´it et al., J.Phys.: Condens. Matter ´bf 13, L337 (2001). [2] S. Nakatsuji ´it et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 106402 (2002) ^´ast Work done in collaboration with Zachary Fisk, Sunmog Yeo, Luis Balicas, Pedro Schlottmann, Pagliuso G. Pagliuso, Nelson O. Moreno, John L. Sarrao, and Joe D. Thompson
Blocking transport resonances via Kondo many-body entanglement in quantum dots
Niklas, Michael; Smirnov, Sergey; Mantelli, Davide; Margańska, Magdalena; Nguyen, Ngoc-Viet; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Cleuziou, Jean-Pierre; Grifoni, Milena
2016-01-01
Many-body entanglement is at the heart of the Kondo effect, which has its hallmark in quantum dots as a zero-bias conductance peak at low temperatures. It signals the emergence of a conducting singlet state formed by a localized dot degree of freedom and conduction electrons. Carbon nanotubes offer the possibility to study the emergence of the Kondo entanglement by tuning many-body correlations with a gate voltage. Here we show another side of Kondo correlations, which counterintuitively tend to block conduction channels: inelastic co-tunnelling lines in the magnetospectrum of a carbon nanotube strikingly disappear when tuning the gate voltage. Considering the global SU(2) ⊗ SU(2) symmetry of a nanotube coupled to leads, we find that only resonances involving flips of the Kramers pseudospins, associated to this symmetry, are observed at temperatures and voltages below the corresponding Kondo scale. Our results demonstrate the robust formation of entangled many-body states with no net pseudospin. PMID:27526870
Sub-molecular modulation of a 4f driven Kondo resonance by surface-induced asymmetry
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Warner, Ben; El Hallak, Fadi; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Seibt, Philipp; Pruser, Henning; Caciuc, Vasile; Waters, Michael; Fisher, Andrew J.; Blugel, Stefan; van Slageren, Joris; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.
Coupling between a magnetic impurity and an external bath can give rise to many-body quantum phenomena, including Kondo and Hund's Impurity states in metals, and Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states in superconductors. While advances have been made in probing the magnetic properties of d-shell impurities on surfaces, the confinement of f orbitals makes them much more difficult to access directly. Here we show that a 4f driven Kondo resonance can be modulated spatially by asymmetric coupling between a metallic surface and a molecule containing a 4f-like moment. Strong hybridisation of dysprosium double-decker phthalocyanine (DyPc2) with Cu(001) induces Kondo screening of the central magnetic moment. Misalignment between the symmetry axes of the molecule and the surface induces asymmetry in the molecule's electronic structure, spatially mediating electronic access to the magnetic moment through the Kondo resonance. This work demonstrates the important role that molecular ligands play in mediating electronic and magnetic coupling and in accessing many-body quantum states.
State identification and tunable Kondo effect of MnPc on Ag(001)
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Kügel, Jens; Karolak, Michael; Krönlein, Andreas; Senkpiel, Jacob; Hsu, Pin-Jui; Sangiovanni, Giorgio; Bode, Matthias
2015-06-01
We present a detailed investigation of spectroscopic features located at the central metal ion of MnPc (where Pc represents phthalocyanine) on Ag(001) by means of scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and first-principles theory. STS data taken close to the Fermi level reveal an asymmetric feature that cannot be fitted with a single Fano function representing a one-channel Kondo effect. Instead, our data indicate the existence of a second superimposed feature. Two potential physical origins, a second Kondo channel related to the dx z /y z orbitals, and a spectral feature of the dz2 orbital itself, are discussed. A systematic experimental and theoretical comparison of MnPc with CoPc and FePc indicates that the second feature observed on MnPc is caused by the dz2 orbital. This conclusion is corroborated by STM-induced dehydrogenation experiments on FePc and MnPc which in both cases result in a gradual shift towards more positive binding energies and a narrowing of the Kondo resonance. Theoretical analysis reveals that the latter is caused by the reduced hybridization between the d orbital and the substrate. Spatially resolved differential conductivity maps taken close to the respective peak positions show that the intensity of both features is highest over the central Mn ion, thereby providing further evidence against a second Kondo channel originating from the dx z /y z orbital of the central Mn ion.
Environment-modulated Kondo phenomena in FePc/Au(111) adsorption systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiao; Yang, Jinlong
2016-03-01
Recent scanning tunneling microscopy experiments on electron transport through iron(II) phthalocyanine (FePc) molecules adsorbed on the Au(111) surface have revealed that the measured Kondo conductance signature depends strongly on the specific adsorption site. To understand the physical origin of experimental observations, particularly the variation of Kondo features with the molecular adsorption site, we employ a combined density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach to investigate the electronic structure and Kondo correlation in FePc/Au(111) composite systems. The calculation results indicate that, for the on-top adsorption configuration, the two degenerate spin-unpaired dπ orbitals on the Fe center are coupled indirectly through substrate band states, leading to the Fano-like antiresonance line shape in the d I /d V spectra, while for the bridge adsorption configuration, the environment-induced couplings are largely suppressed because of the two different spin-unpaired d orbitals. Therefore, our work suggests that the environment-induced coupling as an essential physical factor could greatly influence the Fano-Kondo features in magnetic molecule/metal composites, and the crucial role of local orbital degeneracy and symmetry is discovered. These findings provide important insights into the electron correlation effects in complex solid-state systems. The usefulness and practicality of the combined DFT+HEOM method is also highlighted.
