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  1. Dilution effects on the antiferromagnetic Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10

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    Okada, Y.; Kawabata, J.; Yamada, Y.; Muro, Y.; Takabatake, T.

    2017-04-01

    We have studied the effects of dilution of Ce sublattice on the unusual antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in the Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10 at 28.5 K by the magnetic, transport and specific-heat measurements of single crystals of Ce1-zLazOs2Al10. The effective magnetic moment and paramagnetic Curie temperature hardly change with z up to 0.5, indicating that the 4f state remains unchanged at high temperatures. The suppression of the Néel temperature TN is much weaker than that in 5d hole doped system, Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10. Therefore, the AFM interaction is robust against the violation of the coherent Ce sublattice. The activation energy in the resistivity decreases in parallel with TN, confirming the argument that the presence of the c-f hybridization gap is a requisite for the unusual AFM order in this system.

  2. Hybridization gaps and antiferromagnetic gap in the Kondo semiconductors Ce T2Al10 (T =Fe and Os) observed by break-junction tunneling spectroscopy

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    Kawabata, J.; Ekino, T.; Yamada, Y.; Sakai, Y.; Sugimoto, A.; Muro, Y.; Takabatake, T.

    2015-11-01

    CeOs2Al10 exhibits Kondo semiconducting properties, yet orders antiferromagnetically at a rather high temperature, TN=28.5 K. We have performed break-junction tunneling measurements on single crystals of CeOs2Al10 and the nonmagnetic Kondo semiconductor CeFe2Al10 . Upon cooling CeFe2Al10 , two hybridization gaps successively appear in the tunneling spectra, while another gap opens in CeOs2Al10 below TN. For both compounds, the ratio of the two hybridization gap widths is approximately 4, in agreement with the hybridization gap model for the crystal-field ground state of Ce3 + with | Jz>=|±3 /2 > . Furthermore, we found that the gap widths are well scaled by the Kondo temperature among Ce-based Kondo semimetals/semiconductors with orthorhombic structures.

  3. Stabilization of Kondo Semiconductor State by Sb Doping of CeNi1-σSn1+σ and the General Criterion of Its Appearance

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    Spałek, J.; Ślebarski, A.

    2008-07-01

    Semimetallic off-stoichiometric CeNi1-δSn1+δ-xSbx system with δ≈0.06 is shown to transform into a Kondo semiconductor upon the substitution of few percent of Sb for Sn. The full-gap formation is associated with f-electron localization induced by the combined effect of the collective Kondo-singlet formation and the atomic disorder. Namely, the extra valence electrons introduced with the Sb doping (one per Sb atom) contribute additionally to the formation of the collective Kondo spin-singlet state at low temperatures, as seen by a substantial reduction of the magnetic susceptibility. The precise general definition of the Kondo semiconductor is provided and the difference with either the simple band or the Mott-Hubbard insulators is stressed.

  4. Fe Substitution Effect on the High-Field Magnetization in the Kondo Semiconductor CeRu2Al10

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    Kondo, Akihiro; Kindo, Koichi; Nohara, Hiroki; Nakamura, Michio; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi; Nishioka, Takashi

    2017-02-01

    The magnetization of the Fe substitution system in the Kondo semiconductor CeRu2Al10 was measured in high magnetic fields of up to 72 T with the magnetic field (H) along the a-axis. The magnetization curve indicates that the critical field from the antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase to the paramagnetic one (Hcp) shows an increase from ˜51 (x = 0) to ˜60 T (x = 0.7) owing to the Fe substitution. The Fe concentration dependence of Hcp is similar to that of the magnitude of the energy of the spin gap. The degree of the concave H dependence of the magnetization curve, which is the characteristic feature for H ∥ a in CeT2Al10 (T = Ru, Os), is not strongly enhanced by the Fe substitution. This may be due to the suppression of the strong anisotropy of the hybridization between the conduction band and the localized 4f shell along the a-axis. These results reveal that the spin gap of the present system consists of at least two components, the gap due to the spin (Kondo) singlet formation and the anisotropy gap of the AF magnon.

  5. Proposed Rabi-Kondo correlated state in a laser-driven semiconductor quantum dot.

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    Sbierski, B; Hanl, M; Weichselbaum, A; Türeci, H E; Goldstein, M; Glazman, L I; von Delft, J; Imamoğlu, A

    2013-10-11

    Spin exchange between a single-electron charged quantum dot and itinerant electrons leads to an emergence of Kondo correlations. When the quantum dot is driven resonantly by weak laser light, the resulting emission spectrum allows for a direct probe of these correlations. In the opposite limit of vanishing exchange interaction and strong laser drive, the quantum dot exhibits coherent oscillations between the single-spin and optically excited states. Here, we show that the interplay between strong exchange and nonperturbative laser coupling leads to the formation of a new nonequilibrium quantum-correlated state, characterized by the emergence of a laser-induced secondary spin screening cloud, and examine the implications for the emission spectrum.

  6. Doping Effects on the Electronic Structure of an Anisotropic Kondo Semiconductor CeOs2Al10: An Optical Study with Re and Ir Substitution

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    Kimura, Shin-ichi; Takao, Hitoshi; Kawabata, Jo; Yamada, Yoshihiro; Takabatake, Toshiro

    2016-12-01

    An anisotropic Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10 exhibits an unusual antiferromagnetic order at rather high transition temperature T0 of 28.5 K. Two possible origins of the magnetic order have been proposed so far, one is the Kondo coupling of the hybridization between the conduction (c) and the 4f states and the other is the charge-density wave/charge ordering along the orthorhombic b-axis. To clarify the origin of the magnetic order, we have investigated the electronic structure of hole- and electron-doped CeOs2Al10 [Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10 and Ce(Os1-xIrx)2Al10, respectively] by using optical conductivity spectra along the b-axis. The intensity of the c-f hybridization gap at ħω ˜ 50 meV continuously decreases from y = 0.10 to x = 0.12 via x = y = 0. On the other hand, the intensity of the charge excitation observed at ħω ˜ 20 meV has the maximum at x = y = 0 as similar with the doping dependence of T0. The fact that the charge excitation is strongly related to the magnetic order strengthens the possibility of the charge density wave/charge ordering as the origin of the magnetic order.

  7. Doping effects on the hybridization gap and antiferromagnetic order in the Kondo semiconductor CeO s2A l10 studied by break-junction experiments

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    Kawabata, J.; Ekino, T.; Yamada, Y.; Okada, Y.; Sugimoto, A.; Muro, Y.; Takabatake, T.

    2017-01-01

    The Kondo semiconductors Ce T2A l10 (T =Ru and Os) exhibit antiferromagnetic (AFM) orders at unexpectedly high temperatures TN=27.0 and 28.5 K, respectively, whose mechanism remains in debate. We report the break-junction experiments on 4 f /5 d -hole and 5 d -electron doped CeO s2A l10 as well as nondoped CeR u2A l10 . The differential conductance spectra d I /d V for T =Os and Ru show three gap structures; two hybridization gaps V1, V2 and an AFM gap VAF, whose magnitudes for T =Os are 15 -50 % larger than for T =Ru . Doping of 4 f /5 d holes and 5 d electrons in CeO s2A l10 changes the d I /d V spectrum in very different ways. Nevertheless, in all cases, the suppression of V1 is well correlated with those of VAF and TN. Furthermore, the zero-bias conductance decreases on cooling below T* (>TN ) only in the doping region where V1 and VAF coexist. This fact indicates that the unusual AFM order is preceded by the decrease in the density of states in the presence of V1.

  8. Interplay between hybridization gaps and antiferromagnetic gap in the hole-doped Kondo semiconductor Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10

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    Kawabata, Jo; Ekino, Toshikazu; Yamada, Yoshihiro; Sugimoto, Akira; Muro, Yuji; Takabatake, Toshiro

    2017-04-01

    The Kondo semiconductor CeOs2Al10 undergoes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) order at an unexpectedly high temperature 28.5 K. We have performed break junction tunneling measurements for the hole-doped system Ce(Os1-yRey)2Al10 (y ≤ 0.1). The tunneling spectrum dI/dV for y = 0 displays successive openings of a hybridization gap V1, an AFM gap VAF and another hybridization gap V2 in the density of states (DOS). On cooling from 36 K to TN, both the gap value V1 and the DOS at the Fermi level, EF, decrease by 8% of the values at 36 K. This fact indicates that the development of short-range magnetic correlations reduces the c-f hybridization gap. For y = 0.02, a peak appears in dI/dV at V = 0 concurrently with the disappearance of V2. With increasing y further, the in-gap states develop at EF, in good agreement with the increase in the Sommerfeld coefficient of the heat capacity. Thereby, TN, V1 and VAF decrease and disappear at y = 0.05. These facts provide compelling evidence that the presence of V1 is necessary for the AFM order in CeOs2Al10.

  9. Drastic changes in electronic properties of Kondo semiconductor CeRu2Al10 induced by Rh doping: Anisotropic transport properties in the antiferromagnetic ordered state

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    Tanida, H.; Nohara, H.; Nakagawa, F.; Yoshida, K.; Sera, M.; Nishioka, T.

    2016-10-01

    Electrical resistivity (ρ ), thermopower, and specific heat measurements have been performed on the novel Kondo semiconductor Ce (Ru1-xRhx) 2Al10 (x =0 , 0.02, 0.03, and 0.05), which has been attracting a great deal of interest due to an unusual antiferromagnetic (AFM) order below T0, in order to clarify the Rh doping effect on the anisotropy of the electronic properties in the ordered state. In CeRu2Al10 , ρ shows an anisotropic increase below T0 independently of the electric current direction. We propose the existence of two different mechanisms to explain the anisotropic increase of ρ . One is an isotropic charge gap which enhances ρ below T0 isotropically, although its origin is not known at present. The other is an anisotropic suppression of ρ which originates from the anisotropic c-f hybridization and is largest along the orthorhombic a axis. By the Rh doping, the anisotropic temperature dependence of ρ below T0 is drastically changed. For I ∥b , the increase is almost completely suppressed and a metallic-like behavior is observed, whereas it is small and isotropic for I ∥a and c . From these results, we propose that as a result of the destruction of the spin-gap excitation by the Rh doping, a metallic-like electronic state is formed along the b axis and the small isotropic charge gap is opened in the a c plane. By taking into account the present results and the still high T0 even in x =0.05 , we conclude that the AFM order in the Rh-doped CeRu2Al10 should be viewed as unusual as the AFM order in CeRu2Al10 although the localized character of the Ce-4 f electron is apparently enhanced by the Rh doping. We have also examined the evolution of the AFM ordered state from x =0 to x =0.05 , where the AFM ordered moment (mAF) is aligned along the c axis in x =0 and a axis in x =0.05 . From the results of those experiments in magnetic field, we have revealed that the spin reorientation from mAF∥c to mAF∥a takes place quite abruptly just at xc˜0

  10. 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.

  11. Cubic topological Kondo insulators.

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    Alexandrov, Victor; Dzero, Maxim; Coleman, Piers

    2013-11-27

    Current theories of Kondo insulators employ the interaction of conduction electrons with localized Kramers doublets originating from a tetragonal crystalline environment, yet all Kondo insulators are cubic. Here we develop a theory of cubic topological Kondo insulators involving the interaction of Γ(8) spin quartets with a conduction sea. The spin quartets greatly increase the potential for strong topological insulators, entirely eliminating the weak topological phases from the diagram. We show that the relevant topological behavior in cubic Kondo insulators can only reside at the lower symmetry X or M points in the Brillouin zone, leading to three Dirac cones with heavy quasiparticles.

  12. Collapse of the G d3 + ESR fine structure throughout the coherent temperature of the Gd-doped Kondo Semiconductor CeF e4P12

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    Venegas, P. A.; Garcia, F. A.; Garcia, D. J.; Cabrera, G. G.; Avila, M. A.; Rettori, C.

    2016-12-01

    Recent experiments on G d3 + electron-spin resonance (ESR) in the filled skutterudite C e1 -xG dxF e4P12(x ≈0.001 ) , at temperatures where the host resistivity manifests a smooth insulator-metal crossover, provide evidence of the underlying Kondo physics associated with this system. At low temperatures (below T ≈160 K), C e1 -xG dxF e4P12 behaves as a Kondo insulator with a relatively large hybridization gap, and the G d3 + ESR spectra display a fine structure with Lorentzian line shape, typical of insulating media. In this work, based on previous experiments performed by the same group, we argue that the electronic gap may be attributed to the large hybridization present in the coherent regime of a Kondo lattice. Moreover, mean-field calculations suggest that the electron-phonon interaction is fundamental at explaining such hybridization. The resulting electronic structure is strongly temperature dependent, and at T*≈160 K the system undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition induced by the withdrawal of 4 f electrons from the Fermi volume, the system becoming metallic and nonmagnetic. The G d3 + ESR fine structure coalesces into a single Dysonian resonance, as in metals. Our simulations suggest that exchange narrowing via the usual Korringa mechanism is not enough to describe the thermal behavior of the G d3 + ESR spectra in the entire temperature region (4.2-300 K). We propose that the temperature activated fluctuating valence of the Ce ions is the key ingredient that fully describes this unique temperature dependence of the G d3 + ESR fine structure.

  13. Ensemble control of Kondo screening in molecular adsorbates

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    Maughan, Bret; Zahl, Percy; Sutter, Peter; ...

    2017-04-06

    Switching the magnetic properties of organic semiconductors on a metal surface has thus far largely been limited to molecule-by-molecule tip-induced transformations in scanned probe experiments. Here we demonstrate with molecular resolution that collective control of activated Kondo screening can be achieved in thin-films of the organic semiconductor titanyl phthalocyanine on Cu(110) to obtain tunable concentrations of Kondo impurities. Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we show that a thermally activated molecular distortion dramatically shifts surface–molecule coupling and enables ensemble-level control of Kondo screening in the interfacial spin system. This is accompanied by the formation of a temperature-dependent Abrikosov–Suhl–Kondo resonancemore » in the local density of states of the activated molecules. This enables coverage-dependent control over activation to the Kondo screening state. Finally, our study thus advances the versatility of molecular switching for Kondo physics and opens new avenues for scalable bottom-up tailoring of the electronic structure and magnetic texture of organic semiconductor interfaces at the nanoscale.« less

  14. Corrected Kondo temperature beyond the conventional Kondo scaling limit.

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    Li, ZhenHua; Wei, JianHua; Zheng, Xiao; Yan, YiJing; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2017-02-20

    In the Kondo systems such as the magnetic impurity screened by the conduction electrons in a metal host, as well as the quantum dots connected by the leads, the low energy behaviors have universal dependence on the [Formula: see text] or [Formula: see text], where [Formula: see text] is the conventional Kondo temperature. However, it was shown that this scaling behavior is only valid at low-energy; this is called the Kondo scaling limit. Here we explore the extention of the scaling parameter range by introducing the corrected Kondo temperature T K, which may depend on the temperature and bias, as well as the other external parameters. We define the corrected Kondo temperature by scaling the local density of states near the Fermi level, obtained by accurate hierarchy of equations of motion approach at finite temperature and finite bias, and thus obtain a phenomenological expression of the corrected Kondo temperature. By using the corrected Kondo temperature as a characteristic energy scale, the conductance of the quantum dot can be well scaled in a wide parameter range, even two orders beyond the conventional scaling parameter range. Our work indicates that the Kondo scaling, although dominated by the conventional Kondo temperature in the low-energy of the Kondo system, could be extended to a higher energy regime, which is useful for analyzing the physics of the Kondo transport in non-equilibrium or high temperature cases.

  15. Corrected Kondo temperature beyond the conventional Kondo scaling limit

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    Li, ZhenHua; Wei, JianHua; Zheng, Xiao; Yan, YiJing; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2017-05-01

    In the Kondo systems such as the magnetic impurity screened by the conduction electrons in a metal host, as well as the quantum dots connected by the leads, the low energy behaviors have universal dependence on the T/T\\text{K}0 or eV/{{k}\\text{B}}T\\text{K}0 , where T\\text{K}0 is the conventional Kondo temperature. However, it was shown that this scaling behavior is only valid at low-energy; this is called the Kondo scaling limit. Here we explore the extention of the scaling parameter range by introducing the corrected Kondo temperature T K, which may depend on the temperature and bias, as well as the other external parameters. We define the corrected Kondo temperature by scaling the local density of states near the Fermi level, obtained by accurate hierarchy of equations of motion approach at finite temperature and finite bias, and thus obtain a phenomenological expression of the corrected Kondo temperature. By using the corrected Kondo temperature as a characteristic energy scale, the conductance of the quantum dot can be well scaled in a wide parameter range, even two orders beyond the conventional scaling parameter range. Our work indicates that the Kondo scaling, although dominated by the conventional Kondo temperature in the low-energy of the Kondo system, could be extended to a higher energy regime, which is useful for analyzing the physics of the Kondo transport in non-equilibrium or high temperature cases.

  16. 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.

  17. Two-channel Kondo effect and renormalization flow with macroscopic quantum charge states.

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    Iftikhar, Z; Jezouin, S; Anthore, A; Gennser, U; Parmentier, F D; Cavanna, A; Pierre, F

    2015-10-08

    Many-body correlations and macroscopic quantum behaviours are fascinating condensed matter problems. A powerful test-bed for the many-body concepts and methods is the Kondo effect, which entails the coupling of a quantum impurity to a continuum of states. It is central in highly correlated systems and can be explored with tunable nanostructures. Although Kondo physics is usually associated with the hybridization of itinerant electrons with microscopic magnetic moments, theory predicts that it can arise whenever degenerate quantum states are coupled to a continuum. Here we demonstrate the previously elusive 'charge' Kondo effect in a hybrid metal-semiconductor implementation of a single-electron transistor, with a quantum pseudospin of 1/2 constituted by two degenerate macroscopic charge states of a metallic island. In contrast to other Kondo nanostructures, each conduction channel connecting the island to an electrode constitutes a distinct and fully tunable Kondo channel, thereby providing unprecedented access to the two-channel Kondo effect and a clear path to multi-channel Kondo physics. Using a weakly coupled probe, we find the renormalization flow, as temperature is reduced, of two Kondo channels competing to screen the charge pseudospin. This provides a direct view of how the predicted quantum phase transition develops across the symmetric quantum critical point. Detuning the pseudospin away from degeneracy, we demonstrate, on a fully characterized device, quantitative agreement with the predictions for the finite-temperature crossover from quantum criticality.

  18. Lateral manipulation and interplay of local Kondo resonances in a two-impurity Kondo system

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    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.

  19. Kondo length in bosonic lattices

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    Giuliano, Domenico; Sodano, Pasquale; Trombettoni, Andrea

    2017-09-01

    Motivated by the fact that the low-energy properties of the Kondo model can be effectively simulated in spin chains, we study the realization of the effect with bond impurities in ultracold bosonic lattices at half filling. After presenting a discussion of the effective theory and of the mapping of the bosonic chain onto a lattice spin Hamiltonian, we provide estimates for the Kondo length as a function of the parameters of the bosonic model. We point out that the Kondo length can be extracted from the integrated real-space correlation functions, which are experimentally accessible quantities in experiments with cold atoms.

  20. From Kondo lattices to Kondo superlattices

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    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.

  1. Spin polarization of the split Kondo state.

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    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.

  2. A Maximally Supersymmetric Kondo Model

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    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.

  3. A maximally supersymmetric Kondo model

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    Harrison, Sarah; Kachru, Shamit; Torroba, Gonzalo

    2012-10-01

    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.

  4. Spatially dependent Kondo effect in Quantum Corrals

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    Rossi, Enrico; Morr, Dirk K.

    2007-03-01

    We study the Kondo screening of a single magnetic impurity placed inside a quantum corral consisting of non-magnetic impurities on the surface of a metallic host system. We show that the spatial structure of the corral's eigenmodes leads to a spatially dependent Kondo effect whose signatures are experimentally measurable spatial variations of the Kondo temperature, TK, and of the critical Kondo coupling, Jcr. Moreover we find that the screening of the magnetic impurity is accompanied by the formation of multiple Kondo resonances with characteristic spatial patterns that provide further experimental signatures of the spatially dependent Kondo effect. Our results demonstrate that quantum corrals provide new possibilities to manipulate and explore the Kondo effect.

  5. Magnetic field induced mixed level Kondo effect in two-level quantum dots

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    Wong, Arturo; Ngo, Anh; Ulloa, Sergio

    2012-02-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots provide an easily tunable environment in which to investigate the Kondo effect. As it is known, Kondo correlations are suppressed by magnetic fields, showing e.g. a drop in the conductance of a quantum dot device. However, certain systems may exhibit an increasing conductance as a function of an applied magnetic field [1]. In this work we use the numerical renormalization group method to study a two-level quantum dot system with on-level and interlevel Coulomb repulsion, coupled to a single channel. When there is a finite detuning between levels, and a local singlet develops in one of them, the linear conductance of the device shows a maximum structure as a function of an in-plane magnetic field, which depends on the temperature of the system. This maximum occurs at a magnetic field strength such that the spin up state of one of the levels and spin down of the other are degenerate, allowing a ``mixed level'' Kondo effect. The respective spectral functions feature a resonance at the Fermi energy, commensurate with the Kondo physics. We discuss the properties of this mixed level Kondo state in terms of the detuning and the other parameters of the system. [4pt] [1] R. Sakano and N. Kawakami, PRB 73, 155332 (2006)

  6. Kondo Effect in Dirac Systems

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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 TK ≃ 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.

  7. Kondo spin screening cloud in two-dimensional electron gas with spin-orbit couplings.

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    Feng, Xiao-Yong; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2011-03-16

    A spin-1/2 Anderson impurity in a semiconductor quantum well with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings is studied by using a variational wavefunction method. The local magnetic moment is found to be quenched at low temperatures. The spin-spin correlations of the impurity and the conduction electron density show anisotropy in both spatial and spin spaces, which interpolates the Kondo spin screenings of a conventional metal and of a surface of three-dimensional topological insulators.

  8. 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.

  9. Möbius Kondo insulators

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    Chang, Po-Yao; Erten, Onur; Coleman, Piers

    2017-08-01

    Heavy fermion materials have recently attracted attention for their potential to combine topological protection with strongly correlated electron physics. To date, the ideas of topological protection have been restricted to the heavy fermion or `Kondo' insulators with the simplest point-group symmetries. Here we argue that the presence of nonsymmorphic crystal symmetries in many heavy fermion materials opens up a new family of topologically protected heavy electron systems. Re-examination of archival resistivity measurements in the nonsymmorphic heavy fermion insulators Ce3Bi4Pt3 and CeNiSn reveals the presence of a low-temperature conductivity plateau, making them candidate members of the new class of material. We illustrate our ideas with a specific model for CeNiSn, showing how glide symmetries generate surface states with a novel Möbius braiding that can be detected by ARPES or non-local conductivity measurements. One of the interesting effects of strong correlation is the development of partially localization or `Kondo breakdown' on the surfaces, which transforms Möbius surface states into quasi-one-dimensional conductors, with the potential for novel electronic phase transitions.

  10. The Kondo necklace model with planar anisotropy

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2009-10-01

    We study the one-dimensional anisotropic Kondo necklace model at zero temperature through White's density matrix renormalization group technique. The ground state energy and the spin gap were calculated as a function of the exchange parameter for two anisotropy values. We found a finite critical point separating a Kondo singlet from an antiferromagnetic phase. The transition is highly congruent with a Kosterlitz-Thouless form. We observed that the critical point increases with the anisotropy.

  11. Spin versus charge noise from Kondo traps

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    da Silva, Luis G. G. V. Dias; de Sousa, Rogério

    2015-08-01

    Magnetic and charge noise have a common microscopic origin in solid-state devices, as described by a universal electron trap model. In spite of this common origin, magnetic (spin) and charge noise spectral densities display remarkably different behaviors when many-particle correlations are taken into account, leading to the emergence of the Kondo effect. We derive exact frequency sum rules for trap noise and perform numerical renormalization-group calculations to show that while spin noise is a universal function of the Kondo temperature, charge noise remains well described by single-particle theory even when the trap is deep in the Kondo regime. We obtain simple analytical expressions for charge and spin noise that account for Kondo screening in all frequency and temperature regimes, enabling the study of the impact of disorder and the emergence of magnetic 1 /f noise from Kondo traps. We conclude that the difference between charge and spin noise survives even in the presence of disorder, showing that noise can be more manageable in devices that are sensitive to magnetic (rather than charge) fluctuations and that the signature of the Kondo effect can be observed in spin noise spectroscopy experiments.

  12. SU(4) Kondo entanglement in double quantum dot devices

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    Bonazzola, Rodrigo; Andrade, J. A.; Facio, Jorge I.; García, D. J.; Cornaglia, Pablo S.

    2017-08-01

    We analyze, from a quantum information theory perspective, the possibility of realizing an SU(4) entangled Kondo regime in semiconductor double quantum dot devices. We focus our analysis on the ground-state properties and consider the general experimental situation where the coupling parameters of the two quantum dots differ. We model each quantum dot with an Anderson-type Hamiltonian including an interdot Coulomb repulsion and tunnel couplings for each quantum dot to independent fermionic baths. We find that the spin and pseudospin entanglements can be made equal, and the SU(4) symmetry recovered, if the gate voltages are chosen in such a way that the average charge occupancies of the two quantum dots are equal, and the double occupancy on the double quantum dot is suppressed. We present density matrix renormalization group numerical results for the spin and pseudospin entanglement entropies, and analytical results for a simplified model that captures the main physics of the problem.

  13. Kondo Destruction in RKKY-Coupled Kondo Lattice and Multi-Impurity Systems

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    Nejati, Ammar; Ballmann, Katinka; Kroha, Johann

    2017-03-01

    In a Kondo lattice, the spin exchange coupling between a local spin and the conduction electrons acquires nonlocal contributions due to conduction electron scattering from surrounding local spins and the subsequent RKKY interaction. It leads to a hitherto unrecognized interference of Kondo screening and the RKKY interaction beyond the Doniach scenario. We develop a renormalization group theory for the RKKY-modified Kondo vertex. The Kondo temperature TK(y ) is suppressed in a universal way, controlled by the dimensionless RKKY coupling parameter y . Complete spin screening ceases to exist beyond a critical RKKY strength yc even in the absence of magnetic ordering. At this breakdown point, TK(y ) remains nonzero and is not defined for larger RKKY couplings y >yc. The results are in quantitative agreement with STM spectroscopy experiments on tunable two-impurity Kondo systems. The possible implications for quantum critical scenarios in heavy-fermion systems are discussed.

  14. Filling-enforced nonsymmorphic Kondo semimetals in two dimensions

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    Pixley, J. H.; Lee, SungBin; Brandom, B.; Parameswaran, S. A.

    2017-08-01

    We study the competition between Kondo screening and frustrated magnetism on the nonsymmorphic Shastry-Sutherland Kondo lattice at a filling of two conduction electrons per unit cell. This model is known to host a set of gapless partially Kondo screened phases intermediate between the Kondo-destroyed paramagnet and the heavy Fermi liquid. Based on crystal symmetries, we argue that (i) both the paramagnet and the heavy Fermi liquid are semimetals protected by a glide symmetry; and (ii) partial Kondo screening breaks the symmetry, removing this protection and allowing the partially Kondo screened phase to be deformed into a Kondo insulator via a Lifshitz transition. We confirm these results using large-N mean-field theory and then use nonperturbative arguments to derive a generalized Luttinger sum rule constraining the phase structure of two-dimensional nonsymmorphic Kondo lattices beyond the mean-field limit.

  15. Laser-irradiated Kondo insulators: Controlling the Kondo effect and topological phases

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    Takasan, Kazuaki; Nakagawa, Masaya; Kawakami, Norio

    2017-09-01

    We investigate theoretically the nature of laser-irradiated Kondo insulators. Using Floquet theory and the slave-boson approach, we study a periodic Anderson model and derive an effective model that describes laser-irradiated Kondo insulators. In this model, we find two generic effects induced by laser light. One is dynamical localization, which suppresses hopping and hybridization. The other is laser-induced hopping and hybridization, which can be interpreted as synthetic spin-orbit coupling or a magnetic field. The first effect drastically changes the behavior of the Kondo effect. In particular, the Kondo effect under laser light qualitatively changes its character depending on whether the hybridization is on-site or off-site. The second effect triggers topological phase transitions. In topological Kondo insulators, linearly polarized laser light realizes phase transitions between trivial, weak topological, and strong topological Kondo insulators. Moreover, circularly polarized laser light breaks time-reversal symmetry and induces Weyl semimetallic phases. Our results make it possible to dynamically control the Kondo effect and topological phases in heavy-fermion systems. We also discuss experimental setups to detect the signatures.

  16. Manipulating Kondo temperature via single molecule switching.

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    Iancu, Violeta; Deshpande, Aparna; Hla, Saw-Wai

    2006-04-01

    Two conformations of isolated single TBrPP-Co molecules on a Cu(111) surface are switched by applying +2.2 V voltage pulses from a scanning tunneling microscope tip at 4.6 K. The TBrPP-Co has a spin-active cobalt atom caged at its center, and the interaction between the spin of this cobalt atom and free electrons from the Cu(111) substrate can cause a Kondo resonance. Tunneling spectroscopy data reveal that switching from the saddle to a planar molecular conformation enhances spin-electron coupling, which increases the associated Kondo temperature from 130 to 170 K. This result demonstrates that the Kondo temperature can be manipulated just by changing molecular conformation without altering chemical composition of the molecule.

  17. Kondo tunneling through real and artificial molecules.

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    Kikoin, K; Avishai, Y

    2001-03-05

    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.

  18. Kondo lattice without Nozieres exhaustion effect.

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    Kikoin, K.; Kiselev, M. N.; Materials Science Division; Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev; Ludwig-Maximilians Univ.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss the properties of layered Anderson/Kondo lattices with metallic electrons confined in 2D xy planes and local spins in insulating layers forming chains in the z direction. Each spin in this model possesses its own 2D Kondo cloud, so that the Nozieres exhaustion problem does not occur. The high-temperature perturbational description is matched to exact low-T Bethe-ansatz solution. The excitation spectrum of the model is gapless both in charge and spin sectors. The disordered phases and possible experimental realizations of the model are briefly discussed.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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 (TKKondo effect and ferromagnetism can be understood within this model.

  2. 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.

  3. Transport across two interacting quantum dots: Bulk Kondo, Kondo box, and molecular regimes

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Entanglement in the Anisotropic Kondo Necklace Model

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    We study the entanglement in the one-dimensional Kondo necklace model with exact diagonalization, calculating the concurrence as a function of the Kondo coupling J and an anisotropy η in the interaction between conduction spins, and we review some results previously obtained in the limiting cases η = 0 and 1. We observe that as J increases, localized and conduction spins get more entangled, while neighboring conduction spins diminish their concurrence; localized spins require a minimum concurrence between conduction spins to be entangled. The anisotropy η diminishes the entanglement for neighboring spins when it increases, driving the system to the Ising limit η = 1 where conduction spins are not entangled. We observe that the concurrence does not give information about the quantum phase transition in the anisotropic Kondo necklace model (between a Kondo singlet and an antiferromagnetic state), but calculating the von Neumann block entropy with the density matrix renormalization group in a chain of 100 sites for the Ising limit indicates that this quantity is useful for locating the quantum critical point.

  6. 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).

  7. Topological Kondo insulators: Negative pressure tuning

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    MacKenzie, Andrew P.; Hicks, Clifford W.

    2017-07-01

    Large tensile pressure applied to the putative topological Kondo insulator SmB6 results in an expansion of the lattice in all directions, and a huge increase in the temperature range over which surface-dominated conduction can be observed.

  8. TQUID Magnetometer and Artificial Neural Circuitry Based on a Topological Kondo Insulator

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    2016-05-01

    in fact, describes a general system of a semiconductor and a metallic channel thermally and electrically coupled together. It is therefore in...activation gap of 1.5 K. With > 3% of Ce dopants, the surface of SmB6 is still metallic , but with additional scattering resembling that of Kondo effect...was found to lead to a non- metallic surface. Here, we further explore the effect of low concentrations of magnetic dopants in SmB6. We find that Gd

  9. Dynamical symmetries in Kondo tunneling through complex quantum dots.

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    Kuzmenko, T; Kikoin, K; Avishai, Y

    2002-10-07

    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).

  10. Conductance and Kondo Interference beyond Proportional Coupling

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    Dias da Silva, Luis G. G. V.; Lewenkopf, Caio H.; Vernek, Edson; Ferreira, Gerson J.; Ulloa, Sergio E.

    2017-09-01

    The transport properties of nanostructured systems are deeply affected by the geometry of the effective connections to metallic leads. In this work we derive a conductance expression for a class of interacting systems whose connectivity geometries do not meet the Meir-Wingreen proportional coupling condition. As an interesting application, we consider a quantum dot connected coherently to tunable electronic cavity modes. The structure is shown to exhibit a well-defined Kondo effect over a wide range of coupling strengths between the two subsystems. In agreement with recent experimental results, the calculated conductance curves exhibit strong modulations and asymmetric behavior as different cavity modes are swept through the Fermi level. These conductance modulations occur, however, while maintaining robust Kondo singlet correlations of the dot with the electronic reservoir, a direct consequence of the lopsided nature of the device.

  11. 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

    2013-02-08

    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.

  12. Nanomechanical dissipation at a tip-induced Kondo onset

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    Baruselli, Pier Paolo; Fabrizio, Michele; Tosatti, Erio

    2017-08-01

    The onset or demise of Kondo effect in a magnetic impurity on a metal surface can be triggered, as sometimes observed, by the simple mechanical nudging of a tip. Such a mechanically driven quantum phase transition must reflect in a corresponding mechanical dissipation peak; yet, this kind of signature has not been focused upon so far. Aiming at the simplest theoretical modeling, we treat the impurity as an Anderson impurity model, the tip action as a hybridization switching, and solve the problem by numerical renormalization group. Studying this model as function of temperature and magnetic field we are able to isolate the Kondo contribution to dissipation. While that is, reasonably, of the order of the Kondo energy, its temperature evolution shows a surprisingly large tail even above the Kondo temperature. The detectability of Kondo mechanical dissipation in atomic force microscopy is also discussed.

  13. 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.

  14. Exact Nonequilibrium Transport in the Topological Kondo Effect

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    Béri, B.

    2017-07-01

    A leading candidate for the experimental confirmation of the nonlocal quantum dynamics of Majorana fermions is the topological Kondo effect, predicted for mesoscopic superconducting islands connected to metallic leads. We identify an anisotropic, Toulouse-like, limit of the topological Kondo problem where the full nonequilibrium conductance and shot noise can be calculated exactly. Near the Kondo fixed point, we find novel asymptotic features including a universal conductance scaling function and fractional charge quantization observable via the Fano factor. In the universal regime, our results apply for generic anisotropy and even away from the Kondo limit as long as the system supports an emergent topological Kondo fixed point. Our approach thus provides key new qualitative insights and exact expressions for quantitative comparisons to future experimental data.

  15. Fano-Kondo and the Kondo box regimes crossover in a quantum dot coupled to a quantum box.

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    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).

  16. Numerical analysis of the spatial range of the Kondo effect

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    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.

  17. Entanglement entropy near Kondo-destruction quantum critical points

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    Chowdhury, Tathagata; Wagner, Christopher; Ingersent, Kevin; Pixley, Jedediah

    Entanglement entropy is a measure of quantum-mechanical entanglement across the boundary created by partitioning a system into two subsystems. We study this quantity in Kondo impurity models that feature Kondo-destruction quantum critical points (QCPs). Recent work has shown that the entanglement entropy between a Kondo impurity of spin Simp and its environment is pinned at its maximum possible value Se = ln (2Simp + 1) throughout the Kondo phase. In the Kondo-destroyed phase, where the impurity spin acquires a nonzero expectation value Mloc, Se = ln (2Simp + 1) - a (Simp) Mloc2 irrespective of the properties of the host. Here, we report numerical renormalization-group results for Kondo models with a pseudogapped density of states under a different partition that separates the impurity and on-site conduction electrons from the rest of the system. Now, the entanglement entropy is affected by the nature of the environment beyond the information contained in Mloc, but Se still contains a critical part that exhibits power-law behavior in the vicinity of the Kondo-destruction QCP

  18. 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.

  19. Theory of quantum oscillations of magnetization in Kondo insulators

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    Ram, Panch; Kumar, Brijesh

    2017-08-01

    The Kondo lattice model of spin-1/2 local moments coupled to the conduction electrons at half filling is studied for its orbital response to magnetic field on bipartite lattices. Through an effective charge dynamics, in a canonical representation of electrons that appropriately describes the Kondo insulating ground state, the magnetization is found to show de Haas-van Alphen oscillations from intermediate to weak Kondo coupling. These oscillations are ascribed to the inversion of a dispersion of the gapped charge quasiparticles, whose chemical potential surface is measured by the oscillation frequency. Such oscillations are also predicted to occur in spin-density wave insulators.

  20. 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.

  1. Pairing correlations near a Kondo-destruction quantum critical point

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    Pixley, J. H.; Deng, Lili; Ingersent, Kevin; Si, Qimiao

    2015-05-01

    Motivated by the unconventional superconductivity observed in heavy-fermion metals, we investigate pairing susceptibilities near a continuous quantum phase transition of the Kondo-destruction type. We solve two-impurity Bose-Fermi Anderson models with Ising and Heisenberg forms of the interimpurity exchange interaction using continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo and numerical renormalization-group methods. Each model exhibits a Kondo-destruction quantum critical point separating Kondo-screened and local-moment phases. For antiferromagnetic interimpurity exchange interactions, singlet pairing is found to be enhanced in the vicinity of the transition. Implications of this result for heavy-fermion superconductivity are discussed.

  2. Non-Kondo many-body physics in a Majorana-based Kondo type system

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    van Beek, Ian J.; Braunecker, Bernd

    2016-09-01

    We carry out a theoretical analysis of a prototypical Majorana system, which demonstrates the existence of a Majorana-mediated many-body state and an associated intermediate low-energy fixed point. Starting from two Majorana bound states, hosted by a Coulomb-blockaded topological superconductor and each coupled to a separate lead, we derive an effective low-energy Hamiltonian, which displays a Kondo-like character. However, in contrast to the Kondo model which tends to a strong- or weak-coupling limit under renormalization, we show that this effective Hamiltonian scales to an intermediate fixed point, whose existence is contingent upon teleportation via the Majorana modes. We conclude by determining experimental signatures of this fixed point, as well as the exotic many-body state associated with it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Two-Channel Kondo Effect Emerging from Nd Ions

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    Hotta, Takashi

    2017-08-01

    We discuss Kondo phenomena in a seven-orbital impurity Anderson model hybridized with Γ8 conduction electrons by employing a numerical renormalization group method. In particular, we focus on the case with three local f electrons, corresponding to a Nd3+ ion. For realistic values of Coulomb interactions, spin-orbit coupling, cubic crystalline electric field potentials, and hybridization, we find a residual entropy of 0.5 log 2, a characteristic of two-channel Kondo phenomena, for the wide range of parameters of the local Γ6 ground state. This is considered to be the magnetic two-channel Kondo effect, consistent with the result from an extended s-d model constructed on the basis of the j-j coupling scheme. Finally, we briefly discuss candidates of Nd compounds to observe the two-channel Kondo effect.

  7. Kondo Screening and Fermi Surface in the Antiferromagnetic Metal Phase

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    Yamamoto, Seiji; Si, Qimiao

    2006-03-01

    We address the Kondo effect deep inside the antiferromagnetic metal phase of a Kondo lattice Hamiltonian with SU(2) invariance. The local- moment component is described in terms of a non-linear sigma model. The Fermi surface of the conduction electron component is taken to be sufficiently small, so that it is not spanned by the antiferromagnetic wavevector. The effective low energy form of the Kondo coupling simplifies drastically, corresponding to the uniform component of the magnetization that forward-scatters the conduction electrons on their own Fermi surface. We use a combined bosonic and fermionic (Shankar) renormalization group procedure to analyze this effective theory and study the Kondo screening and Fermi surface in the antiferromagnetic phase. The implications for the global magnetic phase diagram, as well as quantum critical points, of heavy fermion metals are discussed.

  8. Heavy fermion properties of the Kondo Lattice model

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    Sykora, Steffen; Becker, Klaus W.

    2013-01-01

    We study the S = 1/2 Kondo lattice model which is widely used to describe heavy fermion behavior. In conventional treatments of the model the Kondo interaction is decoupled in favour of a hybridization of conduction and localized f electrons. However, such an approximation breaks the local gauge symmetry and implicates that the local f-occupation is no longer conserved. To avoid these problems, we use in this work an alternative approach to the model based on the Projective Renormalization Method (PRM). Thereby, within the conduction electron spectral function we identify the lattice Kondo resonance as an almost flat excitation near the Fermi surface which is composed of conduction electron creation operators combined with localized spin fluctuations. This leads to an alternative description of the Kondo resonance without having to resort to an artificial symmetry breaking. PMID:24045670

  9. Mid-gap states and Kondo effect in disordered graphene

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    Lewenkopf, Caio; Miranda, Vladimir; Dias da Silva, Luis

    2012-02-01

    Recent experiments on graphene flakes with short range scattering defects have stengthen the interest on Kondo physics in graphene systems. The experimental data show a temperature dependence of the resistivity consistent with the low-temperature Kondo screening of local magnetic moments. While the linear dispersion in the density of states in graphene justify a pseudogap Kondo model showing a rich variety of quantum critical behavior as a function of the gate-controlled chemical potential, the presence of disorder can alter this effect in favor of the ``standard'' Kondo model, with a Fermi-liquid ground state. We study these effects with different numerical methods. Tight-binding calculations for diluted scattering defects show the appearance of quasi-localized midgap states in the local density of states at the vicinity of the charge neutrality point. This leads to the formulation a Anderson-like model of localized states within the graphene matrix, which may lead to a Kondo screening consistent with the experiments. To verify this hypothesis, we perform numerical renormalization group (NRG) calculations to study the gate-dependence of the Kondo temperature and the transport properties of this model.

  10. Evidence of Kondo effect in organic radical nanoassemblies

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    Rashidi, Mohammad; Mullegger, Stefan; Fattinger, Michael; Koch, Reinhold

    2012-02-01

    The outstanding spatial resolution of low temperature (LT) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) enables to probe the frontier orbital electronic structure of single magnetic molecules and clusters adsorbed on substrates. Here, we study self-aligned nanostructures of (spin-1/2) hydrocarbon radicals on a metal surface by means of LT-STM and STS. Pronounced involvement of surface state electrons is observed in the frontier molecular orbital (MO) resonances. An empty hybrid state closely above the substrate Fermi level exhibits the characteristic properties of surface Kondo effect reported for similar systems in the literature. By identifying three electronic states as hybrids of molecular orbitals and surface state electrons (two of them directly related to the Kondo effect), we are able to present a modified picture of the surface Kondo effect. It is based on a valence-bond model, where the bonding state represents Kondo's virtual bound state and the antibonding state is the so called 'Kondo resonance' reported in STM studies of the surface Kondo effect. Furthermore, double occupation of the originally singly unoccupied MO by tunneling electrons leads to the third state well above the Fermi level due to Coulomb repulsion as described by the Anderson model.

  11. Kondo effect in bosonic spin liquids.

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    Florens, Serge; Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias

    2006-01-27

    In a metal, a magnetic impurity is fully screened by the conduction electrons at low temperature. In contrast, impurity moments coupled to spin-1 bulk bosons, such as triplet excitations in paramagnets, are only partially screened, even at the bulk quantum critical point. We argue that this difference is not due to the quantum statistics of the host particles but instead related to the structure of the impurity-host coupling, by demonstrating that frustrated magnets with bosonic spinon excitations can display a bosonic version of the Kondo effect. However, the Bose statistics of the bulk implies distinct behavior, such as a weak-coupling impurity quantum phase transition, and perfect screening for a range of impurity spin values. We discuss implications of our results for the compound Cs2CuCl4, as well as possible extensions to multicomponent bosonic gases.

  12. Quantum quenches in a holographic Kondo model

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    Erdmenger, Johanna; Flory, Mario; Newrzella, Max-Niklas; Strydom, Migael; Wu, Jackson M. S.

    2017-04-01

    We study non-equilibrium dynamics and quantum quenches in a recent gauge/gravity duality model for a strongly coupled system interacting with a magnetic impurity with SU( N ) spin. At large N , it is convenient to write the impurity spin as a bilinear in Abrikosov fermions. The model describes an RG flow triggered by the marginally relevant Kondo operator. There is a phase transition at a critical temperature, below which an operator condenses which involves both an electron and an Abrikosov fermion field. This corresponds to a holographic superconductor in AdS2 and models the impurity screening. We quench the Kondo coupling either by a Gaussian pulse or by a hyperbolic tangent, the latter taking the system from the condensed to the uncondensed phase or vice-versa. We study the time dependence of the condensate induced by this quench. The timescale for equilibration is generically given by the leading quasinormal mode of the dual gravity model. This mode also governs the formation of the screening cloud, which is obtained as the decrease of impurity degrees of freedom with time. In the condensed phase, the leading quasinormal mode is imaginary and the relaxation of the condensate is over-damped. For quenches whose final state is close to the critical point of the large N phase transition, we study the critical slowing down and obtain the combination of critical exponents zν = 1. When the final state is exactly at the phase transition, we find that the exponential ringing of the quasinormal modes is replaced by a power-law behaviour of the form ˜ t - a sin( b log t). This indicates the emergence of a discrete scale invariance.

  13. Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in the Kondo semimetal CeNiSn

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    Terashima, Taichi; Terakura, Chieko; Uji, Shinya; Aoki, Haruyoshi; Echizen, Yuji; Takabatake, Toshiro

    2001-03-01

    The title compound CeNiSn was once classified as a Kondo insulator. However, recent studies have suggested that the energy gap opening in CeNiSn is a pseudogap with a finite density of states at the Fermi level (see, for example, Refs. 1-3). In the present work, we succeeded in observing Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in low-temperature magnetoresistance, and thus directly proved that CeNiSn is a semimetal rather than a semiconductor. We discuss experimental results in terms of a hybridization gap picture. References 1. G. Nakamoto et al., J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 64, 4834 (1995). 2. K. Nakamura et al., Phys. Rev. B 53, 6385 (1996). 3. K. Izawa et al., J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 65, 3119 (1996).