Analytical expression of Kondo temperature in quantum dot embedded in Aharonov-Bohm ring.
Yoshii, Ryosuke; Eto, Mikio
2011-01-01
We theoretically study the Kondo effect in a quantum dot embedded in an Aharonov-Bohm ring, using the "poor man's" scaling method. Analytical expressions of the Kondo temperature TK are given as a function of magnetic flux Φ penetrating the ring. In this Kondo problem, there are two characteristic lengths, Lc=ℏvF∕|ε̃0| and LK = ħvF = TK, where vF is the Fermi velocity and ε̃0 is the renormalized energy level in the quantum dot. The former is the screening length of the charge fluctuation and the latter is that of the spin fluctuation, i.e., size of Kondo screening cloud. We obtain diferent expressions of TK(Φ) for (i) Lc ≪ LK ≪ L, (ii) Lc ≪ L ≪ LK, and (iii) L ≪ Lc ≪ LK, where L is the size of the ring. TK is remarkably modulated by Φ in cases (ii) and (iii), whereas it hardly depends on Φ in case (i).PACS numbers: PMID:22112300
Stefański, Piotr
2013-02-27
A system composed of two quantum dots, i.e. a strongly interacting Kondo dot and a noninteracting one, placed in the arms of the Aharonov-Bohm ring, is investigated theoretically. The ring is coupled to normal leads. This configuration is mapped on the system of a correlated impurity embedded in a host with energy and flux dependent density of states. Additionally, the presence of the Rashba field allows a spin selective opening of the pseudogap in the density of states of the host, when the level of the noninteracting dot is tuned to the Fermi energy. This selectively diminishes electron correlations in the Kondo dot and creates resultant spin polarization at the Fermi level. It is shown that this polarization arises in the absence of any exchange field. Interestingly, this Rashba-correlation-induced spin polarization reaches its maximum for the position of the Kondo dot level corresponding to the Kondo temperature of the Anderson impurity in the host with constant density of states. PMID:23370331
Blocking transport resonances via Kondo many-body entanglement in quantum dots.
Niklas, Michael; Smirnov, Sergey; Mantelli, Davide; Margańska, Magdalena; Nguyen, Ngoc-Viet; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Cleuziou, Jean-Pierre; Grifoni, Milena
2016-01-01
Many-body entanglement is at the heart of the Kondo effect, which has its hallmark in quantum dots as a zero-bias conductance peak at low temperatures. It signals the emergence of a conducting singlet state formed by a localized dot degree of freedom and conduction electrons. Carbon nanotubes offer the possibility to study the emergence of the Kondo entanglement by tuning many-body correlations with a gate voltage. Here we show another side of Kondo correlations, which counterintuitively tend to block conduction channels: inelastic co-tunnelling lines in the magnetospectrum of a carbon nanotube strikingly disappear when tuning the gate voltage. Considering the global SU(2) ⊗ SU(2) symmetry of a nanotube coupled to leads, we find that only resonances involving flips of the Kramers pseudospins, associated to this symmetry, are observed at temperatures and voltages below the corresponding Kondo scale. Our results demonstrate the robust formation of entangled many-body states with no net pseudospin. PMID:27526870
Spin relaxation through Kondo scattering in Cu/Py lateral spin valves
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Batley, J. T.; Rosaond, M. C.; Ali, M.; Linfield, E. H.; Burnell, G.; Hickey, B. J.
Within non-magnetic metals it is reasonable to expect the Elliot-Yafet mechanism to govern spin-relaxation and thus the temperature dependence of the spin diffusion length might be inversely proportional to resistivity. However, in lateral spin valves, measurements have found that at low temperatures the spin diffusion length unexpectedly decreases. We have fabricated lateral spin valves from Cu with different concentrations of magnetic impurities. Through temperature dependent charge and spin transport measurements we present clear evidence linking the presence of the Kondo effect within Cu to the suppression of the spin diffusion length below 30 K. We have calculated the spin-relaxation rate and isolated the contribution from magnetic impurities. At very low temperatures electron-electron interactions play a more prominent role in the Kondo effect. Well below the Kondo temperature a strong-coupling regime exists, where the moments become screened and the magnetic dephasing rate is reduced. We also investigate the effect of this low temperature regime (>1 K) on a pure spin current. This work shows the dominant role of Kondo scattering, even in low concentrations of order 1 ppm, within pure spin transport.
Ciudad D.; Arena D.; We, Z.-C.; Hindmarch, A.T.; Negusse, E.; Han, X.-F.Han; Marrows, C.H.
2012-06-07
The transition between Kondo and Coulomb blockade effects in discontinuous double magnetic tunnel junctions is explored as a function of the size of the CoPt magnetic clusters embedded between AlO{sub x} tunnel barriers. A gradual competition between cotunneling enhancement of the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) and the TMR suppression due to the Kondo effect has been found in these junctions, with both effects having been found to coexist even in the same sample. It is possible to tune between these two states with temperature (at a temperature far below the cluster blocking temperature). In addition, when further decreasing the size of the CoPt clusters, another gradual transition between the Kondo effect and direct tunneling between the electrodes takes place. This second transition shows that the spin-flip processes found in junctions with impurities in the barrier are in fact due to the Kondo effect. A simple theoretical model able to account for these experimental results is proposed.
Kondo physics in a Ni impurity embedded in O-doped Au chains
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Di Napoli, S.; Barral, M. A.; Roura-Bas, P.; Manuel, L. O.; Llois, A. M.; Aligia, A. A.
2015-08-01
By means of ab initio calculations we study the effect of O doping of Au chains containing a nanocontact represented by a Ni atom as a magnetic impurity. In contrast to pure Au chains, we find that with a minimum O doping the 5 dx z ,y z states of Au are pushed up, crossing the Fermi level. We also find that for certain O configurations, the Ni atom has two holes in the degenerate 3 dx z ,y z orbitals, forming a spin S =1 due to a large Hund interaction. The coupling between the 5 dx z ,y z Au bands and the 3 dx z ,y z of Ni states leads to a possible realization of a two-channel S =1 Kondo effect. While this kind of Kondo effect is commonly found in bulk systems, it is rarely observed in low dimensions. The estimated Kondo scale of the system lies within the present achievable experimental resolution in transport measurements. Another possible scenario for certain atomic configurations is that one of the holes resides in a 3 dz2 orbital, leading to a two-stage Kondo effect, the second one with SU(4) symmetry.
Terahertz transmission studies of the topological Kondo insulator candidate SmB6
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Laurita, Nicholas J.; Morris, Christopher M.; Koopayeh, Seyed; Cottingham, Patrick; Phelan, W. Adam; Schoop, Leslie; McQueen, Tyrel M.; Armitage, N. Peter
2014-03-01
The Kondo insulator SmB6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures (T < 10 K) and high pressures. At low temperatures, a plateau is observed in the resistivity, contrary to the divergence expected for a normal Kondo insulator. Recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator, a material with a Kondo insulating bulk, but topologically protected metallic surface states. Here, time domain terahertz spectroscopy (TDTS) is used to investigate the temperature dependent low frequency optical conductivity of single crystals of SmB6. We find evidence for a substantial bulk conductivity at a frequency of a few hundred GHz, which challenges the notion of this material as having a clean gap. The evidence for topological surface states and their properties will be discussed. Work supported by The Institute of Quantum Matter under DOE grant DE-FG02-08ER46544 and by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF2628.
Quantum phase transitions, frustration, and the Fermi surface in the Kondo lattice model
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Eidelstein, Eitan; Moukouri, S.; Schiller, Avraham
2011-07-01
The quantum phase transition from a spin-Peierls phase with a small Fermi surface to a paramagnetic Luttinger-liquid phase with a large Fermi surface is studied in the framework of a one-dimensional Kondo-Heisenberg model that consists of an electron gas away from half filling, coupled to a spin-1/2 chain by Kondo interactions. The Kondo spins are further coupled to each other with isotropic nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic Heisenberg interactions which are tuned to the Majumdar-Ghosh point. Focusing on three-eighths filling and using the density-matrix renormalization-group (DMRG) method, we show that the zero-temperature transition between the phases with small and large Fermi momenta appears continuous, and involves a new intermediate phase where the Fermi surface is not well defined. The intermediate phase is spin gapped and has Kondo-spin correlations that show incommensurate modulations. Our results appear incompatible with the local picture for the quantum phase transition in heavy fermion compounds, which predicts an abrupt change in the size of the Fermi momentum.
Unitary lens semiconductor device
Lear, K.L.
1997-05-27
A unitary lens semiconductor device and method are disclosed. The unitary lens semiconductor device is provided with at least one semiconductor layer having a composition varying in the growth direction for unitarily forming one or more lenses in the semiconductor layer. Unitary lens semiconductor devices may be formed as light-processing devices such as microlenses, and as light-active devices such as light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, resonant-cavity light-emitting diodes, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, and resonant cavity photodetectors. 9 figs.
Unitary lens semiconductor device
Lear, Kevin L.
1997-01-01
A unitary lens semiconductor device and method. The unitary lens semiconductor device is provided with at least one semiconductor layer having a composition varying in the growth direction for unitarily forming one or more lenses in the semiconductor layer. Unitary lens semiconductor devices may be formed as light-processing devices such as microlenses, and as light-active devices such as light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, resonant-cavity light-emitting diodes, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, and resonant cavity photodetectors.