  14. Semiconductor heterostructure

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    Hovel, Harold John (Inventor); Woodall, Jerry MacPherson (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A technique for fabricating a semiconductor heterostructure by growth of a ternary semiconductor on a binary semiconductor substrate from a melt of the ternary semiconductor containing less than saturation of at least one common ingredient of both the binary and ternary semiconductors wherein in a single temperature step the binary semiconductor substrate is etched, a p-n junction with specific device characteristics is produced in the binary semiconductor substrate by diffusion of a dopant from the melt and a region of the ternary semiconductor of precise conductivity type and thickness is grown by virtue of a change in the melt characteristics when the etched binary semiconductor enters the melt.

  15. Semiconductor structure

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    Hovel, Harold J. (Inventor); Woodall, Jerry M. (Inventor)

    1979-01-01

    A technique for fabricating a semiconductor heterostructure by growth of a ternary semiconductor on a binary semiconductor substrate from a melt of the ternary semiconductor containing less than saturation of at least one common ingredient of both the binary and ternary semiconductors wherein in a single temperature step the binary semiconductor substrate is etched, a p-n junction with specific device characteristics is produced in the binary semiconductor substrate by diffusion of a dopant from the melt and a region of the ternary semiconductor of precise conductivity type and thickness is grown by virtue of a change in the melt characteristics when the etched binary semiconductor enters the melt.

  16. Two-channel Kondo effect in a modified single electron transistor.

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    Oreg, Yuval; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2003-04-04

    We suggest a simple system of two electron droplets which should display two-channel Kondo behavior at experimentally accessible temperatures. Stabilization of the two-channel Kondo fixed point requires fine control of the electrochemical potential in each droplet, which can be achieved by adjusting voltages on nearby gate electrodes. We study the conditions for obtaining this type of two-channel Kondo behavior, discuss the experimentally observable consequences, and explore the generalization to the multichannel Kondo case.

  17. Vibration-mediated Kondo transport in molecular junctions: conductance evolution during mechanical stretching

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    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

  18. Tuning magnetism by Kondo effect and frustration

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    Löhneysen, Hilbert V.

    2014-03-01

    Heavy-fermion systems are an ideal playground for studying the quantum phase transition (QPT) between paramagnetic and magnetically ordered ground states arising from the competition between Kondo and RKKY interactions. Two different routes have been identified by various experiments, i. e., the more traditional spin-density-wave (SDW) and the Kondo-breakdown approaches. However, up to now an a-priori assignment of a given system to these different routes has not been possible. Yet another route to quantum criticality not included in the above approaches might be geometric frustration of magnetic moments, a route well known for insulating magnets with competing interactions. First experiments on metallic systems have recently been conducted. In the canonical partially frustrated antiferromagnetic system CePd1-xNixAl, the Néel temperature TN(x) decreases, with TN --> 0 at the critical concentration xc ~ 0.144. The low-temperature specific heat C(T) evolves toward C/ Tα ln(T0/ T) for x -->xc. The unusual T dependence of C/ T is compatible with the Hertz-Millis-Moriya (HMM) scenario of quantum criticality if the quantum-critical fluctuations are two-dimensional in nature. Here two-dimensionality might arise from antiferromagnetic planes that are effectively decoupled by the frustrated Ce atoms in between. An exciting possibility is that the planes of frustrated Ce moments form a two-dimensional spin liquid. In the prototypical heavy-fermion system CeCu6-xAux the experiments by Schröder et al. provided the initial evidence of local quantum criticality. While concentration and pressure tuning of the quantum phase transition (QPT) are described by this scenario, magnetic-field tuning the QPT is in line with the SDW scenario. Elastic neutron scattering experiments on CeCu5.5Au0.5 under hydrostatic pressure p show that at p = 8 kbar, TN and the magnetic propagation vector attain almost the values of CeCu5.7Au0.3. This x - p analogy away from the QPT is highly remarkable

  19. Enhancement of Kondo effect through Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Sandler, Nancy; Zarea, Mehdi; Ulloa, Sergio

    2011-03-01

    The role of Rashba spin-orbit (RSO) interactions on the Kondo regime has been a topic of debate since resistivity measurements on Pt doped Cu:Mn compounds were interpreted as evidence for suppression of the Kondo effect by SO scattering. Subsequent theoretical and experimental activity has yielded conflicting results. Thus, the question: what is the role of SO interactions in the Kondo regime? remains open. To provide a definite answer we obtain an exact solution of an Anderson magnetic impurity model in a two-dimensional metallic host with RSO interactions. We show that the Hamiltonian reduces to an effective two-band Anderson model coupled to a S=1/2 impurity. An appropriate Schrieffer-Wolff transformation produces an effective 2-channel Kondo model plus a Dzyaloshiinski-Moriya (DM) interaction term. The exact solution reveals that the impurity couples to the bath with ferro- and antiferromagnetic couplings. DM interactions, that vanish at half-filling and at the Hubbard U-infinity limits, introduce an exponential increase in the value of the Kondo temperature. Supported by NSF-PIRE and MWN/CIAM.

  20. Quantum phase transitions to Kondo states in bilayer graphene

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    Mastrogiuseppe, Diego; Wong, Arturo; Ingersent, Kevin; Sandler, Nancy; Ulloa, Sergio

    2013-03-01

    We study a magnetic impurity intercalated in Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene described by a multiband Anderson Hamiltonian. Through a properly generalized Schrieffer-Wolff transformation, it reduces to a single-channel Kondo model with a strongly energy-dependent exchange coupling. The form of this effective Kondo Hamiltonian suggests the possibility of driving the system through quantum phase transitions via tuning of the chemical potential through doping or electrical means. The microscopic coupling of the impurity to the graphene layers determines symmetries and details of the various phases. We use the numerical renormalization group to accurately access the many-body physics of this system. Our calculations reveal zero-temperature transitions under variation of the band filling and/or the energy of the impurity level between a local-moment phase and a pair of singlet strong-coupling phases. The latter have conventional Kondo, pseudogap Kondo, and local-singlet regimes that can be distinguished through their thermodynamic and spectral properties, as well as their different rates of variation of the Kondo temperature with the chemical potential. Supported by NSF-MWN/CIAM and NSF-PIRE.

  1. Topology and stability of the Kondo phase in quark matter

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    Yasui, Shigehiro; Suzuki, Kei; Itakura, Kazunori

    2017-07-01

    We investigate properties of the ground state of a light-quark matter with heavy-quark impurities. This system exhibits the "QCD Kondo effect" where the interaction strength between a light quark near the Fermi surface and a heavy quark increases with decreasing energy of the light quark toward the Fermi energy and diverges at some scale near the Fermi energy, called the Kondo scale. Around and below the Kondo scale, we must treat the dynamics nonperturbatively. As a typical nonperturbative method to treat the strong coupling regime, we adopt a mean-field approach where we introduce a condensate, the Kondo condensate, representing a mixing between a light quark and a heavy quark, and determine the ground state in the presence of the Kondo condensate. We show that the ground state is a topologically nontrivial state and the heavy-quark spin forms the hedgehog configuration in the momentum space. We can define the Berry phase for the ground-state wave function in the momentum space, which is associated with a monopole at the position of a heavy quark. We also investigate fluctuations around the mean field in the random-phase approximation and show the existence of (excitonlike) collective excitations made of a hole h of a light quark and a heavy quark Q .

  2. Pattern of adsorption isotherms in Ono-Kondo coordinates.

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    Sumanatrakul, Panita; Abaza, Sarah; Aranovich, Gregory L; Sangwichien, Chayanoot; Donohue, Marc D

    2012-02-15

    The Ono-Kondo lattice density functional theory is used to analyze adsorbate-adsorbate interactions for supercritical systems. In prior work, this approach has been used to study intermolecular interactions in subcritical adsorbed phases, and this has included the study of adsorbate-adsorbate repulsions in the regime of adsorption compression. In this paper, we present the general pattern of adsorption isotherms in Ono-Kondo coordinates; this has not been done in the past. For this purpose, experimental isotherms for adsorption of supercritical fluids (including nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide) are plotted in Ono-Kondo coordinates. In addition, we performed Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations of adsorption for Lennard-Jones molecules and plotted isotherms in Ono-Kondo coordinates. Our results indicate a pattern of isotherms with regimes of adsorbate-adsorbate attractions at low surface coverage and adsorbate-adsorbate repulsions at high surface coverage. When the generalized Ono-Kondo model is used over a wide range of pressures - from low pressures of the Henry's law regime to supercritical pressures - the slope of the isotherm varies from positive at low pressures to negative at high pressures. The linear sections of these graphs show when the adsorbate-adsorbate interaction energies are approximately constant. When these linear sections have negative slopes, it indicates that the system is in a state of adsorption compression.

  3. Entanglement entropy near Kondo-destruction quantum critical points

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    Pixley, J. H.; Chowdhury, Tathagata; Miecnikowski, M. T.; Stephens, Jaimie; Wagner, Christopher; Ingersent, Kevin

    2015-06-01

    We study the impurity entanglement entropy Se in quantum impurity models that feature a Kondo-destruction quantum critical point (QCP) arising from a pseudogap in the conduction-band density of states or from coupling to a bosonic bath. On the local-moment (Kondo-destroyed) side of the QCP, the entanglement entropy contains a critical component that can be related to the order parameter characterizing the quantum phase transition. In Kondo models describing a spin-Simp,Se assumes its maximal value of ln(2 Simp+1 ) at the QCP and throughout the Kondo phase, independent of features such as particle-hole symmetry and under- or overscreening. In Anderson models, Se is nonuniversal at the QCP and, at particle-hole symmetry, rises monotonically on passage from the local-moment phase to the Kondo phase; breaking this symmetry can lead to a cusp peak in Se due to a divergent charge susceptibility at the QCP. Implications of these results for quantum critical systems and quantum dots are discussed.

  4. Spin-valley Kondo effect in silicon quantum dots

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    Shiau, Shiue Yuan

    Recent progress in the fabrication of silicon-based quantum dots opens the prospect of observing the Kondo effect associated with the valley degree of freedom. We compute the dot density of states using an Anderson impurity model, whose structure mimics the nonlinear conductance through a dot. The density of states is obtained as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field in the Kondo regime using an equation-of-motion approach. We show that there is a very complex peak structure near the Fermi energy in the N =1,2,3 Coulomb blockade regimes, but not in the N =4, with several signatures that distinguish this spin-valley Kondo effect from the usual spin Kondo effect seen in GaAs dots. We also show that the valley index is generally not conserved when electrons tunnel into a silicon dot, though the extent of this non-conservation is expected to be sample-dependent. This valley index non-conservation can be detected in principle from the valley Kondo effect. We identify features of the conductance that should enable experimenters to understand the interplay of Zeeman splitting and valley splitting, as well as the dependence of tunneling on the valley degree of freedom.

  5. Metallic ferromagnetism in the Kondo lattice

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    Yamamoto, Seiji J.; Si, Qimiao

    2010-01-01

    Metallic magnetism is both ancient and modern, occurring in such familiar settings as the lodestone in compass needles and the hard drive in computers. Surprisingly, a rigorous theoretical basis for metallic ferromagnetism is still largely missing. The Stoner approach perturbatively treats Coulomb interactions when the latter need to be large, whereas the Nagaoka approach incorporates thermodynamically negligible holes into a half-filled band. Here, we show that the ferromagnetic order of the Kondo lattice is amenable to an asymptotically exact analysis over a range of interaction parameters. In this ferromagnetic phase, the conduction electrons and local moments are strongly coupled but the Fermi surface does not enclose the latter (i.e., it is “small”). Moreover, non-Fermi-liquid behavior appears over a range of frequencies and temperatures. Our results provide the basis to understand some long-standing puzzles in the ferromagnetic heavy fermion metals, and raise the prospect for a new class of ferromagnetic quantum phase transitions. PMID:20798053

  6. Topological phase in 1D topological Kondo insulator: Z2 topological insulator, Haldane-like phase and Kondo breakdown

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    Zhong, Yin; Liu, Yu; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2017-08-01

    We have simulated a half-filled 1 D p-wave periodic Anderson model with numerically exact projector quantum Monte Carlo technique, and the system is indeed located in the Haldane-like state as detected in previous works on the p-wave Kondo lattice model, though the soluble non-interacting limit corresponds to the conventional Z 2 topological insulator. The site-resolved magnetization in an open boundary system and strange correlator for the periodic boundary have been used to identify the mentioned topological states. Interestingly, the edge magnetization in the Haldane-like state is not saturated to unit magnetic moment due to the intrinsic charge fluctuation in our periodic Anderson-like model, which is beyond the description of the Kondo lattice-like model in existing literature. The finding here underlies the correlation driven topological state in this prototypical interacting topological state of matter and naive use of non-interacting picture should be taken care. Moreover, no trace of the surface Kondo breakdown at zero temperature is observed and it is suspected that frustration-like interaction may be crucial in inducing such radical destruction of Kondo screening. The findings here may be relevant to our understanding of interacting topological materials like topological Kondo insulator candidate SmB6.

  7. Kondo phase transitions of magnetic impurities in carbon nanotubes

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    Fang, Tie-Feng; Sun, Qing-feng

    2013-02-01

    We propose carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with magnetic impurities as a versatile platform to achieve exciting Kondo physics, where the CNT bath is gapped by the spin-orbit interaction and renormalized by interference effects. While the strong-coupling phase is inaccessible for the special case of half-filled impurities in neutral armchair CNTs, the system in general can undergo quantum phase transitions to the Kondo ground state. The resultant position-specific phase diagrams are investigated upon variation of the CNT radius, chirality, and carrier doping, revealing several striking features, e.g., the existence of a maximal radius for nonarmchair CNTs to realize phase transitions, and an interference-induced suppression of the Kondo screening. We show that by tuning the Fermi energy via electrostatic gating, the quantum critical region can be experimentally accessed.

  8. Quadrupolar Kondo effect in uranium heavy-electron materials?

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    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.

  9. Inelastic transport through Aharonov-Bohm interferometer in Kondo regime

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    Yoshii, Ryosuke; Eto, Mikio; Sakano, Rui; Affleck, Ian

    2013-12-04

    We formulate elastic and inelastic parts of linear conductance through an Aharonov-Bohm (AB) ring with an embedded quantum dot in the Kondo regime. The inelastic part G{sub inel} is proportional to T{sup 2} when the temperature T is much smaller than the Kondo temperature T{sub K}, whereas it is negligibly small compared with elastic part G{sub el} when T ≫ T{sub K}. G{sub inel} weakly depends on the magnetic flux penetrating the AB ring, which disturbs the precise detection of G{sub el}/(G{sub el}+G{sub inel}) by the visibility of AB oscillation.

  10. Robust Josephson-Kondo screening cloud in circuit quantum electrodynamics

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    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.

  11. Effective Kondo Model for a Trimer on a Metallic Surface

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    Aligia, A. A.

    2006-03-01

    I consider a Hubbard-Anderson model which describes localized orbitals in three different atoms hybridized both among themselves and with a continuum of extended states. Using a generalized Schrieffer-Wolf transformation, I derive an effective Kondo model for the interaction between the doublet ground state of the isolated trimer and the extended states. For an isoceles trimer with distances a, l, l between the atoms, the Kondo temperature is very small for la when a is small. The results agree with experiments for a Cr trimer on Au(111).

  12. Quadrupolar Kondo effect in uranium heavy-electron materials?

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    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.

  13. Detecting the Kondo screening cloud around a quantum dot.

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    Affleck, I; Simon, P

    2001-03-26

    A fundamental prediction of scaling theories of the Kondo effect is the screening of an impurity spin by a cloud of electrons spread out over a mesoscopic distance. This cloud has never been observed experimentally. Recently, aspects of the Kondo effect have been observed in experiments on quantum dots embedded in quantum wires. Since the length of the wire may be of order the size of the screening cloud, such systems provide an ideal opportunity to observe it. We point out that persistent current measurements in a closed ring provide a conceptually simple way of detecting this fundamental length scale.

  14. Two-point functions in a holographic Kondo model

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    Erdmenger, Johanna; Hoyos, Carlos; O'Bannon, Andy; Papadimitriou, Ioannis; Probst, Jonas; Wu, Jackson M. S.

    2017-03-01

    We develop the formalism of holographic renormalization to compute two-point functions in a holographic Kondo model. The model describes a (0 + 1)-dimensional impurity spin of a gauged SU( N ) interacting with a (1 + 1)-dimensional, large- N , strongly-coupled Conformal Field Theory (CFT). We describe the impurity using Abrikosov pseudo-fermions, and define an SU( N )-invariant scalar operator O built from a pseudo-fermion and a CFT fermion. At large N the Kondo interaction is of the form O^{\\dagger}O, which is marginally relevant, and generates a Renormalization Group (RG) flow at the impurity. A second-order mean-field phase transition occurs in which O condenses below a critical temperature, leading to the Kondo effect, including screening of the impurity. Via holography, the phase transition is dual to holographic superconductivity in (1 + 1)-dimensional Anti-de Sitter space. At all temperatures, spectral functions of O exhibit a Fano resonance, characteristic of a continuum of states interacting with an isolated resonance. In contrast to Fano resonances observed for example in quantum dots, our continuum and resonance arise from a (0 + 1)-dimensional UV fixed point and RG flow, respectively. In the low-temperature phase, the resonance comes from a pole in the Green's function of the form - i< O >2, which is characteristic of a Kondo resonance.

  15. Kondo effect in coupled quantum dots: A noncrossing approximation study

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    Aguado, Ramón; Langreth, David C.

    2003-06-01

    The out-of-equilibrium transport properties of a double quantum dot system in the Kondo regime are studied theoretically by means of a two-impurity Anderson Hamiltonian with interimpurity hopping. The Hamiltonian, formulated in slave-boson language, is solved by means of a generalization of the noncrossing approximation (NCA) to the present problem. We provide benchmark calculations of the predictions of the NCA for the linear and nonlinear transport properties of coupled quantum dots in the Kondo regime. We give a series of predictions that can be observed experimentally in linear and nonlinear transport measurements through coupled quantum dots. Importantly, it is demonstrated that measurements of the differential conductance G=dI/dV, for the appropriate values of voltages and interdot tunneling couplings, can give a direct observation of the coherent superposition between the many-body Kondo states of each dot. This coherence can be also detected in the linear transport through the system: the curve linear conductance vs temperature is nonmonotonic, with a maximum at a temperature T* characterizing quantum coherence between both the Kondo states.

  16. Electronic orders and phase transitions in a honeycomb Kondo lattice system

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    Liu, Ye; Wang, Qiang-Hua

    2017-08-01

    We study the electronic orders in a honeycomb-Kondo lattice. For the ground state, we use variational quantum Monte Carlo to find the transition from antiferromagnetic insulator to Kondo insulator is continuous, in contrast to the discontinuous transition in mean-field theory. Moreover, the hybridization parameter between the conduction electron and the Kondo spin is nonzero even within the antiferromagnetic phase. At finite temperatures, we resort to dynamical mean-field theory, which not only captures local quantum fluctuations but also accesses the thermodynamic limit directly. There are three phases, namely, antiferromagnetic insulator, Kondo insulator, and paramagnetic phase. The transition from antiferromagnetic phase to paramagnetic phase is likely discontinuous, while that from antiferromagnetic phase to Kondo insulator phase remains to be continuous at finite temperatures. There is a crossover from the paramagnetic phase, where spin excitations are gapless, to the Kondo insulator phase, where spin excitations are gapped. Our results indicate a significant effect of fluctuations beyond mean-field theory in the honeycomb-Kondo lattice. Since the transition from the antiferromagnetic phase to the Kondo insulating phase occurs at a sizable Kondo coupling, where the Kondo lattice model is inequivalent to the Anderson lattice model, our results are complementary to that for a honeycomb-Anderson lattice.

  17. Surface Kondo effect and non-trivial metallic state of the Kondo insulator YbB12

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    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

    2016-08-01

    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.

  18. Surface Kondo effect and non-trivial metallic state of the Kondo insulator YbB12

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    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

  19. Topological defects of Néel order and Kondo singlet formation for Kondo-Heisenberg model on a honeycomb lattice

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    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.

  20. Kondo spin liquid in the Kondo necklace model: Classical disordered phase versus symmetry-protected topological state

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    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.

  1. Kondo effect of D\\xAFs and D\\xAFs* mesons in nuclear matter

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    Yasui, Shigehiro; Sudoh, Kazutaka

    2017-03-01

    We study the Kondo effect for D¯s and D¯s* mesons as impurity particles in nuclear matter. The spin-exchange interaction between the D¯s or D¯s* meson and the nucleon induces the enhancement of the effective coupling in the low-energy scattering in the infrared region, whose energy scale of singularity is given by the Kondo scale. We investigate the Kondo scale in the renormalization group equation at nucleon one-loop level. We furthermore study the ground state with the Kondo effect in the mean-field approach, and present that the Kondo scale is related to the mixing strength between the D¯s or D¯s* meson and the nucleon in nuclear matter. We show the spectral function of the impurity when the Kondo effect occurs.

  2. Kondo cloud of single heavy quark in cold and dense matter

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    Yasui, Shigehiro

    2017-10-01

    The Kondo effect is a universal phenomena observed in a variety of fermion systems containing a heavy impurity particle whose interaction is governed by the non-Abelian interaction. At extremely high density, I study the Kondo effect by color exchange in quark matter containing a single heavy (charm or bottom) quark as an impurity particle. To obtain the ground state with the Kondo effect, I introduce the condensate mixing the light quark and the heavy quark (Kondo cloud) in the mean-field approximation. I estimate the energy gain by formation of the Kondo cloud, and present that the Kondo cloud exhibits the resonant structure. I also evaluate the scattering cross section for the light quark and the heavy quark, and discuss its effect to the finite size quark matter.

  3. Theory of Kondo suppression of spin polarization in nonlocal spin valves

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    Kim, K.-W.; O'Brien, L.; Crowell, P. A.; Leighton, C.; Stiles, M. D.

    2017-03-01

    We theoretically analyze contributions from the Kondo effect to the spin polarization and spin diffusion length in all-metal nonlocal spin valves. Interdiffusion of ferromagnetic atoms into the normal metal layer creates a region in which Kondo physics plays a significant role, giving discrepancies between experiment and existing theory. We start from a simple model and construct a modified spin drift-diffusion equation which clearly demonstrates how the Kondo physics not only suppresses the electrical conductivity but even more strongly reduces the spin diffusion length. We also present an explicit expression for the suppression of spin polarization due to Kondo physics in an illustrative regime. We compare this theory to previous experimental data to extract an estimate of the Elliot-Yafet probability for Kondo spin flip scattering of 0.7 ±0.4 , in good agreement with the value of 2/3 derived in the original theory of Kondo.

  4. Many-terminal Majorana island: From topological to multichannel Kondo model

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    Herviou, Loïc; Le Hur, Karyn; Mora, Christophe

    2016-12-01

    We study Kondo screening obtained by coupling Majorana bound states, located on a topological superconducting island, to interacting electronic reservoirs. At the charge degeneracy points of the island, we formulate an exact mapping onto the spin-1 /2 multichannel Kondo effect. The coupling to Majorana fermions transforms the tunneling terms into effective fermionic bilinear contributions with a Luttinger parameter K in the leads that is effectively doubled. For strong interactions K =1 /2 , the intermediate fixed point of the standard multichannel Kondo model is exactly recovered. It evolves with K and connects to strong coupling in the noninteracting case K =1 , with maximum conductance between the leads and robustness against channel asymmetries similarly to the topological Kondo effect. For a number of leads above four, there exists a window of Luttinger parameters in which a quantum phase transition can occur between the strong coupling topological Kondo state and the partially conducting multichannel Kondo state.

  5. Theory of Kondo suppression of spin polarization in nonlocal spin valves

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    Kim, K.-W.; O’Brien, L.; Crowell, P. A.; Leighton, C.; Stiles, M. D.

    2017-01-01

    We theoretically analyze contributions from the Kondo effect to the spin polarization and spin diffusion length in all-metal nonlocal spin valves. Interdiffusion of ferromagnetic atoms into the normal metal layer creates a region in which Kondo physics plays a significant role, giving discrepancies between experiment and existing theory. We start from a simple model and construct a modified spin drift-diffusion equation which clearly demonstrates how the Kondo physics not only suppresses the electrical conductivity but even more strongly reduces the spin diffusion length. We also present an explicit expression for the suppression of spin polarization due to Kondo physics in an illustrative regime. We compare this theory to previous experimental data to extract an estimate of the Elliot-Yafet probability for Kondo spin flip scattering of 0.7 ± 0.4, in good agreement with the value of 2/3 derived in the original theory of Kondo. PMID:28758157

  6. Kondo screening of the spin and orbital magnetic moments of Fe impurities in Cu

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    Joly, L.; Kappler, J.-P.; Ohresser, P.; Sainctavit, Ph.; Henry, Y.; Gautier, F.; Schmerber, G.; Kim, D. J.; Goyhenex, C.; Bulou, H.; Bengone, O.; Kavich, J.; Gambardella, P.; Scheurer, F.

    2017-01-01

    We use x-ray magnetic circular dichroism to evidence the effect of correlations on the local impurity magnetic moment in an archetypal Kondo system, namely, a dilute Cu:Fe alloy. Applying the sum rules on the Fe L2 ,3 absorption edges, the evolution of the spin and orbital moments across the Kondo temperature are determined separately. The spin moment presents a crossover from a nearly temperature-independent regime below the Kondo temperature to a paramagneticlike regime above. Conversely, the weak orbital moment shows a temperature-independent behavior in the whole temperature range, suggesting different Kondo screening temperature scales for the spin and orbital moments.

  7. Macroscopic quantum entanglement of a Kondo cloud at finite temperature.

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    Lee, S-S B; Park, Jinhong; Sim, H-S

    2015-02-06

    We propose a variational approach for computing the macroscopic entanglement in a many-body mixed state, based on entanglement witness operators, and compute the entanglement of formation (EoF), a mixed-state generalization of the entanglement entropy, in single- and two-channel Kondo systems at finite temperature. The thermal suppression of the EoF obeys power-law scaling at low temperature. The scaling exponent is halved from the single- to the two-channel system, which is attributed, using a bosonization method, to the non-Fermi liquid behavior of a Majorana fermion, a "half" of a complex fermion, emerging in the two-channel system. Moreover, the EoF characterizes the size and power-law tail of the Kondo screening cloud of the single-channel system.

  8. Quantum critical scaling and fluctuations in Kondo lattice materials.

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    Yang, Yi-Feng; Pines, David; Lonzarich, Gilbert

    2017-06-13

    We propose a phenomenological framework for three classes of Kondo lattice materials that incorporates the interplay between the fluctuations associated with the antiferromagnetic quantum critical point and those produced by the hybridization quantum critical point that marks the end of local moment behavior. We show that these fluctuations give rise to two distinct regions of quantum critical scaling: Hybridization fluctuations are responsible for the logarithmic scaling in the density of states of the heavy electron Kondo liquid that emerges below the coherence temperature [Formula: see text], whereas the unconventional power law scaling in the resistivity that emerges at lower temperatures below [Formula: see text] may reflect the combined effects of hybridization and antiferromagnetic quantum critical fluctuations. Our framework is supported by experimental measurements on CeCoIn5, CeRhIn5, and other heavy electron materials.

  9. Single-molecule quantum dot as a Kondo simulator

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    Hiraoka, R.; Minamitani, E.; Arafune, R.; Tsukahara, N.; Watanabe, S.; Kawai, M.; Takagi, N.

    2017-06-01

    Structural flexibility of molecule-based systems is key to realizing the novel functionalities. Tuning the structure in the atomic scale enables us to manipulate the quantum state in the molecule-based system. Here we present the reversible Hamiltonian manipulation in a single-molecule quantum dot consisting of an iron phthalocyanine molecule attached to an Au electrode and a scanning tunnelling microscope tip. We precisely controlled the position of Fe2+ ion in the molecular cage by using the tip, and tuned the Kondo coupling between the molecular spins and the Au electrode. Then, we realized the crossover between the strong-coupling Kondo regime and the weak-coupling regime governed by spin-orbit interaction in the molecule. The results open an avenue to simulate low-energy quantum many-body physics and quantum phase transition through the molecular flexibility.

  10. Diagonal composite order in a two-channel Kondo lattice.

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Otsuki, Junya; Kuramoto, Yoshio

    2011-12-09

    A novel type of symmetry breaking is reported for the two-channel Kondo lattice where conduction electrons have spin and orbital (channel) degrees of freedom. Using the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo and the dynamical mean-field theory, a spontaneous breaking of the orbital symmetry is observed. The tiny breakdown of orbital occupation number, however, vanishes if the conduction electrons have the particle-hole symmetry. The proper order parameter instead is identified as a composite quantity representing the orbital-selective Kondo effect. The single-particle spectrum of the selected orbital shows insulating property, while the other orbital behaves as a Fermi liquid. This composite order is the first example of odd-frequency order other than off-diagonal order (superconductivity), and is a candidate of hidden order in f-electron systems.

  11. The Spin Glass-Kondo Competition in Disordered Cerium Systems

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    Magalhaes, S. G.; Zimmer, F.; Coqblin, B.

    2013-10-01

    We discuss the competition between the Kondo effect, the spin glass state and a magnetic order observed in disordered Cerium systems. We present firstly the experimental situation of disordered alloys such as CeNi1 - xCux and then the different theoretical approaches based on the Kondo lattice model, with different descriptions of the intersite exchange interaction for the spin glass. After the gaussian approach of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, we discuss the Mattis and the van Hemmen models. Then, we present simple cluster calculations in order to describe the percolative evolution of the clusters from the cluster spin glass to the inhomogeneous ferromagnetic order recently observed in CeNi1 - xCux disordered alloys and finally we discuss the effect of random and transverse magnetic field.

  12. Model for overscreened Kondo effect in ultracold Fermi gas

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    Kuzmenko, I.; Kuzmenko, T.; Avishai, Y.; Kikoin, K.

    2015-04-01

    The feasibility of realizing the overscreened Kondo effect in ultracold Fermi gas of atoms with spin s ≥ 3/2 in the presence of a localized magnetic impurity atom is proved realistic. Specifying (as a mere example) a system of ultracold 22Na Fermi gas and a trapped 6Li impurity, the mechanism of exchange interaction between the Na and Li atoms is elucidated and the exchange constant is found to be positive (antiferromagnetic). The corresponding exchange Hamiltonian is derived, and the Kondo temperature is estimated at the order of 500 nK. Within a weak-coupling renormalization group scheme, it is shown that the coupling renormalizes to the non-Fermi-liquid fixed point. An observable displaying multichannel features even in the weak-coupling regime is the impurity magnetization that is negative for T ≫TK and becomes positive with decreasing temperature.

  13. Toward a new microscopic framework for Kondo lattice materials

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    Lonzarich, Gilbert; Pines, David; Yang, Yi-feng

    2017-02-01

    Understanding the emergence and subsequent behavior of heavy electrons in Kondo lattice materials is one of the grand challenges in condensed matter physics. From this perspective we review the progress that has been made during the past decade and suggest some directions for future research. Our focus will be on developing a new microscopic framework that incorporates the basic concepts that emerge from a phenomenological description of the key experimental findings.

  14. 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.

  15. Antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice compound CePt3P.

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    Chen, Jian; Wang, Zhen; Zheng, Shiyi; Feng, Chunmu; Dai, Jianhui; Xu, Zhu'an

    2017-02-03

    A new ternary platinum phosphide CePt3P was synthesized and characterized by means of magnetic, thermodynamic and transport measurements. The compound crystallizes in an antiperovskite tetragonal structure similar to that in the canonical family of platinum-based superconductors APt3P (A = Sr, Ca, La) and closely related to the noncentrosymmetric heavy fermion superconductor CePt3Si. In contrast to all the superconducting counterparts, however, no superconductivity is observed in CePt3P down to 0.5 K. Instead, CePt3P displays a coexistence of antiferromagnetic ordering, Kondo effect and crystalline electric field effect. A field-induced spin-flop transition is observed below the magnetic ordering temperature TN1 of 3.0 K while the Kondo temperature is of similar magnitude as TN1. The obtained Sommerfeld coefficient of electronic specific heat is γCe = 86 mJ/mol·K(2) indicating that CePt3P is a moderately correlated antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice compound.

  16. Observation of the frozen charge of a Kondo resonance

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    Desjardins, M. M.; Viennot, J. J.; Dartiailh, M. C.; Bruhat, L. E.; Delbecq, M. R.; Lee, M.; Choi, M.-S.; Cottet, A.; Kontos, T.

    2017-04-01

    The ability to control electronic states at the nanoscale has contributed to our modern understanding of condensed matter. In particular, quantum dot circuits represent model systems for the study of strong electronic correlations, epitomized by the Kondo effect. We use circuit quantum electrodynamics architectures to study the internal degrees of freedom of this many-body phenomenon. Specifically, we couple a quantum dot to a high-quality-factor microwave cavity to measure with exceptional sensitivity the dot’s electronic compressibility, that is, its ability to accommodate charges. Because electronic compressibility corresponds solely to the charge response of the electronic system, it is not equivalent to the conductance, which generally involves other degrees of freedom such as spin. Here, by performing dual conductance and compressibility measurements in the Kondo regime, we uncover directly the charge dynamics of this peculiar mechanism of electron transfer. The Kondo resonance, visible in transport measurements, is found to be ‘transparent’ to microwave photons trapped in the high-quality cavity, thereby revealing that (in such a many-body resonance) finite conduction is achieved from a charge frozen by Coulomb interaction. This freezing of charge dynamics is in contrast to the physics of a free electron gas. We anticipate that the tools of cavity quantum electrodynamics could be used in other types of mesoscopic circuits with many-body correlations, providing a model system in which to perform quantum simulation of fermion-boson problems.

  17. Antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice compound CePt3P

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    Chen, Jian; Wang, Zhen; Zheng, Shiyi; Feng, Chunmu; Dai, Jianhui; Xu, Zhu’an

    2017-01-01

    A new ternary platinum phosphide CePt3P was synthesized and characterized by means of magnetic, thermodynamic and transport measurements. The compound crystallizes in an antiperovskite tetragonal structure similar to that in the canonical family of platinum-based superconductors APt3P (A = Sr, Ca, La) and closely related to the noncentrosymmetric heavy fermion superconductor CePt3Si. In contrast to all the superconducting counterparts, however, no superconductivity is observed in CePt3P down to 0.5 K. Instead, CePt3P displays a coexistence of antiferromagnetic ordering, Kondo effect and crystalline electric field effect. A field-induced spin-flop transition is observed below the magnetic ordering temperature TN1 of 3.0 K while the Kondo temperature is of similar magnitude as TN1. The obtained Sommerfeld coefficient of electronic specific heat is γCe = 86 mJ/mol·K2 indicating that CePt3P is a moderately correlated antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice compound. PMID:28157184

  18. Kondo resonance from p-wave hybridization in graphene.

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    Jafari, S A; Tohyama, T

    2014-10-15

    The p-wave hybridization in graphene present a distinct class of Kondo problem in pseudogap Fermi systems with bath density of states (DOS) ρ₀(ε) ∝ |ε|. The peculiar geometry of substitutional and hollow-site ad-atoms, and effectively the vacancies allow for a p-wave form of momentum dependence in the hybridization of the associated local orbital with the Dirac fermions of the graphene host which results in a different picture than the s-wave momentum independent hybridization. For the p-wave hybridization function, away from the Dirac point we find closed-form formulae for the Kondo temperature TK which in contrast to the s-wave case is non-zero for any value of hybridization strength V of the single impurity Anderson model (SIAM). At the Dirac point where the DOS vanishes, we find a conceivably small value of Vmin above which the Kondo screening takes place even in the presence of particle-hole symmetry. We also show that the non-Lorentzian line shape of the local spectrum arising from anomalous hybridization function leads to much larger TK in vacant graphene compared to a metallic host with similar bandwidth and SIAM parameters.

  19. Low temperature properties of the Kondo insulator FeSi

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    Figueira, M. S.; Franco, R.

    2007-07-01

    In this paper we study the low temperature (T) properties of the Kondo insulator FeSi within the X-boson approach. We show that the ground state of the FeSi is metallic and highly correlated with a large effective mass; the low temperature contributions to the specific heat and the resistivity are of the Fermi-liquid type. The low temperature properties are governed by a reentrant transition into a metallic state, that occurs when the chemical potential crosses the gap and enters the conduction band, generating a metallic ground state. The movement of the chemical potential is due to the strong correlations present in the system. We consider the low temperature regime of the Kondo insulator FeSi, where the hybridization gap is completely open. In this situation we identify the two characteristic temperatures: the coherence temperature T0 and the Kondo temperature TKL. In the range T < T0, we identify a regime characterized by the formation of coherent states and Fermi-liquid behavior of the low temperature properties; in the range TKL > T > T0, we identify a regime characterized by an activation energy. Within the X-boson approach we study those low temperature regimes although we do not try to adjust parameters to recover the experimental energy scales.

  20. The low temperature spectral weight transfer problem in Kondo insulators

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    Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Figueira, M. S.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we address the problem of the spectral weight transfer in Kondo insulators (KI). We employ the X-boson approach for the periodic Anderson model, in the U →∞ limit. We calculate the two energy gaps of the system analytically: the indirect gap, Δind = Eg ≃ Emir, present in the density of states, and the direct one Δdir, associated with the minimum energy necessary to produce inter-band transitions. We find that the optical behavior of the system is governed by two energy scales: one of low frequency, characterized by Eg ≃ Emir, in the mid-infrared region (MIR), which is a reminiscent of the heavy fermion Emir peak, that appears in Kondo insulators as a broad maximum in the MIR region and that controls the low temperature transport properties, the gap opening in optical conductivity and the formation of the Drude peak, at ω = 0, in the intermediate temperature range. The other energy scale appears at high frequencies, and is characterized by the direct gap Δdir. According to our results, this peak controls the anomalous redistribution of spectral weight in the optical conductivity. We apply the theory in order to study the Kondo insulator FeSi, and we calculate the optical conductivity of the system and the spectral weight transfer in the optical conductivity.

  1. Kondo physics from quasiparticle poisoning in Majorana devices

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    Plugge, S.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Zazunov, A.; ...

    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

  2. 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.

  3. Kondo physics from quasiparticle poisoning in Majorana devices

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    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 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.

  4. Spins of adsorbed molecules investigated by the detection of Kondo resonance

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    Komeda, Tadahiro

    2014-12-01

    Surface magnetism has been one of the platforms to explore the magnetism in low dimensions. It is also a key component for the development of quantum information processes, which utilizes the spin degree of freedom. The Kondo resonance is a phenomenon that is caused by an interaction between an isolated spin and conduction electrons. First observed in the 1930s as an anomalous increase in the low-temperature resistance of metals embedded with magnetic atoms, the Kondo physics mainly studied the effects of bulk magnetic impurities in the resistivity. In the last 15 years it has undergone a revival by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which enables the measurement of the Kondo resonance at surfaces using an atomic scale point contact. The detection of the Kondo resonance can be a powerful tool to explore surface magnetism. In this article, I review recent studies of the surface spin of adsorbed molecules by the detection of the Kondo resonance. Researches on metal phthalocyanine (MPc) and porphyrin molecules will be examined. In addition, the Kondo resonance for double-decker lanthanoide Pc molecules will be discussed. Some of the double-decker Pc molecules show single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior, which attracts attention as a material for electronic devices. For both classes, the ligand plays a crucial role in determining the parameters of the Kondo resonance, such as the Kondo temperature and the change of the shape from peak to Fano-dip. In addition, the spin in delocalized molecular orbital forms the Kondo resonance, which shows significant differences from the Kondo resonance formed by the metal spins. Since molecular orbital can be tuned in a flexible manner by the design of the molecule, the Kondo resonance formed by delocalized molecular orbital might expand the knowledge of this field.

  5. Emergence of a Kondo singlet state with Kondo temperature well beyond 1000 K in a proton-embedded electron gas

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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.

  6. Kondo correlations formation and the local magnetic moment dynamics in the Anderson model

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    Maslova, N. S.; Arseyev, P. I.; Mantsevich, V. N.

    2017-02-01

    We investigated the typical time scales of the Kondo correlations formation for the single-state Anderson model, when coupling to the reservoir is switched on at the initial time moment. The influence of the Kondo effect appearance on the system non-stationary characteristics was analyzed and discussed.

  7. 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.

  8. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of a magnetic atom on graphene in the Kondo regime

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    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.

  9. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of a magnetic atom on graphene in the Kondo regime

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    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

  10. A Generalized Ginzburg--Landau--Wilson Theory of the Kondo Lattice

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    Ohara, Keiichi; Hanzawa, Katsurou

    2013-10-01

    We develop a generalized Ginzburg--Landau--Wilson theory of the Kondo lattice, taking account of dynamical quantum fluctuations of Kondo bosons by means of the functional integral method with the one-loop and mean mode--mode coupling approximations. We consider the disorder state of Kondo bosons, where the thermodynamic quantities exhibit relevant behaviors in a wide temperature (T) range. The dynamical quantum fluctuations cancel the static fluctuations, thereby eliminating the redundant Dulong--Petit term of the specific heat existed in the static approximation (SA), thereby the entropy tending to NkB\\ln 2 for T\\to∞ appropriately. The local moments of f electrons are formed asymptotically with increasing T, somewhat faster than for the SA and for the impurity Kondo system. The electrical resistivity of conduction electrons is shown to exhibit a behavior similar to the impurity Kondo system at high Ts.

  11. Fano-Andreev effect in a T-shape double quantum dot in the Kondo regime

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    Calle, A. M.; Pacheco, M.; Martins, G. B.; Apel, V. M.; Lara, G. A.; Orellana, P. A.

    2017-04-01

    In the present work, we investigate the electronic transport through a T-shape double quantum dot system coupled to two normal leads and to one superconducting lead. We explore the interplay between Kondo and Andreev states due to proximity effects. We find that Kondo resonance is modified by the Andreev bound states, which manifest through Fano antiresonances in the local density of states of the embedded quantum dot and normal transmission. This means that there is a correlation between Andreev bound states and Fano resonances that is robust under the influence of high electronic correlation. We have also found that the dominant couplings at the quantum dots are characterized by a crossover region that defines the range where the Fano-Kondo and the Andreev-Kondo effect prevail in each quantum dot. Likewise, we find that the interaction between Kondo and Andreev bound states has a notable influence on the Andreev transport.

  12. 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).

  13. Semiconductor sensors

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    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.

  14. Semiconductor photoelectrochemistry

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    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.

  15. Unconventional superconductivity from local spin fluctuations in the Kondo lattice.

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    Bodensiek, Oliver; Žitko, Rok; Vojta, Matthias; Jarrell, Mark; Pruschke, Thomas

    2013-04-05

    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.

  16. Critical quasiparticles in single-impurity and lattice Kondo models

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    Vojta, M.; Bulla, R.; Wölfle, P.

    2015-07-01

    Quantum criticality in systems of local moments interacting with itinerant electrons has become an important and diverse field of research. Here we review recent results which concern (a) quantum phase transitions in single-impurity Kondo and Anderson models and (b) quantum phase transitions in heavy-fermion lattice models which involve critical quasiparticles. For (a) the focus will be on impurity models with a pseudogapped host density of states and their applications, e.g., in graphene and other Dirac materials, while (b) is devoted to strong-coupling behavior near antiferromagnetic quantum phase transitions, with potential applications in a variety of heavy-fermion metals.

  17. The role of short-range magnetic correlations in the gap opening of topological Kondo insulators

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    Ramos, E.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Foglio, M. E.; Figueira, M. S.

    2017-08-01

    In this article we investigate the effects of short-range anti-ferromagnetic correlations on the gap opening of topological Kondo insulators. We add a Heisenberg term to the periodic Anderson model at the limit of strong correlations in order to allow a small degree of hopping of the localized electrons between neighboring sites of the lattice. This new model is adequate for studying topological Kondo insulators, whose paradigmatic material is the compound SmB6 . The main finding of the article is that the short-range antiferromagnetic correlations, present in some Kondo insulators, contribute decisively to the opening of the Kondo gap in their density of states. These correlations are produced by the interaction between moments on the neighboring sites of the lattice. For simplicity, we solve the problem on a two dimensional square lattice. The starting point of the model is the 4f-Ce ions orbitals, with J=5/2 multiplet in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. We present results for the Kondo and for the antiferromagnetic correlation functions. We calculate the phase diagram of the model, and as we vary the Ef level position from the empty regime to the Kondo regime, the system develops metallic and topological Kondo insulator phases. The band structure calculated shows that the model describes a strong topological insulator.

  18. 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.

  19. The role of short-range magnetic correlations in the gap opening of topological Kondo insulators.

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    Ramos, E; Franco, R; Silva-Valencia, J; Foglio, M E; Figueira, M S

    2017-08-31

    In this article we investigate the effects of short-range anti-ferromagnetic correlations on the gap opening of topological Kondo insulators. We add a Heisenberg term to the periodic Anderson model at the limit of strong correlations in order to allow a small degree of hopping of the localized electrons between neighboring sites of the lattice. This new model is adequate for studying topological Kondo insulators, whose paradigmatic material is the compound [Formula: see text]. The main finding of the article is that the short-range antiferromagnetic correlations, present in some Kondo insulators, contribute decisively to the opening of the Kondo gap in their density of states. These correlations are produced by the interaction between moments on the neighboring sites of the lattice. For simplicity, we solve the problem on a two dimensional square lattice. The starting point of the model is the [Formula: see text] ions orbitals, with [Formula: see text] multiplet in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. We present results for the Kondo and for the antiferromagnetic correlation functions. We calculate the phase diagram of the model, and as we vary the [Formula: see text] level position from the empty regime to the Kondo regime, the system develops metallic and topological Kondo insulator phases. The band structure calculated shows that the model describes a strong topological insulator.