Kondo conductance across the smallest spin 1/2 radical molecule
Requist, Ryan; Modesti, Silvio; Baruselli, Pier Paolo; Smogunov, Alexander; Fabrizio, Michele; Tosatti, Erio
2014-01-01
Molecular contacts are generally poorly conducting because their energy levels tend to lie far from the Fermi energy of the metal contact, necessitating undesirably large gate and bias voltages in molecular electronics applications. Molecular radicals are an exception because their partly filled orbitals undergo Kondo screening, opening the way to electron passage even at zero bias. Whereas that phenomenon has been experimentally demonstrated for several complex organic radicals, quantitative theoretical predictions have not been attempted so far. It is therefore an open question whether and to what extent an ab initio-based theory is able to make accurate predictions for Kondo temperatures and conductance lineshapes. Choosing nitric oxide (NO) as a simple and exemplary spin 1/2 molecular radical, we present calculations based on a combination of density functional theory and numerical renormalization group (DFT+NRG), predicting a zero bias spectral anomaly with a Kondo temperature of 15 K for NO/Au(111). A scanning tunneling spectroscopy study is subsequently carried out to verify the prediction, and a striking zero bias Kondo anomaly is confirmed, still quite visible at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Comparison shows that the experimental Kondo temperature of about 43 K is larger than the theoretical one, whereas the inverted Fano lineshape implies a strong source of interference not included in the model. These discrepancies are not a surprise, providing in fact an instructive measure of the approximations used in the modeling, which supports and qualifies the viability of the density functional theory and numerical renormalization group approach to the prediction of conductance anomalies in larger molecular radicals. PMID:24367113
Thermoelectric effect in the Kondo dot side-coupled to a Majorana mode
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Khim, Heunghwan; López, Rosa; Lim, Jong Soo; Lee, Minchul
2015-06-01
We investigate the linear thermoelectric response of an interacting quantum dot side-coupled by one of two Majorana modes hosted by a topological superconducting wire. We employ the numerical renormalization group technique to obtain the thermoelectrical conductance L in the Kondo regime while the background temperature T, the Majorana-dot coupling Γm, and the overlap ɛm between the two Majorana modes are tuned. We distinguish two transport regimes in which L displays different features: the weak- (Γm
Kondo conductance across the smallest spin 1/2 radical molecule.
Requist, Ryan; Modesti, Silvio; Baruselli, Pier Paolo; Smogunov, Alexander; Fabrizio, Michele; Tosatti, Erio
2014-01-01
Molecular contacts are generally poorly conducting because their energy levels tend to lie far from the Fermi energy of the metal contact, necessitating undesirably large gate and bias voltages in molecular electronics applications. Molecular radicals are an exception because their partly filled orbitals undergo Kondo screening, opening the way to electron passage even at zero bias. Whereas that phenomenon has been experimentally demonstrated for several complex organic radicals, quantitative theoretical predictions have not been attempted so far. It is therefore an open question whether and to what extent an ab initio-based theory is able to make accurate predictions for Kondo temperatures and conductance lineshapes. Choosing nitric oxide (NO) as a simple and exemplary spin 1/2 molecular radical, we present calculations based on a combination of density functional theory and numerical renormalization group (DFT+NRG), predicting a zero bias spectral anomaly with a Kondo temperature of 15 K for NO/Au(111). A scanning tunneling spectroscopy study is subsequently carried out to verify the prediction, and a striking zero bias Kondo anomaly is confirmed, still quite visible at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Comparison shows that the experimental Kondo temperature of about 43 K is larger than the theoretical one, whereas the inverted Fano lineshape implies a strong source of interference not included in the model. These discrepancies are not a surprise, providing in fact an instructive measure of the approximations used in the modeling, which supports and qualifies the viability of the density functional theory and numerical renormalization group approach to the prediction of conductance anomalies in larger molecular radicals. PMID:24367113
Kondo effects in a triangular triple quantum dot with lower symmetries
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Oguri, A.; Amaha, S.; Nishikawa, Y.; Numata, T.; Shimamoto, M.; Hewson, A. C.; Tarucha, S.
2011-05-01
We study the low-energy properties and characteristic Kondo energy scale of a triangular triple quantum dot, connected to two non-interacting leads, in a wide parameter range of a gate voltage and distortions which lower the symmetry of an equilateral structure, using the numerical renormalization group approach. For large Coulomb interactions, the ground states with different characters can be classified according to the plateaus of Θ≡(δe-δo)(2/π), where δe and δo are the phase shifts for the even and odd partial waves. At these plateaus of Θ, both Θ and the occupation number Ntot≡(δe+δo)(2/π) take values close to integers, and thus the ground states can be characterized by these two integers. The Kondo effect with a local moment with total spin S=1 due to a Nagaoka mechanism appears on the plateau, which can be identified by Θ≃2.0 and Ntot≃4.0. For large distortions, however, the high-spin moment disappears through a singlet-triplet transition occurring within the four-electron region. It happens at a crossover to the adjacent plateaus for Θ≃0.0 and Θ≃4.0, and the two-terminal conductance has a peak in the transient regions. For weak distortions, the SU(4) Kondo effect also takes place for Ntot≃3.0. It appears as a sharp conductance valley between the S=1/2 Kondo ridges on both sides. We also find that the characteristic energy scale T* reflect these varieties of the Kondo effect. Particularly, T* is sensitive to the distribution of the charge and spin in the triangular triple dot.
Magnetic impurities in nanotubes: From density functional theory to Kondo many-body effects
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baruselli, P. P.; Fabrizio, M.; Smogunov, A.; Requist, R.; Tosatti, E.
2013-12-01
Low-temperature electronic conductance in nanocontacts, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and metal break junctions involving magnetic atoms or molecules is a growing area with important unsolved theoretical problems. While the detailed relationship between contact geometry and electronic structure requires a quantitative ab initio approach such as density functional theory (DFT), the Kondo many-body effects ensuing from the coupling of the impurity spin with metal electrons are most properly addressed by formulating a generalized Anderson impurity model to be solved with, for example, the numerical renormalization group (NRG) method. Since there is at present no seamless scheme that can accurately carry out that program, we have in recent years designed a systematic method for semiquantitatively joining DFT and NRG. We apply this DFT-NRG scheme to the ideal conductance of single wall (4,4) and (8,8) nanotubes with magnetic adatoms (Co and Fe), both inside and outside the nanotube, and with a single carbon atom vacancy. A rich scenario emerges, with Kondo temperatures generally in the Kelvin range, and conductance anomalies ranging from a single channel maximum to destructive Fano interference with cancellation of two channels out of the total four. The configuration yielding the highest Kondo temperature (tens of Kelvins) and a measurable zero-bias anomaly is that of a Co or Fe impurity inside the narrowest nanotube. The single atom vacancy has a spin, but a very low Kondo temperature is predicted. The geometric, electronic, and symmetry factors influencing this variability are all accessible, which makes this approach methodologically instructive and highlights many delicate and difficult points in the first-principles modeling of the Kondo effect in nanocontacts.
Rakhmilevitch, D; Korytár, R; Bagrets, A; Evers, F; Tal, O
2014-12-01
The interaction of individual electrons with vibrations has been extensively studied. However, the nature of electron-vibration interaction in the presence of many-body electron correlations such as a Kondo state has not been fully investigated. Here, we present transport measurements on a Copper-phthalocyanine molecule, suspended between two silver electrodes in a break-junction setup. Our measurements reveal both zero bias and satellite conductance peaks, which are identified as Kondo resonances with a similar Kondo temperature. The relation of the satellite peaks to electron-vibration interaction is corroborated using several independent spectroscopic indications, as well as ab initio calculations. Further analysis reveals that the contribution of vibration-induced inelastic current is significant in the presence of a Kondo resonance. PMID:25526145
Anderson, Iain; Teshima, Hazuki; Nolan, Matt; Lapidus, Alla L.; Tice, Hope; Glavina Del Rio, Tijana; Cheng, Jan-Fang; Han, Cliff; Tapia, Roxanne; Goodwin, Lynne A.; Pitluck, Sam; Liolios, Konstantinos; Mavromatis, K; Pagani, Ioanna; Ivanova, N; Mikhailova, Natalia; Pati, Amrita; Chen, Amy; Palaniappan, Krishna; Land, Miriam L; Rohde, Manfred; Lang, Elke; Detter, J. Chris; Goker, Markus; Woyke, Tanja; Bristow, James; Eisen, Jonathan; Markowitz, Victor; Hugenholtz, Philip; Kyrpides, Nikos C; Klenk, Hans-Peter
2013-01-01
rateuria aurantia (ex Kondo and Ameyama 1958) Swings et al. 1980 is a member of the bispecific genus Frateuria in the family Xanthomonadaceae, which is already heavily targeted for non-type strain genome sequencing. Strain Kondo 67(T) was initially (1958) identified as a member of 'Acetobacter aurantius', a name that was not considered for the approved list. Kondo 67(T) was therefore later designated as the type strain of the newly proposed acetogenic species Frateuria aurantia. The strain is of interest because of its triterpenoids (hopane family). F. aurantia Kondo 67(T) is the first member of the genus Frateura whose genome sequence has been deciphered, and here we describe the features of this organism, together with the complete genome sequence and annotation. The 3,603,458-bp long chromosome with its 3,200 protein-coding and 88 RNA genes is a part of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project.
Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2-δAs2.
Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F; Wakeham, N; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z-A; Thompson, J D
2015-11-01
The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2-δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressure and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ~0.032 E-/formular unit in CeNi2-δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. The small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening. PMID:26483465
Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2–δAs2
Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z. -A.; Thompson, J. D.
2015-10-19
The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2–δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressuremore » and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ~0.032 e–/formular unit in CeNi2–δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. Here, the small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening.« less
Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2−δAs2
Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; Lu, Xin; Park, Tuson; Xu, Z.-A.; Thompson, J. D.
2015-01-01
The easily tuned balance among competing interactions in Kondo-lattice metals allows access to a zero-temperature, continuous transition between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, a quantum-critical point (QCP). Indeed, these highly correlated electron materials are prototypes for discovering and exploring quantum-critical states. Theoretical models proposed to account for the strange thermodynamic and electrical transport properties that emerge around the QCP of a Kondo lattice assume the presence of an indefinitely large number of itinerant charge carriers. Here, we report a systematic transport and thermodynamic investigation of the Kondo-lattice system CeNi2−δAs2 (δ ≈ 0.28) as its antiferromagnetic order is tuned by pressure and magnetic field to zero-temperature boundaries. These experiments show that the very small but finite carrier density of ∼0.032 e−/formular unit in CeNi2−δAs2 leads to unexpected transport signatures of quantum criticality and the delayed development of a fully coherent Kondo-lattice state with decreasing temperature. The small carrier density and associated semimetallicity of this Kondo-lattice material favor an unconventional, local-moment type of quantum criticality and raises the specter of the Nozières exhaustion idea that an insufficient number of conduction-electron spins to separately screen local moments requires collective Kondo screening. PMID:26483465
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Grundmann, Marius
The historic development of semiconductor physics and technology began in the second half of the 19th century. Interesting discussions of the early history of the physics and chemistry of semiconductors can be found in treatises of G. Busch [2] and Handel [3]. The history of semiconductor industry can be followedin the text of Morris [4] and Holbrook et al. [5]. In 1947, the realization of the transistor was the impetus to a fast-paced development that created the electronics and photonics industries. Products founded on the basis of semiconductor devices such as computers (CPUs, memories), optical-storage media (lasers for CD, DVD), communication infrastructure (lasers and photodetectors for optical-fiber technology, high frequency electronics for mobile communication), displays (thin film transistors, LEDs), projection (laser diodes) and general lighting (LEDs) are commonplace. Thus, fundamental research on semiconductors and semiconductor physics and its offspring in the form of devices has contributed largely to the development of modern civilization and culture.