  20. Macroporous Semiconductors

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    Föll, Helmut; Leisner, Malte; Cojocaru, Ala; Carstensen, Jürgen

    2010-01-01

    Pores in single crystalline semiconductors come in many forms (e.g., pore sizes from 2 nm to > 10 µm; morphologies from perfect pore crystal to fractal) and exhibit many unique properties directly or as nanocompounds if the pores are filled. The various kinds of pores obtained in semiconductors like Ge, Si, III-V, and II-VI compound semiconductors are systematically reviewed, emphasizing macropores. Essentials of pore formation mechanisms will be discussed, focusing on differences and some open questions but in particular on common properties. Possible applications of porous semiconductors, including for example high explosives, high efficiency electrodes for Li ion batteries, drug delivery systems, solar cells, thermoelectric elements and many novel electronic, optical or sensor devices, will be introduced and discussed.

  1. Unveiling the internal entanglement structure of the Kondo singlet

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    Yang, Chun; Feiguin, Adrian E.

    2017-03-01

    We disentangle all the individual degrees of freedom in the quantum impurity problem to deconstruct the Kondo singlet, both in real and 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" to quantify entanglement. We identify "projected natural orbitals" that allow us to individualize a single-particle electronic wave function that is responsible of more than 90 % of the impurity screening. In the weak coupling regime, the impurity is entangled to an electron at the Fermi level, while in the strong coupling regime, the impurity counterintuitively entangles mostly with the high energy electrons and disentangles completely from the low-energy states carving a "hole" around the Fermi level. This enables one to use concurrence as a pseudo order parameter to compute the characteristic "size" of the Kondo cloud, beyond which electrons are weakly correlated to the impurity and are dominated by the physics of the boundary.

  2. Periodically driven Kondo impurity in nonequilibrium steady states

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    Iwahori, Koudai; Kawakami, Norio

    2016-12-01

    We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of a periodically driven anisotropic Kondo impurity model. The periodic time dependence is introduced for a local magnetic field which couples to the impurity spin and also for an in-plane exchange interaction. We obtain the exact results on the time evolution for arbitrary periodic time dependence at the special point in the parameter space known as the Toulouse limit. We first consider a specific case where the local magnetic field is periodically switched on and off. When the driving period is much shorter than the inverse of the Kondo temperature, an intriguing oscillating behavior (resonance phenomenon) emerges in the time average of the impurity spin polarization with increasing the local magnetic field intensity. By taking the high-frequency limit of the external driving, we elucidate that the system recovers the translational invariance in time and can be described by a mixture of the zero-temperature and infinite-temperature properties. In certain cases, the system is governed by either zero-temperature or infinite-temperature properties and, therefore, can be properly described by the corresponding equilibrium state.

  3. 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.

  4. Kondo effect in graphene with Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Sandler, Nancy; Mastrogiuseppe, Diego; Wong, Arturo; Ingersent, Kevin; Ulloa, Sergio

    2014-03-01

    We study the Kondo screening of a magnetic impurity in monolayer graphene in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit interaction. The host density of states (DOS), with two split bands and particle-hole symmetry, results in a complex hybridization function that suggests interesting phenomena as a function of the chemical potential and the Rashba strenght. Although the Rashba coupling produced by depositing graphene in a conventional substrate is weak, a strong increase of this interaction was shown to occur by intercalation of Au on a Ni substrate or by hydrogenation of the sample. An effective single channel Anderson model sets the ground to analyze the properties of the system, which are obtained by numerical renormalization group calculations. We find a Kosterlitz-Thouless quantum phase transition (QPT) separating free moment and strong-coupling phases at half-filling, whenever the Rashba coupling is present. Tuning the chemical potential close to sharp features of the hybridization function results in an interesting interference of the Kondo peak and a virtual bound state resonance that appears due to a jump in the DOS. All these features would be visible in STM experiments, providing a realistic system in which to study QPTs. Supported by NSF-MWN/CIAM and NSF-PIRE.

  5. 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.

  6. Competition between Kondo effect and RKKY physics in graphene magnetism

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    Allerdt, A.; Feiguin, A. E.; Das Sarma, S.

    2017-03-01

    The cooperative behavior of quantum impurities on two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as graphene and bilayer graphene, is characterized by a nontrivial competition between screening (Kondo effect) and Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) magnetism. In addition, due to the small density of states at the Fermi level, impurities may not couple to the conduction electrons at all, behaving as free moments. Employing a recently developed exact numerical method to study multi-impurity lattice systems, we obtain nonperturbative results that dramatically depart from expectations based on the conventional RKKY theory. At half filling and for weak coupling, impurities remain in the local moment regime when they are on opposite sublattices, up to a critical value of the interactions when they start coupling antiferromagnetically with correlations that decay very slowly with interimpurity distance. At finite doping, away from half filling, ferromagnetism is completely absent and the physics is dominated by a competition between antiferromagnetism and Kondo effect. In bilayer graphene, impurities on opposite layers behave as free moments, unless the interaction is of the order of the hopping or larger.

  7. Thermoelectric properties of the Kondo insulator FeSb2

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    Figueira, M. S.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.

    2012-06-01

    Recently it was shown [A. Bentien, S. Johnsen, G.K.H. Madsen, B.B. Iversen, F. Steglich, Europhys. Lett. 80, 17008 (2007)], that the strongly correlated Kondo insulator FeSb2 exhibits a colossal Seebeck coefficient; however, due to its large lattice thermal conductivity, the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) is only 0.005 at 12 K. This experimental result motivate us to perform a theoretical study of the thermoelectric properties of Kondo insulators, within the framework of the X-boson approach [R. Franco, M.S. Figueira, M.E. Foglio, Phys. Rev. B 66, 045112 (2002)] for the periodic Anderson model. We consider a set of parameters adequate for describing the compound FeSb2, and we calculate the resistivity, the thermoelectric power (Seebeck coefficient), the charge carrier thermal conductance, the thermoelectric factor power (zT), the Wiedemann-Franz law, the specific heat, and the Sommerfeld's γ coefficient. The result of the colossal maximum of the Seebeck coefficient, at low temperatures, has the same order of magnitude as the experimental result [A. Bentien, S. Johnsen, G.K.H. Madsen, B.B. Iversen, F. Steglich, Europhys. Lett. 80, 17008 (2007)]. We also show that those temperature region presents an intermediate valence behavior, characterized by a moderate increase of the Sommerfeld's γ coefficient.

  8. Spin fluctations and heavy fermions in the Kondo lattice

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Single- or multi-flavor Kondo effect in graphene

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    Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Ding, Kai-He; Berakdar, Jamal

    2010-06-01

    Based on the tight-binding formalism, we investigate the Anderson and the Kondo model for an adatom magnetic impurity above graphene. Different impurity positions are analyzed. Employing a partial-wave representation we study the nature of the coupling between the impurity and the conducting electrons. The components from the two Dirac points are mixed while interacting with the impurity. Two configurations are considered explicitly: the adatom is above one atom (ADA), the other case is the adatom above the center the honeycomb (ADC). For ADA the impurity is coupled with one flavor for both A and B sublattice and both Dirac points. For ADC the impurity couples with multi-flavor states for a spinor state of the impurity. We show, explicitly for a 3d magnetic atom, dz2, (dxz,dyz), and (dx2- y2,dxy) couple respectively with the Γ1, Γ5(E1), and Γ6(E2) representations (reps) of C6v group in ADC case. The bases for these reps of graphene are also derived explicitly. For ADA we calculate the Kondo temperature.

  11. 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 Z(2) 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Inelastic tunneling spectroscopy for magnetic atoms and the Kondo resonance.

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    Goldberg, E C; Flores, F

    2013-06-05

    The interaction between a single magnetic atom and the metal environment (including a magnetic field) is analyzed by introducing an ionic Hamiltonian combined with an effective crystal-field term, and by using a Green-function equation of motion method. This approach describes the inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy and the Kondo resonances as due to atomic spin fluctuations associated with electron co-tunneling processes between the leads and the atom. We analyze in the case of Fe on CuN the possible spin fluctuations between states with S = 2 and 3/2 or 5/2 and conclude that the experimentally found asymmetries in the conductance with respect to the applied bias, and its marked structures, are well explained by the 2↔3/2 spin fluctuations. The case of Co is also considered and shown to present, in contrast with Fe, a resonance at the Fermi energy corresponding to a Kondo temperature of 6 K.

  14. Tunable pseudogap Kondo effect and quantum phase transitions in Aharonov-Bohm interferometers.

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    Dias da Silva, Luis G G V; Sandler, Nancy; Simon, Pascal; Ingersent, Kevin; Ulloa, Sergio E

    2009-04-24

    We study two quantum dots embedded in the arms of an Aharonov-Bohm ring threaded by a magnetic flux. This system can be described by an effective one-impurity Anderson model with an energy- and flux-dependent density of states. For specific values of the flux, this density of states vanishes at the Fermi energy, yielding a controlled realization of the pseudogap Kondo effect. The conductance and transmission phase shifts reflect a nontrivial interplay between wave interference and interactions, providing clear signatures of quantum phase transitions between Kondo and non-Kondo ground states.

  15. Tunable Pseudogap Kondo Effect and Quantum Phase Transitions in Aharonov-Bohm Interferometers

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    Dias Da Silva, Luis G; Sandler, Nancy; Simon, Pascal; Ingersent, Kevin; Ulloa, Sergio E

    2009-01-01

    We study two quantum dots embedded in the arms of an Aharonov-Bohm ring threaded by a magnetic flux. This system can be described by an effective one-impurity Anderson model with an energy- and flux- dependent density of states. For specific values of the flux, this density of states vanishes at the Fermi energy, yielding a controlled realization of the pseudogap Kondo effect. The conductance and trans- mission phase shifts reflect a nontrivial interplay between wave interference and interactions, providing clear signatures of quantum phase transitions between Kondo and non-Kondo ground states.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Topological defects of Néel order and Kondo singlet formation for the Kondo-Heisenberg model on a honeycomb lattice

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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.

  19. 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.

  20. Gate-controlled Kondo screening in graphene: Quantum criticality and electron-hole asymmetry

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    Vojta, M.; Fritz, L.; Bulla, R.

    2010-04-01

    Magnetic impurities in neutral graphene provide a realization of the pseudogap Kondo model, which displays a quantum phase transition between phases with screened and unscreened impurity moment. Here, we present a detailed study of the pseudogap Kondo model with finite chemical potential μ. While carrier doping restores conventional Kondo screening at lowest energies, properties of the quantum critical fixed point turn out to influence the behavior over a large parameter range. Most importantly, the Kondo temperature TK shows an extreme asymmetry between electron and hole doping. At criticality, depending on the sign of μ, TK follows either the scaling prediction TK~|μ| with a universal prefactor, or TK~|μ|x with x≈2.6. This asymmetry between electron and hole doping extends well outside the quantum critical regime and also implies a qualitative difference in the shape of the tunneling spectra for both signs of μ.

  1. Measurement of Valley Kondo Effect in a Si/SiGe Quantum Dot

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    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.

  2. 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

    2016-04-29

    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}.

  3. Surface-State Spin Textures and Mirror Chern Numbers in Topological Kondo Insulators.

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    Legner, Markus; Rüegg, Andreas; Sigrist, Manfred

    2015-10-09

    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.

  4. A theoretical study of the cluster glass-Kondo-magnetic disordered alloys

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    Zimmer, F. M.; Magalhães, S. G.; Coqblin, B.

    2009-10-01

    The physics of disordered alloys, such as typically the well known case of CeNi1-xCux alloys, showing an interplay among the Kondo effect, the spin glass state and a magnetic order, has been studied firstly within an average description like in the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model. Recently, a theoretical model [S.G. Magalhaes, F.M. Zimmer, P.R. Krebs, B. Coqblin, Phys. Rev. B 74 (2006) 014427] involving a more local description of the intersite interaction has been proposed to describe the phase diagram of CeNi1-xCux. This alloy is an example of the complex interplay between Kondo effect and frustration in which there is in particular the onset of a cluster-glass state. Although the model given in Magalhaes et al. [Phys. Rev. B 74 (2006) 014427] has reproduced the different phases relatively well, it is not able to describe the cluster-glass state. We study here the competition between the Kondo effect and a cluster glass phase within a Kondo-lattice model with an inter-cluster random Gaussian interaction. The inter-cluster term is treated within the cluster mean-field theory for spin glasses [C.M. Sokoulis, Phys. Rev. B 18 (1978) 3757], while, inside the cluster, an exact diagonalisation is performed including inter-site ferromagnetic and intra-site Kondo interactions. The cluster glass order parameters and the Kondo correlation function are obtained for different values of the cluster size, the intra-cluster ferromagnetic coupling and the Kondo intra-site coupling. We obtain that the increase of the Kondo coupling tends clearly to destroy the cluster glass phase.

  5. The Hall effect and magnetotransport of UPt in terms of dense Kondo system behavior

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    Petrenko, O.V.; Andreev, A.V.; Kovacik, V.

    1994-03-01

    Measurements of the Hall effect and magnetoresistance in the U{sub 0.52}Pt{sub 0.48} compound are reported. The temperature and magnetic field variations of these properties are discussed in terms of a competition between the Kondo effect and magnetic, thermodynamic and transport measurements together with the data obtained here allows one to attribute UPt to dense Kondo systems.

  6. Kondo effect and spin quenching in high-spin molecules on metal substrates

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    Jacob, D.; Soriano, M.; Palacios, J. J.

    2013-10-01

    Using a state-of-the art combination of density functional theory and impurity solver techniques, we present a complete and parameter-free picture of the Kondo effect in the high-spin (S=3/2) coordination complex known as manganese phthalocyanine adsorbed on the Pb(111) surface. We calculate the correlated electronic structure and corresponding tunnel spectrum and find an asymmetric Kondo resonance, as recently observed in experiments. Contrary to previous claims, the Kondo resonance stems from only one of three possible Kondo channels with origin in the Mn 3d orbitals, its peculiar asymmetric shape arising from the modulation of the hybridization due to a strong coupling to the organic ligand. The spectral signature of the second Kondo channel is strongly suppressed as the screening occurs via the formation of a many-body singlet with the organic part of the molecule. Finally, a spin-1/2 in the 3d shell remains completely unscreened due to the lack of hybridization of the corresponding orbital with the substrate, hence leading to a spin-3/2 underscreened Kondo effect.

  7. Kondo effect in a quantum dot side-coupled to a topological superconductor

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    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 (ΓmKondo temperature. In the strong-coupling regime (Γm>TK), on the other hand, the spin-split Kondo resonance takes place due to the MFS-induced Zeeman splitting, which is a genuine many-body effect of the strong Coulomb interaction and the topological superconductivity. We find that the original Kondo resonance is fully restored once the MFSs are strongly hybridized (ɛm>Γm). This unusual interaction between the Kondo effect and the MFS can thus serve to detect the Majorana fermions unambiguously and quantify the degree of overlap between the MFSs in the TS.

  8. Controlling orbital-selective Kondo effects in a single molecule through coordination chemistry

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    Tsukahara, Noriyuki; Kawai, Maki; Takagi, Noriaki; Minamitani, Emi; Kim, Yousoo

    2014-08-07

    Iron(II) phthalocyanine (FePc) molecule causes novel Kondo effects derived from the unique electronic structure of multi-spins and multi-orbitals when attached to Au(111). Two unpaired electrons in the d{sub z}{sup 2} and the degenerate dπ orbitals are screened stepwise, resulting in spin and spin+orbital Kondo effects, respectively. We investigated the impact on the Kondo effects of the coordination of CO and NO molecules to the Fe{sup 2+} ion as chemical stimuli by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory calculations. The impacts of the two diatomic molecules are different from each other as a result of the different electronic configurations. The coordination of CO converts the spin state from triplet to singlet, and then the Kondo effects completely disappear. In contrast, an unpaired electron survives in the molecular orbital composed of Fe d{sub z}{sup 2} and NO 5σ and 2π* orbitals for the coordination of NO, causing a sharp Kondo resonance. The isotropic magnetic response of the peak indicates the origin is the spin Kondo effect. The diatomic molecules attached to the Fe{sup 2+} ion were easily detached by applying a pulsed voltage at the STM junction. These results demonstrate that the single molecule chemistry enables us to switch and control the spin and the many-body quantum states reversibly.

  9. How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder

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    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

  10. Enhanced Kondo Effect in an Electron System Dynamically Coupled with Local Optical Phonon

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    Hotta, Takashi

    2007-08-01

    We discuss Kondo behavior of a conduction electron system coupled with local optical phonon by analyzing the Anderson-Holstein model with the use of a numerical renormalization group (NRG) method. There appear three typical regions due to the balance between Coulomb interaction Uee and phonon-mediated attraction Uph. For Uee>Uph, we observe the standard Kondo effect concerning spin degree of freedom. Since the Coulomb interaction is effectively reduced as Uee-Uph, the Kondo temperature TK is increased when Uph is increased. On the other hand, for UeeKondo effect concerning charge degree of freedom, since vacant and double occupied states play roles of pseudo-spins. Note that in this case, TK is decreased with the increase of Uph. Namely, TK should be maximized for Uee≈ Uph. Then, we analyze in detail the Kondo behavior at Uee=Uph, which is found to be explained by the polaron Anderson model with reduced hybridization of polaron and residual repulsive interaction among polarons. By comparing the NRG results of the polaron Anderson model with those of the original Anderson-Holstein model, we clarify the Kondo behavior in the competing region of Uee≈ Uph.

  11. Kondo Insulator to Semimetal Transformation Tuned by Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Dzsaber, S.; Prochaska, L.; Sidorenko, A.; Eguchi, G.; Svagera, R.; Waas, M.; Prokofiev, A.; Si, Q.; Paschen, S.

    2017-06-01

    Recent theoretical studies of topologically nontrivial electronic states in Kondo insulators have pointed to the importance of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) for stabilizing these states. However, systematic experimental studies that tune the SOC parameter λSOC in Kondo insulators remain elusive. The main reason is that variations of (chemical) pressure or doping strongly influence the Kondo coupling JK and the chemical potential μ —both essential parameters determining the ground state of the material—and thus possible λSOC tuning effects have remained unnoticed. Here, we present the successful growth of the substitution series Ce3Bi4(Pt1 -xPdx)3 (0 ≤x ≤1 ) of the archetypal (noncentrosymmetric) Kondo insulator Ce3Bi4Pt3. The Pt-Pd substitution is isostructural, isoelectronic, and isosize, and it therefore is likely to leave JK and μ essentially unchanged. By contrast, the large mass difference between the 5 d element Pt and the 4 d element Pd leads to a large difference in λSOC, which thus is the dominating tuning parameter in the series. Surprisingly, with increasing x (decreasing λSOC), we observe a Kondo insulator to semimetal transition, demonstrating an unprecedented drastic influence of the SOC. The fully substituted end compound Ce3Bi4Pd3 shows thermodynamic signatures of a recently predicted Weyl-Kondo semimetal.

  12. How Kondo-holes create intense nanoscale heavy-fermion hybridization disorder.

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    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

    2011-11-08

    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.

  13. Fractionalized Fermi liquid in a Kondo-Heisenberg model

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    Tsvelik, A. M.

    2016-10-10

    The Kondo-Heisenberg model is used as a controllable tool to demonstrate the existence of a peculiar metallic state with unbroken translational symmetry where the Fermi surface volume is not controlled by the total electron density. Here, I use a nonperturbative approach where the strongest interactions are taken into account by means of exact solution, and corrections are controllable. The resulting metallic state represents a fractionalized Fermi liquid where well defined quasiparticles coexist with gapped fractionalized collective excitations, in agreement with the general requirements formulated by T. Senthil et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 216403 (2003)]. Furthermore, the system undergoes a phase transition to an ordered phase (charge density wave or superconducting), at the transition temperature which is parametrically small in comparison to the quasiparticle Fermi energy.

  14. Surface-Supported Hydrocarbon π Radicals Show Kondo Behavior

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    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

  15. Thermoelectric transport through a SU(N ) Kondo impurity

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    Karki, D. B.; Kiselev, Mikhail N.

    2017-09-01

    We investigate thermoelectric transport through a SU(N ) quantum impurity in the Kondo regime. The strong-coupling fixed-point theory is described by the local Fermi-liquid paradigm. Using Keldysh technique we analyze the electric current through the quantum impurity at both finite bias voltage and finite temperature drop across it. The theory of a steady state at zero current provides a complete description of the Seebeck effect. We find pronounced nonlinear effects in temperature drop at low temperatures. We illustrate the significance of the nonlinearities for enhancement of thermopower by two examples of SU(4) symmetric regimes characterized by a filling factor m : (i) particle-hole symmetric at m =2 and (ii) particle-hole nonsymmetric at m =1 . We analyze the effects of potential scattering and coupling asymmetry on the transport coefficients. We discuss connections between the theory and transport experiments with coupled quantum dots and carbon nanotubes.

  16. Kondo Breakdown and Quantum Oscillations in SmB_{6}.

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    Erten, Onur; Ghaemi, Pouyan; Coleman, Piers

    2016-01-29

    Recent quantum oscillation experiments on SmB_{6} pose a paradox, for while the angular dependence of the oscillation frequencies suggest a 3D bulk Fermi surface, SmB_{6} 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Thermopower and thermal conductance for a Kondo correlated quantum dot

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    Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Figueira, M. S.

    We study the thermopower and thermal conductivity of a gate-defined quantum dot, with a very strong Coulomb repulsion inside the dot, employing the X-boson approach for the impurity Anderson model. Our results show a change in the sign of the thermopower as function of the energy level of the quantum dot (gate voltage), which is associated with an oscillatory behavior and a suppression of the thermopower magnitude at low temperatures. We identify two relevant energy scales: a low temperature scale dominated by the Kondo effect and a T˜Δ temperature scale characterized by charge fluctuations. We also discuss the Wiedemann-Franz relation and the thermoelectric figure of merit. Our results are in qualitative agreement with recent experimental reports and other theoretical treatments.

  19. Fractionalized Fermi liquid in a Kondo-Heisenberg model

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    Tsvelik, A. M.

    2016-10-10

    The Kondo-Heisenberg model is used as a controllable tool to demonstrate the existence of a peculiar metallic state with unbroken translational symmetry where the Fermi surface volume is not controlled by the total electron density. Here, I use a nonperturbative approach where the strongest interactions are taken into account by means of exact solution, and corrections are controllable. The resulting metallic state represents a fractionalized Fermi liquid where well defined quasiparticles coexist with gapped fractionalized collective excitations, in agreement with the general requirements formulated by T. Senthil et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 216403 (2003)]. Furthermore, the system undergoes amore » phase transition to an ordered phase (charge density wave or superconducting), at the transition temperature which is parametrically small in comparison to the quasiparticle Fermi energy.« less

  20. Kondo resonance in tunneling phenomena through a single quantum level

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    Oguri, A.; Ishii, H. ); Saso, T. )

    1995-02-15

    Effects of Coulomb repulsion on the process of resonant tunneling through a single quantum level are studied by applying the quantum Monte Carlo method and the maximum-entropy method to the Wolf model on a one-dimensional chain. In the calculated spectral function there is a sharp Kondo peak near the chemical potential [mu], which contributes to the resonance tunneling. Correspondingly, the conductance calculated by using the Friedel sum rule shows the expected transparency, i.e., the transmission probability is almost unity when [mu] is in the range [epsilon][sub 0][lt][mu][lt][epsilon][sub 0]+[ital U], where [epsilon][sub 0] is the on-site energy of the single quantum level and [ital U] is the Coulomb repulsion.

  1. Quantum Oscillations in Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Li, Lu

    2015-03-01

    In Kondo insulator samarium hexaboride SmB6, strong correlation and band hybridization lead to a diverging resistance at low temperature. The resistance divergence ends at about 3 Kelvin, a behavior recently demonstrated to arise from the surface conductance. However, questions remain whether and where a topological surface state exists. Quantum oscillations have not been observed to map the Fermi surface. We solve the problem by resolving the Landau Level quantization and Fermi surface topology using torque magnetometry. The observed angular dependence of the Fermi surface cross section suggests two-dimensional surface states on the (101) and (100) plane. Furthermore, similar to the quantum Hall states for graphene, the tracking of the Landau Levels in the infinite magnetic field limit points to -1/2, the Berry phase contribution from the 2D Dirac electronic state.

  2. Kondo dynamics in one-dimensional doped ferromagnetic insulators

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    Pimenta, Hudson; Oliveira, Luiz N.; Pereira, Rodrigo G.

    2015-04-01

    Some well-established examples of itinerant-electron ferromagnetism in one dimension occur in a Mott-insulating phase. We examine the consequences of doping a ferromagnetic insulator and coupling magnons to gapless charge fluctuations. Using a bosonization scheme for strongly interacting electrons, we derive an effective field theory for the magnon-holon interaction. When the magnon momentum matches the Fermi momentum of the holons, the backscattering of the magnon at low energies gives rise to a Kondo effect of a pseudospin defined from the chirality degree of freedom (right- or left-moving particles). The crossover between weak-coupling and strong-coupling fixed points of the effective mobile-impurity model is then investigated using a numerical renormalization group approach.

  3. Kobayashi-Kondo-Maskawa-'t Hooft interaction in pentaquarks

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    Dmitrasinovic, V.

    2005-05-01

    We review critically the predictions of pentaquarks in the quark model, in particular, those based on the flavor-spin-dependent (Glozman-Riska) hyperfine interaction and the color-spin (one-gluon-exchange Fermi-Breit) one. We include the antiquark interactions and find that: (1) the exotic SU(3) multiplets are not substantially affected in the flavor-spin model, whereas some of the nonexotic multiplets are; and (2) the variational upper bound on the {xi}{sup --}-{theta}{sup +} mass difference in the color-spin hyperfine interaction model is substantially reduced. This leads us to the U{sub A}(1) symmetry breaking Kobayashi-Kondo-Maskawa-'tHooft interaction. We discuss some of its phenomenological consequences for pentaquarks.

  4. Fractionalized Fermi liquid in a Kondo-Heisenberg model

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    Tsvelik, A. M.

    2016-10-10

    The Kondo-Heisenberg model is used as a controllable tool to demonstrate the existence of a peculiar metallic state with unbroken translational symmetry where the Fermi surface volume is not controlled by the total electron density. Here, I use a nonperturbative approach where the strongest interactions are taken into account by means of exact solution, and corrections are controllable. The resulting metallic state represents a fractionalized Fermi liquid where well defined quasiparticles coexist with gapped fractionalized collective excitations, in agreement with the general requirements formulated by T. Senthil et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 216403 (2003)]. Furthermore, the system undergoes a phase transition to an ordered phase (charge density wave or superconducting), at the transition temperature which is parametrically small in comparison to the quasiparticle Fermi energy.

  5. Interpretation of experimental results on Kondo systems with crystal field.

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    Romero, M A; Aligia, A A; Sereni, J G; Nieva, G

    2014-01-15

    We present a simple approach to calculate the thermodynamic properties of single Kondo impurities including orbital degeneracy and crystal field effects (CFE) by extending a previous proposal by Schotte and Schotte (1975 Phys. Lett. 55A 38). Comparison with exact solutions for the specific heat of a quartet ground state split into two doublets shows deviations below 10% in the absence of CFE and a quantitative agreement for moderate or large CFE. As an application, we fit the measured specific heat of the compounds CeCu2Ge2, CePd3Si0.3, CePdAl, CePt, Yb2Pd2Sn and YbCo2Zn20. The agreement between theory and experiment is very good or excellent depending on the compound, except at very low temperatures due to the presence of magnetic correlations (not accounted for in the model).

  6. Excitations and magnetization density distribution in the dilute ferromagnetic semiconductor Yb14MnSb11

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    Stone, M. B.; Garlea, V. O.; Gillon, B.; ...

    2017-01-23

    One rare example of a Kondo lattice compound with ferromagnetic dominated RKKY interactions is Ybmore » $$_{14}$$MnSb$$_{11}$$. As a ferromagnetic semiconductor with $$T_c \\approx 53$$~K, it is also a potential compound for exploration of spintronic devices. This material is furthermore one of the most efficient high temperature thermoelectrics. We describe measurements which answer remaining questions regarding the energy scales of the exchange interactions, the valence and the magnetization density distribution in this system. We also find that the system consists of RKKY exchange coupled Mn$$^{2+}$$ sites with nearest and next nearest exchange interactions dominating the magnetic spectrum with no significant magnetization density localized on other atomic sites. The extended spread of a negative magnetization around each of the Mn ions supports a Kondo screening cloud scenario for Yb$$_{14}$$MnSb$$_{11}$$.« less

  7. Excitations and magnetization density distribution in the dilute ferromagnetic semiconductor Yb14MnSb11

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    Stone, M. B.; Garlea, V. O.; Gillon, B.; Cousson, A.; Christianson, A. D.; Lumsden, M. D.; Nagler, S. E.; Mandrus, D.; Sales, B. C.

    2017-01-01

    Yb14MnSb11 is a rare example of a Kondo lattice compound with ferromagnetic dominated RKKY interactions. As a ferromagnetic semiconductor with Tc≈53 K, it is also a potential compound for exploration of spintronic devices. Here we describe measurements which answer remaining questions regarding the energy scales of the exchange interactions, the valence, and the magnetization density distribution in this system. We find that the system consists of RKKY exchange coupled Mn2 + sites with nearest and next nearest exchange interactions dominating the magnetic spectrum with no significant magnetization density localized on other atomic sites. The extended spread of a negative magnetization around each of the Mn ions supports a Kondo screening cloud scenario for Yb14MnSb11 .

  8. Interplay of antiferromagnetism and Kondo effect in (Ce1-xLax) 8Pd24 Al

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    Bashir, A. K.; Tchoula Tchokonté, M. B.; Britz, D.; Strydom, A. M.; Kaczorowski, D.

    2017-07-01

    The interplay of antiferromagnetic (AFM) and Kondo effect in Ce8Pd24 Al with the dilution of Ce with La is investigated by means of electrical and thermal transport and magnetic properties measurements. X - ray diffraction studies confirm a cubic AuCu3 - type crystal structure with space group Pm 3 bar m for all compositions in the alloy series (Ce1-xLax)8Pd24 Al (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) . Electrical resistivity, ρ (T) results show evolution from coherent Kondo lattice scattering with a well defined Kondo peak at Tmax to incoherent single-ion Kondo scattering with increasing La content x. Magnetoresistivity MR measurements on Ce dilute alloys are negative and analyzed based on the calculations by Schlottmann for the Bethe - ansatz in the framework of the Coqblin - Schrieffer model and yield values of the Kondo temperature TK and the effective moment of the Kondo ion μK. The decrease of Tmax and TK is described by the compressible Kondo lattice model. The thermoelectric power, S(T) measurements are interpreted within the phenomenological resonance model. The Lorentz number, L /L0 increases rapidly on cooling the samples and reaches a maximum value around 6 K. The magnetic susceptibility, χ (T) data at high temperature follow the Curie - Weiss behaviour and yield effective magnetic moments, μeff values across the series close to the value of 2.54 μB expected for the free Ce3+ - ion. The low temperature χ (T) shows an AFM anomaly associated with a Néel temperature TN for alloys in the range 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 . No metamagnetic transition was observed from the magnetization results, M (μ0 H) .

  9. Topological Kondo Insulator (TKI) and related candidate materials: High-resolution ARPES studies

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    Hasan, M. Zahid

    2014-03-01

    In this talk, I plan to present ARPES (synchrotron and laser-based) studies of several mix valence and Kondo insulator phenomena in some of the rare earth heavy fermion compounds in connection to their non-trivial topology of band structures. Focus will be on SmB6 which has been predicted to be a TKI recently. By combining low-temperature and high energy-momentum resolution of the laser-based ARPES technique, for the first time, we accessed the surface electronic structure of the anomalous conductivity regime. At low T, we observe in-gap states within a 4 meV energy window of the Fermi level, which lie clearly within the bulk insulating gap. The in-gap states are found to be suppressed and eventually disappear, as the temperature is raised in approaching the coherent Kondo lattice hybridization (30 K), which proves that the in-gap states strongly depend on the existence of Kondo lattice hybridization and the effective Kondo gap, in agreement with their theoretical predicted origin of topological surface states within the Kondo insulating gap . Our Fermi mapping at the energy corresponding to these in-gap states shows distinct Fermi pockets that enclose the three Kramers' points the surface Brillouin zone, which are remarkably consistent with the theoretically predicted topological surface Fermi surface in the topological Kondo insulating phase within the level of energy resolution. The observed Fermi surface topology of the in-gap states, their temperature dependence across the transport anomaly and Kondo lattice hybridization temperatures, as well as their robustness against repeated thermal recycling, collectively not only provide a unique insight illuminating the nature of the residual conductivity anomaly but also serve as a strong experimental evidence to the predicted topological Kondo insulator phase. I also plan to present results on YbB6 and YbB12 both of which are mix valence compounds. This work is in collaboration with Madhab Neupane, N. Alidoust, S

  10. Conductance of closed and open long Aharonov-Bohm-Kondo rings

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    Shi, Zheng; Komijani, Yashar

    2017-02-01

    We calculate the finite temperature linear dc conductance of a generic single-impurity Anderson model containing an arbitrary number of Fermi liquid leads, and apply the formalism to closed and open long Aharonov-Bohm-Kondo (ABK) rings. We show that, as with the short ABK ring, there is a contribution to the conductance from the connected four-point Green's function of the conduction electrons. At sufficiently low temperatures this contribution can be eliminated, and the conductance can be expressed as a linear function of the T matrix of the screening channel. For closed rings we show that at temperatures high compared to the Kondo temperature, the conductance behaves differently for temperatures above and below vF/L , where vF is the Fermi velocity and L is the circumference of the ring. For open rings, when the ring arms have both a small transmission and a small reflection, we show from the microscopic model that the ring behaves like a two-path interferometer, and that the Kondo temperature is unaffected by details of the ring. Our findings confirm that ABK rings are potentially useful in the detection of the size of the Kondo screening cloud, the π /2 scattering phase shift from the Kondo singlet, and the suppression of Aharonov-Bohm oscillations due to inelastic scattering.

  11. Transport signatures of Kondo physics and quantum criticality in graphene with magnetic impurities

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    Ruiz-Tijerina, David A.; Dias da Silva, Luis G. G. V.

    2017-03-01

    Localized magnetic moments have been predicted to develop in graphene samples with vacancies or adsorbates. The interplay between such magnetic impurities and graphene's Dirac quasiparticles leads to remarkable many-body phenomena, which have, so far, proved elusive to experimental efforts. In this article we study the thermodynamic, spectral, and transport signatures of quantum criticality and Kondo physics of a dilute ensemble of atomic impurities in graphene. We consider vacancies and adatoms that either break or preserve graphene's C3 v and inversion symmetries. In a neutral graphene sample, all cases display symmetry-dependent quantum criticality, leading to enhanced impurity scattering for asymmetric impurities, in a manner analogous to bound-state formation by nonmagnetic resonant scatterers. Kondo correlations emerge only in the presence of a back gate, with estimated Kondo temperatures well within the experimentally accessible domain for all impurity types. For symmetry-breaking impurities at charge neutrality, quantum criticality is signaled by T-2 resistivity scaling, leading to full insulating behavior at low temperatures, while low-temperature resistivity plateaus appear both in the noncritical and Kondo regimes. By contrast, the resistivity contribution from symmetric vacancies and hollow-site adsorbates vanishes at charge neutrality and for arbitrary back-gate voltages, respectively. This implies that local probing methods are required for the detection of both Kondo and quantum critical signatures in these symmetry-preserving cases.

  12. Kondo effect in a quantum wire with spin-orbit coupling

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    de Sousa, G. R.; Silva, Joelson F.; Vernek, E.

    2016-09-01

    The influence of spin-orbit interactions on the Kondo effect has been under debate recently. Studies conducted recently on a system composed of an Anderson impurity on a two-dimensional electron gas with a Rashba spin orbit have shown that it can enhance or suppress the Kondo temperature (TK), depending on the relative energy level position of the impurity with respect to the particle-hole symmetric point. Here, we investigate a system composed of a single Anderson impurity, side coupled to a quantum wire with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). We derive an effective Hamiltonian in which the Kondo coupling is modified by the SOC. In addition, the Hamiltonian contains two other scattering terms, the so-called Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, known to appear in these systems, and another one describing processes similar to the Elliott-Yafet scattering mechanisms. By performing a renormalization group analysis on the effective Hamiltonian, we find that the correction on the Kondo coupling due to the SOC favors the enhancement of the Kondo temperature even in the particle-hole symmetric point of the Anderson model, agreeing with the numerical renormalization group results. Moreover, away from the particle-hole symmetric point, TK always increases with the SOC, accordingly with a previous renormalization group analysis.

  13. Lateral spin-orbit coupling and the Kondo effect in quantum dots

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    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).

  14. Kondo effect in graphene in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Zarea, Mahdi; Sandler, Nancy; Ulloa, Sergio

    2011-03-01

    We present an exact solution for the Anderson model of a single-orbital magnetic impurity on graphene in the Kondo regime. Different positions for the impurity are considered: on top of a carbon atom, substitutional or interstitial (middle of the hexagon cell). We show that regardless of the impurity position, the effective exchange Hamiltonian always describes a single- channel Kondo problem. The inclusion of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction changes the linear energy dispersion to a quadratic one near the Dirac points with the corresponding change in the density of states. This in turn, modifies the value of the critical Kondo coupling as compared to the case where the spin-orbit is absent. Moreover, spin-orbit interactions, introduce a Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya (DM) term in the Kondo Hamiltonian away from particle-hole symmetry. Although still in the single channel region, the effective exchange coupling is augmented by the DM term and the Kondo temperature shows an exponential increase. Supported by NSF-PIRE and MWN/CIAM

  15. Fate of the spin-1/2 Kondo effect in the presence of temperature gradients

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    Sierra, Miguel A.; López, Rosa; Sánchez, David

    2017-08-01

    We consider a strongly interacting quantum dot connected to two leads held at quite different temperatures. Our aim is to study the behavior of the Kondo effect in the presence of large thermal biases. We use three different approaches, namely, a perturbation formalism based on the Kondo Hamiltonian, a slave-boson mean-field theory for the Anderson model at large charging energies, and a truncated equation-of-motion approach beyond the Hartree-Fock approximation. The two former formalisms yield a suppression of the Kondo peak for thermal gradients above the Kondo temperature, showing a remarkably good agreement despite their different ranges of validity. The third technique allows us to analyze the full density of states within a wide range of energies. Additionally, we have investigated the quantum transport properties (electric current and thermocurrent) beyond linear response. In the voltage-driven case, we reproduce the split differential conductance due to the presence of different electrochemical potentials. In the temperature-driven case, we observe a strongly nonlinear thermocurrent as a function of the applied thermal gradient. Depending on the parameters, we can find nontrivial zeros in the electric current for finite values of the temperature bias. Importantly, these thermocurrent zeros yield direct access to the system's characteristic energy scales (Kondo temperature and charging energy).

  16. Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films

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    Zhu, L. J.; Nie, S. H.; Xiong, P.; ...

    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

  17. Charge Kondo effect in negative-U quantum dots with superconducting electrodes

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    Fang, Tie-Feng; Guo, Ai-Min; Lu, Han-Tao; Luo, Hong-Gang; Sun, Qing-Feng

    2017-08-01

    Recent experimental realization of superconducting quantum dot devices with intradot attraction U [Nature (London) 521, 196 (2015), 10.1038/nature14398; Phys. Rev. X 6, 041042 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.041042] offers unique opportunities to study the charge Kondo effect in a superconducting environment. In such devices pseudospin flips are caused by two tunneling processes. One is the cotunneling of normal electrons which generates near-gap Kondo resonances in the single-electron spectral density. This negative-U charge Kondo effect is more robust than the conventional spin Kondo effect against the suppression by the superconductivity. The other tunneling is the mean-field Cooper-pair tunneling which produces a zero-energy bound state in the pair spectral density. Interesting crossover physics from the strongly-correlated Kondo screening to the mean-field polarization of local pseudospin is demonstrated. Due to the interplay of these two tunnelings, the supercurrent is suppressed for intermediate couplings, but it can increase to the unitary limits both in the strong and weak coupling regimes. We obtain the magnetic field-dependent supercurrent which is consistent with the key experimental findings.

  18. Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films

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    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

  19. Understanding the Kondo resonance in the d-CoPc/Au(111) adsorption system

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    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.

  20. Tuning the Kondo effect in Yb(Fe1-xCox)2Zn20

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    Kong, Tai; Taufour, Valentin; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; ...

    2017-04-03

    We study the evolution of the Kondo effect in heavy fermion compounds, Yb(Fe1-xCox)2Zn20 (0 ≲ x ≲ 1), by means of temperature-dependent electric resistivity and speci c heat. The ground state of YbFe2Zn20 can be well described by a Kondo model with degeneracy N = 8 and a TK ~30 K. In the presence of a very similar total CEF splitting with YbFe2Zn20, the ground state of YbCo2Zn20 is close to a Kondo state with degeneracy N = 2 and a much lower TK ~ 2 K. Upon Co substitution, the coherence temperature of YbFe2Zn20 is suppressed, accompanied by anmore » emerging Schottky-like feature in speci c heat associated with the thermal depopulation of CEF levels upon cooling. For 0.4 ≲ x ≲ 0.9, the ground state remains roughly the same which can be qualitatively understood by Kondo effect in the presence of CEF splitting. There is no clear indication of Kondo coherence observable in resistivity within this substitution range down to 500 mK. The coherence re-appears at around x≳ 0.9 and the coherence temperature increases with higher Co concentration levels.« less

  1. Coupled Quantum Dots in the Kondo regime: interference and filtering effects.

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    Dias da Silva, Luis; Sandler, Nancy; Ingersent, Kevin; Ulloa, Sergio

    2006-03-01

    Double quantum-dot systems (DQDs) provide a vast array of possibilities for both theoretical and experimental investigations of the Kondo regime. In this work, we propose DQDs as a possible experimental realization of a Kondo impurity coupled to an effective structured (non-constant) density of states (DoS). We consider a DQD in parallel configuration coupled to metallic leads. By changing the lead-dot and dot-dot couplings, the effective hybridization function for an individual dot displays sharp resonances and/or pseudogaps, allowing for an experimental probe into the transition between both regimes. Using numerical renormalization group methods, we calculate the dot's spectral function in different regimes. For a dot weakly coupled to the leads and strongly coupled to the second dot, the effective DoS has a sharp resonance with width δ and the spectral density shows a splitting in the Kondo resonance for TK>δ, although the Kondo singlet is preserved. Furthermore, for small inter-dot coupling, second order dot-dot interactions through the conduction electrons lead to the formation of a pseudo-gap. The spectral density goes to zero as a power-law |ɛ-ɛF|^2 and the Kondo screening is suppressed. Supported by NFS-NIRT.

  2. Ferromagnetism in the Kondo-lattice compound CePd2P2.

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    Tran, Vinh Hung; Bukowski, Zbigniew

    2014-06-25

    We report physical properties of CePd2P2 crystallizing in the tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (space group I4/mmm). Dc-magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements establish a ferromagnetic ordering below the Curie temperature TC = 28.4 ± 0.2 K. Critical analysis of isothermal and isofield magnetization yields critical exponents of β = 0.405 ± 0.005, γ = 1.11 ± 0.05 and δ = 3.74 ± 0.04. The ordered state is characterized by saturation moment Ms ∼ 0.98μB and magnon energy gap Δ/kB ∼25–35 K. The studied properties reflect a competing influence of the Kondo and crystalline electric field (CEF) interactions. The strength of the Kondo effect is assigned by a low-temperature Kondo scale TK ∼19 ± 10 K and a high-temperature Kondo scale TK ~ H 117 } 10 K. A model of the inelastic scattering of the conduction electrons with an exchanged CEF energy ΔCEF was applied to the magnetic resistivity. An average value ΔCEF = 260 ± 30 K is consistent in the relationships with TK and TK H. We argue that the CePd2P2 compound appears to be a new ferromagnetic Kondo-lattice among the Ce-based intermetallics.

  3. Effect of Spin-Orbit Coupling on Kondo Phenomena in f7-Electron Systems

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    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.

  4. Quantum interference and Kondo effects in an Aharonov-Bohm-Casher interferometer containing a laterally coupled double quantum dot

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    Kubo, T.; Tokura, Y.; Tarucha, S.

    2010-01-01

    We theoretically investigate spin-dependent electron transport through an Aharonov-Bohm-Casher interferometer containing a laterally coupled double quantum dot. In particular, we numerically calculate the Aharonov-Bohm and Aharonov-Casher oscillations of the linear conductance in the Kondo regime. We show that the AC oscillation in the Kondo regime deviates from the sinusoidal form.

  5. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Electric-Current-Induced Heat Generation in Kondo Regime

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    Chen, Qiao; Zhang, Ya-Min

    2010-07-01

    Using the nonequilibrium Green's function technique, we investigate the current induced heat generation in Kondo regime. The Kondo effect influences the heat generation significantly. In the curve of heat generation versus the bias, a negative differential of the heat generation is exhibited. The symmetry of the heat generation is destroyed by the strong electron-electron interaction and the electron-phonon interaction.

  6. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Kondo effect in a deformed molecule coupled asymmetrically to ferromagnetic electrodes

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    Wang, Rui-Qiang; Jiang, Kai-Ming

    2009-12-01

    The nonequilibrium Kondo effect is studied in a molecule quantum dot coupled asymmetrically to two ferromagnetic electrodes by employing the nonequilibrium Green function technique. The current-induced deformation of the molecule is taken into account, modeled as interactions with a phonon system, and phonon-assisted Kondo satellites arise on both sides of the usual main Kondo peak. In the antiparallel electrode configuration, the Kondo satellites can be split only for the asymmetric dot-lead couplings, distinguished from the parallel configuration where splitting also exists, even though it is for symmetric case. We also analyze how to compensate the splitting and restore the suppressed zero-bias Kondo resonance. It is shown that one can change the TMR ratio significantly from a negative dip to a positive peak only by slightly modulating a local external magnetic field, whose value is greatly dependent on the electron-phonon coupling strength.

  7. Fano-Andreev effect in Quantum Dots in Kondo regime

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    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.

  8. X-boson cumulant approach to the topological Kondo insulators

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    Ramos, E.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Foglio, M. E.; Figueira, M. S.

    2014-12-01

    In this work we present a generalization of our previous work of the X-boson approach to the periodic Anderson model (PAM), adequate to study a novel class of intermetallic 4f and 5f orbitals materials: the topological Kondo insulators, whose paradigmatic material is the compound SmB6. For simplicity, we consider a version of the PAM on a 2D square lattice, adequate to describe Ce-based compounds in two dimensions. The starting point of the model is the 4f - Ce ions orbitals, with J = 5/2 multiplet, in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. Our technique works well for all of the parameters of the model and avoids the unwanted phase transitions of the slave boson mean field theory. We present a critical comparison of our results with those of the usual slave boson method, that has been intensively used to describe this class of materials. We also obtain a new valence first order transition which we attribute to the vec k dependence of the hybridization.

  9. Gapped excitation in dense Kondo lattice CePtZn

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    Harriger, L.; Disseler, S. M.; Gunasekera, J.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J.; Pixley, J.; Manfrinetti, P.; Dhar, S. K.; Singh, D. K.

    2017-01-01

    We report on neutron scattering and muon spin relaxation measurements of dense Kondo lattice CePtZn. The system develops long-range incommensurate magnetic order as the temperature is reduced below TN=1.75 K. Interestingly, a Q -independent gap at E =0.65 meV in the energy spectrum is found to co-exist with the long-range magnetic order. The gap persists to a very high temperature of T ≃100 K. The Q -independent characteristic and its persistence to high temperature hint that the gapped excitation may be manifesting the excited state of the ground-state doublet of the crystal-field energy levels. However, the observed broadness in the linewidth with distinct temperature and field dependencies makes it a nontrivial phenomenon. Qualitative analysis of the experimental data suggests the possible co-existence of a local critical behavior, which is onset near the critical field of H ≃3 T, with the crystal-field excitation in the dynamic properties.

  10. Spin dynamics and Kondo physics in optical tweezers

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    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.

  11. Spin relaxation and the Kondo effect in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers.

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    Rostami, Habib; Moghaddam, Ali G; Asgari, Reza

    2016-12-21

    We investigate the spin relaxation and Kondo resistivity caused by magnetic impurities in doped transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. We show that momentum and spin relaxation times, due to the exchange interaction by magnetic impurities, are much longer when the Fermi level is inside the spin-split region of the valence band. In contrast to the spin relaxation, we find that the dependence of Kondo temperature T K on the doping is not strongly affected by the spin-orbit induced splitting, although only one of the spin species are present at each valley. This result, which is obtained using both perturbation theory and the poor man's scaling methods, originates from the intervalley spin-flip scattering in the spin-split region. We further demonstrate the decline in the conductivity with temperatures close to T K, which can vary with the doping. Our findings reveal the qualitative difference with the Kondo physics in conventional metallic systems and other Dirac materials.

  12. 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.

  13. Understanding the Josephson current through a Kondo-correlated quantum dot.

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    Luitz, D J; Assaad, F F; Novotný, T; Karrasch, C; Meden, V

    2012-06-01

    We study the Josephson current 0-π transition of a quantum dot tuned to the Kondo regime. The physics can be quantitatively captured by the numerically exact continuous time quantum Monte Carlo method applied to the single-impurity Anderson model with Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconducting leads. For a comparison to an experiment, the tunnel couplings are determined by fitting the normal-state linear conductance. Excellent agreement for the dependence of the critical Josephson current on the level energy is achieved. For increased tunnel couplings the Kondo scale becomes comparable to the superconducting gap, and the regime of the strongest competition between superconductivity and Kondo correlations is reached; we predict the gate voltage dependence of the critical current in this regime.

  14. Quantum dots with even number of electrons: kondo effect in a finite magnetic field

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    Pustilnik; Avishai; Kikoin

    2000-02-21

    We show that the Kondo effect can be induced by an external magnetic field in quantum dots with an even number of electrons. If the Zeeman energy B is close to the single-particle level spacing Delta in the dot, the scattering of the conduction electrons from the dot is dominated by an anisotropic exchange interaction. A Kondo resonance then occurs despite the fact that B exceeds by far the Kondo temperature T(K). As a result, at low temperatures T

  15. Magnetization Process of the Kondo Insulator YbB12 in Ultrahigh Magnetic Fields

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    Terashima, Taku T.; Ikeda, Akihiko; Matsuda, Yasuhiro H.; Kondo, Akihiro; Kindo, Koichi; Iga, Fumitoshi

    2017-05-01

    The magnetization process of the Kondo insulator YbB12 has been unveiled in ultrahigh magnetic fields of up to 120 T at 4.2 K. We have found a novel metamagnetic transition at Bc2 = 102 T in addition to the previously known transition at Bc1 = 55 T. It has also been observed that the magnetization tends to saturate at around 112 T. Within the rigid band model, the two-energy-gap structure in the density of states (DOS) explains the successive two-step metamagnetism as a result of the Zeeman effect of the DOS. The metamagnetic transition at Bc1 occurs along with an insulator-metal transition and the field-induced phase is expected to be a heavy fermion metallic state. The Kondo effect can weaken at the second transition of Bc2, as theoretically found in the successive two-metamagnetic-transition process in the Kondo semimetal CeNiSn.

  16. Spin relaxation and the Kondo effect in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    Rostami, Habib; Moghaddam, Ali G.; Asgari, Reza

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the spin relaxation and Kondo resistivity caused by magnetic impurities in doped transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. We show that momentum and spin relaxation times, due to the exchange interaction by magnetic impurities, are much longer when the Fermi level is inside the spin-split region of the valence band. In contrast to the spin relaxation, we find that the dependence of Kondo temperature T K on the doping is not strongly affected by the spin-orbit induced splitting, although only one of the spin species are present at each valley. This result, which is obtained using both perturbation theory and the poor man’s scaling methods, originates from the intervalley spin-flip scattering in the spin-split region. We further demonstrate the decline in the conductivity with temperatures close to T K, which can vary with the doping. Our findings reveal the qualitative difference with the Kondo physics in conventional metallic systems and other Dirac materials.

  17. Kondo interactions from band reconstruction in YbInCu4

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    Jarrige, I.; Kotani, A.; Yamaoka, H.; ...

    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.

  18. GW approach to Anderson model in and out of equilibrium : scaling properties in the Kondo regime.

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    Spataru, Dan Catalin

    2010-03-01

    The low-energy properties of the Anderson model for a single impurity coupled to two leads are studied using the GW approximation. We find that quantities such as the spectral function at zero temperature, the linear-response conductance as function of temperature or the differential conductance as function of bias voltage exhibit universal scaling behavior in the Kondo regime. We show how the form of the GW scaling functions relates to the form of the scaling functions obtained from the exact solution at equilibrium. We also compare the energy scale that goes inside the GW scaling functions with the exact Kondo temperature, for a broad range of the Coulomb interaction strength in the asymptotic regime. This analysis allows to clarify a presently suspended question in the literature, namely whether or not the GW solution captures the Kondo resonance.

  19. Kondo-type transport through a quantum dot under magnetic fields

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    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.

  20. Frequency Regimes of Kondo Dynamics in a Single-Electron Transistor

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    Hemingway, Bryan; Kogan, Andrei; Herbert, Stephen; Melloch, Michael

    2013-03-01

    It has been theoretically predicted that the Kondo temperature, TK, serves as the intrinsic timescale for the formation of Kondo correlations between conduction electrons and local spin moments. To probe this timescale, we have measured the time averaged differential conductance, =d /dVds, of a single electron transistor in the spin 1/2 Kondo regime in presence of an oscillating bias voltage, V(t)=Vds+VAC sin(2 πft). We present the amplitude dependent conductance over select frequencies spanning several orders of magnitude below TK to twice TK (TK ~ 16GHz). At frequencies above TK, we find good agreement with theory [Kaminski, et al. Phys. Rev. B 62, 8154 (2000)] in both the low (VAC ~ TK/10) and high (VAC ~ 10TK) amplitude regimes. The onset of non-adiabatic conductance behavior occurs well below prediction, f ~ TK, and becomes more apparent as the frequency nears TK. Supported by NSF DMR award Nos. 0804199 and 1206784.

  1. Preserved Kondo effect of small cobalt atomic chains on Ru(0001) surface

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    Feng, Wei; Liu, Qin; Zhou, Chunsheng; Lai, Xinchun; Li, Bin; Zhao, Aidi

    2016-12-01

    The evolution of the Kondo effect from a cobalt monomer to a compact dimer, a linear trimer and then a triangular trimer on Ru(0001) surface was studied by atomic manipulation and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). It is found that the Kondo resonances of a compact Co dimer and linear trimer still can be detected in their STS because of the weak ferromagnetic exchange interaction between the Co atoms. However, when the number of the nearest-neighbors for every Co atom in the compact Co clusters is larger than one, for the interaction between Co atoms enter into the regime of the strong ferromagnetic exchange interaction, the Kondo resonance disappear and a new state forms.

  2. Block entropy and quantum phase transition in the anisotropic Kondo necklace model

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2010-06-01

    We study the von Neumann block entropy in the Kondo necklace model for different anisotropies η 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 η 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 Δ is included in the Kondo exchange between localized and conduction spins; when Δ diminishes for a fixed value of η, the critical point increases, favoring the antiferromagnetic phase.

  3. Kondo physics in the single-electron transistor with ac driving

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    Nordlander, Peter; Wingreen, Ned S.; Meir, Yigal; Langreth, David C.

    2000-01-01

    Using a time-dependent Anderson Hamiltonian, a quantum dot with an ac voltage applied to a nearby gate is investigated. A rich dependence of the linear response conductance on the external frequency and driving amplitude is demonstrated. At low frequencies a sufficiently strong ac potential produces sidebands of the Kondo peak in the spectral density of the dot, and a slow, roughly logarithmic decrease in conductance over several decades of frequency. At intermediate frequencies, the conductance of the dot displays an oscillatory behavior due to the appearance of Kondo resonances of the satellites of the dot level. At high frequencies, the conductance of the dot can vary rapidly due to the interplay between photon-assisted tunneling and the Kondo resonance.

  4. Quantum phase transitions and thermodynamics of the power-law Kondo model

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    Mitchell, Andrew K.; Vojta, Matthias; Bulla, Ralf; Fritz, Lars

    2013-11-01

    We revisit the physics of a Kondo impurity coupled to a fermionic host with a diverging power-law density of states near the Fermi level, ρ(ω)˜|ω|r, with exponent -1Kondo coupling leads to strong screening with a negative zero-temperature impurity entropy, while ferromagnetic Kondo coupling can induce a stable fractional spin moment. We formulate the quantum field theories for all critical fixed points of the problem, which are fermionic in nature and allow for a perturbative renormalization-group treatment.

  5. Kondo effect in transport through Aharonov-Bohm and Aharonov-Casher interferometers

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    Lobos, A. M.; Aligia, A. A.

    2009-10-01

    We derive the extension of the Hubbard model to include Rashba spin-orbit coupling that correctly describes Aharonov-Bohm and Aharonov-Casher phases in a ring under applied magnetic and electric fields. When the ring is connected to conducting leads, we develop a formalism that is able to describe both, Kondo and interference effects. We find that in the Kondo regime, the spin-orbit coupling reduces strongly the conductance from the unitary limit. This effect in combination with the magnetic flux, can be used to produce spin polarized carriers.

  6. Observation of the Kondo effect in a spin-3/2 hole quantum dot

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    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.

  7. Gap formation and phase transition of the anisotropic Kondo necklace model: Density matrix renormalization group analysis

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2010-01-01

    We analyze the one-dimensional Kondo necklace model, at zero temperature, with an anisotropy parameter η in the interaction of the conduction chain, by means of the density matrix renormalization group. We calculate the energy gap and estimate the quantum critical points that separate a Kondo singlet state from an antiferromagnetic state, assuming a Kosterlitz-Thouless tendency. We also observe the correlation functions and the structure factors that support our critical points. The resulting phase diagram is presented and compared to that reported previously using Lanczos calculations. It is shown that the quantum critical points vary very slowly with η , but when η approaches zero, they drop abruptly.

  8. Kondo-correlated transport in single molecule ferromagnetic break junction devices with controllable electrode magnetization alignment

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    Scott, Gavin; Hu, Ting-Chen

    A quantum dot attached to electrodes with magnetizations that can be switched between parallel and anti-parallel alignment has been proposed as a platform for investigating quantum criticality associated with the destruction of Kondo entanglement. We have fabricated single molecule break junction devices with elliptical ferromagnetic electrodes designed to suit this purpose. Low temperature transport measurements, supported by micromagnetic simulations, were used to investigate the magnetoresistance response on control samples during the magnetization reversal process. We show results of Kondo-correlated transport as the source and drain contacts are switched between parallel and anti-parallel magnetization configurations.

  9. Two-channel Kondo physics in a Majorana island coupled to a Josephson junction

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    Landau, L. A.; Sela, E.

    2017-01-01

    We study a Majorana island coupled to a bulk superconductor via a Josephson junction and to multiple external normal leads. In the absence of the Josephson coupling, the system displays a topological Kondo state, which had been largely studied recently. However, we find that this state is unstable even to small Josephson coupling, which instead leads at low temperature T to a new fixed point. Most interesting is the case of three external leads, forming a minimal electronic realization of the long sought two-channel Kondo effect. While the T =0 conductance corresponds to simple resonant Andreev reflection, the leading T dependence forms an experimental fingerprint for non-Fermi-liquid properties.

  10. Zero-Temperature Magnetic Transition in an Easy-Axis Kondo Lattice Model

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    Zhu, Jian-Xin; Kirchner, Stefan; Bulla, Ralf; Si, Qimiao

    2007-11-01

    We address the quantum transition of a spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice model with an easy-axis anisotropy using the extended dynamical mean field theory. We derive results in real frequency by using the bosonic numerical renormalization group (BNRG) method and compare them with quantum Monte Carlo results in Matsubara frequency. The BNRG results show a logarithmic divergence in the critical local spin susceptibility, signaling a destruction of Kondo screening. The T=0 transition is consistent with being second order. The BNRG results also display some subtle features; we identify their origin and suggest means for further microscopic studies.

  11. Magnetoresistance in the Spin-Orbit Kondo State of Elemental Bismuth

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    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

  12. Ferromagnetic clusters induced by a nonmagnetic random disorder in diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Bui, Dinh-Hoi; Phan, Van-Nham

    2016-12-15

    In this work, we analyze the nonmagnetic random disorder leading to a formation of ferromagnetic clusters in diluted magnetic semiconductors. The nonmagnetic random disorder arises from randomness in the host lattice. Including the disorder to the Kondo lattice model with random distribution of magnetic dopants, the ferromagnetic–paramagnetic transition in the system is investigated in the framework of dynamical mean-field theory. At a certain low temperature one finds a fraction of ferromagnetic sites transiting to the paramagnetic state. Enlarging the nonmagnetic random disorder strength, the paramagnetic regimes expand resulting in the formation of the ferromagnetic clusters.

  13. Relation between the 0.7 anomaly and the Kondo effect: Geometric crossover between a quantum point contact and a Kondo quantum dot

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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.

  14. A theoretical study of the spin glass-Kondo-magnetic disordered alloys in the presence of a random field

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    Magalhaes, S. G.; Zimmer, F. M.; Coqblin, B.

    2012-12-01

    We study here the influence of a random applied magnetic field on the competition between the Kondo effect, the spin glass phase and a ferromagnetic order in disordered cerium systems such as CeNi1-xCux. The model used here takes an intrasite Kondo coupling and an intersite random coupling; both the intersite random coupling and the random magnetic field are described within the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model and the one-step replica symmetry breaking procedure is also used here. We present phase diagrams giving Temperature versus the Kondo exchange parameter and the random magnetic field makes decrease particularly the importance of the spin glass and ferromagnetic phases.

  15. Competition between Quadrupole and Magnetic Kondo Effects in Non-Kramers Doublet Systems

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    Kusunose, Hiroaki; Onimaru, Takahiro

    2015-03-01

    We discuss possible competition between magnetic and quadrupole Kondo effects in non-Kramers doublet systems in cubic symmetry. The quadrupole Kondo effect leads to non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) ground state, while the magnetic one favors ordinary Fermi-liquid (FL) ground state. In terms of the j-j coupling scheme, we argue that the orbital fluctuation must develop in the vicinity of the NFL-FL boundary. A change of temperature dependence of the f-electron entropy in both the FL and NFL regimes is demonstrated by the Wilson's numerical renormalization-group (NRG) method on the basis of the extended two-channel Kondo exchange model. We present implications to PrT2X20 (T=Ti, V, Ir; X=Al, Zn) systems which exhibit both quadrupole ordering and peculiar superconductivity. We discuss how the magnetic field lifts the non-Kramers degeneracy. Our model also represents the alternative FL state accompanied by a free magnetic spin, as a consequence of stronger competition between the magnetic and the quadrupole Kondo effects.

  16. Nonequilibrium electron energy distribution in the presence of Kondo impurities in the logarithmic approach

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    Ujsághy, Orsolya; Jakovác, Antal; Zawadowski, Alfred

    2004-03-01

    Recently, several measurements have been performed [1] to study the electron energy distribution in a metallic short wire, with large voltage applied. The measured energy relaxation can be attributed to Kondo impurities [2,3] which mediate inelastic electron-electron scattering. We perform a systematic study of the nonequilibrium electron energy distribution in a diffusive wire with large bias in presence of Kondo impurities in the logarithmic approach. We examine the effect of finite Korringa lifetime and voltage and Kondo temperature on conditions of the experimentally observed scaling and validity of the logarithmic approach. [1] F. Pierre et al., in Kondo Effect and Dephasing in Low-Dimensional Metallic Systems (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht 2001), pp. 119-132, cond-mat/0012038 and references therein. [2] G. Göppert, Y.M. Galperin, B.L. Altshuler, and H. Grabert, Phys. Rev. B66, 195328 (2002) and references therein. [3] J. Kroha and A. Zawadowski, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 176803 (2002) and references therein.

  17. 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.

  18. Two-channel Kondo physics from arsenic bond oscillations in zirconium arsenide selenide

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    Kirchner, Stefan; Cichorek, Tomasz; Bochenek, L.; Schmidt, Marcus; Niewa, Rainer; Czulucki, A.; Auffermann, G.; Steglich, Frank; Kniep, Ruediger

    2015-03-01

    The two-channel Kondo effect is a fascinating but extremely fragile many-body state that has been theoretically discussed extensively. we address metallic compounds of a specific (PbFCl) structure for which a - AT 1 / 2 term to ρ (T) is frequently observed, in line with the two-channel Kondo effect. The origin of this anomalous behavior has remained enigmatic since here, solely the interaction between electrons may account for this behavior, and the two-channel Kondo state is not expected to occur. By combining chemical and structural investigations with various physical property measurements we show that the magnetic field-independent - AT 1 / 2 term to the low-T resistivity observed over two decades in ZrAsxSey with 1.90 <= x + y <= 1.99 originates from vacancies in the layer exclusively built up by As. Furthermore, we can trace back the two-channel Kondo effect in this material to a dynamic Jahn-Teller effect operating at these vacancies. All physical properties of the investigated compounds support this conclusion. Our findings will be relevant also for other metallic systems with pnictogen-pnictogen bondings, e.g., cage-forming compounds like the skutterudites.

  19. 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; Prüser, Henning; Caciuc, Vasile; Waters, Michael; Fisher, Andrew J.; Blügel, Stefan; van Slageren, Joris; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.

    2016-01-01

    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 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 hybridization of dysprosium double-decker phthalocyanine 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 have in mediating electronic and magnetic coupling and in accessing many-body quantum states. PMID:27666413

  20. Analytical expression of Kondo temperature in quantum dot embedded in Aharonov-Bohm ring

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    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∕|ε˜0| and LK = ħvF = TK, where vF is the Fermi velocity and ε˜0 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

  1. Environment-modulated Kondo phenomena in FePc/Au(111) adsorption systems

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    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.

  2. Blocking transport resonances via Kondo many-body entanglement in quantum dots

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    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

  3. Analytical expression of Kondo temperature in quantum dot embedded in Aharonov-Bohm ring.

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    Yoshii, Ryosuke; Eto, Mikio

    2011-11-23

    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:

  4. Spin selective pseudogap Kondo effect in a double quantum dot interferometer with Rashba interaction.

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    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.

  5. Strong spin Seebeck effect in Kondo T-shaped double quantum dots

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    Wójcik, K. P.; Weymann, I.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate, taking a theoretical approach, the thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties of a T-shaped double quantum dot strongly coupled to two ferromagnetic leads, focusing on the transport regime in which the system exhibits the two-stage Kondo effect. We study the dependence of the (spin) Seebeck coefficient, the corresponding power factor and the figure of merit on temperature, leads’ spin polarization and dot level position. We show that the thermal conductance fulfills a modified Wiedemann-Franz law, also in the regime of suppression of subsequent stages of the Kondo effect by the exchange field resulting from the presence of ferromagnets. Moreover, we demonstrate that the spin thermopower is enhanced at temperatures corresponding to the second stage of Kondo screening. Very interestingly, the spin-thermoelectric response of the system is found to be highly sensitive to the spin polarization of the leads. In some cases spin polarization of the order of 1% is sufficient for a strong spin Seebeck effect to occur. This is explained as a consequence of the interplay between the two-stage Kondo effect and the exchange field induced in the double quantum dot. Due to the possibility of tuning the exchange field by the choice of gate voltage, the spin thermopower may also be tuned to be maximal for desired spin polarization of the leads. All calculations are performed with the aid of the numerical renormalization group technique.

  6. Strong spin Seebeck effect in Kondo T-shaped double quantum dots.

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    Wójcik, K P; Weymann, I

    2017-02-08

    We investigate, taking a theoretical approach, the thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties of a T-shaped double quantum dot strongly coupled to two ferromagnetic leads, focusing on the transport regime in which the system exhibits the two-stage Kondo effect. We study the dependence of the (spin) Seebeck coefficient, the corresponding power factor and the figure of merit on temperature, leads' spin polarization and dot level position. We show that the thermal conductance fulfills a modified Wiedemann-Franz law, also in the regime of suppression of subsequent stages of the Kondo effect by the exchange field resulting from the presence of ferromagnets. Moreover, we demonstrate that the spin thermopower is enhanced at temperatures corresponding to the second stage of Kondo screening. Very interestingly, the spin-thermoelectric response of the system is found to be highly sensitive to the spin polarization of the leads. In some cases spin polarization of the order of 1% is sufficient for a strong spin Seebeck effect to occur. This is explained as a consequence of the interplay between the two-stage Kondo effect and the exchange field induced in the double quantum dot. Due to the possibility of tuning the exchange field by the choice of gate voltage, the spin thermopower may also be tuned to be maximal for desired spin polarization of the leads. All calculations are performed with the aid of the numerical renormalization group technique.

  7. Kondo quantum dot coupled to ferromagnetic leads: Numerical renormalization group study

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    Sindel, M.; Borda, L.; Martinek, J.; Bulla, R.; König, J.; Schön, G.; Maekawa, S.; von Delft, J.

    2007-07-01

    We systematically study the influence of ferromagnetic leads on the Kondo resonance in a quantum dot tuned to the local moment regime. We employ Wilson’s numerical renormalization group method, extended to handle leads with a spin asymmetric density of states, to identify the effects of (i) a finite spin polarization in the leads (at the Fermi surface), (ii) a Stoner splitting in the bands (governed by the band edges), and (iii) an arbitrary shape of the lead density of states. For a generic lead density of states, the quantum dot favors being occupied by a particular spin species due to exchange interaction with ferromagnetic leads, leading to suppression and splitting of the Kondo resonance. The application of a magnetic field can compensate this asymmetry, restoring the Kondo effect. We study both the gate voltage dependence (for a fixed band structure in the leads) and the spin polarization dependence (for fixed gate voltage) of this compensation field for various types of bands. Interestingly, we find that the full recovery of the Kondo resonance of a quantum dot in the presence of leads with an energy-dependent density of states is possible not only by an appropriately tuned external magnetic field but also via an appropriately tuned gate voltage. For flat bands, simple formulas for the splitting of the local level as a function of the spin polarization and gate voltage are given.

  8. Kondo effect in coupled quantum dots: a Non-crossing approximation study

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    Aguado, Ramon; Langreth, David

    2003-03-01

    The out-of-equilibrium transport properties of a double quantum dot system in the Kondo regime are studied theoretically by means of a two-impurity Anderson Hamiltonian with inter-impurity hopping. The Hamiltonian, formulated in slave-boson language, is solved by means of a generalization of the non-crossing approximation (NCA) to the present problem. We provide benchmark calculations of the predictions of the NCA for the linear and nonlinear transport properties of coupled quantum dots in the Kondo regime. We give a series of predictions that can be observed experimentally in linear and nonlinear transport measurements through coupled quantum dots. Importantly, it is demonstrated that measurements of the differential conductance G=dI/dV, for the appropriate values of voltages and inter-dot tunneling couplings, can give a direct observation of the coherent superposition between the many-body Kondo states of each dot. This coherence can be also detected in the linear transport through the system: the curve linear conductance vs temperature is non-monotonic, with a maximum at a temperature T characterizing quantum coherence between both Kondo states.

  9. Kondo conductance across the smallest spin 1/2 radical molecule

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    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

  10. Genome sequence of Frateuria aurantia type strain (Kondo 67(T)), a xanthomonade isolated from Lilium auratium Lindl.

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    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.

  11. Cyclotron dynamics of a Kondo singlet in a spin-orbit-coupled alkaline-earth-metal atomic gas

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    Jiang, Bo-Nan; Lv, Hao; Wang, Wen-Li; Du, Juan; Qian, Jun; Wang, Yu-Zhu

    2014-11-01

    We propose a scheme to investigate the interplay between the Kondo-exchange interaction and the quantum spin Hall effect with ultracold fermionic alkaline-earth-metal atoms trapped in two-dimensional optical lattices using ultracold collision and laser-assisted tunneling. In the strong Kondo-coupling regime, although the loop trajectory of the mobile atom disappears, collective dynamics of an atom pair in two clock states can exhibit an unexpected spin-dependent cyclotron orbit in a plaquette, realizing the quantum spin Hall effect of the Kondo singlet. We demonstrate that the collective cyclotron dynamics of the spin-zero Kondo singlet is governed by an effective Harper-Hofstadter model in addition to second-order diagonal tunneling.

  12. Origin of bulk quantum oscillations in the bulk Kondo insulating ground state of SmB6

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    Sebastian, Suchitra; Tan, B. S.; Hsu, Y.-T.; Zeng, B.; Ciomaga Hatnean, M.; Harrison, N.; Zhu, Z.; Hartstein, M.; Kiourlappou, M.; Srivastava, M.; Johannes, M. D.; Murphy, T. P.; Park, J.-H.; Balicas, L.; Shitsevalova, N.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Balakrishnan, G.

    I will discuss our recent observation of quantum oscillations corresponding to a bulk Fermi surface in the Kondo insulator SmB6, and consider their possible origin. New complementary experimental results will be presented which raise the interesting question of whether the underlying ground state corresponds to a novel Kondo regime in which the spin channel is gapless while the charge channel is gapped.

  13. Introducing the Hyper Hadrons, Hyper Mesons, Heavy Leptons and Massive Neutrinos of Kazuo Kondo's Mass Quantum Cascade

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    Croll, Grenville J.

    The late Professor Kazuo Kondo (Department of Mathematics, Tokyo University, Japan) l a hitherto unknown a priori particle theory which provides predictions of massive particles which may be detected by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and related apparatus. This article briefly introduces Kondo's work and documents the derivation and masses of his expected hyper-mesons, hyper-hadrons, heavy leptons and massive neutrinos. Several particles in these classes may have already been detected.

  14. Heavy-Fermion Valence-Bond Liquids in Ultracold Atoms: Cooperation of the Kondo Effect and Geometric Frustration.

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    Isaev, L; Rey, A M

    2015-10-16

    We analyze a microscopic mechanism behind the coexistence of a heavy Fermi liquid and geometric frustration in Kondo lattices. We consider a geometrically frustrated periodic Anderson model and demonstrate how orbital fluctuations lead to a Kondo-screened phase in the limit of extreme strong frustration when only local singlet states participate in the low-energy physics. We also propose a setup to realize and study this exotic state with SU(3)-symmetric alkaline-earth cold atoms.

  15. Theoretical study of Kondo effect and related transport properties in topological insulator systems

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    Xin, Xianhao

    This thesis presents theoretical studies of the Kondo effect and related transport properties in topological insulator systems. The thesis mainly covers two topics: the Kondo effect on the surface of a bulk topological insulator material and the Kondo effect in a topological insulator quantum dot. Other relevant background knowledge and theoretical techniques for the transport calculations are also discussed in the thesis. For the first topic, we investigate the role of magnetic impurities in the transport properties of a three-dimensional topological insulator's surface states. First, we combine the 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 conduction 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 eventually flow into a strong coupling regime if the coupling is antiferromagnetic. This work is motivated by the recent transport experiments, in which surface currents were detected in topological insulators. The calculation is shown to be qualitatively consistent with the low temperature dip observed in the experimental R - T curve, and it might be one of the possible origins of the dip. For the second main topic, 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

  16. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2–δAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; Ronning, F.; Wakeham, N.; ...

    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

  17. Photoelectrosynthesis at semiconductor electrodes

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    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)

  18. Semiconductor ohmic contact

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    Hawrylo, F. Z.; Kressel, H.

    1977-01-01

    Contact formed on p-type surface of semiconductor laser has several advantages: highly conductive degenerate region and narrow band gap provides surface for good metal-to-semiconductor contact; lattice parameter of GaAs is 5.6533 A; improved lattice match eases interface strain which reduces interface cracking of semiconductor material.

  19. Jahn-Teller / Kondo Interplay in a Three-Terminal Quantum Dot

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    Toonen, R. C.; Qin, H.; Huettel, A. K.; Goswami, S.; van der Weide, D. W.; Eberl, K.; Blick, R. H.

    2006-03-01

    The Jahn-Teller effect is the spontaneous geometric distortion of a nonlinear molecular entity. The Kondo effect, an expression of asymptotic freedom, arises from the hybridization between localized states of a magnetic impurity and the itinerant states of its environment. The interplay of these two phenomena has attracted the attention of theorists studying the growth and interactions of heavy-fermion systems. Because of the technical difficulties associated with probing isolated impurities in bulk materials, this composite effect has remained experimentally unexplored. We have investigated co-tunneling transport phenomena in a three-terminal quantum dot with triangular symmetry. Our measurements of anomalous spectral signatures reveal interplay between the Jahn-Teller and Kondo effects. This discovery suggests a means of controlling the correlation of spatially separated pairs of entangled electrons (EPR pairs)---a necessary condition for the physical realization of a quantum computer (DiVincenzo's 7th requirement).

  20. Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire

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    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.

  1. Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire

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    Cho, Sungjae; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John A.; ...

    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.

  2. Magnetic ordering and non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the multichannel Kondo-lattice model

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    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.

  3. Magnetic field effects on the DOS of a Kondo quantum dot coupled to LL leads

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    Yang, Kai-Hua; Qin, Chang-Dong; Wang, Huai-Yu; Wang, Xu

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the joint effects of a magnetic field and electron-electron interaction on the tunneling density of states (DOS) of a quantum dot coupled to the Luttinger liquid leads in the Kondo regime. We find that for intralead electron interaction, the DOS develops two peaks deviated from the origin by the Zeeman energy. With the increase of the intralead interaction, a phase transition occurs. For moderately strong interaction, the Zeeman splitting peaks develop into two dips. The splitting of the Kondo peak and dip is not symmetric with respect to up and down spins. In the limit of strong interaction the Zeeman splitting behavior disappears and there appears a power-law scaling behavior.

  4. Theory of Fano Resonances in Graphene: The Kondo effect probed by STM

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    Wehling, T.O.

    2010-06-02

    We consider the theory of Kondo effect and Fano factor energy dependence for magnetic impurity (Co) on graphene. We have performed a first principles calculation and find that the two dimensional E{sub 1} representation made of d{sub xz}, d{sub yz} orbitals is likely to be responsible for the hybridization and ultimately Kondo screening for cobalt on graphene. There are few high symmetry sites where magnetic impurity atom can be adsorbed. For the case of Co atom in the middle of hexagon of carbon lattice we find anomalously large Fano q-factor, q {approx} 80 and strongly suppressed coupling to conduction band. This anomaly is a striking example of quantum mechanical interference related to the Berry phase inherent to graphene band structure.

  5. Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB6

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    Knolle, Johannes; Cooper, Nigel R.

    2017-03-01

    Kondo insulating materials lie outside the usual dichotomy of weakly versus correlated—band versus Mott—insulators. They are metallic at high temperatures but resemble band insulators at low temperatures because of the opening of an interaction-induced band gap. The first discovered Kondo insulator (KI) SmB6 has been predicted to form a topological KI (TKI). However, since its discovery thermodynamic and transport anomalies have been observed that have defied a theoretical explanation. Enigmatic signatures of collective modes inside the charge gap are seen in specific heat, thermal transport, and quantum oscillation experiments in strong magnetic fields. Here, we show that TKIs are susceptible to the formation of excitons and magnetoexcitons. These charge neutral composite particles can account for long-standing anomalies in SmB6 .

  6. Mass-Imbalanced Superconductivity in Effective Two-Channel Kondo Lattice

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    Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2016-11-01

    We propose that mass-imbalanced superconductivity is realized in an effective two-channel Kondo lattice, and its characteristic property appears in electromagnetic responses such as the Meissner effect. Starting from an effective two-channel Kondo lattice model as a low-energy effective theory, and approximating it with two mean-field order parameter components in a self-consistent fashion, it is shown that the balance of the two components is sensitively reflected in the magnitude of the Meissner kernel, while thermodynamic properties are little affected by the balance. This remarkable behavior is understood by the localized character of one partner in the Cooper pair, namely, the effect of the mass imbalance. We briefly mention the relevance to the huge enhancement of the upper critical field under pressure observed in Pr 1-2-20 systems.

  7. Quantum critical Mott transitions in a bilayer Kondo insulator-metal model system

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    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.

  8. Quantum Fluctuations along Symmetry Crossover in a Kondo-Correlated Quantum Dot

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    Ferrier, Meydi; Arakawa, Tomonori; Hata, Tokuro; Fujiwara, Ryo; Delagrange, Raphaëlle; Deblock, Richard; Teratani, Yoshimichi; Sakano, Rui; Oguri, Akira; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2017-05-01

    Universal properties of entangled many-body states are controlled by their symmetry and quantum fluctuations. By the magnetic-field tuning of the spin-orbital degeneracy in a Kondo-correlated quantum dot, we have modified quantum fluctuations to directly measure their influence on the many-body properties along the crossover from SU(4) to SU(2) symmetry of the ground state. High-sensitive current noise measurements combined with the nonequilibrium Fermi liquid theory clarify that the Kondo resonance and electron correlations are enhanced as the fluctuations, measured by the Wilson ratio, increase along the symmetry crossover. Our achievement demonstrates that nonlinear noise constitutes a measure of quantum fluctuations that can be used to tackle quantum phase transitions.

  9. Ionic Hamiltonians for transition metal atoms: effective exchange coupling and Kondo temperature

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    Flores, F.; Goldberg, E. C.

    2017-02-01

    An ionic Hamiltonian for describing the interaction between a metal and a d-shell transition metal atom having an orbital singlet state is introduced and its properties analyzed using the Schrieffer-Wolf transformation (exchange coupling) and the poor man’s scaling method (Kondo temperature). We find that the effective exchange coupling between the metal and the atom has an antiferromagnetic or a ferromagnetic interaction depending on the kind of atomic fluctuations, either S\\to S-1/2 or S\\to S+1/2 , associated with the metal-atom coupling. We present a general scheme for all those processes and calculate, for the antiferromagnetic interaction, the corresponding Kondo-temperature.

  10. Layered Kondo lattice model for quantum critical beta-YbAlB4.

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    Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Coleman, P

    2009-02-20

    We analyze the magnetic and electronic properties of the quantum critical heavy fermion superconductor beta-YbAlB4, calculating the Fermi surface and the angular dependence of the extremal orbits relevant to the de Haas-van Alphen measurements. Using a combination of the realistic materials modeling and single-ion crystal field analysis, we are led to propose a layered Kondo lattice model for this system, in which two-dimensional boron layers are Kondo coupled via interlayer Yb moments in a Jz=+/-5/2 state. This model fits the measured single-ion magnetic susceptibility and predicts a substantial change in the electronic anisotropy as the system is pressure tuned through the quantum critical point.

  11. Temperature dependence of the Kondo resonance and its satellites in CeCu2Si2.

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    Reinert, F; Ehm, D; Schmidt, S; Nicolay, G; Hüfner, S; Kroha, J; Trovarelli, O; Geibel, C

    2001-09-03

    We present high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy studies on the Kondo resonance of the strongly correlated Ce system CeCu2Si2. By exploiting the thermal broadening of the Fermi edge we analyze position, spectral weight, and temperature dependence of the low-energy 4f spectral features, whose major weight lies above the Fermi level E(F). We also present theoretical predictions based on the single-impurity Anderson model using an extended noncrossing approximation, including all spin-orbit and crystal field splittings of the 4f states. The excellent agreement between theory and experiment provides strong evidence that the spectral properties of CeCu2Si2 can be described by single-impurity Kondo physics down to T approximately 5 K.

  12. Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire

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    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

  13. Superconductivity of composite particles in a two-channel Kondo lattice.

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Kuramoto, Yoshio

    2014-04-25

    Emergence of odd-frequency s-wave superconductivity is demonstrated in the two-channel Kondo lattice by means of the dynamical mean-field theory combined with the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method. Around half filling of the conduction bands, divergence of an odd-frequency pairing susceptibility is found, which signals instability toward the superconductivity. The corresponding order parameter is equivalent to a staggered composite-pair amplitude with even frequencies, which involves both localized spins and conduction electrons. A model wave function is constructed for the composite order with the use of symmetry operations such as charge conjugation and channel rotations. Given a certain asymmetry of the conduction bands, another s-wave superconductivity is found that has a uniform order parameter. The Kondo effect in the presence of two channels is essential for both types of unconventional superconductivity.

  14. Kondo lattice on the edge of a 2D topological insulator

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    Maciejko, Joseph

    2012-02-01

    Much attention has been devoted recently to the experimental and theoretical study of the effect of magnetic impurities on the stability of the gapless boundary modes of topological insulators. When the quantum dynamics of the impurities is considered, those boundary modes constitute novel types of fermionic baths which may affect the nature of possible impurity phases and phase transitions. We study a regular one-dimensional array of quantum magnetic impurities interacting with the helical edge liquid of a two-dimensional time-reversal invariant topological insulator. Exact solutions at the special Toulouse and Luther-Emery points as well as a renormalization group analysis àla Anderson-Yuval allow us to construct a phase diagram in the space of Kondo coupling, electron-electron interaction strength, and electron density. We point out similarities and differences with the Kondo lattice in a ordinary one-dimensional electron gas.

  15. Magnetic Quantum Phase Transitions of a Kondo Lattice Model with Ising Anisotropy

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    Zhu, Jian-Xin; Kirchner, Stefan; Si, Qimiao; Grempel, Daniel R.; Bulla, Ralf

    2006-03-01

    We study the Kondo Lattice model with Ising anisotropy, within an extended dynamical mean field theory (EDMFT) in the presence or absence of antiferromagnetic ordering. The EDMFT equations are studied using both the Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) and Numerical Renormalization Group (NRG) methods. We discuss the overall magnetic phase diagram by studying the evolution, as a function of the ratio of the RKKY interaction and bare Kondo scale, of the local spin susceptibility, magnetic order parameter, and the effective Curie constant of a nominally paramagnetic solution with a finite moment. We show that, within the numerical accuracy, the quantum magnetic transition is second order. The local quantum critical aspect of the transition is also discussed.

  16. The Kondo effect and coherent transport in stacking-faults-free wurtzite InAs nanowires

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    Kretinin, Andrey V.; Popovitz-Biro, Ronit; Mahalu, Diana; Oreg, Yuval; Heiblum, Moty; Shtrikman, Hadas

    2011-12-01

    The crystalline perfection of wurtzite InAs nanowires grown by the Vapor-Liquid-Solid Molecular Beam Epitaxy technique in combination with careful fabrication of nanowire-based FET devices allowed us to observe a variety of phenomena associated with mesoscopic coherent transport. When the single nanowire channel is nearly pinched-off the Coulomb blockade conductance oscillations exhibit well-pronounced Kondo effect approaching the conductance unitary limit. At some gate voltages the breaking of odd-even parity of the Kondo effect related to the formation of the triplet ground state is observed. At higher gate voltages when the channel is open we observe the Fabry-Pérot type conductance oscillations. The length of the Fabry-Pérot electron resonator deduced from the period of the oscillations is in agreement with the physical length of the nanowire device.

  17. Numerical approach to time-dependent quantum transport and dynamical Kondo transition.

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    Zheng, Xiao; Jin, Jinshuang; Welack, Sven; Luo, Meng; Yan, YiJing

    2009-04-28

    An accurate and efficient numerical approach is developed for the transient electronic dynamics of open quantum systems at low temperatures. The calculations are based on a formally exact hierarchical equations of motion quantum dissipation theory [J. S. Jin et al., J. Chem. Phys. 128, 234703 (2008)]. We propose a hybrid scheme that combines the Matsubara expansion technique and a frequency dispersion treatment to account for reservoir correlation functions. The new scheme not just admits various forms of reservoir spectral functions but also greatly reduces the computational cost of the resulting hierarchical equations, especially in the low temperature regime. Dynamical Kondo effects are obtained and the cotunneling induced Kondo transitions are resolved in the transient current in response to time-dependent external voltages.

  18. Kondo Effect in High-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} Cuprates

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    Nagaosa, N.; Lee, P.A.

    1997-11-01

    We study the Kondo effect due to the nonmagnetic impurity, e.g., Zn, in high-T{sub c} cuprates based on the spin-change separated state. In the optimal or overdoped case with the Kondo screening, the resistivity is given by {rho}(T)=(4{h_bar})/(e{sup 2} )(n{sub imp })/(1{minus}x)+({alpha}T)/(x) (x : hole concentration, n{sub imp} : impurity concentration, {alpha} : constant), which is in agreement with experiments. In the underdoped region with the pseudospin gap, an SU(2) formulation predicts that the holon phase shift is related to the formation of the local spin moment, and hence the residual resistivity is given by {rho}{sub res}=(4{h_bar})/(e{sup 2})(n{sub imp})/(x), which is also consistent with the experiments. The magnetic impurity case, e.g., Ni, is also discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  19. Spiral magnetic phases on the Kondo Lattice Model: A Hartree-Fock approach

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    Costa, N. C.; Lima, J. P.; dos Santos, Raimundo R.

    2017-02-01

    We study the Kondo Lattice Model (KLM) on a square lattice through a Hartree-Fock approximation in which the local spins are treated semi-classically, in the sense that their average values are modulated by a magnetic wavevector Q while they couple with the conduction electrons through fermion operators. In this way, we obtain a ground state phase diagram in which spiral magnetic phases (in which the wavevector depends on the coupling constants and on the density) interpolate between the low-density ferromagnetic phase and the antiferromagnetic phase at half filling; within small regions of the phase diagram commensurate magnetic phases can coexist with Kondo screening. We have also obtained 'Doniach-like' diagrams, showing the effect of temperature on the ground state phases, and established that for some ranges of the model parameters (the exchange coupling and conduction electron density) the magnetic wavevector changes with temperature, either continuously or abruptly (e.g., from spiral to ferromagnetic).

  20. Kondo-like behavior and GMR effect in granular Cu90Co10 microwires

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    Zhukova, V.; Mino, J.; del Val, J. J.; Varga, R.; Martinez, G.; Baibich, M.; Ipatov, M.; Zhukov, A.

    2017-05-01

    We observed a significant increase of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect (up to 32% after the adequate annealing) and Kondo-like behavior in Cu90Co10 glass-coated microwires. Observed enhancement of the GMR effect can be interpreted considering the formation of the fine Co grains inside the Cu matrix as well as appearance of lamellar nanostructures allowing enhancement of the MR effect after annealing. Observed experimental data are discussed considering the regions with higher Co-ions content responsible for the presence of Co inhomogeneities or clusters and the regions with lower Co-ions content behaving as the magnetic impurities in the metallic host. Observed resistivity minimum on temperature dependence can be described considering Kondo effect mechanism involving magnetic impurities in metals. But the other mechanisms responsible for the resistivity minimum have been considered.

  1. Bohm-Aharonov and Kondo effects on tunneling currents in a mesoscopic ring

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    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}

  2. Excitons in topological Kondo insulators: Theory of thermodynamic and transport anomalies in SmB_{6}.

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    Knolle, Johannes; Cooper, Nigel R

    2017-03-03

    Kondo insulating materials lie outside the usual dichotomy of weakly versus correlated-band versus Mott-insulators. They are metallic at high temperatures but resemble band insulators at low temperatures because of the opening of an interaction-induced band gap. The first discovered Kondo insulator (KI) SmB_{6} has been predicted to form a topological KI (TKI). However, since its discovery thermodynamic and transport anomalies have been observed that have defied a theoretical explanation. Enigmatic signatures of collective modes inside the charge gap are seen in specific heat, thermal transport, and quantum oscillation experiments in strong magnetic fields. Here, we show that TKIs are susceptible to the formation of excitons and magnetoexcitons. These charge neutral composite particles can account for long-standing anomalies in SmB_{6}.