Semiconductor microcavity lasers
Gourley, P.L.; Wendt, J.R.; Vawter, G.A.; Warren, M.E.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.
1994-02-01
New kinds of semiconductor microcavity lasers are being created by modern semiconductor technologies like molecular beam epitaxy and electron beam lithography. These new microcavities exploit 3-dimensional architectures possible with epitaxial layering and surface patterning. The physical properties of these microcavities are intimately related to the geometry imposed on the semiconductor materials. Among these microcavities are surface-emitting structures which have many useful properties for commercial purposes. This paper reviews the basic physics of these microstructured lasers.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lo, Po-Wei; Guo, Guang-Yu; Anders, Frithjof B.
2014-05-01
Motivated by the recent observation of the Kondo effect in graphene in transport experiments, we investigate the resistivity and dephasing rate in the Kondo regime due to magnetic impurities in graphene with different chemical potentials (μ). The Kondo effect due to either carbon vacancies or magnetic adatoms in graphene is described by the single-orbital pseudogap asymmetric Anderson impurity model which is solved by the accurate numerical renormalization group method. We find that although the Anderson impurity model considered here is a mixed-valence system, it can be driven into either the Kondo [μ >μc (critical value) >0], mixed-valency (μ ≈μc), or empty-orbital (μ <μc) regime by a gate voltage, giving rise to characteristic features in resistivity and dephasing rate in each regime. Specifically, in the case of μ <μc, the shapes of the resistivity (dephasing rate) curves for different μ are nearly identical. However, as temperature decreases, they start to increase to their maxima at a lower T /TK, but more rapidly [as (TK/T)3/2] than in normal metals [here, T (TK) denotes the (Kondo) temperature]. As T further decreases, after reaching the maximum, the dephasing rate drops more quickly than in normal metals, behaving as (T/TK)3 instead of (T/TK)2. Furthermore, the resistivity has a distinct peak above the saturation value near TK. In the case of μ >μc, in contrast, the resistivity curve has an additional broad shoulder above 10TK and the dephasing rate exhibits an interesting shoulder-peak shape. In the narrow boundary region (μ ≈μc), both the resistivity and dephasing rate curves are similar to the corresponding ones in normal metals. This explains the conventional Kondo-like resistivity from recent experiments on graphene with defects, although the distinct features in the resistivity in the other cases (μ <μc or μ >μc) were not seen in the experiments. The interesting features in the resistivity and dephasing rate are analyzed in
Semiconductor bridge (SCB) detonator
Bickes, Jr., Robert W.; Grubelich, Mark C.
1999-01-01
The present invention is a low-energy detonator for high-density secondary-explosive materials initiated by a semiconductor bridge igniter that comprises a pair of electrically conductive lands connected by a semiconductor bridge. The semiconductor bridge is in operational or direct contact with the explosive material, whereby current flowing through the semiconductor bridge causes initiation of the explosive material. Header wires connected to the electrically-conductive lands and electrical feed-throughs of the header posts of explosive devices, are substantially coaxial to the direction of current flow through the SCB, i.e., substantially coaxial to the SCB length.
Semiconductor bridge (SCB) detonator
Bickes, R.W. Jr.; Grubelich, M.C.
1999-01-19
The present invention is a low-energy detonator for high-density secondary-explosive materials initiated by a semiconductor bridge (SCB) igniter that comprises a pair of electrically conductive lands connected by a semiconductor bridge. The semiconductor bridge is in operational or direct contact with the explosive material, whereby current flowing through the semiconductor bridge causes initiation of the explosive material. Header wires connected to the electrically-conductive lands and electrical feed-throughs of the header posts of explosive devices, are substantially coaxial to the direction of current flow through the SCB, i.e., substantially coaxial to the SCB length. 3 figs.
Interconnected semiconductor devices
Grimmer, Derrick P.; Paulson, Kenneth R.; Gilbert, James R.
1990-10-23
Semiconductor layer and conductive layer formed on a flexible substrate, divided into individual devices and interconnected with one another in series by interconnection layers and penetrating terminals.
Kondo effect in the presence of van Hove singularities: A numerical renormalization group study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhuravlev, A. K.; Irkhin, V. Yu.
2011-12-01
A numerical renormalization-group investigation of the one-center t-t' Kondo problem is performed for the square lattice accounting for logarithmic Van Hove singularities (VHS) in the electron density of states near the Fermi level. The magnetic susceptibility, entropy, and specific heat are calculated. The temperature dependencies of the thermodynamic properties in the presence of VHS turn out to be nontrivial. When the distance Δ between VHS and the Fermi level decreases, the inverse logarithm of the corresponding Kondo temperature TK demonstrates a crossover from the standard linear to square-root dependence on the s-d exchange coupling. The low-temperature behavior of the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat are investigated, and the Wilson ratio is obtained. For Δ→0 the Fermi-liquid behavior is broken.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hagymási, I.; Sólyom, J.; Legeza, Ö.