  3. Kondo-like zero-bias conductance anomaly in a three-dimensional topological insulator nanowire

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    Cho, Sungjae; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John A.; Gu, Genda; Mason, Nadya

    2016-02-01

    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.

  4. Phase diagram of the Kondo lattice model with a superlattice potential

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    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.

  5. Transport properties of a multichannel Kondo dot in a magnetic field

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    Hörig, Christoph B. M.; Schuricht, Dirk

    2012-04-01

    We study the nonequilibrium transport through a multichannel Kondo quantum dot in the presence of a magnetic field. We use the exact solution of the two-loop renormalization group equation to derive analytical results for the g factor, the spin relaxation rates, the magnetization, and the differential conductance. We show that the finite magnetization leads to a coupling between the conduction channels, which manifests itself in additional features in the differential conductance.

  6. Ferromagnetic behavior of the Kondo lattice compound Np2PtGa3

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    Tran, V. H.; Griveau, J.-C.; Eloirdi, R.; Colineau, E.

    2014-02-01

    Here we report on a study of the ternary Np2PtGa3 compound. The x-ray-powder diffraction analysis reveals that the compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic CeCu2-type crystal structure (space group Imma) with lattice parameters a =0.4409(2) nm, b =0.7077(3) nm, and c =0.7683(3) nm at room temperature. The measurements of dc magnetization, specific heat, and electron transport properties in the temperature range 1.7-300 K and in magnetic fields up to 9 T imply that this intermetallic compound belongs to a class of ferromagnetic Kondo systems. The Curie temperature of TC˜ 26 K is determined from the magnetization and specific-heat data. An enhanced coefficient of the electronic specific heat γ = 180 mJ/(mol at. Np K2) and a -lnT dependence of the electrical resistivity indicate the presence of a Kondo effect, which can be described in terms of the S =1 underscreened Kondo-lattice model. The estimated Kondo temperature TK˜24 K, Hall mobility of ˜16.8 cm2/V s, and effective mass of ˜83me are consistent with an assumption that the heavy-fermion state develops in Np2PtGa3 at low temperatures. We compare the observed properties of Np2PtGa3 to that found in Np2PdGa3 and discuss their difference in regard to change in the exchange interaction between the conduction and localized 5f electrons. We have used the Fermi wave vector kF to evaluate the Rudermann-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) exchange. Based on experimental data of the (U, Np)2(Pd,Pt)Ga3 compounds we suggest that the evolution of the magnetic ground states in these actinide compounds can be explained within the RKKY formalism.

  7. Unitary lens semiconductor device

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    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.

  8. Unitary lens semiconductor device

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    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.

  9. Understanding Quantum Transport and the Kondo Effect in 2D Carbon Systems

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    McIntosh, Ross; Churochkin, Dmitry; Bhattacharyya, Somnath

    2013-03-01

    The rich physics surrounding correlations between conduction electrons and local spins in quantum dot systems is of significant interest towards the development of spintronic quantum information devices. In this study we establish the Kondo effect in reduced graphene oxide (RGO) films through a metal-insulator transition in resistance versus temperature interpreted within the Fermi liquid description of the Kondo effect and negative magnetoresistance which scales with a Kondo characteristic temperature. With a microstructure consisting of intact graphene nano-islands embedded within residual functionalized regions where local magnetic moments may form, RGO is effectively a disordered quantum dot system. This work is augmented with a theoretical study of transport through nano-scale multiple quantum dot devices. Solving within a Keldysh formalism we scrutinize quasi-bound state formation in a range of geometrical quantum dot configurations in order to interpret coherent quantum interference effects. We demonstrate negative differential conductance and control over device parameters such as the characteristic time. This tandem approach illustrates the promise of innovative low dimensional carbon spintronic devices.

  10. Transport in a hybrid normal metal/topological superconductor Kondo model

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    Chirla, Razvan; Dinu, I. V.; Moldoveanu, V.; Moca, Cǎtǎlin Paşcu

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the equilibrium and nonequilibrium transport through a quantum dot in the Kondo regime, embedded between a normal metal and a topological superconductor supporting Majorana bound states at its end points. We find that the Kondo physics is significantly modified by the presence of the Majorana modes. When the Majorana modes are coupled, aside from the Kondo scale TK, a new energy scale T*≪TK emerges, that controls the low-energy physics of the system. At low temperatures, the ac conductance is suppressed for frequencies below T*, while the noise spectrum acquires a ˜ω3 dependence. At high temperatures, T ≫TK , the regular logarithmic dependence in the differential conductance is also affected. Under nonequilibrium conditions, and in particular in the {T ,B }→0 limit, the differential conductance becomes negative. These findings indicate that the changes in transport may serve as clues for detecting the Majorana bound states in such systems. In terms of methods used, we characterize the transport by using a combination of perturbative and renormalization-group approaches.

  11. Photoemission and the electronic properties of heavy fermions -- limitations of the Kondo model

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    Joyce, J.J.; Arko, A.J.; Andrews, A.B.

    1993-09-01

    The electronic properties of Yb-based heavy fermions have been investigated by means of high resolution synchrotron radiation photoemission and compared with predictions of the Kondo model. The Yb heavy fermion photoemission spectra show massive disagreement with the Kondo model predictions (as calculated within the Gunnarsson-Schonhammer computational method). Moreover, the Yb heavy fermion photoemission spectra give very strong indications of core-like characteristics and compare favorable to purely divalent Yb metal and core-like Lu 4f levels. The heavy fermions YbCu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, YbAgCu{sub 4} and YbAl{sub 3} were measured and shown to have lineshapes much broader and deeper in binding energy than predicted by the Kondo model. The lineshape of the bulk component of the 4f emission for these three heavy fermion materials was compared with that from Yb metal and the Lu 4f levels in LuAl{sub 3}, the heavy fermion materials show no substantive spectroscopic differences from simple 4f levels observed in Yb metal and LuAl{sub 3}. Also, the variation with temperature of the 4f fineshape was measured for Yb metal and clearly demonstrates that phonon broadening plays a major role in 4f level lineshape analysis and must be accounted for before considerations of correlated electron resonance effects are presumed to be at work.

  12. Controlling Kondo-like Scattering at the SrTiO3-based Interfaces

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    Han, K.; Palina, N.; Zeng, S. W.; Huang, Z.; Li, C. J.; Zhou, W. X.; Wan, D.-Y.; Zhang, L. C.; Chi, X.; Guo, R.; Chen, J. S.; Venkatesan, T.; Rusydi, A.; Ariando, A

    2016-01-01

    The observation of magnetic interaction at the interface between nonmagnetic oxides has attracted much attention in recent years. In this report, we show that the Kondo-like scattering at the SrTiO3-based conducting interface is enhanced by increasing the lattice mismatch and growth oxygen pressure PO2. For the 26-unit-cell LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) interface with lattice mismatch being 3.0%, the Kondo-like scattering is observed when PO2 is beyond 1 mTorr. By contrast, when the lattice mismatch is reduced to 1.0% at the (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3/SrTiO3 (LSAT/STO) interface, the metallic state is always preserved up to PO2 of 100 mTorr. The data from Hall measurement and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy reveal that the larger amount of localized Ti3+ ions are formed at the LAO/STO interface compared to LSAT/STO. Those localized Ti3+ ions with unpaired electrons can be spin-polarized to scatter mobile electrons, responsible for the Kondo-like scattering observed at the LAO/STO interface. PMID:27147407

  13. Anisotropy induced Kondo splitting in a mechanically stretched molecular junction: A first-principles based study

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Hou, Dong; Zheng, Xiao; Yan, YiJing

    2016-01-21

    The magnetic anisotropy and Kondo phenomena in a mechanically stretched magnetic molecular junction are investigated by combining the density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach. The system is comprised of a magnetic complex Co(tpy–SH){sub 2} sandwiched between adjacent gold electrodes, which is mechanically stretched in experiments done by Parks et al. [Science 328, 1370 (2010)]. The electronic structure and mechanical property of the stretched system are investigated via the DFT calculations. The HEOM approach is then employed to characterize the Kondo resonance features, based on the Anderson impurity model parameterized from the DFT results. It is confirmed that the ground state prefers the S = 1 local spin state. The structural properties, the magnetic anisotropy, and corresponding Kondo peak splitting in the axial stretching process are systematically evaluated. The results reveal that the strong electron correlations and the local magnetic properties of the molecule magnet are very sensitive to structural distortion. This work demonstrates that the combined DFT+HEOM approach could be useful in understanding and designing mechanically controlled molecular junctions.

  14. Magnetic-field-induced mixed-level Kondo effect in two-level systems

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    Wong, Arturo; Ngo, Anh T.; Ulloa, Sergio E.

    2016-10-17

    We consider a two-orbital impurity system with intra-and interlevel Coulomb repulsion that is coupled to a single conduction channel. This situation can generically occur in multilevel quantum dots or in systems of coupled quantum dots. For finite energy spacing between spin-degenerate orbitals, an in-plane magnetic field drives the system from a local-singlet ground state to a "mixed-level" Kondo regime, where the Zeeman-split levels are degenerate for opposite-spin states. We use the numerical renormalization group approach to fully characterize this mixed-level Kondo state and discuss its properties in terms of the applied Zeeman field, temperature, and system parameters. Under suitable conditions, the total spectral function is shown to develop a Fermi-level resonance, so that the linear conductance of the system peaks at a finite Zeeman field while it decreases as a function of temperature. These features, as well as the local moment and entropy contribution of the impurity system, are commensurate with Kondo physics, which can be studied in suitably tuned quantum dot systems.

  15. Magnetic-field-induced mixed-level Kondo effect in two-level systems

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    Wong, Arturo; Ngo, Anh T.; Ulloa, Sergio E.

    2016-10-01

    We consider a two-orbital impurity system with intra- and interlevel Coulomb repulsion that is coupled to a single conduction channel. This situation can generically occur in multilevel quantum dots or in systems of coupled quantum dots. For finite energy spacing between spin-degenerate orbitals, an in-plane magnetic field drives the system from a local-singlet ground state to a "mixed-level" Kondo regime, where the Zeeman-split levels are degenerate for opposite-spin states. We use the numerical renormalization group approach to fully characterize this mixed-level Kondo state and discuss its properties in terms of the applied Zeeman field, temperature, and system parameters. Under suitable conditions, the total spectral function is shown to develop a Fermi-level resonance, so that the linear conductance of the system peaks at a finite Zeeman field while it decreases as a function of temperature. These features, as well as the local moment and entropy contribution of the impurity system, are commensurate with Kondo physics, which can be studied in suitably tuned quantum dot systems.

  16. Natural orbitals renormalization group approach to the two-impurity Kondo critical point

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    He, Rong-Qiang; Dai, Jianhui; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2015-04-01

    The problem of two magnetic impurities in a normal metal exposes the two opposite tendencies in the formation of a singlet ground state, driven respectively by the single-ion Kondo effect with conduction electrons to screen impurity spins or the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction between the two impurities to directly form impurity spin singlet. However, whether the competition between these two tendencies can lead to a quantum critical point has been debated over more than two decades. Here, we study this problem by applying the newly proposed natural orbitals renormalization group method to a lattice version of the two-impurity Kondo model with a direct exchange K between the two impurity spins. The method allows for unbiased access to the ground state wave functions and low-lying excitations for sufficiently large system sizes. We demonstrate the existence of a quantum critical point, characterized by the power-law divergence of impurity staggered susceptibility with critical exponent γ =0.60 (1 ) , on the antiferromagnetic side of K when the interimpurity distance R is even lattice spacing, while a crossover behavior is recovered when R is odd lattice spacing. These results have ultimately resolved the long-standing discrepancy between the numerical renormalization group and quantum Monte Carlo studies, confirming a link of this two-impurity Kondo critical point to a hidden particle-hole symmetry predicted by the local Fermi liquid theory.

  17. Robust topological surface state in Kondo insulator SmB{sub 6} thin films

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    Yong, Jie Jiang, Yeping; Zhang, Xiaohang; Greene, Richard L.; Usanmaz, Demet; Curtarolo, Stefano; Li, Linze; Pan, Xiaoqing; Shin, Jongmoon; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2014-12-01

    Fabrication of smooth thin films of topological insulators with true insulating bulk are extremely important for utilizing their novel properties in quantum and spintronic devices. Here, we report the growth of crystalline thin films of SmB{sub 6}, a topological Kondo insulator with true insulating bulk, by co-sputtering both SmB{sub 6} and B targets. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy indicate films that are polycrystalline with a (001) preferred orientation. When cooling down, resistivity ρ shows an increase around 50 K and saturation below 10 K, consistent with the opening of the hybridization gap and surface dominated transport, respectively. The ratio ρ{sub 2K}/ρ{sub 300K} is only about two, much smaller than that of bulk, which indicates a much larger surface-to-bulk ratio. Point contact spectroscopy using a superconductor tip on SmB{sub 6} films shows both a Kondo Fano resonance and Andeev reflection, indicating an insulating Kondo lattice with metallic surface states.

  18. Controlling Kondo Scattering at the Conducting Oxide Interfaces via Lattice Mismatch and Growth Oxygen Pressure

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    Han, Kun; Zheng, Shengwei; Huang, Zhen; Li, Changjian; Zhou, Wenxiong; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando, Ariando; Ariando Team

    The interface magnetism, such as Kondo effect and ferromagnetism at the conducting interfaces between nonmagnetic oxides, has attracted great attention in recent years. In this report, we show that the interfacial Kondo scattering is enhanced by large lattice mismatch and high growth oxygen pressure. For the (001) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface with 3.0% lattice mismatch, the sheet resistance upturn appears around 40 K when the growth oxygen pressure PO 2 is beyond 1 mTorr. By contrast, for the (001) (La0.3Sr0.7) (Al0.65Ta0.35) O3/SrTiO3 interface with 1.0% lattice mismatch, no resistance upturn is observed until PO 2 is increased to 100 mTorr. Moreover, the magnetoresistance data confirm the resistance upturn is caused by Kondo scattering. We propose that the interface disorders, which can be induced by a large lattice mismatch and high PO 2, are important for forming localized Ti3+ ions. These Ti3+ ions can be spin-polarized and scatter electrons that are confined near the interface by high PO 2. This explains why the stronger magnetic interaction is observed at the SrTiO3-based interfaces with the higher PO 2 and larger lattice mismatch, paving the way for manipulating the interface magnetism at the functional oxide interface.

  19. Kondo screening in two-dimensional p -type transition-metal dichalcogenides

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    Phillips, Michael; Aji, Vivek

    2017-02-01

    Systems with strong spin-orbit coupling support a number of new phases of matter and novel phenomena. This work focuses on the interplay of spin-orbit coupling and interactions in yielding correlated phenomena in two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides. In particular we explore the physics of Kondo screening resulting from the lack of centrosymmetry, large spin splitting, and spin valley locking in hole-doped systems. The key ingredients are (i) valley-dependent spin-momentum locking perpendicular to the two-dimensional crystal, (ii) a single nondegenerate Fermi surface per valley, and (iii) nontrivial Berry curvature associated with the low-energy bands. The resulting Kondo resonance has a finite-triplet component and nontrivial momentum space structure which facilitates new approaches to both probing and manipulating the correlated state. Using a variational wave function and the numerical renormalization group approaches we study the nature of the Kondo resonance both in the absence and presence of circularly polarized light. The latter induces an imbalance in the population of the two valleys leading to novel magnetic phenomena in the correlated state.

  20. Anisotropy induced Kondo splitting in a mechanically stretched molecular junction: A first-principles based study

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Hou, Dong; Zheng, Xiao; Yan, YiJing

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic anisotropy and Kondo phenomena in a mechanically stretched magnetic molecular junction are investigated by combining the density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach. The system is comprised of a magnetic complex Co(tpy-SH)2 sandwiched between adjacent gold electrodes, which is mechanically stretched in experiments done by Parks et al. [Science 328, 1370 (2010)]. The electronic structure and mechanical property of the stretched system are investigated via the DFT calculations. The HEOM approach is then employed to characterize the Kondo resonance features, based on the Anderson impurity model parameterized from the DFT results. It is confirmed that the ground state prefers the S = 1 local spin state. The structural properties, the magnetic anisotropy, and corresponding Kondo peak splitting in the axial stretching process are systematically evaluated. The results reveal that the strong electron correlations and the local magnetic properties of the molecule magnet are very sensitive to structural distortion. This work demonstrates that the combined DFT+HEOM approach could be useful in understanding and designing mechanically controlled molecular junctions.

  1. Superconducting Pairing Correlations near a Kondo-destruction Quantum Critical Point in Cluster Impurity Models

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    Cai, Ang; Pixley, Jedediah; Si, Qimiao

    Heavy fermion metals represent a canonical system to study superconductivity driven by quantum criticality. We are particularly motivated by the properties of CeRhIn5, which shows the characteristic features of a Kondo destruction quantum critical point (QCP) in its normal state, and has one of the highest Tc's among the heavy fermion superconductors. As a first step to study this problem within a cluster-EDMFT approach, we analyze a four-site Anderson impurity model with the antiferromagnetic spin component of the cluster coupled to a sub-Ohmic bosonic bath. We find a QCP that belongs to the same universality class as the single-site Bose-Fermi Anderson model. Together with previous work on a two-site model, our result suggests that the Kondo destruction QCP is robust as cluster size increases. More importantly, we are able to calculate the d-wave pairing susceptibility, which we find to be enhanced near the QCP. Using this model as the effective cluster model of the periodic Anderson model, we are also able to study the superconducting pairing near the Kondo-destruction QCP of the lattice model; preliminary results will be presented.

  2. Theory of scanning tunneling spectroscopy: from Kondo impurities to heavy fermion materials

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    Morr, Dirk K.

    2017-01-01

    Kondo systems ranging from the single Kondo impurity to heavy fermion materials present us with a plethora of unconventional properties whose theoretical understanding is still one of the major open problems in condensed matter physics. Over the last few years, groundbreaking scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments have provided unprecedented new insight into the electronic structure of Kondo systems. Interpreting the results of these experiments—the differential conductance and the quasi-particle interference spectrum—however, has been complicated by the fact that electrons tunneling from the STS tip into the system can tunnel either into the heavy magnetic moment or the light conduction band states. In this article, we briefly review the theoretical progress made in understanding how quantum interference between these two tunneling paths affects the experimental STS results. We show how this theoretical insight has allowed us to interpret the results of STS experiments on a series of heavy fermion materials providing detailed knowledge of their complex electronic structure. It is this knowledge that is a conditio sine qua non for developing a deeper understanding of the fascinating properties exhibited by heavy fermion materials, ranging from unconventional superconductivity to non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the vicinity of quantum critical points.

  3. Quantum Critical Behavior of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model with Ising Anisotropy

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    Park, Tae-Ho

    2005-03-01

    The existence of a continous quantum phase transition of the Bose-Fermi Kondo Model (BFKM) with a self-consistently determined bosonic bath has been demonstrated within the Extended Dynamical Mean Field Approach to the anisotropic Kondo lattice model and φ/T-scaling near the quantum critical point(QCP)was found[1,2]. We study the quantum critical properties of the anisotropic BFKM with specified bath spectral function, where the spectrum of the bosonic bath vanishes in a power-law fashion with exponent γ for small frequencies. Motivated by very recent results that the quantum to classical mapping for a related class of models fails[3,4]. We determine the critical local susceptibility using both the classical and quantum Monte Carlo approaches of Ref.5. Our results cover several values of γ below and above the upper critical dimension of the classical model for temperatures down to 1% of the bare Kondo scale. [1]D. Grempel and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 026402 (2003). [2]J.Zhu, D. Grempel, and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 156404 (2003). [3]L. Zhu, S. Kirchner, Q. Si nad A. Georges, Phys. Rev. Lett. in press (cond-mat/0406293). [4]M. Vojta, N. Tong, and R. Bulla, cond-mat/0410132. [5]D. Grempel and M. Rozenberg, Phys. Rev. B 60, 4702 (1999).

  4. Kondo blockade due to quantum interference in single-molecule junctions

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    Mitchell, Andrew K.; Pedersen, Kim G. L.; Hedegård, Per; Paaske, Jens

    2017-01-01

    Molecular electronics offers unique scientific and technological possibilities, resulting from both the nanometre scale of the devices and their reproducible chemical complexity. Two fundamental yet different effects, with no classical analogue, have been demonstrated experimentally in single-molecule junctions: quantum interference due to competing electron transport pathways, and the Kondo effect due to entanglement from strong electronic interactions. Here we unify these phenomena, showing that transport through a spin-degenerate molecule can be either enhanced or blocked by Kondo correlations, depending on molecular structure, contacting geometry and applied gate voltages. An exact framework is developed, in terms of which the quantum interference properties of interacting molecular junctions can be systematically studied and understood. We prove that an exact Kondo-mediated conductance node results from destructive interference in exchange-cotunneling. Nonstandard temperature dependences and gate-tunable conductance peaks/nodes are demonstrated for prototypical molecular junctions, illustrating the intricate interplay of quantum effects beyond the single-orbital paradigm. PMID:28492236

  5. Kondo physics of the Anderson impurity model by distributional exact diagonalization

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    Motahari, S.; Requist, R.; Jacob, D.

    2016-12-01

    The distributional exact diagonalization (DED) scheme is applied to the description of Kondo physics in the Anderson impurity model. DED maps Anderson's problem of an interacting impurity level coupled to an infinite bath onto an ensemble of finite Anderson models, each of which can be solved by exact diagonalization. An approximation to the self-energy of the original infinite model is then obtained from the ensemble-averaged self-energy. Using Friedel's sum rule, we show that the particle number constraint, a central ingredient of the DED scheme, ultimately imposes Fermi liquid behavior on the ensemble-averaged self-energy, and thus is essential for the description of Kondo physics within DED. Using the numerical renormalization group (NRG) method as a benchmark, we show that DED yields excellent spectra, both inside and outside the Kondo regime for a moderate number of bath sites. Only for very strong correlations (U /Γ ≫10 ) does the number of bath sites needed to achieve good quantitative agreement become too large to be computationally feasible.

  6. Anomalous Kondo transport in a single-electron transistor driven by microwave field

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    Cao, Zhan; Chen, Cheng; Chen, Fu-Zhou; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2014-03-01

    The Kondo transport in a single-electron transistor continues to provide unexpected physics due to the interplay between magnetic field and microwave applied, as shown in a recent experiment(B. Hemingway et al., arXiv:1304.0037). For a given microwave frequency, the Kondo differential conductance shows an anomalous magnetic field dependence, and a very sharp peak is observed for certain field applied. Additionally, the microwave frequency is found to be larger of about one order than the corresponding Zeeman energy. These two features are not understood in the current theory. Here we propose a phenomenological mechanism to explain these observations. When both magnetic field and microwave are applied in the SET, if the frequency matches the (renormalized) Zeeman energy, it is assumed that the microwave is able to induce spin-ip in the single-electron transistor, which leads to two consequences. One is the dot level shifts down and the other is the renormalization of the Zeeman energy. This picture can not only explain qualitatively the main findings in the experiment but also further stimulate the related experimental study of the Kondo transport. Additional microwave modulation may provide a novel way to explore the functional of the SET in nanotechnology and quantum information processing.

  7. Quantum phase transitions in the Kondo-necklace model: perturbative continuous unitary transformation approach.

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    Hemmatiyan, S; Rahimi Movassagh, M; Ghassemi, N; Kargarian, M; Rezakhani, A T; Langari, A

    2015-04-22

    The Kondo-necklace model can describe 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 transition between the Kondo-singlet phase and the antiferromagnetic long-range ordered phase, and show the effect of anisotropies in terms of quantum information properties and vanishing energy gap. We employ the 'perturbative continuous unitary transformations' approach to calculate the energy gap and spin-spin correlations for the model in the thermodynamic limit of one, two, and three spatial dimensions as well as for spin ladders. In particular, we show that the method, although being perturbative, can predict the expected quantum critical point, where the gap of low-energy spectrum vanishes, which is in good agreement with results of other numerical and Green's function analyses. In addition, we employ concurrence, a bipartite entanglement measure, to study the criticality of the model. Absence of singularities in the derivative of concurrence in two and three dimensions in the Kondo-necklace model shows that this model features multipartite entanglement. We also discuss crossover from the one-dimensional to the two-dimensional model via the ladder structure.

  8. Insight into the temperature dependent properties of the ferromagnetic Kondo lattice YbNiSn

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    Generalov, A.; Sokolov, D. A.; Chikina, A.; Kucherenko, Yu.; Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Patil, S.; Huxley, A. D.; Allen, J. W.; Matho, K.; Kummer, K.; Vyalikh, D. V.; Laubschat, C.

    2017-05-01

    Analyzing temperature dependent photoemission (PE) data of the ferromagnetic Kondo-lattice (KL) system YbNiSn in the light of the periodic Anderson model (PAM) we show that the KL behavior is not limited to temperatures below a temperature T¯K, defined empirically from resistivity and specific heat measurements. As characteristic for weakly hybridized Ce and Yb systems, the PE spectra reveal a 4 f -derived Fermi level peak, which reflects contributions from the Kondo resonance and its crystal electric field (CEF) satellites. In YbNiSn this peak has an unusual temperature dependence: With decreasing temperature a steady linear increase of intensity is observed which extends over a large interval ranging from 100 K down to 1 K without showing any peculiarities in the region of T¯K˜TC=5.6 K. In the light of the single-impurity Anderson model (SIAM) this intensity variation reflects a linear increase of 4 f occupancy with decreasing temperature, indicating an onset of Kondo screening at temperatures above 100 K. Within the PAM this phenomenon could be described by a non-Fermi-liquid-like T - linear damping of the self-energy which accounts phenomenologically for the feedback from the closely spaced CEF states.

  9. Theory of scanning tunneling spectroscopy: from Kondo impurities to heavy fermion materials.

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    Morr, Dirk K

    2017-01-01

    Kondo systems ranging from the single Kondo impurity to heavy fermion materials present us with a plethora of unconventional properties whose theoretical understanding is still one of the major open problems in condensed matter physics. Over the last few years, groundbreaking scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments have provided unprecedented new insight into the electronic structure of Kondo systems. Interpreting the results of these experiments-the differential conductance and the quasi-particle interference spectrum-however, has been complicated by the fact that electrons tunneling from the STS tip into the system can tunnel either into the heavy magnetic moment or the light conduction band states. In this article, we briefly review the theoretical progress made in understanding how quantum interference between these two tunneling paths affects the experimental STS results. We show how this theoretical insight has allowed us to interpret the results of STS experiments on a series of heavy fermion materials providing detailed knowledge of their complex electronic structure. It is this knowledge that is a conditio sine qua non for developing a deeper understanding of the fascinating properties exhibited by heavy fermion materials, ranging from unconventional superconductivity to non-Fermi-liquid behavior in the vicinity of quantum critical points.

  10. Kondo screening of Andreev bound states in a normal metal-quantum dot-superconductor system

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    Li, Lin; Cao, Zhan; Fang, Tie-Feng; Luo, Hong-Gang; Chen, Wei-Qiang

    2016-10-01

    Motivated by experimental observation of the Kondo-enhanced Andreev transport [R. S. Deacon et al., Phys. Rev. B 81, 121308(R) (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.121308] in a hybrid normal metal-quantum dot-superconductor (N-QD-S) device, we theoretically study the Kondo effect in such a device and clarify the different roles played by the normal and superconducting leads. Due to the Andreev reflection in a QD-S system, a pair of Andreev energy levels form in the superconducting gap, which is able to carry the magnetic moment if the ground state of the QD is a magnetic doublet. In this sense, the Andreev energy levels play a role of effective impurity levels. When the normal lead is coupled to the QD-S system, on the one hand, the Andreev energy levels broaden to form the so-called Andreev bound states (ABSs); on the other hand, it can screen the magnetic moment of the ABSs. By tuning the couplings between the QD and the normal (superconducting) leads, the ABSs can simulate the Kondo, mixed-valence, and even empty orbit regimes of the usual single-impurity Anderson model. The above picture is confirmed by the Green's function calculation of the hybrid N-QD-S Anderson model and is also able to explain qualitatively experimental phenomena observed by Deacon et al. These results can further stimulate related experimental study in the N-QD-S systems.

  11. Unexpected observation of spatially separated Kondo scattering and ferromagnetism in Ta alloyed anatase TiO2 thin films

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    Sarkar, T. P.; Gopinadhan, K.; Motapothula, M.; Saha, S.; Huang, Z.; Dhar, S.; Patra, A.; Lu, W. M.; Telesio, F.; Pallecchi, I.; Ariando; Marré, D.; Venkatesan, T.

    2015-08-01

    We report the observation of spatially separated Kondo scattering and ferromagnetism in anatase Ta0.06Ti0.94O2 thin films as a function of thickness (10-200 nm). The Kondo behavior observed in thicker films is suppressed on decreasing thickness and vanishes below ~25 nm. In 200 nm film, transport data could be fitted to a renormalization group theory for Kondo scattering though the carrier density in this system is lower by two orders of magnitude, the magnetic entity concentration is larger by a similar magnitude and there is strong electronic correlation compared to a conventional system such as Cu with magnetic impurities. However, ferromagnetism is observed at all thicknesses with magnetic moment per unit thickness decreasing beyond 10 nm film thickness. The simultaneous presence of Kondo and ferromagnetism is explained by the spatial variation of defects from the interface to surface which results in a dominantly ferromagnetic region closer to substrate-film interface while the Kondo scattering is dominant near the surface and decreasing towards the interface. This material system enables us to study the effect of neighboring presence of two competing magnetic phenomena and the possibility for tuning them.

  12. On the zero-bias anomaly and Kondo physics in quantum point contacts near pinch-off.

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    Xiang, S; Xiao, S; Fuji, K; Shibuya, K; Endo, T; Yumoto, N; Morimoto, T; Aoki, N; Bird, J P; Ochiai, Y

    2014-03-26

    We investigate the linear and non-linear conductance of quantum point contacts (QPCs), in the region near pinch-off where Kondo physics has previously been connected to the appearance of the 0.7 feature. In studies of seven different QPCs, fabricated in the same high-mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterojunction, the linear conductance is widely found to show the presence of the 0.7 feature. The differential conductance, on the other hand, does not generally exhibit the zero-bias anomaly (ZBA) that has been proposed to indicate the Kondo effect. Indeed, even in the small subset of QPCs found to exhibit such an anomaly, the linear conductance does not always follow the universal temperature-dependent scaling behavior expected for the Kondo effect. Taken collectively, our observations demonstrate that, unlike the 0.7 feature, the ZBA is not a generic feature of low-temperature QPC conduction. We furthermore conclude that the mere observation of the ZBA alone is insufficient evidence for concluding that Kondo physics is active. While we do not rule out the possibility that the Kondo effect may occur in QPCs, our results appear to indicate that its observation requires a very strict set of conditions to be satisfied. This should be contrasted with the case of the 0.7 feature, which has been apparent since the earliest experimental investigations of QPC transport.

  13. Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films

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    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- to 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.

  14. Antisymmetric Spin-Orbit Coupling Effect on Kondo-Induced Electric Polarization in a Triangular Triple Quantum Dot

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    Koga, Mikito; Matsumoto, Masashige; Kusunose, Hiroaki

    2017-05-01

    We study the local antisymmetric spin-orbit (ASO) coupling effect on spin, orbital, and charge degrees of freedom for the Kondo effect in a triangular triple quantum dot (TTQD). Here, one of the three QDs is coupled to a metallic lead through electron tunneling, and a local electric polarization is induced by the Kondo effect. The ASO interaction is introduced in the other two coupled QDs on the opposite side of the lead. Generally, the ASO coupling effect is very weak and not easily detectable, but it essentially causes spin and charge reconfigurations in the TTQD through the Kondo effect. Using an extended Anderson model for the TTQD Kondo system, we elucidate that the ASO coupling gives rise to a considerable reduction of the emergent electric polarization, as a consequence of the parity mixing of molecular orbitals in the triangular loop as well as the spin-up and spin-down coupling of local electrons. The latter leads to a local diamagnetic susceptibility owing to the ASO coupled spins. We also show that the Kondo-induced electric polarization can be controlled by the ASO coupling as well as by the magnetic flux penetrating through the TTQD.

  15. Real-space renormalization group flow in quantum impurity systems: Local moment formation and the Kondo screening cloud

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    Mitchell, Andrew K.; Becker, Michael; Bulla, Ralf

    2011-09-01

    The existence of a length scale ξK˜1/TK (with TK the Kondo temperature) has long been predicted in quantum impurity systems. At low temperatures T≪TK, the standard interpretation is that a spin-(1)/(2) impurity is screened by a surrounding “Kondo cloud” of spatial extent ξK. We argue that renormalization group (RG) flow between any two fixed points (FPs) results in a characteristic length scale, observed in real space as a crossover between physical behavior typical of each FP. In the simplest example of the Anderson impurity model, three FPs arise, and we show that “free orbital,” “local moment,” and “strong coupling” regions of space can be identified at zero temperature. These regions are separated by two crossover length scales ξLM and ξK, with the latter diverging as the Kondo effect is destroyed on increasing temperature through TK. One implication is that moment formation occurs inside the “Kondo cloud”, while the screening process itself occurs on flowing to the strong coupling FP at distances ˜ξK. Generic aspects of the real-space physics are exemplified by the two-channel Kondo model, where ξK now separates local moment and overscreening clouds.

  16. Coherent spectroscopy of semiconductors.

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    Cundiff, Steven T

    2008-03-31

    The coherent optical response of semiconductors has been the subject of substantial research over the last couple of decades. The interest has been motivated by unique aspects of the interaction between light and semiconductors that are revealed by coherent techniques. The ability to probe the dynamics of charge carriers has been a significant driver. This paper presents a review of selected results in coherent optical spectroscopy of semiconductors.

  17. Semiconductor microcavity lasers

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    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.

  18. Semiconductor bridge (SCB) detonator

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    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.

  19. Semiconductor bridge (SCB) detonator

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    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.

  20. Interconnected semiconductor devices

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    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.

  1. Microscopic resolution of the interplay of Kondo screening and superconducting pairing: Mn-phthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on superconducting Pb(111)

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    Bauer, Johannes; Pascual, Jose I.; Franke, Katharina J.

    2013-02-01

    Magnetic molecules adsorbed on a superconductor give rise to a local competition of Cooper pair and Kondo singlet formation inducing subgap bound states. For manganese-phthalocyanine molecules on a Pb(111) substrate, scanning tunneling spectroscopy resolves pairs of subgap bound states and two Kondo screening channels. We show in a combined approach of scaling and numerical renormalization group calculations that the intriguing relation between Kondo screening and superconducting pairing is solely determined by the hybridization strength with the substrate. We demonstrate that an effective one-channel Anderson impurity model with a sizable particle-hole asymmetry captures universal and nonuniversal observations in the system quantitatively. The model parameters and disentanglement of the two screening channels are elucidated by scaling arguments.

  2. Field-Induced Transitions in Anisotropic Kondo Lattice — Application to CeT2Al10 —

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    Kikuchi, Taku; Hoshino, Shintaro; Shibata, Naokazu; Kuramoto, Yoshio

    2017-09-01

    The magnetic properties of an anisotropic Kondo lattice are investigated under a magnetic field using dynamical mean field theory and the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method. The magnetic phase diagram is determined from the temperature dependence of both uniform and staggered magnetizations in magnetic fields. We find a spin-flop transition inside the antiferromagnetic (AF) phase, whose transition field increases with increasing Kondo coupling while the AF transition temperature decreases. These results cannot be described by a simple spin Hamiltonian and are consistent with the experimental results of the field-induced transition observed in CeT2Al10 (T = Ru, Os). The anisotropic susceptibilities of CeT2Al10 are reproduced in the whole temperature range by incorporating the effects of the crystalline electric field (CEF) in the anisotropic Kondo lattice. We also propose a possible explanation for the difference in anisotropies between the magnetic susceptibility and AF moments observed in experiments.

  3. Out-of-equilibrium Kondo effect in a quantum dot: Interplay of magnetic field and spin accumulation

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    Sahoo, Shaon; Crépieux, Adeline; Lavagna, Mireille

    2016-12-01

    We present a theoretical study of low-temperature nonequilibrium transport through an interacting quantum dot in the presence of Zeeman magnetic field and current injection into one of its leads. By using a self-consistent renormalized equation of motion approach, we show that the injection of a spin-polarized current leads to a modulation of the Zeeman splitting of the Kondo peak in the differential conductance. We find that an appropriate amount of spin accumulation in the lead can restore the Kondo peak by compensating the splitting due to magnetic field. By contrast when the injected current is spin-unpolarized, we establish that both Zeeman-split Kondo peaks are equally shifted and the splitting remains unchanged. Our results quantitatively explain the experimental findings reported in Kobayashi T. et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 104 (2010) 036804. These features could be nicely exploited for the control and manipulation of spin in nanoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  4. Crossover Temperature from Non-Fermi Liquid to Fermi Liquid Behavior in Two Types of Impurity Kondo Model

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    Yotsuhashi, Satoshi; Maebashi, Hideaki

    2002-07-01

    Numerical renormalization-group results on entropy of the anisotropic two-channel Kondo model with the band-width cutoff (D) in the presence of a magnetic field (h) are obtained to determine crossover temperature from the non-Fermi liquid to Fermi liquid fixed point. It is found that the crossover temperature (Tx) is given by Tx\\equiv{r}TK˜ D(Δ J/Jav)2 e-1/Jav when (h /TK)2 ≪ r ≪ 1 , where TK, Jav and Δ J are the Kondo temperature, the average and difference of the exchange coupling constants, respectively. This result indicates that non-Fermi liquid behavior can be seen even if Δ J ≫ TK. Robust similarities of the crossover behavior in the region around the non-Fermi liquid critical point to that of the two-impurity Kondo model are also discussed.

  5. Kondo Impurities in the Kitaev Spin Liquid: Numerical Renormalization Group Solution and Gauge-Flux-Driven Screening

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    Vojta, Matthias; Mitchell, Andrew K.; Zschocke, Fabian

    2016-07-01

    Kitaev's honeycomb-lattice compass model describes a spin liquid with emergent fractionalized excitations. Here, we study the physics of isolated magnetic impurities coupled to the Kitaev spin-liquid host. We reformulate this Kondo-type problem in terms of a many-state quantum impurity coupled to a multichannel bath of Majorana fermions and present the numerically exact solution using Wilson's numerical renormalization group technique. Quantum phase transitions occur as a function of Kondo coupling and locally applied field. At zero field, the impurity moment is partially screened only when it binds an emergent gauge flux, while otherwise it becomes free at low temperatures. We show how Majorana degrees of freedom determine the fixed-point properties, make contact with Kondo screening in pseudogap Fermi systems, and discuss effects away from the dilute limit.

  6. The Ising-Anisotropic Kondo Lattice in a transverse field: EDMFT study and implications for the global phase diagram

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    Nica, Emilian Marius; Ingersent, Kevin; Si, Qimiao

    2015-03-01

    Heavy-fermion materials exhibit a rich variety of phase transitions. Of particular interest are quantum phase transitions and the associated breakdown of the Fermi liquid picture. A theoretical example of this is the Kondo destruction effect in the context of local quantum criticality. To capture this effect and others, a zero-temperature global phase diagram for heavy-fermion materials has been proposed. It incorporates the competition between the Kondo effect (promoted by exchange coupling JK) and the variable quantum fluctuations of the local-moment magnetism (parameterized by G). We investigate this competition in the Ising-anisotropic Kondo lattice with a transverse magnetic field, where the field serves to tune G. We determine a zero-temperature phase diagram of this model within the extended dynamical mean-field theory (EDMFT), and discuss the implications of our results for the global phase diagram of heavy-fermion systems.

  7. Kondo Impurities in the Kitaev Spin Liquid: Numerical Renormalization Group Solution and Gauge-Flux-Driven Screening.

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    Vojta, Matthias; Mitchell, Andrew K; Zschocke, Fabian

    2016-07-15

    Kitaev's honeycomb-lattice compass model describes a spin liquid with emergent fractionalized excitations. Here, we study the physics of isolated magnetic impurities coupled to the Kitaev spin-liquid host. We reformulate this Kondo-type problem in terms of a many-state quantum impurity coupled to a multichannel bath of Majorana fermions and present the numerically exact solution using Wilson's numerical renormalization group technique. Quantum phase transitions occur as a function of Kondo coupling and locally applied field. At zero field, the impurity moment is partially screened only when it binds an emergent gauge flux, while otherwise it becomes free at low temperatures. We show how Majorana degrees of freedom determine the fixed-point properties, make contact with Kondo screening in pseudogap Fermi systems, and discuss effects away from the dilute limit.

  8. Non-Kondo-like electronic structure in the correlated rare-earth hexaboride YbB(6).

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    Neupane, Madhab; Xu, Su-Yang; Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Kim, D J; Liu, Chang; Belopolski, I; Chang, T-R; Jeng, H-T; Durakiewicz, T; Lin, H; Bansil, A; Fisk, Z; Hasan, M Z

    2015-01-09

    We present angle-resolved photoemission studies on the rare-earth-hexaboride YbB(6), which has recently been predicted to be a topological Kondo insulator. Our data do not agree with the prediction and instead show that YbB(6) exhibits a novel topological insulator state in the absence of a Kondo mechanism. We find that the Fermi level electronic structure of YbB(6) has three 2D Dirac cone like surface states enclosing the Kramers's points, while the f orbital that would be relevant for the Kondo mechanism is ∼1  eV below the Fermi level. Our first-principles calculation shows that the topological state that we observe in YbB(6) is due to an inversion between Yb d and B p bands. These experimental and theoretical results provide a new approach for realizing novel correlated topological insulator states in rare-earth materials.

  9. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Kondo Resonance Splitting in a Quantum Dot with Perpendicular Magnetic Fields

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    Peng, Ju; Yu, Hua-Ling; Wang, Xia-Ling; Chen, Zhi-Gao

    2009-12-01

    Using the nonequilibrium Green's function technique, we investigate the Kondo effect in the quantum dot with perpendicular magnetic fields, in which one is the Zeeman splitting lies in the z-direction and the other is the spin flip points at the x-direction. It is found whatever one or two magnetic fields are applied, the local density of states (LDOS) will split into two peaks. The positions of two Kondo resonance peaks are determined by Zeeman energy Δ when J = 0, and by when J ≠ 0.

  10. Effect of the repulsion interaction on the ground-state of the Kondo lattice model with a superlattice potential

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    Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.; Figueira, M. S.

    2014-04-01

    We investigate the ground-state of a new Kondo lattice model, where the free carriers interact repulsively between them and undergo an external superlattice potential. This model can be simulated with 171Yb atoms confined in optical lattices. We use the density matrix renormalization group method to evaluate the charge and spin gaps, and the structure factors. We found that the ground-state evolves from a Kondo spin liquid state to a charge-gapped antiferromagnetic state with zero spin gap, when the antiferromagnetic exchange increases. Also, we verify that the quantum critical point varies linearly with the repulsion and the exchange.

  11. Extraordinary Hall effect in Kondo-type systems: Contributions from anomalous velocity

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    Levy, P. M.

    1988-10-01

    Kondo systems exhibit a relatively large extraordinary Hall effect which is due to asymmetric resonant scattering of conduction electrons. Theories based on the skew scattering mechanism account for data at high temperatures T>TK (the Kondo temperature) but are unable to explain the very-low-temperature variation of the Hall constant observed in heavy-fermion compounds. Aside from the ordinary Hall effect, caused by the Lorentz force and skew scattering (which makes the scattering probability antisymmetric with respect to interchange of scattering vectors), there exists an additional contribution to the Hall effect known as the anomalous-velocity contribution. This contribution is due to a change in the expression for the current operator in the presence of spin-orbit forces. We derive an expression for the anomalous velocity in terms of the T matrices describing conduction-electron scattering; it is not limited to weak spin-orbit scattering as were previous results. We use the Anderson model of local moments in metals to write this scattering in terms of the mixing interaction between local and conduction electrons, and the local state's Green's function. The transverse Hall current due to anomalous velocity is determined and evaluated in two limits. At high temperature, we use the weak-coupling form of the local state's Green's function; at T=0 K a phase-shift analysis is used, and we rely on the Friedel-Langreth sum rule to give us the phase shift at the Fermi surface. At high temperatures we find that the contribution from anomalous velocity to the Hall constant is quite small compared to that from skew scattering. On the contrary, at low temperatures the anomalous velocity makes the dominant contribution to the Hall constant in Kondo systems.

  12. Molecular Semiconductors: An Introduction

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    de Mello, John; Halls, Jonathan James Michael

    2005-10-01

    Introducing the fundamental ideas and concepts behind organic semiconductors, this book provides a clear impression of the broad range of research activities currently underway. Aimed specifically at new entrant doctoral students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, electrical engineering and materials science, it also represents an ideal companion text to undergraduate courses in organic semiconductors.

  13. Competition between Kondo Screening and Indirect Magnetic Exchange in a Quantum Box

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    Schwabe, Andrej; Gütersloh, Daniel; Potthoff, Michael

    2012-12-01

    Nanoscale systems of metal atoms antiferromagnetically exchange coupled to several magnetic impurities are shown to exhibit an unconventional reentrant competition between Kondo screening and indirect magnetic exchange interaction. Depending on the atomic positions of the magnetic moments, the total ground-state spin deviates from predictions of standard Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida perturbation theory. The effect shows up on an energy scale larger than the level width induced by the coupling to the environment and is experimentally accessible by studying magnetic field dependencies.

  14. Vibration-induced Kondo tunneling through metal-organic complexes with even electron occupation number.

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    Kikoin, K; Kiselev, M N; Wegewijs, M R

    2006-05-05

    We investigate transport through a mononuclear transition-metal complex with strong tunnel coupling to two electrodes. The ground state of this molecule is a singlet, while the first excited state is a triplet. We show that a modulation of the tunnel-barrier due to a molecular distortion which couples to the tunneling induces a Kondo-effect, provided the discrete vibrational energy compensates the singlet-triplet gap. We discuss the single-phonon and two-phonon-assisted cotunneling and possible experimental realization of the theory.

  15. NMR evidence of anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior in CeIrIn5

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    Shockley, A. C.; Shirer, K. R.; Crocker, J.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Lin, C. H.; Nisson, D. M.; apRoberts-Warren, N.; Klavins, P.; Curro, N. J.

    2015-08-01

    We report detailed Knight-shift measurements of the two indium sites in the heavy-fermion compound CeIrIn5 as a function of temperature and field orientation. We find that the Knight-shift anomaly is orientation dependent, with a crossover temperature T* that varies by 50% as the field is rotated from (001) to (100). This result suggests that the hybridization between the Ce 4 f states and the itinerant conduction electrons is anisotropic, a result that reflects its collective origin, and may lead to anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity.

  16. Impurity in a d-wave superconductor: Kondo effect and STM spectra.

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    Polkovnikov, A; Sachdev, S; Vojta, M

    2001-01-08

    We present a theory for recent STM studies of Zn impurities in the superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta, using insights from NMR experiments which show that there is a net S = 1/2 moment on the Cu ions near the Zn. We argue that the Kondo spin dynamics of this moment is the origin of the low bias peak in the differential conductance, rather than a resonance in a purely potential scattering model. The spatial and energy dependence of the STM spectra of our model can also fit the experiments.

  17. Fermi/Non-Fermi Mixing in SU(N) Kondo Effect

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    Kimura, Taro; Ozaki, Sho

    2017-08-01

    We apply conformal field theory analysis to the k-channel SU(N) Kondo system, and find a peculiar behavior in the cases N > k > 1, which we call Fermi/non-Fermi mixing: The low temperature scaling is described as the Fermi liquid, while the zero temperature infrared fixed point exhibits the non-Fermi liquid signature. We also show that the Wilson ratio is no longer universal for the cases N > k > 1. The deviation from the universal value of the Wilson ratio could be used as an experimental signal of the Fermi/non-Fermi mixing.

  18. Magnetically tunable Kondo-Aharonov-Bohm effect in a triangular quantum dot.

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    Kuzmenko, T; Kikoin, K; Avishai, Y

    2006-02-03

    The role of discrete orbital symmetry in mesoscopic physics is manifested in a system consisting of three identical quantum dots forming an equilateral triangle. Under a perpendicular magnetic field, this system demonstrates a unique combination of Kondo and Aharonov-Bohm features due to an interplay between continuous [spin-rotation SU(2)] and discrete (permutation C3v) symmetries, as well as U(1) gauge invariance. The conductance as a function of magnetic flux displays sharp enhancement or complete suppression depending on contact setups.

  19. Pressure-Resistant Intermediate Valence in the Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Butch, Nicholas P.; Paglione, Johnpierre; Chow, Paul; ...

    2016-04-13

    Resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy was used to determine the pressure dependence of the f-electron occupancy in the Kondo insulator SmB6. Applied pressure reduces the f occupancy, but surprisingly, the material maintains a significant divalent character up to a pressure of at least 35 GPa. Thus, the closure of the resistive activation energy gap and onset of magnetic order are not driven by stabilization of an integer valent state. In conclusion, over the entire pressure range, the material maintains a remarkably stable intermediate valence that can in principle support a nontrivial band structure.

  20. Limit Cycle and Anomalous Capacitance in the Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Kim, D. J.; Grant, T.; Fisk, Z.

    2012-08-01

    We report a frequency coding limit cycle and anomalous capacitance in the Kondo insulator SmB6 at low temperatures where the insulating gap becomes fully opened. The limit cycle appears to be associated with local activity and autocatalytic temporal pattern formation, as occurs in biological systems. The measured anomalous capacitance may indicate surface and bulk separation, suggesting the formation of a surface conducting state. The biological analogy suggests lossless information transport and complex information coding, and the surface state with a superconductor would provide a possible venue for quantum computing resources without decoherence.

  1. Kondo effect in the SmPd 3B x system

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    Kasaya, M.; Liu, B.; Li, J. L.; Sata, N.; Kasuya, T.

    1990-12-01

    Addition of boron to SmPd 3 seems to shift the EF towards the Sm 2+ level and causes the Kondo effect in the SmPd 3B x system. In the course of this experiment, it is also found that the sample of LaPd 3 prepared by using an arc furnace shows a long-period superstructure, but the single crystal of LaPd 3 made in the sealed Mo crucible by the Bridgman method only have the AuCu 3-type structure.

  2. Two-channel Kondo effect and the low-temperature crossover

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    Keller, Andrew; Peeters, Lucas; Weymann, Ireneusz; Moca, Cătălin Paşcu; Mahalu, Diana; Umansky, Vladimir; Zaránd, Gergely; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2015-03-01

    The two-channel Kondo (2CK) state, where a spin-1/2 impurity is equally exchange-coupled to two independent reservoirs, is a canonical non-Fermi liquid state. Experimental observations are rare because of its sensitivity to common and hard-to-control perturbations. We implement experimentally a 2CK state in a coupled dot-grain system (Potok, et al., doi:10.1038/nature05556), and explore the physics of the low-temperature crossover: how magnetic field and gate voltage drive the system towards a Fermi liquid ground state. Our experimental findings are corroborated by detailed numerical renormalization group modeling of our device.

  3. Photoemission and magnetic circular dichroism studies of magnetic semiconductors

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    Fujimori, Atsushi

    2005-03-01

    Recently, a series of novel ferromagnetic semiconductors have been synthesized using MBE and related techniques and have attracted much attention because of unknown mechanisms of carrier-induced ferromagnetism and potential applications as "spin electronics" devices. Some new materials show ferromagnetism even well above room temperature. Photoemission spectroscopy has been used to study the d orbitals of the dilute transition-metal atoms, mostly Mn, and their hybridization with the host band states [1]. Soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) at the transition-metal 2p-3d absorption edges are useful techniques to study the valence and spin states of the transition-metal atoms. Furthermore, since MCD has different sensitivities to the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic components at different temperatures and magnetic fileds, if the sample is a mixture of ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic transition- metal atoms, it can be used to separate the two components and to study their electronic structures. In this talk, results are presented for the prototypical diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor Ga1-xMnxAs [2] and the room-temperature ferromagnets Zn1-xCoxO and Ti1-xCoxO2.I acknowledge collaboration with Y. Ishida, J.-I. Hwang, M. Kobayashi, Y. Takeda, Y. Saitoh, J. Okamoto, T. Okane, Y. Muramatsu, K. Mamiya, T. Koide, A. Tanaka, M. Tanaka, Hayashi, S. Ohya, T. Kondo, H. Munekata, H. Saeki, H. Tabata, T. Kawai, Y. Matsumoto, H. Koinuma, T. Fukumura and M. Kawasaki. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Priority Area "Semiconductor nano-spintronics" (14076209) from MEXT, Japan.1. J. Okabayashi et al., Phys. Rev. B 64, 125304 (2001).2. A. Fujimori et al., J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom., in press.

  4. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Splitting and Restoration of Kondo Peak in a Deformed Molecule Quantum Dot Coupled to Ferromagnetic Electrodes

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    Wang, Rui-Qiang; Jiang, Kai-Ming

    2010-02-01

    We adopt the nonequilibrium Green's function method to theoretically study the Kondo effect in a deformed molecule, which is treated as an electron-phonon interaction (EPI) system. The self-energy for phonon part is calculated in the standard many-body diagrammatic expansion up to the second order in EPI strength. We find that the multiple phonon-assisted Kondo satellites arise besides the usual Kondo resonance. In the antiparallel magnetic configuration the splitting of main Kondo peak and phonon-assisted satellites only happen for asymmetrical dot-lead couplings, but it is free from the symmetry for the parallel magnetic configuration. The EPI strength and vibrational frequency can enhance the spin splitting of both main Kondo and satellites. It is shown that the suppressed zero-bias Kondo resonance can be restored by applying an external magnetic field, whose magnitude is dependent on the phononic effect remarkably. Although the asymmetry in tunnel coupling has no contribution to the restoration of spin splitting of Kondo peak, it can shrink the external field needed to switch tunneling magnetoresistance ratio between large negative dip and large positive peak.

  5. Phase boundaries of power-law Anderson and Kondo models: A poor man's scaling study

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    Cheng, Mengxing; Chowdhury, Tathagata; Mohammed, Aaron; Ingersent, Kevin

    2017-07-01

    We use the poor man's scaling approach to study the phase boundaries of a pair of quantum impurity models featuring a power-law density of states ρ (ɛ ) ∝|ɛ| r , either vanishing (for r >0 ) or diverging (for r <0 ) at the Fermi energy ɛ =0 , that gives rise to quantum phase transitions between local-moment and Kondo-screened phases. For the Anderson model with a pseudogap (i.e., r >0 ), we find the phase boundary for (a) 0 1 , where the phases are separated by first-order quantum phase transitions that are accessible only for broken p-h symmetry. For the p-h-symmetric Kondo model with easy-axis or easy-plane anisotropy of the impurity-band spin exchange, the phase boundary and scaling trajectories are obtained for both r >0 and r <0 . Throughout the regime of weak-to-moderate impurity-band coupling in which poor man's scaling is expected to be valid, the approach predicts phase boundaries in excellent qualitative and good quantitative agreement with the nonperturbative numerical renormalization group, while also establishing the functional relations between model parameters along these boundaries.

  6. Spin relaxation through Kondo scattering in Cu/Py lateral spin valves

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    Batley, J. T.; Rosamond, M. C.; Ali, M.; Linfield, E. H.; Burnell, G.; Hickey, B. J.

    2015-12-01

    The temperature dependence of the spin diffusion length typically reflects the scattering mechanism responsible for spin relaxation. Within nonmagnetic metals it is reasonable to expect the Elliot-Yafet mechanism to play a role and thus the temperature dependence of the spin diffusion length might be inversely proportional to resistivity. In lateral spin valves, measurements have found that at low temperatures the spin diffusion length unexpectedly decreases. By measuring the transport properties of lateral Py/Cu/Py spin valves, fabricated from Cu with magnetic impurities of <1 ppm and ˜4 ppm, we extract a spin diffusion length which shows this suppression below 30 K only in the presence of the Kondo effect. We have calculated the spin-relaxation rate and isolated the contribution from magnetic impurities. We find the spin-flip probability of a magnetic impurity to be 34%. Our analysis demonstrates the dominant role of Kondo scattering in spin relaxation, even in low concentrations of order 1 ppm, and hence illustrates its importance to the reduction in spin diffusion length observed by ourselves and others.

  7. Excitonic and nematic instabilities on the surface of topological Kondo insulators

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    Roy, Bitan; Hofmann, Johannes; Stanev, Valentin; Sau, Jay D.; Galitski, Victor

    2015-12-01

    We study the effects of strong electron-electron interactions on the surface of cubic topological Kondo insulators (such as samarium hexaboride, SmB6). Cubic topological Kondo insulators generally support three copies of massless Dirac nodes on the surface, but only two of them are energetically degenerate and exhibit an energy offset relative to the third one. With a tunable chemical potential, when the surface states host electron and hole pockets of comparable size, strong interactions may drive this system into rotational symmetry breaking nematic and translational symmetric breaking excitonic spin- or charge-density-wave phases, depending on the relative chirality of the Dirac cones. Taking a realistic surface band structure into account we analyze the associated Ginzburg-Landau theory and compute the mean-field phase diagram for interacting surface states. Beyond mean-field theory, this system can be described by a two-component isotropic Ashkin-Teller model at finite temperature, and we outline the phase diagram of this model. Our theory provides a possible explanation of recent measurements which detect a twofold symmetric magnetoresistance and an upturn in surface resistivity with tunable gate voltage in SmB6. Our discussion can also be germane to other cubic topological insulators, such as ytterbium hexaboride (YbB6) and plutonium hexaboride (PuB6).

  8. Thermoelectric response of a correlated impurity in the nonequilibrium Kondo regime

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    Dorda, Antonius; Ganahl, Martin; Andergassen, Sabine; von der Linden, Wolfgang; Arrigoni, Enrico

    2016-12-01

    We study nonequilibrium thermoelectric transport properties of a correlated impurity connected to two leads for temperatures below the Kondo scale. At finite bias, for which a current flows across the leads, we investigate the differential response of the current to a temperature gradient. In particular, we compare the influence of a bias voltage and of a finite temperature on this thermoelectric response. This is of interest from a fundamental point of view to better understand the two different decoherence mechanisms produced by a bias voltage and by temperature. Our results show that in this respect the thermoelectric response behaves differently from the electric conductance. In particular, while the latter displays a similar qualitative behavior as a function of voltage and temperature, both in theoretical and experimental investigations, qualitative differences occur in the case of the thermoelectric response. In order to understand this effect, we analyze the different contributions in connection to the behavior of the impurity spectral function versus temperature. Especially in the regime of strong interactions and large enough bias voltages, we obtain a simple picture based on the asymmetric suppression or enhancement of the split Kondo peaks as a function of the temperature gradient. Besides the academic interest, these studies could additionally provide valuable information to assess the applicability of quantum dot devices as responsive nanoscale temperature sensors.

  9. Formation of metallic magnetic clusters in a Kondo-lattice metal: evidence from an optical study.

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    Kovaleva, N N; Kugel, K I; Bazhenov, A V; Fursova, T N; Löser, W; Xu, Y; Behr, G; Kusmartsev, F V

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic materials are usually divided into two classes: those with localised magnetic moments, and those with itinerant charge carriers. We present a comprehensive experimental (spectroscopic ellipsomerty) and theoretical study to demonstrate that these two types of magnetism do not only coexist but complement each other in the Kondo-lattice metal, Tb(2)PdSi(3). In this material the itinerant charge carriers interact with large localised magnetic moments of Tb(4f) states, forming complex magnetic lattices at low temperatures, which we associate with self-organisation of magnetic clusters. The formation of magnetic clusters results in low-energy optical spectral weight shifts, which correspond to opening of the pseudogap in the conduction band of the itinerant charge carriers and development of the low- and high-spin intersite electronic transitions. This phenomenon, driven by self-trapping of electrons by magnetic fluctuations, could be common in correlated metals, including besides Kondo-lattice metals, Fe-based and cuprate superconductors.

  10. Formation of metallic magnetic clusters in a Kondo-lattice metal: Evidence from an optical study

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    Kovaleva, N. N.; Kugel, K. I.; Bazhenov, A. V.; Fursova, T. N.; Löser, W.; Xu, Y.; Behr, G.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2012-11-01

    Magnetic materials are usually divided into two classes: those with localised magnetic moments, and those with itinerant charge carriers. We present a comprehensive experimental (spectroscopic ellipsomerty) and theoretical study to demonstrate that these two types of magnetism do not only coexist but complement each other in the Kondo-lattice metal, Tb2PdSi3. In this material the itinerant charge carriers interact with large localised magnetic moments of Tb(4f) states, forming complex magnetic lattices at low temperatures, which we associate with self-organisation of magnetic clusters. The formation of magnetic clusters results in low-energy optical spectral weight shifts, which correspond to opening of the pseudogap in the conduction band of the itinerant charge carriers and development of the low- and high-spin intersite electronic transitions. This phenomenon, driven by self-trapping of electrons by magnetic fluctuations, could be common in correlated metals, including besides Kondo-lattice metals, Fe-based and cuprate superconductors.

  11. Formation of metallic magnetic clusters in a Kondo-lattice metal: Evidence from an optical study

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    Kovaleva, N. N.; Kugel, K. I.; Bazhenov, A. V.; Fursova, T. N.; Löser, W.; Xu, Y.; Behr, G.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic materials are usually divided into two classes: those with localised magnetic moments, and those with itinerant charge carriers. We present a comprehensive experimental (spectroscopic ellipsomerty) and theoretical study to demonstrate that these two types of magnetism do not only coexist but complement each other in the Kondo-lattice metal, Tb2PdSi3. In this material the itinerant charge carriers interact with large localised magnetic moments of Tb(4f) states, forming complex magnetic lattices at low temperatures, which we associate with self-organisation of magnetic clusters. The formation of magnetic clusters results in low-energy optical spectral weight shifts, which correspond to opening of the pseudogap in the conduction band of the itinerant charge carriers and development of the low- and high-spin intersite electronic transitions. This phenomenon, driven by self-trapping of electrons by magnetic fluctuations, could be common in correlated metals, including besides Kondo-lattice metals, Fe-based and cuprate superconductors. PMID:23189239

  12. Critical-field theory of the Kondo lattice model in two dimensions

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    Kim, Ki-Seok

    2005-05-15

    In the context of the U(1) slave-boson theory we derive a critical-field theory near the quantum-critical point of the Kondo lattice model in two spatial dimensions. First, we argue that strong gauge fluctuations in the U(1) slave-boson theory give rise to confinement between spinons and holons, thus causing 'neutralized' spinons in association with the slave-boson U(1) gauge field. Second, we show that critical fluctuations of Kondo singlets near the quantum-critical point result in a new U(1) gauge field. This emergent gauge field has nothing to do with the slave-boson U(1) gauge field. Third, we find that the slave-boson U(1) gauge field can be exactly integrated out in the low-energy limit. As a result we find a critical-field theory in terms of renormalized conduction electrons and neutralized spinons interacting via the new emergent U(1) gauge field. Based on this critical-field theory we obtain the temperature dependence of the specific heat and the imaginary part of the self-energy of the renormalized electrons. These quantities display non-Fermi-liquid behavior near the quantum-critical point.

  13. Visualizing the formation of the Kondo lattice and the hidden order in URu2Si2

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    Aynajian, Pegor; da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Parker, Colin V.; Huang, Yingkai; Pasupathy, Abhay; Mydosh, John; Yazdani, Ali

    2010-01-01

    Heavy electronic states originating from the f atomic orbitals underlie a rich variety of quantum phases of matter. We use atomic scale imaging and spectroscopy with the scanning tunneling microscope to examine the novel electronic states that emerge from the uranium f states in URu2Si2. We find that, as the temperature is lowered, partial screening of the f electrons’ spins gives rise to a spatially modulated Kondo–Fano resonance that is maximal between the surface U atoms. At T = 17.5 K, URu2Si2 is known to undergo a second-order phase transition from the Kondo lattice state into a phase with a hidden order parameter. From tunneling spectroscopy, we identify a spatially modulated, bias-asymmetric energy gap with a mean-field temperature dependence that develops in the hidden order state. Spectroscopic imaging further reveals a spatial correlation between the hidden order gap and the Kondo resonance, suggesting that the two phenomena involve the same electronic states. PMID:20498090

  14. Phase diagram of the one-dimensional anisotropic Kondo-necklace model

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    Mahmoudian, S.; Langari, A.

    2008-01-01

    The one-dimensional anisotropic Kondo-necklace model has been studied by several methods. It is shown that a mean field approach fails to gain the correct phase diagram for the Ising-type anisotropy. We then applied the spin wave theory which is justified for the anisotropic case. We have derived the phase diagram between the antiferromagnetic long range order and the Kondo singlet phases. We have found that the exchange interaction (J) between the itinerant spins and local ones enhances the quantum fluctuations around the classical long range antiferromagnetic order and finally destroy the ordered phase at the critical value Jc . Moreover, our results show that the onset of anisotropy in the XY term of the itinerant interactions develops the antiferromagnetic order for J

  15. Possible undercompensation effect in the Kondo insulator (Yb,Tm)B12

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    Alekseev, P. A.; Nemkovski, K. S.; Mignot, J.-M.; Clementyev, E. S.; Ivanov, A. S.; Rols, S.; Bewley, R. I.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of Tm substitution on the dynamical magnetic response of Yb1-xTmxB12 (x=0, 0.08, 0.15, and 0.75) and Lu0.92Tm0.08B12 compounds have been studied using time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. Major changes were observed in the spectral structure and temperature evolution of the Yb contribution to the inelastic response for a rather low content of magnetic Tm ions. A sizable influence of the RB12 host (YbB12, as compared to LuB12 or pure TmB12) on the crystal-field splitting of the Tm3+ ion is also reported. The results point to a specific effect of impurities carrying a magnetic moment (Tm, as compared to Lu or Zr) in a Kondo insulator, which is thought to reflect the "undercompensation" of Yb magnetic moments, originally Kondo screened in pure YbB12. A parallel is made with the strong effect of Tm substitution on the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in Yb1-xTmxB12, which was reported previously.

  16. Fixed-node Monte Carlo calculations for the 1d Kondo lattice model

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    Bemmel, H. J. M. van; Saarloos, W. van; Haaf, D. F. B. ten

    The effectiveness of the recently developed Fixed-Node Quantum Monte Carlo method for lattice fermions, developed by van Leeuwen and co-workers, is tested by applying it to the 1d Kondo lattice, an example of a one-dimensional model with a sign problem. The principles of this method and its implementation for the Kondo lattice model are discussed in detail. We compare the fixed-node upper bound for the ground-state energy at half filling with exact-diagonalization results from the literature, and determine several spin correlation functions. Our ‘best estimates’ for the ground-state correlation functions do not depend sensitively on the input trial wave function of the fixed-node projection, and are reasonably close to the exact values. We also calculate the spin gap of the model with the Fixed-Node Monte Carlo method. For this it is necessary to use a many-Slater-determinant trial state. The lowest-energy spin excitation is a running spin soliton with wave number π, in agreement with earlier calculations.

  17. Phase diagram of the Kondo necklace model with planar and local anisotropies

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    Mendoza-Arenas, J. J.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2010-12-01

    We use the density matrix renormalization group to study the quantum critical behavior of a one-dimensional Kondo necklace model with two anisotropies: η in the XY interaction of conduction spins and Δ in the local exchange between localized and conduction spins (characterized by J). To do so, we calculate the gap between the ground and the first excited state for different values of η and Δ as a function of J, and fit it to a Kosterlitz-Thouless tendency; the point in which the gap vanishes is the quantum critical point Jc. To support our results, we calculate correlation functions and structure factors near the obtained critical points. The use of entanglement measures, specifically the von Neumann block entropy, to identify the quantum phase transition is also presented. Then we build the phase diagram of the model: for every Δ considered, any value of η > 0 generates a quantum phase transition from a Kondo singlet to an antiferromagnetic state at a finite value of J, and as η diminishes, so does Jc; when Δ diminishes for a fixed η, Jc increases, favoring the antiferromagnetic state.

  18. Long-range ferrimagnetic order in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice

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    Girovsky, Jan; Nowakowski, Jan; Ali, Md. Ehesan; Baljozovic, Milos; Rossmann, Harald R.; Nijs, Thomas; Aeby, Elise A.; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Siewert, Dorota; Srivastava, Gitika; Wäckerlin, Christian; Dreiser, Jan; Decurtins, Silvio; Liu, Shi-Xia; Oppeneer, Peter M.; Jung, Thomas A.; Ballav, Nirmalya

    2017-05-01

    Realization of long-range magnetic order in surface-supported two-dimensional systems has been challenging, mainly due to the competition between fundamental magnetic interactions as the short-range Kondo effect and spin-stabilizing magnetic exchange interactions. Spin-bearing molecules on conducting substrates represent a rich platform to investigate the interplay of these fundamental magnetic interactions. Here we demonstrate the direct observation of long-range ferrimagnetic order emerging in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice. The lattice consists of paramagnetic hexadeca-fluorinated iron phthalocyanine (FeFPc) and manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecules co-assembled into a checkerboard pattern on single-crystalline Au(111) substrates. Remarkably, the remanent magnetic moments are oriented in the out-of-plane direction with significant contribution from orbital moments. First-principles calculations reveal that the FeFPc-MnPc antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbour coupling is mediated by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction via the Au substrate electronic states. Our findings suggest the use of molecular frameworks to engineer novel low-dimensional magnetically ordered materials and their application in molecular quantum devices.

  19. Magnetic order and Kondo effect in the Anderson-lattice model

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    Bernhard, B. H.; Aguiar, C.; Kogoutiouk, I.; Coqblin, B.

    The Anderson-lattice model has been extensively developed to account for the properties of many anomalous rare-earth compounds and in particular for the competition between the Kondo effect and an antiferromagnetic (AF) phase in a cubic lattice. Here we apply the higher-order decoupling of the equations of motion for the Green Functions (GF) introduced in [H.G. Luo, S.J. Wang, Phys. Rev. B 62 (2000) 1485]. We obtain an improved description of the phase diagram, where the AF phase subsists in a smaller range of the model parameters. As higher-order GF are included in the chain of equations, we are able to calculate directly the local spin-flip correlation function . As a further improvement to the previous approximation of [B.H. Bernhard, C. Aguiar, B. Coqblin, Physica B 378-380 (2006) 712], we obtain a reduced range of existence for the AF phase for the symmetric half-filled case and then we discuss the competition between the AF order and the Kondo effect as a function of the band filling.

  20. Long-range ferrimagnetic order in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice.

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    Girovsky, Jan; Nowakowski, Jan; Ali, Md Ehesan; Baljozovic, Milos; Rossmann, Harald R; Nijs, Thomas; Aeby, Elise A; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Siewert, Dorota; Srivastava, Gitika; Wäckerlin, Christian; Dreiser, Jan; Decurtins, Silvio; Liu, Shi-Xia; Oppeneer, Peter M; Jung, Thomas A; Ballav, Nirmalya

    2017-05-22

    Realization of long-range magnetic order in surface-supported two-dimensional systems has been challenging, mainly due to the competition between fundamental magnetic interactions as the short-range Kondo effect and spin-stabilizing magnetic exchange interactions. Spin-bearing molecules on conducting substrates represent a rich platform to investigate the interplay of these fundamental magnetic interactions. Here we demonstrate the direct observation of long-range ferrimagnetic order emerging in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice. The lattice consists of paramagnetic hexadeca-fluorinated iron phthalocyanine (FeFPc) and manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecules co-assembled into a checkerboard pattern on single-crystalline Au(111) substrates. Remarkably, the remanent magnetic moments are oriented in the out-of-plane direction with significant contribution from orbital moments. First-principles calculations reveal that the FeFPc-MnPc antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbour coupling is mediated by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction via the Au substrate electronic states. Our findings suggest the use of molecular frameworks to engineer novel low-dimensional magnetically ordered materials and their application in molecular quantum devices.

  1. Long-range ferrimagnetic order in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice

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    Girovsky, Jan; Nowakowski, Jan; Ali, Md. Ehesan; Baljozovic, Milos; Rossmann, Harald R.; Nijs, Thomas; Aeby, Elise A.; Nowakowska, Sylwia; Siewert, Dorota; Srivastava, Gitika; Wäckerlin, Christian; Dreiser, Jan; Decurtins, Silvio; Liu, Shi-Xia; Oppeneer, Peter M.; Jung, Thomas A.; Ballav, Nirmalya

    2017-01-01

    Realization of long-range magnetic order in surface-supported two-dimensional systems has been challenging, mainly due to the competition between fundamental magnetic interactions as the short-range Kondo effect and spin-stabilizing magnetic exchange interactions. Spin-bearing molecules on conducting substrates represent a rich platform to investigate the interplay of these fundamental magnetic interactions. Here we demonstrate the direct observation of long-range ferrimagnetic order emerging in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice. The lattice consists of paramagnetic hexadeca-fluorinated iron phthalocyanine (FeFPc) and manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecules co-assembled into a checkerboard pattern on single-crystalline Au(111) substrates. Remarkably, the remanent magnetic moments are oriented in the out-of-plane direction with significant contribution from orbital moments. First-principles calculations reveal that the FeFPc-MnPc antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbour coupling is mediated by the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida exchange interaction via the Au substrate electronic states. Our findings suggest the use of molecular frameworks to engineer novel low-dimensional magnetically ordered materials and their application in molecular quantum devices. PMID:28530247

  2. Kondo physics in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Wong, Arturo; Ulloa, Sergio; Sandler, Nancy; Ingersent, Kevin

    Recent theoretical studies have shown that Rashba spin-orbit interactions in a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) affect the thermodynamics of the impurity Kondo effect only through changes in the host density of states. These changes are generally modest, but yield exponential enhancement of the Kondo temperature TK if the 2DEG can be tuned to a helical regime in which all electrons at the Fermi surface have the same relation between the directions of their spin and momentum. It has been proposed to access the helical regime using irradiation with circularly polarized light, giving rise to an effective Zeeman splitting of the conduction band without any direct splitting of the impurity level. We show that under this scenario, the impurity contribution to the system's net angular momentum is a universal function of the Zeeman energy divided by a temperature scale that (surprisingly at first sight) is not TK, but rather is proportional to TK divided by the impurity hybridization width. This universal scaling can be understood via a perturbative treatment of irradiation-induced changes in the electron densities of states

  3. Kondo behavior and conductance through 3d impurities in gold chains doped with oxygen

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    Barral, M. A.; Di Napoli, S.; Blesio, G.; Roura-Bas, P.; Camjayi, A.; Manuel, L. O.; Aligia, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    Combining ab initio calculations and effective models derived from them, we discuss the electronic structure of oxygen doped gold chains when one Au atom is replaced by any transition-metal atom of the 3d series. The effect of O doping is to bring extended Au 5dxz and 5dyz states to the Fermi level, which together with the Au states of zero angular momentum projection leads to three possible channels for the screening of the magnetism of the impurity. For most 3d impurities the expected physics is similar to that of the underscreened Kondo model, with singular Fermi liquid behavior. For Fe and Co under a tetragonal crystal field introduced by leads, the system might display a non-Fermi liquid behavior. Ni and Cu impurities are described by a S = 1 two channel Kondo model and an SU(4) impurity Anderson model in the intermediate valence regime, respectively. In both cases, the system is a Fermi liquid, but the conductance shows some observable differences with the ordinary SU(2) Anderson model.

  4. Zero-Temperature Magnetic Transition in an Easy-Axis Kondo Lattice Model --- An NRG Study

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    Zhu, Jian-Xin; Kirchner, Stefan; Bulla, Ralf; Si, Qimiao

    2007-03-01

    Antiferromagnetic heavy fermion metals close to their quantum critical points display a richness in their physical properties unanticipated by the traditional approach to quantum criticality. Here we address the quantum transition of a spin-12 antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice model with an easy-axis anisotropy within the extended dynamical mean field theory. We derive results [1] in real frequency using the bosonic numerical renormalization group (bNRG) method and compare them with Quantum Monte Carlo results in Matsubara frequency. The bNRG results show a logarithmic divergence in the critical local spin susceptibility, signaling a destruction of Kondo screening. The T=0 transition is nearly second order, with any jump in the magnetic order parameter not exceeding a few percents of the full moment. The bNRG results also display some subtle features; we discuss their possible origins and suggest means for further microscopic studies. [1] J.-X. Zhu, S. Kirchner, R. Bulla, and Q. Si, cond-mat/0607567.

  5. Coexistence of Kondo effect and Ferromagnetism in Ce1.5Nd1.5Al

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    Singh, Durgesh; Mishra Patidar, Manju; Gangrade, Mohan; Ganesan, V.

    2016-10-01

    The possibility for a coexistence of Kondo effect and ferromagnetism in Ce1.5Nd1.5Al has been studied using heat capacity and resistivity. The sample is of polycrystalline in nature. Heat capacity data confirms the heavy fermion behavior of this compound with a Sommerfeld coefficient γ = 190mJ/mol-K2 and Debye temperature ∼ 180K. An upturn in resistivity and heat capacity observed near ∼ 24K is attributed to the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition as reported. Kondo like behavior is observed below 10K and vanishes for magnetic fields of the order of 2T. Around 60K a prominent jump or cusp like behaviour is seen and observed to be robust against magnetic fields up to 14T. Heat capacity below 20K is found to be consistent with equation Cp (T) = γ T + βT3 + αT3/2e-Δ/T that signifies the presence of a gap in magnon excitation energy of the order of 70K.

  6. Kondo effect in a neutral and stable all organic radical single molecule break junction

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    Burzuri, Enrique; Gaudenzi, Rocco; Frisenda, Riccardo; Franco, Carlos; Mas-Torrent, Marta; Rovira, Concepcio; Veciana, Jaume; Alcon, Isaac; Bromley, Stefan T.; van der Zant, Herre S. J.

    Organic radicals are neutral, purely organic molecules exhibiting an intrinsic magnetic moment due to the presence of an unpaired electron in the molecule in its ground state. This property, added to the low spin-orbit coupling makes organic radicals good candidates for molecular spintronics insofar as the radical character is stable in solid state electronic devices. We show that the paramagnetism of the PTM radical molecule, in the shape of a Kondo anomaly is preserved in two- and three-terminal solid-state devices, regardless of mechanical and electrostatic changes. Indeed, our results demonstrate that the Kondo anomaly is robust under electrodes displacement and changes of the electrostatic environment, pointing to a localized orbital in the radical as the source of magnetism. Strong support to this picture is provided by density functional calculations and measurements of the corresponding nonradical specie. We further study polyradical systems, where several unpaired spins interact in the same molecule. This work was supported by the EU FP7 program through project 618082 ACMOL and ERC grant advanced Mols@Mols. It was also supported by the Dutch funding organization NWO (VENI).

  7. Keldysh effective action theory for universal physics in spin-(1)/(2) Kondo dots

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    Smirnov, Sergey; Grifoni, Milena

    2013-03-01

    We present a theory for the Kondo spin-(1)/(2) effect in strongly correlated quantum dots. The theory is applicable at any temperature and voltage. It is based on a quadratic Keldysh effective action parametrized by a universal function. We provide a general analytical form for the tunneling density of states through this universal function for which we propose a simple microscopic model. We apply our theory to the highly asymmetric Anderson model with U=∞ and describe its strong-coupling limit, weak-coupling limit, and crossover region within a single analytical expression. We compare our results with a numerical renormalization group in equilibrium and with a real-time renormalization group out of equilibrium and show that the universal shapes of the linear and differential conductance obtained in our theory and in these theories are very close to each other in a wide range of temperatures and voltages. In particular, as in the real-time renormalization group, we predict that at the Kondo voltage the differential conductance is equal to 2/3 of its maximum.

  8. Specific heat and Hall effect of the ferromagnetic Kondo lattice UCu0.9Sb2.

    PubMed

    Tran, V H; Bukowski, Z

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the electrical resistivity ρ, specific heat C p and Hall coefficient R H on a single crystal of a ferromagnetic Kondo lattice UCu0.9Sb2. The experimental [Formula: see text], C p (T) and [Formula: see text] data evidence a bulk magnetic phase transition at [Formula: see text] K, and additionally exhibit an unexpected bump located in the temperature range T C/10-T C/3. UCu0.9Sb2 has an enhanced electronic specific heat coefficient [Formula: see text] mJ molK(-2), corresponding to Kondo temperature [Formula: see text] K. An analysis of the Hall effect data for j//(a, b)-plane and H// c-axis reveals that the low-temperature ordinary Hall coefficient R 0 is positive, suggesting that p-type electrical conductivity is dominant. The density of the carriers at 2 K is about 0.6 holes f.u.(-1), which may categorize the studied compound into class of low carrier density compounds. Combined γ and R 0 data divulge an effective mass of charge carriers [Formula: see text] 27 m e . This finding together with quite low Hall mobility [Formula: see text] cm(2) Vs(-1) and Kadowaki-Woods ratio [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text] cm (mol K(2) mJ(-1))(2), manifest the development of heavy-fermion state in the ferromagnetic UCu0.9Sb2 compound at low temperatures.

  9. Heavy-fermion quantum criticality and destruction of the Kondo effect in a nickel oxypnictide.

    PubMed

    Luo, Yongkang; Pourovskii, Leonid; Rowley, S E; Li, Yuke; Feng, Chunmu; Georges, Antoine; Dai, Jianhui; Cao, Guanghan; Xu, Zhu'an; Si, Qimiao; Ong, N P

    2014-08-01

    A quantum critical point arises at a continuous transformation between distinct phases of matter at zero temperature. Studies in antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion materials have revealed that quantum criticality has several classes, with an unconventional type that involves a critical destruction of the Kondo entanglement. To understand such varieties, it is important to extend the materials basis beyond the usual setting of intermetallic compounds. Here we show that a nickel oxypnictide, CeNiAsO, exhibits a heavy-fermion antiferromagnetic quantum critical point as a function of either pressure or P/As substitution. At the quantum critical point, non-Fermi-liquid behaviour appears, which is accompanied by a divergent effective carrier mass. Across the quantum critical point, the low-temperature Hall coefficient undergoes a rapid sign change, suggesting a sudden jump of the Fermi surface and a destruction of the Kondo effect. Our results imply that the enormous materials basis for the oxypnictides, which has been so crucial in the search for high-temperature superconductivity, will also play a vital role in the effort to establish the universality classes of quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems.

  10. Heavy fermion and Kondo lattice behavior in the itinerant ferromagnet CeCrGe3.

    PubMed

    Das, Debarchan; Gruner, T; Pfau, H; Paramanik, U B; Burkhardt, U; Geibel, C; Hossain, Z

    2014-03-12

    Physical properties of polycrystalline CeCrGe3 and LaCrGe3 have been investigated by x-ray absorption spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility χ(T), isothermal magnetization M(H), electrical resistivity ρ(T), specific heat C(T) and thermoelectric power S(T) measurements. These compounds are found to crystallize in the hexagonal perovskite structure (space group P63/mmc), as previously reported. The ρ(T), χ(T) and C(T) data confirm the bulk ferromagnetic ordering of itinerant Cr moments in LaCrGe3 and CeCrGe3 with TC = 90 K and 70 K respectively. In addition, a weak anomaly is also observed near 3 K in the C(T) data of CeCrGe3. The T dependences of ρ and finite values of Sommerfeld coefficient γ obtained from the specific heat measurements confirm that both the compounds are of metallic character. Further, the T dependence of ρ of CeCrGe3 reflects a Kondo lattice behavior. An enhanced γ of 130 mJ mol(-1) K(-2) together with the Kondo lattice behavior inferred from the ρ(T) establish CeCrGe3 as a moderate heavy fermion compound with a quasi-particle mass renormalization factor of ∼45.

  11. Heavy-fermion quantum criticality and destruction of the Kondo effect in a nickel oxypnictide

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    Luo, Yongkang; Pourovskii, Leonid; Rowley, S. E.; Li, Yuke; Feng, Chunmu; Georges, Antoine; Dai, Jianhui; Cao, Guanghan; Xu, Zhu'An; Si, Qimiao; Ong, N. P.

    2014-08-01

    A quantum critical point arises at a continuous transformation between distinct phases of matter at zero temperature. Studies in antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion materials have revealed that quantum criticality has several classes, with an unconventional type that involves a critical destruction of the Kondo entanglement. To understand such varieties, it is important to extend the materials basis beyond the usual setting of intermetallic compounds. Here we show that a nickel oxypnictide, CeNiAsO, exhibits a heavy-fermion antiferromagnetic quantum critical point as a function of either pressure or P/As substitution. At the quantum critical point, non-Fermi-liquid behaviour appears, which is accompanied by a divergent effective carrier mass. Across the quantum critical point, the low-temperature Hall coefficient undergoes a rapid sign change, suggesting a sudden jump of the Fermi surface and a destruction of the Kondo effect. Our results imply that the enormous materials basis for the oxypnictides, which has been so crucial in the search for high-temperature superconductivity, will also play a vital role in the effort to establish the universality classes of quantum criticality in strongly correlated electron systems.

  12. A 1Ds ×1Dc Heisenberg-Kondo Lattice compound Nb12O29

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    Pickett, Warren; Lee, Kwan-Woo

    2015-03-01

    Local moments embedded in conducting systems form a rich platform for unusual phases, with phenomena including Kondo, heavy fermion, and non-Fermi liquid physics. Using first principles based methods and the refined crystal structure based on columns of 3 ×4 planar units of NbO6 octahedra, we determine that mixed valent Nb12O29 displays tightly bound local moments forming spin chains along one direction criss-crossed by conducting ``nanowires'' in the perpendicular direction. Just how local moments - very rare for Nb - emerge and coexist with itinerant electrons, an enigma for decades in this system, is elucidated based on the local structure of the NbO6 octahedra and orbital+spin ordering. The resulting 1Ds ×1Dc Heisenberg-Kondo lattice (s=spin, c=charge) picture will be discussed. NRF-2013R1A1A2A10008946 (K.W.L.), DOE DE-FG02-04ER46111 (W.E.P.).

  13. Slow Light Semiconductor Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-02-02

    we demonstrate a semiconductor laser with a spectral linewidth of 18 kHz in the telecom band around 1:55um. The views, opinions and/or findings...we demonstrate a semiconductor laser with a spectral linewidth of 18 kHz in the telecom band around 1:55um. Further, the large intracavity field...hybrid Si/III- V platforms Abstract The semiconductor laser is the principal light source powering the world-wide optical fiber network . Ever

  14. Introduction to Semiconductor Devices

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    Brennan, Kevin F.

    2005-03-01

    This volume offers a solid foundation for understanding the most important devices used in the hottest areas of electronic engineering today, from semiconductor fundamentals to state-of-the-art semiconductor devices in the telecommunications and computing industries. Kevin Brennan describes future approaches to computing hardware and RF power amplifiers, and explains how emerging trends and system demands of computing and telecommunications systems influence the choice, design and operation of semiconductor devices. In addition, he covers MODFETs and MOSFETs, short channel effects, and the challenges faced by continuing miniaturization. His book is both an excellent senior/graduate text and a valuable reference for practicing engineers and researchers.

  15. An equation of motion analysis of the two stage Kondo effect in T-shaped double-quantum-dot systems

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    Crisan, M.; Grosu, I.; Ţifrea, I.

    2015-02-01

    We use the equation of motion method in connection with a generalized Anderson Hamiltonian to evaluate the electronic transmission in a T-shaped double quantum dot system. We consider the strong Coulomb interaction regime (U1 → ∞, U2 → ∞) using a decoupling procedure that includes terms beyond the standard Hartree-Fock approximation. The typical manifestation of the two stage Kondo effect is reflected in system's electronic transmission coefficient that presents both a large Lorentzian and a sharp dip around ω = 0. We provide an analytical result for the first stage Kondo temperature that includes corrections due to the presence of an additional quantum dot in the system. For the second stage Kondo effect, we identify the logarithmic correction that is responsible for the additional dip in the system's electronic transmission coefficient. The Anderson model is used in connection with the T-shaped double-quantum-dot system. We include terms beyond Hartree-Fock approximation for the equation of motion method. We evaluate the first stage Kondo temperature in the strong Coulomb interaction limit.

  16. Tuning the Magnetic Quantum Criticality of Artificial Kondo Superlattices CeRhIn_{5}/YbRhIn_{5}.

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    Ishii, T; Toda, R; Hanaoka, Y; Tokiwa, Y; Shimozawa, M; Kasahara, Y; Endo, R; Terashima, T; Nevidomskyy, A H; Shibauchi, T; Matsuda, Y

    2016-05-20

    The effects of reduced dimensions and the interfaces on antiferromagnetic quantum criticality are studied in epitaxial Kondo superlattices, with alternating n layers of heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn_{5} and seven layers of normal metal YbRhIn_{5}. As n is reduced, the Kondo coherence temperature is suppressed due to the reduction of effective Kondo screening. The Néel temperature is gradually suppressed as n decreases and the quasiparticle mass is strongly enhanced, implying dimensional control toward a quantum critical point. Magnetotransport measurements reveal that a quantum critical point is reached for the n=3 superlattice by applying small magnetic fields. Remarkably, the anisotropy of the quantum critical field is opposite to the expectations from the magnetic susceptibility in bulk CeRhIn_{5}, suggesting that the Rashba spin-orbit interaction arising from the inversion symmetry breaking at the interface plays a key role for tuning the quantum criticality in the two-dimensional Kondo lattice.

  17. Anomalous three-dimensional bulk ac conduction within the Kondo gap of SmB6 single crystals

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    Laurita, N. J.; Morris, C. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Phelan, W. A.; Fisk, Z.; McQueen, T. M.; Armitage, N. P.

    2016-10-01

    The Kondo insulator SmB6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures, T <5 K. In this temperatures range, a plateau is observed in the dc resistivity, contrary to the exponential divergence expected for a gapped system. Recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator (TKI) and propose that the residual conductivity is due to topological surface states which reside within the Kondo gap. Since the TKI prediction many experiments have claimed to observe high mobility surface states within a perfectly insulating hybridization gap. Here, we investigate the low energy optical conductivity within the hybridization gap of single crystals of SmB6 via time domain terahertz spectroscopy. Samples grown by both optical floating zone and aluminum flux methods are investigated to probe for differences originating from sample growth techniques. We find that both samples display significant three-dimensional bulk conduction originating within the Kondo gap. Although SmB6 may be a bulk dc insulator, it shows significant bulk ac conduction that is many orders of magnitude larger than any known impurity band conduction. The nature of these in-gap states and their coupling with the low energy spin excitons of SmB6 is discussed. Additionally, the well-defined conduction path geometry of our optical experiments allows us to show that any surface states, which lie below our detection threshold if present, must have a sheet resistance of R /square≥ 1000 Ω .

  18. From bad metal to Kondo insulator: temperature evolution of the optical properties of SmB6

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    Tytarenko, A.; Nakatsukasa, K.; Huang, Y. K.; Johnston, S.; van Heumen, E.

    2016-12-01

    The recent rekindling of interest in the mixed valent Kondo insulator SmB6 as candidate for a first correlated topological insulator has resulted in a wealth of new experimental observations. In particular, angle-resolved photoemission experiments have provided completely new insights into the formation of the low temperature Kondo insulating state starting from the high temperature correlated metal. Here, we report detailed temperature and energy dependent measurements of the optical constants of SmB6 in order to provide a detailed study from the point of view of a bulk sensitive spectroscopic probe. We detect a previously unobserved infrared active optical phonon mode, involving the movement of the Sm ions against the boron cages. The changes taking place in the free carrier response with temperature and their connection to changes in optical transitions between different bands are discussed. We find that the free charge density starts to decrease rapidly below approximately 200 K. Below 60 K a small amount of spectral weight begins to accumulate in low lying interband transitions, indicating the formation of the Kondo insulating state; however, the total integrated spectral weight in our experimental window (∼4.35 eV) decreases. This indicates the involvement of a large Coulomb interaction (> 5 eV) in the formation of the Kondo insulator.