2015-07-01
We study the ground-state properties of an extended periodic Anderson model to understand the role of Hund's coupling between localized and itinerant electrons using the density-matrix renormalization group algorithm. By calculating the von Neumann entropies we show that two phase transitions occur and two new phases appear as the hybridization is increased in the symmetric half-filled case due to the competition between Kondo effect and Hund's coupling. In the intermediate phase, which is bounded by two critical points, we found a dimerized ground state, while in the other spatially homogeneous phases the ground state is Haldane-like and Kondo-singlet-like, respectively. We also determine the entanglement spectrum and the entanglement diagram of the system by calculating the mutual information thereby clarifying the structure of each phase.
Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire.
Cho, Sungjae; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John A; Gu, Genda; Mason, Nadya
2016-01-01
Zero-bias anomalies in topological nanowires have recently captured significant attention, as they are possible signatures of Majorana modes. Yet there are many other possible origins of zero-bias peaks in nanowires--for example, weak localization, Andreev bound states, or the Kondo effect. Here, we discuss observations of differential-conductance peaks at zero-bias voltage in non-superconducting electronic transport through a 3D topological insulator (Bi(1.33)Sb(0.67))Se3 nanowire. The zero-bias conductance peaks show logarithmic temperature dependence and often linear splitting with magnetic fields, both of which are signatures of the Kondo effect in quantum dots. We characterize the zero-bias peaks and discuss their origin. PMID:26911258
Buildup of the Kondo effect from real-time effective action for the Anderson impurity model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bock, Sebastian; Liluashvili, Alexander; Gasenzer, Thomas
2016-07-01
The nonequilibrium time evolution of a quantum dot is studied by means of dynamic equations for time-dependent Green's functions derived from a two-particle-irreducible (2PI) effective action for the Anderson impurity model. Coupling the dot between two leads at different voltages, the dynamics of the current through the dot is investigated. We show that the 2PI approach is capable of describing the dynamical buildup of the Kondo effect, which shows up as a sharp resonance in the spectral function, with a width exponentially suppressed in the electron self-coupling on the dot. An external voltage applied to the dot is found to deteriorate the Kondo effect at the hybridization scale. The dynamic equations are evaluated within different nonperturbative resummation schemes, within the direct, particle-particle, and particle-hole channels, as well as their combination, and the results compared with those from other methods.
Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire
Cho, Sungjae; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John A.; Gu, Genda; Mason, Nadya
2016-02-25
Zero-bias anomalies in topological nanowires have recently captured significant attention, as they are possible signatures of Majorana modes. Yet there are many other possible origins of zero-bias peaks in nanowires—for example, weak localization, Andreev bound states, or the Kondo effect. Here, we discuss observations of differential-conductance peaks at zero-bias voltage in non-superconducting electronic transport through a 3D topological insulator (Bi1.33Sb0.67)Se3 nanowire. The zero-bias conductance peaks show logarithmic temperature dependence and often linear splitting with magnetic fields, both of which are signatures of the Kondo effect in quantum dots. As a result, we characterize the zero-bias peaks and discuss their origin.
Quantum critical Mott transitions in a bilayer Kondo insulator-metal model system
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sen, Sudeshna; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.
2016-04-01
A bilayer system comprising a Kondo insulator coupled to a simple metal (KI-M) is considered. Employing the framework of dynamical mean-field theory, the model system is shown to exhibit a surface of quantum critical points (QCPs) that separates a Kondo screened, Fermi liquid phase from a local moment, Mott insulating phase. The quantum critical nature of these Mott transitions is characterized by the vanishing of (a) the coherence scale on the Fermi liquid side, and (b) the Mott gap on the MI side. In contrast to the usual "large-to-small" Fermi surface (FS) QCPs in heavy-fermion systems, the bilayer KI-M system exhibits a complete FS destruction.
Magnetic ordering and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the multichannel Kondo-lattice model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Irkhin, Valentin Yu.
2016-05-01
Scaling equations for the Kondo lattice in the paramagnetic and magnetically ordered phases are derived to next-leading order with account of spin dynamics. The results are applied to describe various mechanisms of the non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) behavior in the multichannel Kondo-lattice model where a fixed point occurs in the weak-coupling region. The corresponding temperature dependences of electronic and magnetic properties are discussed. The model describes naturally formation of a magnetic state with soft boson mode and small moment value. An important role of Van Hove singularities in the magnon spectral function is demonstrated. The results are rather sensitive to the type of magnetic ordering and space dimensionality, the conditions for NFL behavior being more favorable in the antiferromagnetic and 2D cases.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Yun; Lu, Haiyan; Zhu, Xiegang; Tan, Shiyong; Chen, Qiuyun; Feng, Wei; Xie, Donghua; Luo, Lizhu; Zhang, Wen; Lai, Xinchun; Donglai Feng Team; Huiqiu Yuan Team
One basic concept in heavy fermions systems is the entanglement of localized spin state and itinerant electron state. It can be tuned by two competitive intrinsic mechanisms, Kondo effect and Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction, with external disturbances. The key issue regarding heavy fermions properties is how the two mechanisms work in the same phase region. To investigate the relation of the two mechanisms, the cubic antiferromagnetic heavy fermions compound CeIn3 was investigated by soft x-ray angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The hybridization between f electrons and conduction bands in the paramagnetic state was observed directly, providing compelling evidence for Kondo screening scenario and coexistence of two mechanisms. The hybridization strength shows slight and regular anisotropy in K space, implying that the two mechanisms are competitive and anisotropic. This work illuminates the concomitant and competitive relation between the two mechanisms and supplies some evidences for the anisotropic superconductivity of CeIn3
Interplay between the Kondo effect and the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Prüser, Henning; Dargel, Piet E.; Bouhassoune, Mohammed; Ulbrich, Rainer G.; Pruschke, Thomas; Lounis, Samir; Wenderoth, Martin
2014-11-01
The interplay between the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction and the Kondo effect is expected to provide the driving force for the emergence of many phenomena in strongly correlated electron materials. Two magnetic impurities in a metal are the smallest possible system containing all these ingredients and define a bottom-up approach towards a long-term understanding of concentrated/dense systems. Here we report on the experimental and theoretical investigation of iron dimers buried below a Cu(100) surface by means of low-temperature scanning tunnelling spectroscopy combined with density functional theory and numerical renormalization group calculations. The Kondo effect, in particular the width of the Abrikosov-Suhl resonance, is strongly altered or even suppressed due to magnetic coupling between the impurities. It oscillates as a function of dimer separation revealing that it is related to indirect exchange interactions mediated by the conduction electrons.