  19. Antiferroquadrupolar Ordering in Quadrupolar Kondo Lattice of Non-Kramers System PrTa2Al20

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    Higashinaka, Ryuji; Nakama, Akihiro; Miyazaki, Ryoichi; Yamaura, Jun-ichi; Sato, Hideyuki; Aoki, Yuji

    2017-10-01

    Single crystals of PrTa2Al20 have been investigated by means of single-crystal structural analysis and measurements of magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity. The crystalline-electric-field level scheme of the Pr ions has a nonmagnetic Γ3 doublet ground state and a Γ5 magnetic excited state with an energy separation of 53 K. The 4f-electron contribution to the electrical resistivity shows -log T magnetic Kondo scattering above 50 K and a downward curvature characteristic of a quadrupolar Kondo lattice formation below 20 K. A phase transition appears at 0.65 K in zero field and shifts to higher temperatures in applied fields, indicating that this transition is antiferroquadrupolar (AFQ) in nature. The largely enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient ˜1.5 J/(mol K2) in the AFQ state may indicate the formation of heavy quasiparticles. The hierarchically arranged sequence of the magnetic Kondo regime, quadrupolar Kondo lattice regime, and AFQ ordered state in the wide temperature range 0.2-300 K demonstrates that PrTa2Al20 is a good playground to investigate quadrupole physics with strong electron correlations.

  20. Tuning the Magnetic Quantum Criticality of Artificial Kondo Superlattices CeRhIn5 /YbRhIn5

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    Ishii, T.; Toda, R.; Hanaoka, Y.; Tokiwa, Y.; Shimozawa, M.; Kasahara, Y.; Endo, R.; Terashima, T.; Nevidomskyy, A. H.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Y.

    2016-05-01

    The effects of reduced dimensions and the interfaces on antiferromagnetic quantum criticality are studied in epitaxial Kondo superlattices, with alternating n layers of heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeRhIn5 and seven layers of normal metal YbRhIn5 . As n is reduced, the Kondo coherence temperature is suppressed due to the reduction of effective Kondo screening. The Néel temperature is gradually suppressed as n decreases and the quasiparticle mass is strongly enhanced, implying dimensional control toward a quantum critical point. Magnetotransport measurements reveal that a quantum critical point is reached for the n =3 superlattice by applying small magnetic fields. Remarkably, the anisotropy of the quantum critical field is opposite to the expectations from the magnetic susceptibility in bulk CeRhIn5 , suggesting that the Rashba spin-orbit interaction arising from the inversion symmetry breaking at the interface plays a key role for tuning the quantum criticality in the two-dimensional Kondo lattice.

  1. Isotopically controlled semiconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Haller, E.E.

    2004-11-15

    A review of recent research involving isotopically controlled semiconductors is presented. Studies with isotopically enriched semiconductor structures experienced a dramatic expansion at the end of the Cold War when significant quantities of enriched isotopes of elements forming semiconductors became available for worldwide collaborations. Isotopes of an element differ in nuclear mass, may have different nuclear spins and undergo different nuclear reactions. Among the latter, the capture of thermal neutrons which can lead to neutron transmutation doping, can be considered the most important one for semiconductors. Experimental and theoretical research exploiting the differences in all the properties has been conducted and will be illustrated with selected examples. Manuel Cardona, the longtime editor-in-chief of Solid State Communications has been and continues to be one of the major contributors to this field of solid state physics and it is a great pleasure to dedicate this review to him.

  2. Semiconductor Solar Superabsorbers

    PubMed Central

    Yu, Yiling; Huang, Lujun; Cao, Linyou

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the maximal enhancement of solar absorption in semiconductor materials by light trapping promises the development of affordable solar cells. However, the conventional Lambertian limit is only valid for idealized material systems with weak absorption, and cannot hold for the typical semiconductor materials used in solar cells due to the substantial absorption of these materials. Herein we theoretically demonstrate the maximal solar absorption enhancement for semiconductor materials and elucidate the general design principle for light trapping structures to approach the theoretical maximum. By following the principles, we design a practical light trapping structure that can enable an ultrathin layer of semiconductor materials, for instance, 10 nm thick a-Si, absorb > 90% sunlight above the bandgap. The design has active materials with one order of magnitude less volume than any of the existing solar light trapping designs in literature. This work points towards the development of ultimate solar light trapping techniques. PMID:24531211

  3. Physics of Organic Semiconductors

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    Brütting, Wolfgang

    2005-08-01

    Filling the gap in the literature currently available, this book presents an overview of our knowledge of the physics behind organic semiconductor devices. Contributions from 18 international research groups cover various aspects of this field, ranging from the growth of organic layers and crystals, their electronic properties at interfaces, their photophysics and electrical transport properties to the application of these materials in such different devices as organic field-effect transistors, photovoltaic cells and organic light-emitting diodes. From the contents: * Excitation Dynamics in Organic Semiconductors * Organic Field-Effect Transistors * Spectroscopy of Organic Semiconductors * Interfaces between Organic Semiconductors and Metals * Analysis and Modeling of Devices * Exciton Formation and Energy Transfer in Organic Light Emitting Diodes * Deposition and Characterization

  4. Screened spin-1 and -1/2 Kondo effect in a triangular quantum dot system with interdot Coulomb repulsion

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    Xiong, Yong-Chen; Wang, Wei-Zhong; Luo, Shi-Jun; Yang, Jun-Tao; Huang, Hai-Ming

    2017-03-01

    By means of the numerical renormalization group (NRG) technique, we study the low temperature transport property and the phase transition for a triangular triple quantum dot system, including two centered dots (dot 1 and 2) and one side dot (dot 3). We focus on the effect of interdot repulsion V between two centered dots in a wide range of the interdot hopping tij (i,j = 1,2,3). When the hoppings between the centered dot and the side dot are symmetric, i.e., t13 = t23, and that between two centered dots t12 is small, two centered dots form a spin triplet when V is absent, and a totally screened spin-1 Kondo effect is observed. In this case, one has a spin 1 that is partially screened by the leads as in the usual spin-1 Kondo model, and the remaining spin 1/2 degree of freedom forms a singlet with the side dot. As V is large enough, one of the centered dots is singly occupied, while the other one is empty. The spin-1/2 Kondo effect is found when t13 is small. For large t12, two centered dots form a spin singlet when V = 0, leading to zero conductance. As V is large enough, the spin-1/2 Kondo effect is recovered in the case of small t13. For asymmetric t13≠t23 and small t12, a crossover is found as V increases in comparison with a first order quantum phase transition for the symmetric case. In the regime of large V, the spin-1/2 Kondo effect could also be found when both t13 and t23 are small. We demonstrate the present model is similar to the side-coupled double dot system in some appropriate regimes, and it appears as a possible realization of side-controllable molecular electronics and spintronics devices.

  5. SILICON CARBIDE FOR SEMICONDUCTORS

    DTIC Science & Technology

    This state-of-the-art survey on silicon carbide for semiconductors includes a bibliography of the most important references published as of the end...of 1964. The various methods used for growing silicon carbide single crystals are reviewed, as well as their properties and devices fabricated from...them. The fact that the state of-the-art of silicon carbide semiconductors is not further advanced may be attributed to the difficulties of growing

  6. SmB6: Topological insulator or semiconductor with valence-fluctuation induced hopping transport?

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    Batko, I.; Batkova, M.

    2014-10-01

    We advert to the fact that the presence of valence fluctuations (VFs) in semiconductors with in-gap impurity bands unconditionally leads to dynamical changes (fluctuations) of energies of localized impurity states. We provide arguments that in the impurity subnetwork consisting of centers having energy levels fluctuating around the Fermi energy there exist favorable conditions for hops from occupied states to empty states of less energy. Consequently, we propose original valence-fluctuation induced hopping mechanism as a new possibility to explain unusual metallic-like conduction of SmB6 and other Kondo insulators experimentally observed at lowest temperatures. Interestingly, the proposed mechanism infers enhanced metallic-like surface conductivity of SmB6, what resembles a characteristic property of topological insulator, and is in agreement with experimental observations attempting to prove the existence of topologically protected surface state in SmB6.

  7. Method of doping a semiconductor

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Chiang Y.; Rapp, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    A method for doping semiconductor material. An interface is established between a solid electrolyte and a semiconductor to be doped. The electrolyte is chosen to be an ionic conductor of the selected impurity and the semiconductor material and electrolyte are jointly chosen so that any compound formed from the impurity and the semiconductor will have a free energy no lower than the electrolyte. A potential is then established across the interface so as to allow the impurity ions to diffuse into the semiconductor. In one embodiment the semiconductor and electrolyte may be heated so as to increase the diffusion coefficient.

  8. Pressure-tuned quantum criticality in the antiferromagnetic Kondo semimetal CeNi2–δAs2

    SciTech Connect

    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 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. 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.

  9. Hydrogen in semiconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Haller, E.E. Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA )

    1990-06-01

    After an incubation'' period in the 1970's and early 80's, during which the first hydrogen related centers were discovered and characterized in ultra-pure germanium, a sharp increase of research activity occurred after the discovery of shallow acceptor passivation in crystalline silicon. The aim of this review is to convey an insight into the rich, multifaceted physics and materials science which has emerged from the vast variety of experimental and theoretical studies of hydrogen in semiconductors. In order to arrive at the current understanding of hydrogen related phenomena in a logical way, each chapter will start with a brief review of the major experimental and theoretical advances of the past few years. Those who are interested to learn more about this fascinating area of semiconductor research are referred to reviews, to a number of conference proceedings volumes, and to an upcoming book which will contain authoritative chapters on most aspects of hydrogen in crystalline semiconductors. Some of the early art of semiconductor device processing can finally be put on a scientific foundation and new ways of arriving at advanced device structures begin to use what we have learned from the basic studies of hydrogen in semiconductors. 92 refs., 8 figs.

  10. Suppression of magnetic excitations near the surface of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Biswas, P. K.; Legner, M.; Balakrishnan, G.; Hatnean, M. Ciomaga; Lees, M. R.; Paul, D. McK.; Pomjakushina, E.; Prokscha, T.; Suter, A.; Neupert, T.; Salman, Z.

    2017-01-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the temperature and depth dependence of the magnetic properties of the three-dimensional topological Kondo insulator SmB6, in particular, near its surface. We find that local magnetic field fluctuations detected in the bulk are suppressed rapidly with decreasing depths, disappearing almost completely at the surface. We attribute the magnetic excitations to spin excitons in bulk SmB6, which produce local magnetic fields of about ˜1.8 mT fluctuating on a time scale of ˜60 ns . We find that the excitonic fluctuations are suppressed when approaching the surface on a length scale of ˜40 -90 nm , accompanied by a small enhancement in static magnetic fields. We associate this length scale to the size of the excitonic state.

  11. Constructive influence of the induced electron pairing on the Kondo state

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    Domański, T.; Weymann, I.; Barańska, M.; Górski, G.

    2016-01-01

    Superconducting order and magnetic impurities are usually detrimental to each other. We show, however, that in nanoscopic objects the induced electron pairing can have constructive influence on the Kondo effect originating from the effective screening interactions. Such situation is possible at low temperatures in the quantum dots placed between the conducting and superconducting reservoirs, where the proximity induced electron pairing cooperates with the correlations amplifying the spin-exchange potential. The emerging Abrikosov-Suhl resonance, which is observable in the Andreev conductance, can be significantly enhanced by increasing the coupling to superconducting lead. We explain this intriguing tendency within the Anderson impurity model using: the generalized Schrieffer-Wolff canonical transformation, the second order perturbative treatment of the Coulomb repulsion, and the nonperturbative numerical renormalization group calculations. We also provide hints for experimental observability of this phenomenon. PMID:27009681

  12. Universal low-temperature crossover in two-channel Kondo models

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    Mitchell, Andrew K.; Sela, Eran

    2012-06-01

    An exact expression is derived for the electron Green function in two-channel Kondo models with one and two impurities, describing the crossover from non-Fermi liquid (NFL) behavior at intermediate temperatures to standard Fermi liquid (FL) physics at low temperatures. Symmetry-breaking perturbations generically present in experiment ensure the standard low-energy FL description, but the full crossover is wholly characteristic of the unstable NFL state. Distinctive conductance lineshapes in quantum dot devices should result. We exploit a connection between this crossover and one occurring in a classical boundary Ising model to calculate real-space electron densities at finite temperature. The single universal finite-temperature Green function is then extracted by inverting the integral transformation relating these Friedel oscillations to the t matrix. Excellent agreement is demonstrated between exact results and full numerical renormalization group calculations.

  13. Interacting topological phases in thin films of topological mirror Kondo insulators

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    Zhang, Rui-Xing; Xu, Cenke; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2016-12-01

    We study interaction effects on thin films of topological mirror Kondo insulators (TMKIs), where the strong interaction is expected to play an important role. Our study has led to the following results: (i) We identify a rich phase diagram of noninteracting TMKIs with different mirror Chern numbers in the monolayer and bilayer thin films; (ii) we obtain the phase diagram with interaction and identify the regimes of interaction parameters to mimic bosonic symmetry-protected topological phases with either gapless bosonic modes or spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking at the boundary; and (iii) for the spontaneous mirror symmetry-breaking boundary, we also study various domain-wall defects between different mirror symmetry-breaking order parameters at the boundary. Our results reveal that the thin-film TMKI serves as an intriguing platform for experimental studies of interacting topological phases.

  14. Interfacial phase competition induced Kondo-like effect in manganite-insulator composites

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    Lin, Ling-Fang; Wu, Ling-Zhi; Dong, Shuai

    2016-12-01

    A Kondo-like effect, namely, the upturn of resistivity at low temperatures, is observed in perovskite manganite when nonmagnetic insulators are doped as secondary phase. In this paper, the low-temperature resistivity upturn effect has been argued to originate from interfacial magnetic phase reconstruction. Heisenberg spin lattices have been simulated using the Monte Carlo method to reveal phase competition around secondary phase boundary, namely, manganite-insulator boundary that behaves with a weak antiferromagnetic tendency. Moreover, the resistor network model based on double-exchange conductive mechanism reproduces the low-temperature resistivity upturn effect. Our work provides a reasonable physical mechanism to understand the novel transport behaviors in microstructures of correlated electron systems.

  15. Switchable Multiple Spin States in the Kondo description of Doped Molecular Magnets

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Kumar, Sanjeev

    2017-01-01

    We show that introducing electrons in magnetic clusters and molecular magnets lead to rich phase diagrams with a variety of low-spin and high-spin states allowing for multiple switchability. The analysis is carried out for a quantum spin-fermion model using the exact diagonalization, and the cluster mean-field approach. The model is relevant for a number of molecular magnets with triangular motifs consisting of transition metal ions such as Cr, Cu and V. Re-entrant spin-state behavior and chirality on-off transitions exist over a wide parameter regime. A subtle competition among geometrical frustration effects, electron itinerancy, and Kondo coupling at the molecular level is highlighted. Our results demonstrate that electron doping provides a viable mean to tame the magnetic properties of molecular magnets towards potential technological applications. PMID:28176869

  16. Universality and Scaling in a Charge Two-Channel Kondo Device

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    Mitchell, A. K.; Landau, L. A.; Fritz, L.; Sela, E.

    2016-04-01

    We study a charge two-channel Kondo model, demonstrating that recent experiments [Z. Iftikhar et al, Nature (London) 526, 233 (2015)] realize an essentially perfect quantum simulation—not just of its universal physics, but also nonuniversal effects away from the scaling limit. Numerical renormalization group (RG) calculations yield conductance line shapes encoding RG flow to a critical point involving a free Majorana fermion. By mimicking the experimental protocol, the experimental curve is reproduced quantitatively over 9 orders of magnitude, although we show that far greater bandwidth/temperature separation is required to obtain the universal result. Fermi liquid instabilities are also studied: In particular, our exact analytic results for nonlinear conductance provide predictions away from thermal equilibrium, in the regime of existing experiments.

  17. Quantum phase transition and protected ideal transport in a Kondo chain

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    Tsvelik, A. M.; Yevtushenko, O. M.

    2015-11-30

    We study the low energy physics of a Kondo chain where electrons from a one-dimensional band interact with magnetic moments via an anisotropic exchange interaction. It is demonstrated that the anisotropy gives rise to two different phases which are separated by a quantum phase transition. In the phase with easy plane anisotropy, Z2 symmetry between sectors with different helicity of the electrons is broken. As a result, localization effects are suppressed and the dc transport acquires (partial) symmetry protection. This effect is similar to the protection of the edge transport in time-reversal invariant topological insulators. The phase with easy axis anisotropy corresponds to the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid with a pronounced spin-charge separation. The slow charge density wave modes have no protection against localizatioin.

  18. Interaction Driven Subgap Spin Exciton in the Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Fuhrman, W. T.; Leiner, Jonathan C.; Nikolić, P.; Granroth, Garrett E.; Stone, Matthew B.; Lumsden, Mark D.; DeBeer-Schmitt, Lisa M.; Alekseev, Pavel A.; Mignot, Jean-Michel; Koohpayeh, S. M.; Cottingham, P.; Phelan, William Adam; Schoop, L.; McQueen, T. M.; Broholm, C.

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, using inelastic neutron scattering, we map a 14 meV coherent resonant mode in the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 and describe its relation to the low energy insulating band structure. The resonant intensity is confined to the X and R high symmetry points, repeating outside the first Brillouin zone and dispersing less than 2 meV, with a 5d-like magnetic form factor. We present a slave-boson treatment of the Anderson Hamiltonian with a third neighbor dominated hybridized band structure. This approach produces a spin exciton below the charge gap with features that are consistent with the observed neutron scattering. Finally, we find that maxima in the wave vector dependence of the inelastic neutron scattering indicate band inversion.

  19. Interaction Driven Subgap Spin Exciton in the Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Fuhrman, W. T.; Leiner, Jonathan C.; Nikolić, P.; ...

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, using inelastic neutron scattering, we map a 14 meV coherent resonant mode in the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 and describe its relation to the low energy insulating band structure. The resonant intensity is confined to the X and R high symmetry points, repeating outside the first Brillouin zone and dispersing less than 2 meV, with a 5d-like magnetic form factor. We present a slave-boson treatment of the Anderson Hamiltonian with a third neighbor dominated hybridized band structure. This approach produces a spin exciton below the charge gap with features that are consistent with the observed neutron scattering.more » Finally, we find that maxima in the wave vector dependence of the inelastic neutron scattering indicate band inversion.« less

  20. Unconventional bulk three-dimensional Fermi surface in Kondo insulating SmB6

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    Tan, Beng

    We report the observation of a paradoxical insulator with a bulk state which is electrically insulating and simultaneously yields quantum oscillations typical of good metals. We present high field measurements of conductivity and magnetic torque in high purity single crystals of the Kondo insulator SmB6 which reveal an activated behavior characteristics of an insulator with an energy gap at the Fermi energy in the former and quantum oscillation of frequencies characteristics of a large three-dimensional conduction electron Fermi surface similar to the metallic rare earth hexaborides such as PrB6 and LaB6 in the latter. The quantum oscillations observed in the magnetic torque measurements are characteristic of an unconventional Fermi liquid - the amplitude strongly increases at low temperatures in a stark contrast to the saturating Lifshitz-Kosevich behavior in conventional metallic states.

  1. Magnetic excitations in the kondo liquid: superconductivity and hidden magnetic quantum critical fluctuations.

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    Yang, Yi-Feng; Urbano, Ricardo; Curro, Nicholas J; Pines, David; Bauer, E D

    2009-11-06

    We report Knight-shift experiments on the superconducting heavy-electron material CeCoIn5 that allow one to track with some precision the behavior of the heavy-electron Kondo liquid in the superconducting state with results in agreement with BCS theory. An analysis of the 115In nuclear quadrupole resonance spin-lattice relaxation rate T1(-1) measurements under pressure reveals the presence of 2d magnetic quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy-electron component that are a promising candidate for the pairing mechanism in this material. Our results are consistent with an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point located at slightly negative pressure in CeCoIn5 and provide additional evidence for significant similarities between the heavy-electron materials and the high-T(c) cuprates.

  2. Spiral to ferromagnetic transition in a Kondo lattice model with a double-well potential

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    Caro, R. C.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2016-02-01

    Using the density matrix renormalization group method, we study a system of 171Yb atoms confined in a one-dimensional optical lattice. The atoms in the 1So state undergo a double-well potential, whereas the atoms in the 3P0 state are localized. This system is modelled by the Kondo lattice model plus a double-well potential for the free carries. We obtain phase diagrams composed of ferromagnetic and spiral phases, where the critical points always increase with the interwell tunneling parameter. We conclude that this quantum phase transition can be tuned by the double-well potential parameters as well as by the common parameters: local coupling and density.

  3. Quantum phase transition and protected ideal transport in a Kondo chain

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    Tsvelik, A. M.; Yevtushenko, O. M.

    2015-11-30

    We study the low energy physics of a Kondo chain where electrons from a one-dimensional band interact with magnetic moments via an anisotropic exchange interaction. It is demonstrated that the anisotropy gives rise to two different phases which are separated by a quantum phase transition. In the phase with easy plane anisotropy, Z2 symmetry between sectors with different helicity of the electrons is broken. As a result, localization effects are suppressed and the dc transport acquires (partial) symmetry protection. This effect is similar to the protection of the edge transport in time-reversal invariant topological insulators. The phase with easy axismore » anisotropy corresponds to the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid with a pronounced spin-charge separation. The slow charge density wave modes have no protection against localizatioin.« less

  4. Low energy properties of the Kondo chain in the RKKY regime

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    Schimmel, D. H.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Yevtushenko, O. M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the Kondo chain in the regime of high spin concentration where the low energy physics is dominated by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction. As has been recently shown (Tsvelik and Yevtushenko 2015 Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 216402), this model has two phases with drastically different transport properties depending on the anisotropy of the exchange interaction. In particular, the helical symmetry of the fermions is spontaneously broken when the anisotropy is of the easy plane type. This leads to a parametrical suppression of the localization effects. In the present paper we substantially extend the previous theory, in particular, by analyzing a competition of forward- and backward- scattering, including into the theory short range electron interactions and calculating spin correlation functions. We discuss applicability of our theory and possible experiments which could support the theoretical findings.

  5. Low energy properties of the Kondo chain in the RKKY regime

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    D. H. Schimmel; Tsvelik, A. M.; Yevtushenko, O. M.

    2016-05-03

    We study the Kondo chain in the regime of high spin concentration where the low energy physics is dominated by the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida interaction. As has been recently shown (Tsvelik and Yevtushenko 2015 Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 216402), this model has two phases with drastically different transport properties depending on the anisotropy of the exchange interaction. In particular, the helical symmetry of the fermions is spontaneously broken when the anisotropy is of the easy plane type. This leads to a parametrical suppression of the localization effects. In the present paper we substantially extend the previous theory, in particular, by analyzing amore » competition of forward- and backward- scattering, including into the theory short range electron interactions and calculating spin correlation functions. In conclusion, we discuss applicability of our theory and possible experiments which could support the theoretical findings.« less

  6. Low energy properties of the Kondo chain in the RKKY regime

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    D. H. Schimmel; Tsvelik, A. M.; Yevtushenko, O. M.

    2016-05-03

    We study the Kondo chain in the regime of high spin concentration where the low energy physics is dominated by the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida interaction. As has been recently shown (Tsvelik and Yevtushenko 2015 Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 216402), this model has two phases with drastically different transport properties depending on the anisotropy of the exchange interaction. In particular, the helical symmetry of the fermions is spontaneously broken when the anisotropy is of the easy plane type. This leads to a parametrical suppression of the localization effects. In the present paper we substantially extend the previous theory, in particular, by analyzing a competition of forward- and backward- scattering, including into the theory short range electron interactions and calculating spin correlation functions. In conclusion, we discuss applicability of our theory and possible experiments which could support the theoretical findings.

  7. Kondo temperature when the Fermi level is near a step in the conduction density of states

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    Fernández, J.; Aligia, A. A.; Roura-Bas, P.; Andrade, J. A.

    2017-01-01

    The (111) surface of Cu, Ag, and Au is characterized by a band of surface Shockley states with a constant density of states beginning slightly below the Fermi energy. These states as well as bulk states hybridize with magnetic impurities which can be placed above the surface. We calculate the characteristic low-temperature energy scale, the Kondo temperature TK of the impurity Anderson model, as the bottom of the conduction band Ds crosses the Fermi energy ɛF. We find simple power laws TK≃|Ds-ɛF| η , where η depends on the sign of Ds-ɛF , the ratio between surface and bulk hybridizations with the impurity Δs/Δb , and the ratio between on-site and Coulomb energy Ed/U in the model.

  8. Possible devil's staircase in the Kondo lattice CeSbSe

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    Chen, K.-W.; Lai, Y.; Chiu, Y.-C.; Steven, S.; Besara, T.; Graf, D.; Siegrist, T.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Balicas, L.; Baumbach, R. E.

    2017-07-01

    The temperature- (T ) magnetic-field (H ) phase diagram for the tetragonal layered compound CeSbSe is determined from magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity measurements. This system exhibits complex magnetic ordering at TM=3 K and the application of a magnetic field results in a cascade of magnetically ordered states for H ≲1.8 T which are characterized by fractional integer size steps: i.e., a possible devil's staircase is observed. Electrical transport measurements show a weak temperature dependence and large residual resistivity which suggest a small charge-carrier density and strong scattering from the f moments. These features reveal Kondo lattice behavior where the f moments are screened incompletely, resulting in a fine balanced magnetic interaction between different Ce neighbors that is mediated by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction. This produces the nearly degenerate magnetically ordered states that are accessed under an applied magnetic field.

  9. Gate-controlled spin-splitting in quantum dots with ferromagnetic leads in the Kondo regime

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    Martinek, Jan; Sindel, Michael; Borda, Laszlo; Barnas, Jozef; Bulla, Ralf; Koenig, Juergen; Schoen, Gerd; Maekawa, S.; von Delft, Jan

    2005-03-01

    The effect of a gate voltage on the spin-splitting of an electronic level in a quantum dot (QD) attached to ferromagnetic leads is studied in the Kondo regime using a generalized numerical renormalization group (NRG) technique. We find that the gate-voltage dependence of the QD level spin-splitting strongly depends on the shape of the density of states (DOS). For one class of DOS shapes there is nearly no gate-voltage dependence, for another, the gate voltage can be used to control the magnitude and sign of the spin-splitting, which can be interpreted as a local exchange magnetic field. We find that the spin-splitting acquires a new type of logarithmic divergence. We give an analytical explanation for our numerical results and explain how they arise due to spin-dependent charge fluctuations.

  10. Gate-controlled spin splitting in quantum dots with ferromagnetic leads in the Kondo regime

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    Martinek, J.; Sindel, M.; Borda, L.; Barnaś, J.; Bulla, R.; König, J.; Schön, G.; Maekawa, S.; von Delft, J.

    2005-09-01

    The effect of a gate voltage ( Vg ) on the spin splitting of an electronic level in a quantum dot (QD) attached to ferromagnetic leads is studied in the Kondo regime using a generalized numerical renormalization group technique. We find that the Vg dependence of the QD level spin splitting strongly depends on the shape of the density of states (DOS). For one class of DOS shapes there is nearly no Vg dependence; for another, Vg can be used to control the magnitude and sign of the spin splitting, which can be interpreted as a local exchange magnetic field. We find that the spin splitting acquires a new type of logarithmic divergence. We give an analytical explanation for our numerical results and explain how they arise due to spin-dependent charge fluctuations.

  11. Magnetic excitations in Kondo liquid: superconductivity and hidden magnetic quantum critical fluctuations

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    Yang, Yifeng; Urbano, Ricardo; Nicholas, Curro; Pines, David

    2009-01-01

    We report Knight shift experiments on the superconducting heavy electron material CeCoIn{sub 5} that allow one to track with some precision the behavior of the heavy electron Kondo liquid in the superconducting state with results in agreement with BCS theory. An analysis of the {sup 115}In nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spin-lattice relaxation rate T{sub 1}{sup -1} measurements under pressure reveals the presence of 2d magnetic quantum critical fluctuations in the heavy electron component that are a promising candidate for the pairing mechanism in this material. Our results are consistent with an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point (QCP) located at slightly negative pressure in CeCoIn{sub 5} and provide additional evidence for significant similarities between the heavy electron materials and the high T{sub c} cuprates.

  12. Kondo effect from a Lorentz-violating domain wall description of superconductivity

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    Bazeia, D.; Brito, F. A.; Mota-Silva, J. C.

    2016-11-01

    We extend recent results on domain wall description of superconductivity in an Abelian Higgs model by introducing a particular Lorentz-violating term. The temperature of the system is interpreted through the fact that the soliton following accelerating orbits is a Rindler observer experiencing a thermal bath. We show that this term can be associated with the Kondo effect, that is, the Lorentz-violating parameter is closely related to the concentration of magnetic impurities living on a superconducting domain wall. We also found that the critical temperature decreasing with the impurity concentration as a non-single-valued function, for the case TK

  13. Large, high quality single-crystals of the new Topological Kondo Insulator, SmB6

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    Hatnean, M. Ciomaga; Lees, M. R.; Paul, D. M. K.; Balakrishnan, G.

    2013-01-01

    SmB6 has recently been predicted to be a Topological Kondo Insulator, the first strongly correlated heavy fermion material to exhibit topological surface states. High quality crystals are necessary to investigate the topological properties of this material. Single crystal growth of the rare earth hexaboride, SmB6, has been carried out by the floating zone technique using a high power xenon arc lamp image furnace. Large, high quality single-crystals are obtained by this technique. The crystals produced by the floating zone technique are free of contamination from flux materials and have been characterised by resistivity and magnetisation measurements. These crystals are ideally suited for the investigation of both the surface and bulk properties of SmB6. PMID:24166216

  14. Switchable Multiple Spin States in the Kondo description of Doped Molecular Magnets.

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Kumar, Sanjeev

    2017-02-08

    We show that introducing electrons in magnetic clusters and molecular magnets lead to rich phase diagrams with a variety of low-spin and high-spin states allowing for multiple switchability. The analysis is carried out for a quantum spin-fermion model using the exact diagonalization, and the cluster mean-field approach. The model is relevant for a number of molecular magnets with triangular motifs consisting of transition metal ions such as Cr, Cu and V. Re-entrant spin-state behavior and chirality on-off transitions exist over a wide parameter regime. A subtle competition among geometrical frustration effects, electron itinerancy, and Kondo coupling at the molecular level is highlighted. Our results demonstrate that electron doping provides a viable mean to tame the magnetic properties of molecular magnets towards potential technological applications.

  15. Kondo effect in CoxCu1-x granular alloys prepared by chemical reduction method

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    Dhara, Susmita; Chowdhury, Rajeswari Roy; Bandyopadhyay, Bilwadal

    2015-06-01

    Nanostructured CoCu granular alloys CoxCu1-x (x ≤ 0.3) have been prepared by chemical reduction method using NaBH4 as a reducing agent. Electronic transport properties are studied in the temperature range 4-300 K. Resistance exhibits a metallic behavior below room temperature and draws a minimum near 20 K in all the samples except in Co0.3Cu0.7. This low temperature resistivity minimum diminishes with applied magnetic field. There is also a logarithmic temperature dependence of resistivity at temperatures below 20 K. This phenomenon indicates a Kondo-like scattering mechanism involving magnetic Co impurity spin clusters in Cu host.

  16. From tunneling to contact in a magnetic atom: The non-equilibrium Kondo effect

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    Choi, Deung-Jang; Abufager, Paula; Limot, Laurent; Lorente, Nicolás

    2017-03-01

    A low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope was employed to study the differential conductance in an atomic junction formed by an adsorbed Co atom on a Cu(100) surface and a copper-covered tip. A zero-bias anomaly (ZBA) reveals spin scattering off the Co atom, which is assigned to a Kondo effect. The ZBA exhibits a characteristic asymmetric lineshape when electrons tunnel between tip and sample, while upon the tip-Co contact it symmetrizes and broadens. Through density functional theory calculations and the non-equilibrium non-crossing approximation, we show that the lineshape broadening is mainly a consequence of the additional coupling to the tip, while non-equilibrium effects only modify the large-bias tails of the ZBA.

  17. Switchable Multiple Spin States in the Kondo description of Doped Molecular Magnets

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Kumar, Sanjeev

    2017-02-01

    We show that introducing electrons in magnetic clusters and molecular magnets lead to rich phase diagrams with a variety of low-spin and high-spin states allowing for multiple switchability. The analysis is carried out for a quantum spin-fermion model using the exact diagonalization, and the cluster mean-field approach. The model is relevant for a number of molecular magnets with triangular motifs consisting of transition metal ions such as Cr, Cu and V. Re-entrant spin-state behavior and chirality on-off transitions exist over a wide parameter regime. A subtle competition among geometrical frustration effects, electron itinerancy, and Kondo coupling at the molecular level is highlighted. Our results demonstrate that electron doping provides a viable mean to tame the magnetic properties of molecular magnets towards potential technological applications.

  18. Spin-polarized surface state transport in a topological Kondo insulator SmB6 nanowire

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    Kong, Lingjian; Zhou, Yong; Liu, Song; Lin, Zhu; Zhang, Liang; Lin, Fang; Tang, Dongsheng; Wu, Han-Chun; Liu, Junfeng; Lu, Hai-Zhou; Zhu, Rui; Xu, Jun; Liao, Zhi-Min; Yu, Dapeng

    2017-06-01

    SmB6 , as a topological Kondo insulator, has spin-momentum-locked surface states and fully insulating bulk, which presents promising spintronic applications. Here, we report on the magnetotransport properties of individual SmB6 nanowires. With decreasing temperature below 10 K, the surface states dominate the transport behavior as reflected by the resistance saturation. At 1.5 K, a transition from negative to positive magnetoresistance occurs with gradually increasing the bias current. The nonlocal measurements indicate that the surface state transport is spin polarized, and the spin diffusion length is as long as 0.5 μm. Bias-current-modulated two-channel transport is employed to explain the observed sign reversal of the magnetoresistance.

  19. Majorana modes and Kondo effect in a quantum dot attached to a topological superconducting wire (Presentation Recording)

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    Vernek, Edson; Ruiz-Tijerina, David; da Silva, Luis D.; Egues, José Carlos

    2015-09-01

    Quantum dot attached to topological wires has become an interesting setup to study Majorana bound state in condensed matter[1]. One of the major advantage of using a quantum dot for this purpose is that it provides a suitable manner to study the interplay between Majorana bound states and the Kondo effect. Recently we have shown that a non-interacting quantum dot side-connected to a 1D topological superconductor and to metallic normal leads can sustain a Majorana mode even when the dot is empty. This is due to the Majorana bound state of the wire leaking into the quantum dot. Now we investigate the system for the case in which the quantum dot is interacting[3]. We explore the signatures of a Majorana zero-mode leaking into the quantum dot, using a recursive Green's function approach. We then study the Kondo regime using numerical renormalization group calculations. In this regime, we show that a "0.5" contribution to the conductance appears in system due to the presence of the Majorana mode, and that it persists for a wide range of the dot parameters. In the particle-hole symmetric point, in which the Kondo effect is more robust, the total conductance reaches 3e^2/2h, clearly indicating the coexistence of a Majorana mode and the Kondo resonance in the dot. However, the Kondo effect is suppressed by a gate voltage that detunes the dot from its particle-hole symmetric point as well as by a Zeeman field. The Majorana mode, on the other hand, is almost insensitive to both of them. We show that the zero-bias conductance as a function of the magnetic field follows a well-known universal curve. This can be observed experimentally, and we propose that this universality followed by a persistent conductance of 0.5,e^2/h are evidence for the presence of Majorana-Kondo physics. This work is supported by the Brazilians agencies FAPESP, CNPq and FAPEMIG. [1] A. Y. Kitaev, Ann.Phys. {bf 303}, 2 (2003). [2] E. Vernek, P.H. Penteado, A. C. Seridonio, J. C. Egues, Phys. Rev. B {bf

  20. Fermionology in the Kondo-Heisenberg model: the case of CeCoIn5

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    Zhong, Yin; Zhang, Lan; Lu, Han-Tao; Luo, Hong-Gang

    2015-09-01

    The Fermi surface of heavy electron systems plays a fundamental role in understanding their variety of puzzling phenomena, for example, quantum criticality, strange metal behavior, unconventional superconductivity and even enigmatic phases with yet unknown order parameters. The spectroscopy measurement of the typical heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 has demonstrated multi-Fermi surface structure, which has not been studied in detail theoretically in a model system like the Kondo-Heisenberg model. In this work, we take a step toward such a theoretical model by revisiting the Kondo-Heisenberg model. It is found that the usual self-consistent calculation cannot reproduce the fermionology of the experimental observation of the system due to the sign binding between the hopping of the conduction electrons and the mean-field valence-bond order. To overcome such inconsistency, the mean-field valence-bond order is considered as a free/fitting parameter to correlate them with real-life experiments as performed in recent experiments [M.P. Allan, F. Massee, D.K. Morr, J. Van Dyke, A.W. Rost, A.P. Mackenzie, C. Petrovic, J.C. Davis, Nat. Phys. 9, 468 (2013); J. Van Dyke, F. Massee, M.P. Allan, J.C. Davis, C. Petrovic, D.K. Morr, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111, 11663 (2014)], which also explicitly reflects the intrinsic dispersion of local electrons observed in experimental measurements. Given the fermionology, the calculated effective mass enhancement, entropy, superfluid density and Knight shift are all in qualitative agreement with the experimental results of CeCoIn5, which confirms our assumption. Our result supports a d_{x^2 - y^2 }-wave pairing structure in the heavy fermion material CeCoIn5.

  1. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a ‘conventional’, itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau’s paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an ‘unconventional’, local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts.

  2. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics.

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a 'conventional', itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau's paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an 'unconventional', local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts.

  3. Specific heat and Hall effect of the ferromagnetic Kondo lattice UCu0.9Sb2

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    Tran, V. H.; Bukowski, Z.

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the electrical resistivity ρ, specific heat C p and Hall coefficient R H on a single crystal of a ferromagnetic Kondo lattice UCu0.9Sb2. The experimental ρ (T) , C p (T) and {{R}\\text{H}}(T) data evidence a bulk magnetic phase transition at {{T}\\text{C}}=113 K, and additionally exhibit an unexpected bump located in the temperature range T C/10-T C/3. UCu0.9Sb2 has an enhanced electronic specific heat coefficient γ ˜ 71 mJ molK-2, corresponding to Kondo temperature {{T}\\text{K}}˜ 6.8 K. An analysis of the Hall effect data for j//(a, b)-plane and H// c-axis reveals that the low-temperature ordinary Hall coefficient R 0 is positive, suggesting that p-type electrical conductivity is dominant. The density of the carriers at 2 K is about 0.6 holes f.u.-1, which may categorize the studied compound into class of low carrier density compounds. Combined γ and R 0 data divulge an effective mass of charge carriers {{m}\\ast}˜ 27 m e . This finding together with quite low Hall mobility {μ\\text{H}}=25 cm2 Vs-1 and Kadowaki-Woods ratio {{r}\\text{KW}}=0.98× ~{{10}-5} μ Ω cm (mol K2 mJ-1)2, manifest the development of heavy-fermion state in the ferromagnetic UCu0.9Sb2 compound at low temperatures.

  4. Semiconductor surface protection material

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    Packard, R. D. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A method and a product for protecting semiconductor surfaces is disclosed. The protective coating material is prepared by heating a suitable protective resin with an organic solvent which is solid at room temperature and converting the resulting solution into sheets by a conventional casting operation. Pieces of such sheets of suitable shape and thickness are placed on the semiconductor areas to be coated and heat and vacuum are then applied to melt the sheet and to drive off the solvent and cure the resin. A uniform adherent coating, free of bubbles and other defects, is thus obtained exactly where it is desired.

  5. New unorthodox semiconductor devices

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    Board, K.

    1985-12-01

    A range of new semiconductor devices, including a number of structures which rely entirely upon new phenomena, are discussed. Unipolar two-terminal devices, including impurity-controlled barriers and graded composition barriers, are considered, as are new transistor structures, including the hot-electron camel transistor, the planar-doped barrier transistor, the thermionic emission transistor, and the permeable base transistor. Regenerative switching devices are addressed, including the metal-tunnel insulator-semiconductor switch, the polysilicon switch, MIS, and MISIM switching structures, and the triangular-barrier switch. Heterostructure devices are covered, including the heterojunction bipolar transistor, the selectively doped heterojunction transistor, heterojunction lasers, and quantum-well structures.

  6. GUARD RING SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTION

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    Goulding, F.S.; Hansen, W.L.

    1963-12-01

    A semiconductor diode having a very low noise characteristic when used under reverse bias is described. Surface leakage currents, which in conventional diodes greatly contribute to noise, are prevented from mixing with the desired signal currents. A p-n junction is formed with a thin layer of heavily doped semiconductor material disposed on a lightly doped, physically thick base material. An annular groove cuts through the thin layer and into the base for a short distance, dividing the thin layer into a peripheral guard ring that encircles the central region. Noise signal currents are shunted through the guard ring, leaving the central region free from such currents. (AEC)

  7. Quantum Transport in Semiconductors

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    1991-10-01

    SRS i 91 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Quantum Transport in Semiconductors 5. FUNDING NUMBER söMtos-rizk-ooss 6. AUTHOR(S) D. K. Ferry ©fte ELECTE...OF ABSTRACT UL NSN 7540-01-280-5500 O 1 9 Standard Form 298 (Rev. 2-89) Presented by ANSI Std «9-18 298-102 Final Report Quantum Transport in... Quantum Transport in Semiconductor Devices This final report describes a program of research investigating quantum effects which become important in

  8. Observation of orbital two-channel Kondo effect in a ferromagnetic L10-MnGa film

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    Zhu, Lijun; Woltersdorf, Georg; Zhao, Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    The experimental existence and stability of the fixed point of the two-channel Kondo (2CK) effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid physics have been buried in persistent confusion despite the intensive theoretical and experimental efforts in past three decades. Here we report an experimental realization of the two-level system resonant scattering-induced orbital 2CK effect in a ferromagnetic L10-MnGa film, which is signified by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn that has a logarithmic and a square-root temperature dependence beyond and below the Kondo temperature of ~14.5 K, respectively. Our results not only evidence the robust existence of orbital 2CK effect even in the presence of strong magnetic fields and long-range ferromagnetic ordering, but also extend the scope of 2CK host materials from nonmagnetic nanoscale point contacts to diffusive conductors of disordered alloys. PMID:27686323

  9. Observation of orbital two-channel Kondo effect in a ferromagnetic L10-MnGa film

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    Zhu, Lijun; Woltersdorf, Georg; Zhao, Jianhua

    2016-09-01

    The experimental existence and stability of the fixed point of the two-channel Kondo (2CK) effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid physics have been buried in persistent confusion despite the intensive theoretical and experimental efforts in past three decades. Here we report an experimental realization of the two-level system resonant scattering-induced orbital 2CK effect in a ferromagnetic L10-MnGa film, which is signified by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn that has a logarithmic and a square-root temperature dependence beyond and below the Kondo temperature of ~14.5 K, respectively. Our results not only evidence the robust existence of orbital 2CK effect even in the presence of strong magnetic fields and long-range ferromagnetic ordering, but also extend the scope of 2CK host materials from nonmagnetic nanoscale point contacts to diffusive conductors of disordered alloys.

  10. Fridel sum rules for one- and two-channel Kondo models and unitarity paradox via bosonization-refermionization approach

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    Kharitonov, Maxim; Andrei, Natan; Coleman, Piers

    2013-03-01

    We calculate the single-particle Green's functions and scattering amplitudes of the one-channel and channel-anisotropic two-channel Kondo models at the Toulouse and Emery-Kivelson lines, respectively, where exact solutions via the bosonization-refermionization approach are admitted. We demonstrate that in this approach the Friedel sum rules - the relations between the trapped spin and ``flavor'' moments and the scattering phase shifts in the Fermi-liquid regime - arise naturally and elucidate on their subtleties. We also recover the ``unitarity paradox'' - the vanishing of the single-particle scattering amplitude at the channel-symmetric point of the two-channel Kondo model - stemming from non-Fermi-liquid behavior. We discuss the implications of these results for the development of composite pairing in heavy fermion systems. This work was supported by National Science Foundation grants DMR 0907179 (MK, PC) and DMR 1006684 (NA).

  11. Lateral Fano resonances and Kondo effect in the strong coupling regime of a T -coupled quantum dot

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    Franco, R.; Figueira, M. S.; Anda, E. V.

    2006-05-01

    We study the electronic transport through a quantum wire (QW), modeled by a tight-binding linear chain, with a side-coupled quantum dot (QD). We obtain the conductance with a strong Fano antiresonance. The calculated density of states shows that this behavior is associated to a many-body renormalized QD resonant level Ef˜ at the edge of the conduction band (CB) strongly hybridized with the Van Hove singularity of the one-dimensional density of states of the lead. Different from the Fano antiresonances experimentally found when this system is at the Kondo regime, this phenomenon appears above the Kondo temperature. It is due to the quantum interference between the ballistic channel and a thermal activated channel created by the QD resonance at the vicinity of the bottom of the CB.

  12. Spin-dependent beating patterns in thermoelectric properties: Filtering the carriers of the heat flux in a Kondo adatom system

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    Seridonio, A. C.; Siqueira, E. C.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Shelykh, I. A.; Figueira, M. S.

    2014-11-01

    We theoretically investigate the thermoelectric properties of a spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas hosting a Kondo adatom hybridized with a STM tip. Such a setup is treated within the single-impurity Anderson model in combination with the atomic approach for the Green's functions. Due to the spin dependence of the Fermi wave numbers, the electrical and thermal conductances together with thermopower and Lorenz number reveal beating patterns as a function of the STM tip position in the Kondo regime. In particular, by tuning the lateral displacement of the tip with respect to the adatom vicinity, the temperature, and the position of the adatom level, one can change the sign of the Seebeck coefficient through charge and spin. This opens a possibility of the microscopic control of the heat flux analogously to that established for the electrical current.