Anomalous Temperature Dependence of the Dephasing Time in Mesoscopic Kondo Wires
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schopfer, Félicien; Bäuerle, Christopher; Rabaud, Wilfried; Saminadayar, Laurent
2003-02-01
We present measurements of the magnetoconductance of long and narrow quasi-one-dimensional gold wires containing magnetic iron impurities in a temperature range extending from 15mK to 4.2K. The dephasing rate extracted from the weak antilocalization shows a pronounced plateau in a temperature region of 300 800mK, associated with the phase breaking due to the Kondo effect. Below the Kondo temperature, the dephasing rate decreases linearly with temperature, in contradiction with standard Fermi-liquid theory. Our data suggest that the formation of a spin glass due to the interactions between the magnetic moments is responsible for the observed anomalous temperature dependence.
Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire
Cho, Sungjae; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John A.; Gu, Genda; Mason, Nadya
2016-01-01
Zero-bias anomalies in topological nanowires have recently captured significant attention, as they are possible signatures of Majorana modes. Yet there are many other possible origins of zero-bias peaks in nanowires—for example, weak localization, Andreev bound states, or the Kondo effect. Here, we discuss observations of differential-conductance peaks at zero-bias voltage in non-superconducting electronic transport through a 3D topological insulator (Bi1.33Sb0.67)Se3 nanowire. The zero-bias conductance peaks show logarithmic temperature dependence and often linear splitting with magnetic fields, both of which are signatures of the Kondo effect in quantum dots. We characterize the zero-bias peaks and discuss their origin. PMID:26911258
Bohm-Aharonov and Kondo effects on tunneling currents in a mesoscopic ring
Davidovich, M.A.; Anda, E.V.; Chiappe, G.
1997-03-01
We present an analysis of the Kondo effect on the Bohm-Aharonov oscillations of the tunneling currents in a mesoscopic ring with a quantum dot inserted in one of its arms. The system is described by an Anderson-impurity tight-binding Hamiltonian where the electron-electron interaction is restricted to the dot. The currents are obtained using nonequilibrium Green functions calculated through a cumulant diagrammatic expansion in the chain approximation. It is shown that at low temperature, even with the system out of resonance, the Kondo peak provides a channel for the electron to tunnel through the dot, giving rise to the Bohm-Aharonov oscillations of the current. At high temperature these oscillations are important only if the dot level is aligned to the Fermi level, when the resonance condition is satisfied. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}
Field-Controlled Spin and Charge Distributions in Kondo System with a Triangular Triple Quantum Dot
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koga, Mikito; Matsumoto, Masashige; Kusunose, Hiroaki
2013-09-01
The Kondo effect plays an important role in the emergence of electric polarization in a triangular triple-quantum-dot system, where one of the three dots is connected to a metallic lead through a point contact. The interplay between spin and charge distributions is investigated on the basis of an impurity Anderson model where the impurity-site cluster is described by a three-site Hubbard model. The numerical renormalization group analysis demonstrates that an applied magnetic field suppresses the Kondo effect and that the three-site spin correlations lead to an abrupt change in the local electric and magnetic polarizations. The controllability of this multiferroic behavior on the nanoscale is also discussed.
Spin injection into semiconductors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Oestreich, M.; Hübner, J.; Hägele, D.; Klar, P. J.; Heimbrodt, W.; Rühle, W. W.; Ashenford, D. E.; Lunn, B.
1999-03-01
The injection of spin-polarized electrons is presently one of the major challenges in semiconductor spin electronics. We propose and demonstrate a most efficient spin injection using diluted magnetic semiconductors as spin aligners. Time-resolved photoluminescence with a Cd0.98Mn0.02Te/CdTe structure proves the feasibility of the spin-alignment mechanism.
Phase diagram of the Kondo lattice model with a superlattice potential
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.; Figueira, M. S.
2016-02-01
We study the ground state of a Kondo lattice model where the free carries undergo a superlattice potential. Using the density matrix renormalization group method, we establish that the model exhibits a ferromagnetic phase and spiral phase whose boundaries in the phase diagram depend on the depth of the potential. Also, we observed that the spiral to ferromagnetic quantum phase transition can be tuned by changing the local coupling or the superlattice strength.