  13. Kondo Resonance in a Mesoscopic Ring Coupled to a Quantum Dot: Exact Results for the Aharonov-Bohm-Casher Effects

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    Eckle, H.-P.; Johannesson, H.; Stafford, C. A.

    2001-07-02

    We study the persistent currents induced by both the Aharonov-Bohm and Aharonov-Casher effects in a one-dimensional mesoscopic ring coupled to a sidebranch quantum dot at Kondo resonance. For privileged values of the Aharonov-Bohm-Casher fluxes, the problem can be mapped onto an integrable model, exactly solvable by a Bethe ansatz. In the case of a pure magnetic Aharonov-Bohm flux, we find that the presence of the quantum dot has no effect on the persistent current. In contrast, the Kondo resonance interferes with the spin-dependent Aharonov-Casher effect to induce a current which, in the strong-coupling limit, is independent of the number of electrons in the ring.

  14. Kondo resonance in a mesoscopic ring coupled to a quantum dot: exact results for the Aharonov-Bohm-Casher effects.

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    Eckle, H P; Johannesson, H; Stafford, C A

    2001-07-02

    We study the persistent currents induced by both the Aharonov-Bohm and Aharonov-Casher effects in a one-dimensional mesoscopic ring coupled to a sidebranch quantum dot at Kondo resonance. For privileged values of the Aharonov-Bohm-Casher fluxes, the problem can be mapped onto an integrable model, exactly solvable by a Bethe ansatz. In the case of a pure magnetic Aharonov-Bohm flux, we find that the presence of the quantum dot has no effect on the persistent current. In contrast, the Kondo resonance interferes with the spin-dependent Aharonov-Casher effect to induce a current which, in the strong-coupling limit, is independent of the number of electrons in the ring.

  15. GW approach to electron-electron interactions within the Anderson impurity model: Kondo correlated quantum transport through two coupled molecules

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    Aksu, H.; Goker, A.

    2017-03-01

    We invoke the nonequilibrium self-consistent GW method within the Anderson impurity model to investigate the dynamical effects occurring in a nanojunction comprised of two coupled molecules. Contrary to the previous single impurity model calculations based on the GW approximation, we observe that the density of states manages to capture both the Kondo resonance and the Breit-Wigner resonances associated with the HOMO and LUMO levels of the molecule. Moreover, the prominence of the Kondo resonance grows dramatically upon switching from the intermediate to the weak coupling regime involving large U / Γ values. The conductance is calculated as a function of the HOMO level and the applied bias across the molecular nanojunction. Calculated conductance curves deviate from the monotonic decay behaviour as a function of the bias when the half-filling condition is not met. The importance of the effect of the molecule-molecule coupling for the electron transport phenomena is also investigated.

  16. Irreversible proliferation of magnetic moments at cleaved surfaces of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    He, Haowei; Miao, Lin; Augustin, Edwin; Chiu, Janet; Wexler, Surge; Breitweiser, S. Alexander; Kang, Boyoun; Cho, B. K.; Min, Chul-Hee; Reinert, Friedrich; Chuang, Yi-De; Denlinger, Jonathan; Wray, L. Andrew

    2017-05-01

    The compound SmB6 is the best established realization of a topological Kondo insulator, in which a topological insulator state is obtained through Kondo coherence. Recent studies have found evidence that the surface of SmB6 hosts ferromagnetic domains, creating an intrinsic platform for unidirectional ballistic transport at the domain boundaries. Here, surface-sensitive x-ray absorption (XAS) and bulk-sensitive resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra are measured at the Sm N4 ,5 edge, and used to evaluate electronic symmetries, excitations, and temperature dependence near the surface of cleaved samples. The XAS data show that the density of large-moment atomic multiplet states on a cleaved surface grows irreversibly over time, to a degree that likely exceeds a related change that has recently been observed in the surface 4 f orbital occupation.

  17. Abrupt disappearance and re-emergence of the SU(4) and SU(2) Kondo effects due to population inversion

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    Kleeorin, Yaakov; Meir, Yigal

    2017-07-01

    The interplay of almost degenerate levels in quantum dots and molecular junctions with possibly different couplings to the reservoirs has lead to many observable phenomena, such as the Fano effect, transmission phase slips, and the SU (4 ) Kondo effect. Here we predict a dramatic repeated disappearance and re-emergence of the SU (4 ) and anomalous SU(2) Kondo effects with increasing gate voltage. This phenomenon is attributed to the level occupation switching which has been previously invoked to explain the universal transmission phase slips in the conductance through a quantum dot. We use analytical arguments and numerical renormalization group calculations to explain the observations and discuss their experimental relevance and dependence on the physical parameters.

  18. Quantum phases of the Shastry-Sutherland Kondo lattice: implications for the global phase diagram of heavy-fermion metals.

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    Pixley, J H; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao

    2014-10-24

    Considerable recent theoretical and experimental effort has been devoted to the study of quantum criticality and novel phases of antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion metals. In particular, quantum phase transitions have been discovered in heavy-fermion compounds with geometrical frustration. These developments have motivated us to study the competition between the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida and Kondo interactions on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice. We determine the zero-temperature phase diagram as a function of magnetic frustration and Kondo coupling within a slave-fermion approach. Pertinent phases include the valence bond solid and heavy Fermi liquid. In the presence of antiferromagnetic order, our zero-temperature phase diagram is remarkably similar to the global phase diagram proposed earlier based on general grounds. We discuss the implications of our results for the experiments on Yb2Pt2Pb and related compounds.

  19. Spin-Orbit-Coupled Correlated Metal Phase in Kondo Lattices: An Implementation with Alkaline-Earth Atoms

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    Isaev, L.; Schachenmayer, J.; Rey, A. M.

    2016-09-01

    We show that an interplay between quantum effects, strong on-site ferromagnetic exchange interaction, and antiferromagnetic correlations in Kondo lattices can give rise to an exotic spin-orbit coupled metallic state in regimes where classical treatments predict a trivial insulating behavior. This phenomenon can be simulated with ultracold alkaline-earth fermionic atoms subject to a laser-induced magnetic field by observing dynamics of spin-charge excitations in quench experiments.

  20. Composition-spread Growth and the Robust Topological Surface State of Kondo Insulator SmB6 Thin Films

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    2014-01-01

    fast growing interest in samarium hexboride (SmB6), a Kondo insulator predicted to be the first example of a correlated topological insulator 3, 4...ypjiang@umd.edu *These authors contributed equally to this work Samarium hexboride has recently been predicted to be the first example of...and B targets respectively. (b) Samarium concentration x, measured by WDS, as function of lateral distance 4 the area detector (see

  1. Anomalous three-dimensional bulk ac conduction within the Kondo gap of SmB6 single crystals

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    Laurita, N. J.; Morris, C. M.; Koohpayeh, S. M.; ...

    2016-10-21

    The Kondo insulator SmB 6 has long been known to display anomalous transport behavior at low temperatures, T < 5 K. In this temperatures range, a plateau is observed in the dc resistivity, contrary to the exponential divergence expected for a gapped system. Some recent theoretical calculations suggest that SmB 6 may be the first topological Kondo insulator (TKI) and propose that the residual conductivity is due to topological surface states which reside within the Kondo gap. Since the TKI prediction many experiments have claimed to observe high mobility surface states within a perfectly insulating hybridization gap. We investigate themore » low energy optical conductivity within the hybridization gap of single crystals of SmB 6 via time domain terahertz spectroscopy. Samples grown by both optical floating zone and aluminum flux methods are investigated to probe for differences originating from sample growth techniques. We find that both samples display significant three-dimensional bulk conduction originating within the Kondo gap. Although SmB 6 may be a bulk dc insulator, it shows significant bulk ac conduction that is many orders of magnitude larger than any known impurity band conduction. The nature of these in-gap states and their coupling with the low energy spin excitons of SmB 6 is discussed. In addition, the well-defined conduction path geometry of our optical experiments allows us to show that any surface states, which lie below our detection threshold if present, must have a sheet resistance of R / square ≥ 1000 Ω .« less

  2. Kondo screening and beyond: An x-ray absorption and dichroism study of CePt5/Pt(111 )

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    Praetorius, C.; Fauth, K.

    2017-03-01

    We use x-ray absorption spectroscopy as well as its linear and circular magnetic dichroisms to characterize relevant interactions and energy scales in the surface intermetallic CePt5/Pt(111 ). The experiments provide insight into crystal field splitting, effective paramagnetic moments, their Kondo screening and mutual interactions, and thus into many aspects which typically determine the low-temperature behavior of correlated rare-earth compounds. Exploiting the tunability of Ce valence through the thickness-dependent epitaxial strain at the CePt5/Pt(111 ) interface, we are able to systematically investigate the impact of hybridization strength on these interactions. Considerable Kondo screening is indeed observed at all CePt5 thicknesses, and found to be strongest in case of strongest hybridization. While the magnetic response is commensurate with an impurity Kondo scale of TK≳102 K for specimen temperatures T ≳30 K, this is no longer the case at lower temperature. Its detailed study by x-ray circular magnetic dichroism (XMCD) at one specific thickness of CePt5 reveals an anomaly of the susceptibility at T*≈25 K instead, which we tentatively associate with the onset of lattice coherence. At lowest temperature we observe paramagnetic saturation with a small Ce 4 f saturation magnetization. Within the framework of itinerant 4 f electrons, saturation is due to a field-induced Lifshitz transition involving a very heavy band with correspondingly small degeneracy temperature of TF≈7 K. This small energy scale results in the persistence of Curie-Weiss behavior across the entire range of experimentally accessible temperatures (T ≳2 K). Our work highlights the potential of magnetic circular dichroism studies in particular for Kondo and heavy-fermion materials, which so far has remained largely unexplored.

  3. Kansas Advanced Semiconductor Project

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    Baringer, P.; Bean, A.; Bolton, T.; Horton-Smith, G.; Maravin, Y.; Ratra, B.; Stanton, N.; von Toerne, E.; Wilson, G.

    2007-09-21

    KASP (Kansas Advanced Semiconductor Project) completed the new Layer 0 upgrade for D0, assumed key electronics projects for the US CMS project, finished important new physics measurements with the D0 experiment at Fermilab, made substantial contributions to detector studies for the proposed e+e- international linear collider (ILC), and advanced key initiatives in non-accelerator-based neutrino physics.

  4. Physics of Organic Semiconductors

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    Brütting, Wolfgang

    2004-05-01

    Organic semiconductors are of steadily growing interest as active components in electronics and optoelectronics. Due to their flexibility, low cost and ease-of-production they represent a valid alternative to conventional inorganic semiconductor technology in a number of applications, such as flat panel displays and illumination, plastic integrated circuits or solar energy conversion. Although first commercial applications of this technology are being realized nowadays, there is still the need for a deeper scientific understanding in order to achieve optimum device performance.This special issue of physica status solidi (a) tries to give an overview of our present-day knowledge of the physics behind organic semiconductor devices. Contributions from 17 international research groups cover various aspects of this field ranging from the growth of organic layers and crystals, their electronic properties at interfaces, their photophysics and electrical transport properties to the application of these materials in different devices like organic field-effect transistors, photovoltaic cells and organic light-emitting diodes.Putting together such a special issue one soon realizes that it is simply impossible to fully cover the whole area of organic semiconductors. Nevertheless, we hope that the reader will find the collection of topics in this issue useful for getting an up-to-date review of a field which is still developing very dynamically.

  5. Semiconductor Nanocrystal Photonics

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-08-31

    Hahn, H. Du, and T. D. Krauss, "Photoluminescence enhancement of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots embedded in a monolithic microcavity," Appl... DBRs ). The colloidal NC suspension was spun-coat into a 95-nm thick layer in the center of the cavity and then the other layers forming the top DBR

  6. Amorphous semiconductor solar cell

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    Dalal, Vikram L.

    1981-01-01

    A solar cell comprising a back electrical contact, amorphous silicon semiconductor base and junction layers and a top electrical contact includes in its manufacture the step of heat treating the physical junction between the base layer and junction layer to diffuse the dopant species at the physical junction into the base layer.

  7. Chemically Derivatized Semiconductor Photoelectrodes.

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    Wrighton, Mark S.

    1983-01-01

    Deliberate modification of semiconductor photoelectrodes to improve durability and enhance rate of desirable interfacial redox processes is discussed for a variety of systems. Modification with molecular-based systems or with metals/metal oxides yields results indicating an important role for surface modification in devices for fundamental study…

  8. Non-Kondo-like electronic structure in the correlated rare-earth hexaboride YbB6

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    Neupane, Madhab; Xu, Su -Yang; Alidoust, Nasser; ...

    2015-01-07

    Here, we present angle-resolved photoemission studies on the rare-earth-hexaboride YbB6, which has recently been predicted to be a topological Kondo insulator. Our data do not agree with the prediction and instead show that YbB6 exhibits a novel topological insulator state in the absence of a Kondo mechanism. We find that the Fermi level electronic structure of YbB6 has three 2D Dirac cone like surface states enclosing the Kramers’s points, while the f orbital that would be relevant for the Kondo mechanism is ~1 eV below the Fermi level. Our first-principles calculation shows that the topological state that we observe inmore » YbB6 is due to an inversion between Yb d and B p bands. These experimental and theoretical results provide a new approach for realizing novel correlated topological insulator states in rare-earth materials.« less

  9. Real Space Observation of Inelastic Kondo Effect and Interorbital Spin-Coupling in Molecule-Metal Contacts

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    Mugarza, Aitor; Krull, Cornelius; Robles, Roberto; Lorente, Nicolas; Korytar, Richard; Stepanow, Sebastian; Ceballos, Gustavo; Gambardella, Pietro

    2012-02-01

    We present a comparative scanning tunneling spectroscopy study of four different types of MPc complexes (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) adsorbed on the Ag(100) surface. Their magnetic properties are studied via the Kondo interaction with the substrate. Whereas the spectra of FePc and CoPc near the Fermi level is featureless, CuPc and NiPc show a Kondo resonance arising from the interaction of a ligand spin with conduction electrons. The spin at the organic macrocycle is induced by charge transfer from the Ag substrate. In CuPc, the coexistence of ion and ligand spin gives rise to interorbital coupling and spin excitations. The latter are observed via inelastic tunneling, where the Kondo interaction appears coupled to spin and vibrational excitations. By using the tip as a mobile electron we find that each type of excitation occupy mutually exclusive regions within the molecule, and result in different spin relaxation dynamics, reflecting the need of an atomic control of the molecule-metal interface to obtain reproducible transport properties. Finally, we study the influence of intermolecular interactions on the electronic and magnetic properties by creating artificial clusters in a controlled manner by manipulation of individual molecules.

  10. Revealing the Atomic Site-Dependent g Factor within a Single Magnetic Molecule via the Extended Kondo Effect

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    Du, Shixuan

    Control over charge and spin states at the single molecule level is crucial not only for a fundamental understanding of charge and spin interactions but also represents a prerequisite for development of molecular electronics and spintronics. In this talk, I will talk about the extended spin distribution in space beyond the central Mn ion, and onto the non-magnetic constituent atoms of the MnPc molecule. This extended spin distribution results in an extended Kondo effect, which can be explained by spin polarization induced by symmetry breaking of the molecular framework, as confirmed by DFT calculations. Measuring the evolution of the Kondo splitting with applied magnetic fields at different atomic sites, we find a spatial variation of the g-factor within a single molecule for the first time. The existence of atomic site-dependent g-factors can be attributed to specific molecular orbitals distributed over the entire molecule. This work not only open up a new opportunity for quantum information recording, but also provide a new route to explore the internal electronic and spin structure of complex molecules, hard to achieve otherwise. (L. W. Liu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 2015, 114, 126601. In collaboration with Liwei Liu, Kai Yang, Yuhang Jiang, Li Gao, Qi Liu, Boqun Song, Wende Xiao, Haitao Zhou, Hongjun Gao in CAS, Min Ouyang in MU, and A.H. Castro Neto in SNU.) Revealing the Atomic Site-Dependent g Factor within a Single Magnetic Molecule via the Extended Kondo Effect.

  11. Effects of electron-phonon coupling in the Kondo regime of a two-orbital single-molecule junction

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    Vernek, Edson; Iorio, Gisele; Deng, Lili; Ingersent, Kevin; Anda, Enrique

    2012-02-01

    Single-molecule junctions (SMJs) are electronic devices formed by a molecule bridging the gap between two metallic contacts. Despite their apparent simplicity, such systems have attracted much attention for the rich variety of experimentally accessible physics that they display. The spatial confinement of electrons in molecules can lead to collective phenomena such as Coulomb blockade and the Kondo effect, as well as to strong coupling of electrons to molecular vibrations. We explore the interesting interplay of electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions in a model of an SMJ in which the central molecule has two active orbitals. The nonperturbative numerical renormalization group method is used to treat the many-body Kondo physics and electron-phonon coupling on equal footing. Electron-phonon coupling renormalizes the energies and Coulomb interactions of the molecular orbitals. The effects are most pronounced in cases where both molecular orbitals lie close to the Fermi energy of the contacts. Here, a sufficiently strong phonon-assisted inter-orbital tunneling can suppress the Kondo effect and cause a crossover to a phonon-dominated regime having very different electrical transport properties.

  12. Fine structure of the spectra of the Kondo lattice model: Two-site cellular dynamical mean-field theory study

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    Osolin, Žiga; Žitko, Rok

    2017-01-01

    We study the antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic Kondo insulator phases of the Kondo lattice model on the cubic lattice at half filling using the cellular dynamical mean-field theory (CDMFT) with the numerical renormalization group (NRG) as the impurity solver, focusing on the fine details of the spectral function and self-energy. We find that the nonlocal correlations increase the gap in both the antiferromagnetic and Kondo insulator phases and shrink the extent of the antiferromagnetic phase in the phase diagram but do not alter any properties qualitatively. The agreement between the numerical CDMFT results and those within a simple hybridization picture, which adequately describes the overall band structure of the system but neglects all effects on the inelastic-scattering processes, is similar to that of the single-site DMFT results; there are deviations that are responsible for the additional fine structure, in particular for the asymmetric spectral resonances or dips that become more pronounced in the strong-coupling regime close to the antiferromagnet-paramagnetic quantum phase transition. These features appear broader in the CDMFT mostly due to numerical artifacts linked to more aggressive state truncation required in the NRG.

  13. ARPES view on surface and bulk hybridization phenomena in the antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice CeRh2Si2

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    Patil, S.; Generalov, A.; Güttler, M.; Kushwaha, P.; Chikina, A.; Kummer, K.; Rödel, T. C.; Santander-Syro, A. F.; Caroca-Canales, N.; Geibel, C.; Danzenbächer, S.; Kucherenko, Yu.; Laubschat, C.; Allen, J. W.; Vyalikh, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    The hybridization between localized 4f electrons and itinerant electrons in rare-earth-based materials gives rise to their exotic properties like valence fluctuations, Kondo behaviour, heavy-fermions, or unconventional superconductivity. Here we present an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) study of the Kondo lattice antiferromagnet CeRh2Si2, where the surface and bulk Ce-4f spectral responses were clearly resolved. The pronounced 4f 0 peak seen for the Ce terminated surface gets strongly suppressed in the bulk Ce-4f spectra taken from a Si-terminated crystal due to much larger f-d hybridization. Most interestingly, the bulk Ce-4f spectra reveal a fine structure near the Fermi edge reflecting the crystal electric field splitting of the bulk magnetic 4f 15/2 state. This structure presents a clear dispersion upon crossing valence states, providing direct evidence of f-d hybridization. Our findings give precise insight into f-d hybridization penomena and highlight their importance in the antiferromagnetic phases of Kondo lattices. PMID:26987899

  14. Cascade of Magnetic-Field-Induced Lifshitz Transitions in the Ferromagnetic Kondo Lattice Material YbNi4 P2

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    Pfau, H.; Daou, R.; Friedemann, S.; Karbassi, S.; Ghannadzadeh, S.; Küchler, R.; Hamann, S.; Steppke, A.; Sun, D.; König, M.; Mackenzie, A. P.; Kliemt, K.; Krellner, C.; Brando, M.

    2017-09-01

    A ferromagnetic quantum critical point is thought not to exist in two- and three-dimensional metallic systems yet is realized in the Kondo lattice compound YbNi4 (P ,As )2 , possibly due to its one-dimensionality. It is crucial to investigate the dimensionality of the Fermi surface of YbNi4 P2 experimentally, but common probes such as angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and quantum oscillation measurements are lacking. Here, we study the magnetic-field dependence of transport and thermodynamic properties of YbNi4 P2 . The Kondo effect is continuously suppressed, and additionally we identify nine Lifshitz transitions between 0.4 and 18 T. We analyze the transport coefficients in detail and identify the type of Lifshitz transitions as neck or void type to gain information on the Fermi surface of YbNi4 P2 . The large number of Lifshitz transitions observed within this small energy window is unprecedented and results from the particular flat renormalized band structure with strong 4 f -electron character shaped by the Kondo lattice effect.

  15. Suppressed Kondo effect and Kosterlitz–Thouless-type phase transition induced by level difference in a triple dot device

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    Xiong, Yong-Chen; Huang, Hai-Ming; Zhao, Wen-Lei; Laref, Amel

    2017-10-01

    Quantum dot system provides an ideal platform for quantum information processing, within which to demonstrate the quantum states is one of the most important issue for quantum simulation and quantum computation. In this paper, we report a peculiar electron state in a parallel triple dot device where the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida interaction is invalid when the level differences of the dots sweep into appropriate regime. This extraordinary tendency then results in an antiferromagnetic spin coupling between two of the dots and may lead to zero or full conductance, relying deeply on the relation of the two level spacings. e.g. when the level differences are kept equal, the Kondo effect is totally suppressed although the dots are triply occupied, since in this case a local inter-dot transport loop is found to play an important role in the transmission coefficient. By contrast, when the differences are retained symmetric, the Kondo peak reaches nearly to its unitary limit, owing to that the inter-dot transport process is significantly suppressed. To approach these problems, voltage controllable quantum phase transitions of Kosterlitz-Thouless type and first order are shown, and possible pictures related to the many-body effect and the effective Kondo model are given.

  16. Kondo Physics at Interfaces in Metallic Non-Local Spin Transport Devices

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    Leighton, Chris

    2015-03-01

    Despite the maturity of metallic spintronics there remain large gaps in our understanding of spin transport in metals, particularly with injection of spins across ferromagnetic/non-magnetic (FM/NM) interfaces, and their subsequent diffusion and relaxation. Unresolved issues include the limits of applicability of Elliott-Yafet spin relaxation, quantification of the influence of defects, surfaces, and interfaces on spin relaxation at nanoscopic dimensions, and the importance of magnetic and spin-orbit scattering. The non-local spin-valve is an enabling device in this context as, in addition to offering potentially disruptive applications, it allows for the separation of charge and spin currents. One particularly perplexing issue in metallic non-local spin valves is the widely observed non-monotonicity in the T-dependent spin accumulation, where the spin signal actually decreases at low T, in contrast to simple expectations. In this work, by studying an expanded range of FM/NM combinations (encompassing Ni80Fe20, Ni, Fe, Co, Cu, and Al), we demonstrate that this effect is not a property of a given FM or NM, but rather of the FM/NM pair. The non-monotonicity is in fact strongly correlated with the ability of the FM to form a dilute local magnetic moment in the NM. We show that local moments, resulting in this case from the ppm-level tail of the FM/NM interdiffusion profile, suppress the injected spin polarization and diffusion length via a novel manifestation of the Kondo effect, explaining all observations associated with the low T downturn in spin accumulation. We further show: (a) that this effect can be promoted by thermal annealing, at which point the conventional charge transport Kondo effect is simultaneously detected in the NM, and (b) that this suppression in spin accumulation can be quenched, even at interfaces that are highly susceptible to the effect, by insertion of a thin non-moment-supporting interlayer. Important implications for room temperature

  17. Light amplification using semiconductors

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    Dupuis, R.D.

    1987-06-01

    During the summer of 1953, John von Neumann discussed his ideas concerning light amplification using semiconductors with Edward Teller. In September of that year, von Neumann sent a manuscript containing his ideas and calculations on this subject to Teller for his comments. To the best of our knowledge, von Neumann did not take time to work further on these ideas, and the manuscript remained unpublished. These previously unpublished writings of John von Neumann on the subject of light amplification in semiconductors are printed as a service to the laser community. While von Neumann's original manuscript and his letter to Teller are available to anyone who visits the Library of Congress, it is much more convenient to have this paper appear in an archival journal.

  18. Semiconductor radiation detector

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    Patt, Bradley E.; Iwanczyk, Jan S.; Tull, Carolyn R.; Vilkelis, Gintas

    2002-01-01

    A semiconductor radiation detector is provided to detect x-ray and light photons. The entrance electrode is segmented by using variable doping concentrations. Further, the entrance electrode is physically segmented by inserting n+ regions between p+ regions. The p+ regions and the n+ regions are individually biased. The detector elements can be used in an array, and the p+ regions and the n+ regions can be biased by applying potential at a single point. The back side of the semiconductor radiation detector has an n+ anode for collecting created charges and a number of p+ cathodes. Biased n+ inserts can be placed between the p+ cathodes, and an internal resistor divider can be used to bias the n+ inserts as well as the p+ cathodes. A polysilicon spiral guard can be implemented surrounding the active area of the entrance electrode or surrounding an array of entrance electrodes.

  19. Stretchable Organic Semiconductor Devices.

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    Qian, Yan; Zhang, Xinwen; Xie, Linghai; Qi, Dianpeng; Chandran, Bevita K; Chen, Xiaodong; Huang, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Stretchable electronics are essential for the development of intensely packed collapsible and portable electronics, wearable electronics, epidermal and bioimplanted electronics, 3D surface compliable devices, bionics, prosthesis, and robotics. However, most stretchable devices are currently based on inorganic electronics, whose high cost of fabrication and limited processing area make it difficult to produce inexpensive, large-area devices. Therefore, organic stretchable electronics are highly attractive due to many advantages over their inorganic counterparts, such as their light weight, flexibility, low cost and large-area solution-processing, the reproducible semiconductor resources, and the easy tuning of their properties via molecular tailoring. Among them, stretchable organic semiconductor devices have become a hot and fast-growing research field, in which great advances have been made in recent years. These fantastic advances are summarized here, focusing on stretchable organic field-effect transistors, light-emitting devices, solar cells, and memory devices.

  20. Thermosize potentials in semiconductors

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    Karabetoglu, S.; Sisman, A.

    2017-09-01

    A thermosize junction consists of two different sized structures made using the same material. Classical and quantum thermosize effects (CTSEs and QTSEs), which are opposite to each other, induce a thermosize potential in a thermosize junction. A semi-analytical method is proposed to calculate thermosize potentials in wide ranges of degeneracy and confinement by considering both CTSEs and QTSEs in thermosize junctions made using semiconductors. Dependencies of thermosize potential on temperature, size, and degeneracy are examined. It is shown that a potential difference in millivolt scale can be induced as a combined effect of CTS and QTS. The highest potential is obtained in nondegenerate limit where the full analytical solution is obtained. The model can be used to design semiconductor thermosize devices for a possible experimental verification of CTSEs and QTSEs, which may lead to new nano energy conversion devices.

  1. Three dimensional strained semiconductors

    DOEpatents

    Voss, Lars; Conway, Adam; Nikolic, Rebecca J.; Leao, Cedric Rocha; Shao, Qinghui

    2016-11-08

    In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a three dimensional structure comprising a semiconductor material, and at least one thin film in contact with at least one exterior surface of the three dimensional structure for inducing a strain in the structure, the thin film being characterized as providing at least one of: an induced strain of at least 0.05%, and an induced strain in at least 5% of a volume of the three dimensional structure. In another embodiment, a method includes forming a three dimensional structure comprising a semiconductor material, and depositing at least one thin film on at least one surface of the three dimensional structure for inducing a strain in the structure, the thin film being characterized as providing at least one of: an induced strain of at least 0.05%, and an induced strain in at least 5% of a volume of the structure.

  2. Tunable semiconductor lasers

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    Taghavi-Larigani, Shervin (Inventor); Vanzyl, Jakob J. (Inventor); Yariv, Amnon (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Tunable semiconductor lasers are disclosed requiring minimized coupling regions. Multiple laser embodiments employ ring resonators or ring resonator pairs using only a single coupling region with the gain medium are detailed. Tuning can be performed by changing the phase of the coupling coefficient between the gain medium and a ring resonator of the laser. Another embodiment provides a tunable laser including two Mach-Zehnder interferometers in series and a reflector coupled to a gain medium.

  3. Metal Contacts in Semiconductors.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-11-01

    surfaces, Pnotoelectron spe troscopy, Auger electron spectro- I scopy, Schottky barriers, ohmic contacts, Defects in semiconductors, Cadmium * telluride...Indium phosphide, Gallium arsenide, Gallium Selenide . j 20. ABSTR ACT (roothat ow rees esh " neceay and td..ity by block -. b*w) SThe application of...angstroms. Also, provided one eliminates the systems where cadmium outdiffusion into high work function metals occurs then good agreement between the

  4. Chemically Derivatized Semiconductor Photoelectrodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-06-01

    Journal of Chemical Education . l.i LA. Is. KEY WOROS (Coneinuo onm Few*,@*.oldsI noede eeand identify by block number) semiconductors, photoelectrodes...Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 Prepared for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education June 1, 1983 Reproduction...use of metals or metal oxides coated onto the photoelectrode surface. [Prepared for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education .

  5. Semiconductor projectile impact detector

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    Shriver, E. L. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A semiconductor projectile impact detector is described for use in determining micrometeorite presence, as well as its flux and energy comprising a photovoltaic cell which generates a voltage according to the light and heat emitted by the micrometeorites upon impact. A counter and peak amplitude measuring device were used to indicate the number of particules which strike the surface of the cell as well as the kinetic energy of each of the particles.

  6. Isotopically controlled semiconductors

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    Haller, Eugene E.

    2006-06-19

    The following article is an edited transcript based on the Turnbull Lecture given by Eugene E. Haller at the 2005 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston on November 29, 2005. The David Turnbull Lectureship is awarded to recognize the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the life work of David Turnbull. Haller was named the 2005 David Turnbull Lecturer for his 'pioneering achievements and leadership in establishing the field of isotopically engineered semiconductors; for outstanding contributions to materials growth, doping and diffusion; and for excellence in lecturing, writing, and fostering international collaborations'. The scientific interest, increased availability, and technological promise of highly enriched isotopes have led to a sharp rise in the number of experimental and theoretical studies with isotopically controlled semiconductor crystals. This article reviews results obtained with isotopically controlled semiconductor bulk and thin-film heterostructures. Isotopic composition affects several properties such as phonon energies, band structure, and lattice constant in subtle, but, for their physical understanding, significant ways. Large isotope-related effects are observed for thermal conductivity in local vibrational modes of impurities and after neutron transmutation doping. Spectacularly sharp photoluminescence lines have been observed in ultrapure, isotopically enriched silicon crystals. Isotope multilayer structures are especially well suited for simultaneous self- and dopant-diffusion studies. The absence of any chemical, mechanical, or electrical driving forces makes possible the study of an ideal random-walk problem. Isotopically controlled semiconductors may find applications in quantum computing, nanoscience, and spintronics.

  7. Semiconductor Properties Near Interfaces.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-07-31

    electron multi- plication with a scintillation counter. This detECtor , described in the appendix, provides very low background without sacrifice of...k ADA095 858 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES F/G 20/12I SEMICONDUCTOR PROPERTIES NEAR INTERFACES.(U) JUL GO0 DB WITTRY. S Y YIN, F GUO...improvements in the Ion Microprobe Mass Analyzer; in the course of the investioations in improved inn detector was developed and a microcomrnu*e

  8. Semiconductor Diamond Technology

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-12-31

    hidrogen at the maximum pressure showed only very faint -second order spots. Annealing of thee samples to 1000*C restored the (2x0) configura.-tion...semiconductor contact also provides a suitable vehicle for electrical characterization of the device material. However, it has been observed that the...nature of the plasma activated diamond deposition processes provides a very useful and flexible vehicle for device fabrication sequences. Other workers

  9. Semiconductor Ion Implanters

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    MacKinnon, Barry A.; Ruffell, John P.

    2011-06-01

    In 1953 the Raytheon CK722 transistor was priced at $7.60. Based upon this, an Intel Xeon Quad Core processor containing 820,000,000 transistors should list at $6.2 billion. Particle accelerator technology plays an important part in the remarkable story of why that Intel product can be purchased today for a few hundred dollars. Most people of the mid twentieth century would be astonished at the ubiquity of semiconductors in the products we now buy and use every day. Though relatively expensive in the nineteen fifties they now exist in a wide range of items from high-end multicore microprocessors like the Intel product to disposable items containing 'only' hundreds or thousands like RFID chips and talking greeting cards. This historical development has been fueled by continuous advancement of the several individual technologies involved in the production of semiconductor devices including Ion Implantation and the charged particle beamlines at the heart of implant machines. In the course of its 40 year development, the worldwide implanter industry has reached annual sales levels around $2B, installed thousands of dedicated machines and directly employs thousands of workers. It represents in all these measures, as much and possibly more than any other industrial application of particle accelerator technology. This presentation discusses the history of implanter development. It touches on some of the people involved and on some of the developmental changes and challenges imposed as the requirements of the semiconductor industry evolved.

  10. New Semiconductor Devices

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    Balestra, F.

    2008-11-01

    A review of recently emerging semiconductor devices for nanoelectronic applications is given. For the end of the international technology roadmap for semiconductors, very innovative materials, technologies and nanodevice architectures will be needed. Silicon on insulator-based devices seem to be the best candidates for the ultimate integration of integrated circuits on silicon. The flexibility of the silicon on insulator-based structure and the possibility to realize new device architectures allow to obtain optimum electrical properties for low power and high performance circuits. These transistors are also very interesting for high frequency and memory applications. The performance and physical mechanisms are addressed in single- and multi-gate thin film Si, SiGe and Ge metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors. The impact of tensile or compressive uniaxial and biaxial strains in the channel, of high k materials and metal gates as well as metallic Schottky source-drain architectures are discussed. Finally, the interest of advanced beyond-CMOS (complementary MOS) nanodevices for long term applications, based on nanowires, carbon electronics or small slope switch structures are presented.

  11. Semiconductor Ion Implanters

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    MacKinnon, Barry A.; Ruffell, John P.

    2011-06-01

    In 1953 the Raytheon CK722 transistor was priced at 7.60. Based upon this, an Intel Xeon Quad Core processor containing 820,000,000 transistors should list at 6.2 billion! Particle accelerator technology plays an important part in the remarkable story of why that Intel product can be purchased today for a few hundred dollars. Most people of the mid twentieth century would be astonished at the ubiquity of semiconductors in the products we now buy and use every day. Though relatively expensive in the nineteen fifties they now exist in a wide range of items from high-end multicore microprocessors like the Intel product to disposable items containing `only' hundreds or thousands like RFID chips and talking greeting cards. This historical development has been fueled by continuous advancement of the several individual technologies involved in the production of semiconductor devices including Ion Implantation and the charged particle beamlines at the heart of implant machines. In the course of its 40 year development, the worldwide implanter industry has reached annual sales levels around 2B, installed thousands of dedicated machines and directly employs thousands of workers. It represents in all these measures, as much and possibly more than any other industrial application of particle accelerator technology. This presentation discusses the history of implanter development. It touches on some of the people involved and on some of the developmental changes and challenges imposed as the requirements of the semiconductor industry evolved.

  12. Planar tunneling spectroscopy of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Sun, L.; Kim, D.-J.; Fisk, Z.; Park, W. K.

    2017-05-01

    Several technical issues and challenges are identified and investigated for the planar tunneling spectroscopy of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6. Contrasting behaviors of the tunnel junctions prepared in two different ways are analyzed and explained in detail. The conventional approach based on an AlOx tunnel barrier results in unsatisfactory results due to the interdiffusion between SmB6 and deposited Al. On the contrary, plasma oxidation of SmB6 crystals produces high-quality tunnel barriers on both (001) and (011) surfaces. Resultant conductance spectra are highly reproducible with clear signatures for the predicted surface Dirac fermions and the bulk hybridization gap as well. The surface states are identified to reside on two or one distinguishable Dirac cone(s) on the (001) and (011) surface, respectively, in good agreement with the recent literature. However, their topological protection is found to be limited within the low energy region due to their inevitable interaction with the bulk excitations, called spin excitons, consistent with a recent theoretical prediction. Implications of our findings on other physical properties in SmB6 and also other correlated topological materials are remarked.

  13. Competition between heavy fermion and Kondo interaction in isoelectronic A-site-ordered perovskites.

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    Meyers, D; Middey, S; Cheng, J-G; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Gray, B A; Cao, Yanwei; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, D; Freeland, J W; Saha-Dasgupta, T; Chakhalian, J

    2014-12-17

    With current research efforts shifting towards the 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, understanding the evolution of the electronic and magnetic structure as one moves away from 3d materials is of critical importance. Here we perform X-ray spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations on A-site-ordered perovskites with Cu in the A-site and the B-sites descending along the ninth group of the periodic table to elucidate the emerging properties as d-orbitals change from partially filled 3d to 4d to 5d. The results show that when descending from Co to Ir, the charge transfers from the cuprate-like Zhang-Rice state on Cu to the t(2g) orbital of the B site. As the Cu d-orbital occupation approaches the Cu(2+) limit, a mixed valence state in CaCu(3)Rh(4)O(12) and heavy fermion state in CaCu(3)Ir(4)O(12) are obtained. The investigated d-electron compounds are mapped onto the Doniach phase diagram of the competing RKKY and Kondo interactions developed for the f-electron systems.

  14. Bulk Rotational Symmetry Breaking in Kondo Insulator SmB6

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    Xiang, Z.; Lawson, B.; Asaba, T.; Tinsman, C.; Chen, Lu; Shang, C.; Chen, X. H.; Li, Lu

    2017-07-01

    The Kondo insulator samarium hexaboride (SmB6 ) has been intensely studied in recent years as a potential candidate of a strongly correlated topological insulator. One of the most exciting phenomena observed in SmB6 is the clear quantum oscillations appearing in magnetic torque at a low temperature despite the insulating behavior in resistance. These quantum oscillations show multiple frequencies and varied effective masses. The origin of quantum oscillation is, however, still under debate with evidence of both two-dimensional Fermi surfaces and three-dimensional Fermi surfaces. Here, we carry out angle-resolved torque magnetometry measurements in a magnetic field up to 45 T and a temperature range down to 40 mK. With the magnetic field rotated in the (010) plane, the quantum oscillation frequency of the strongest oscillation branch shows a fourfold rotational symmetry. However, in the angular dependence of the amplitude of the same branch, this fourfold symmetry is broken and, instead, a twofold symmetry shows up, which is consistent with the prediction of a two-dimensional Lifshitz-Kosevich model. No deviation of Lifshitz-Kosevich behavior is observed down to 40 mK. Our results suggest the existence of multiple light-mass surface states in SmB6 , with their mobility significantly depending on the surface disorder level.

  15. Competition between heavy fermion and Kondo interaction in isoelectronic A-site-ordered perovskites

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    Meyers, D.; Middey, S.; Cheng, J.-G.; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Gray, B. A.; Cao, Yanwei; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, D.; Freeland, J. W.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Chakhalian, J.

    2014-12-17

    With current research efforts shifting towards the 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, understanding the evolution of the electronic and magnetic structure as one moves away from 3d materials is of critical importance. Here we perform X-ray spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations on A-site-ordered perovskites with Cu in the A-site and the B-sites descending along the ninth group of the periodic table to elucidate the emerging properties as d-orbitals change from partially filled 3d to 4d to 5d. The results show that when descending from Co to Ir, the charge transfers from the cuprate-like Zhang-Rice state on Cu to the t2g orbital of the B site. As the Cu d-orbital occupation approaches the Cu2þ limit, a mixed valence state in CaCu3Rh4O12 and heavy fermion state in CaCu3Ir4O12 are obtained. The investigated d-electron compounds are mapped onto the Doniach phase diagram of the competing RKKY and Kondo interactions developed for the f-electron systems.

  16. First-principles study of the Kondo physics of a Pu impurity in a Th host

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    Zhu, Jian-Xin; Haule, K.; Albers, R. C.; Wills, J. M.

    2013-03-01

    From the viewpoint of condensed matter physics properties, crystal structure, and metallurgy, plutonium is the most complicated element in the Periodic Table, including a phase diagram with six allotropic phases. Its anomalous properties are related to the special position of Pu in the Periodic Table, which is at the boundary of the light actinides that have itinerant 5 f electrons and the heavy actinides with localized 5 f electrons, indicative of a very strongly correlated state. To reveal the role of electronic correlations in Pu, we investigate the electronic structure of a Pu atom embedded in a Th host by combining density functional theory within the local density approximation with the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo simulation of a Pu impurity. As a hallmark of electronic correlations, the Kondo resonance peak around the Fermi energy is obtained in the local density of states on the Pu impurity. Furthermore, we show that the resonance peak width is narrower for Pu atoms that are at the surface of Th than when compared to those in the bulk, due to a weakened Pu 5 f-ligand hybridization in the former geometry. This work was performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy and the LANL LDRD Program.

  17. Kondo lattice heavy fermion behavior in CeRh2Ga2

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    Anand, V. K.; Adroja, D. T.; Bhattacharyya, A.; Klemke, B.; Lake, B.

    2017-04-01

    The physical properties of an intermetallic compound CeRh2Ga2 have been investigated by magnetic susceptibility χ (T) , isothermal magnetization M(H), heat capacity {{C}\\text{p}}(T) , electrical resistivity ρ (T) , thermal conductivity κ (T) and thermopower S(T) measurements. CeRh2Ga2 is found to crystallize with CaBe2Ge2-type primitive tetragonal structure (space group P4/nmm). No evidence of long range magnetic order is seen down to 1.8 K. The χ (T) data show paramagnetic behavior with an effective moment {μ\\text{eff}}≈ 2.5~{μ\\text{B}} /Ce indicating Ce3+ valence state of Ce ions. The ρ (T) data exhibit Kondo lattice behavior with a metallic ground state. The low-T {{C}\\text{p}}(T) data yield an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient γ =130(2) mJ/mol K2 characterizing CeRh2Ga2 as a moderate heavy fermion system. The high-T {{C}\\text{p}}(T) and ρ (T) show an anomaly near 255 K, reflecting a phase transition. The κ (T) suggests phonon dominated thermal transport with considerably higher values of Lorenz number L(T) compared to the theoretical Sommerfeld value L 0.

  18. Nonequilibrium Kondo transport through a quantum dot in a magnetic field

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    Smirnov, Sergey; Grifoni, Milena

    2013-07-01

    We analyze the universal transport properties of a strongly interacting quantum dot in the Kondo regime when the quantum dot is placed in an external magnetic field. The quantum dot is described by the asymmetric Anderson model with the spin degeneracy removed by the magnetic field resulting in Zeeman splitting. Using an analytical expression for the tunneling density of states found from a Keldysh effective field theory, we obtain in the whole energy range the universal differential conductance and analytically demonstrate its Fermi-liquid and logarithmic behavior at low and high energies, respectively, as a function of the magnetic field. We also show results on the zero-temperature differential conductance as a function of the bias voltage at different magnetic fields as well as results on finite-temperature effects out of equilibrium and at a finite magnetic field. The modern nonequilibrium experimental issues of the critical magnetic field, at which the zero bias maximum of the differential conductance starts to split into two maxima, as well as the distance between these maxima as a function of the magnetic field, are also addressed.

  19. Kondo lattice heavy fermion behavior in CeRh2Ga2.

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    Anand, V K; Adroja, D T; Bhattacharyya, A; Klemke, B; Lake, B

    2017-04-05

    The physical properties of an intermetallic compound CeRh2Ga2 have been investigated by magnetic susceptibility [Formula: see text], isothermal magnetization M(H), heat capacity [Formula: see text], electrical resistivity [Formula: see text], thermal conductivity [Formula: see text] and thermopower S(T) measurements. CeRh2Ga2 is found to crystallize with CaBe2Ge2-type primitive tetragonal structure (space group P4/nmm). No evidence of long range magnetic order is seen down to 1.8 K. The [Formula: see text] data show paramagnetic behavior with an effective moment [Formula: see text]/Ce indicating Ce(3+) valence state of Ce ions. The [Formula: see text] data exhibit Kondo lattice behavior with a metallic ground state. The low-T [Formula: see text] data yield an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient [Formula: see text] mJ/mol K(2) characterizing CeRh2Ga2 as a moderate heavy fermion system. The high-T [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] show an anomaly near 255 K, reflecting a phase transition. The [Formula: see text] suggests phonon dominated thermal transport with considerably higher values of Lorenz number L(T) compared to the theoretical Sommerfeld value L 0.

  20. Transport properties of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 under the irradiation of light

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    Zhu, Guo-Bao; Yang, Hui-Min

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we study transport properties of the X point in the Brillouin zone of the topological Kondo insulator SmB6 under the application of a circularly polarized light. The transport properties at high-frequency regime and low-frequency regime as a function of the ratio (κ) of the Dresselhaus-like and Rashba-like spin-orbit parameter are studied based on the Floquet theory and Boltzmann equation respectively. The sign of Hall conductivity at high-frequency regime can be reversed by the ratio κ and the amplitude of the light. The amplitude of the current can be enhanced by the ratio κ. Our findings provide a way to control the transport properties of the Dirac materials at low-frequency regime. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11504095 and 11447145), the Foundation of Heze University (Grant Nos. XY14B002 and XYPY01), and the Project funded by the Higher Educational Science and Technology Program of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. J15LJ55).

  1. Magnetic doping and kondo effect in bi(2)se(3) nanoribbons.

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    Cha, Judy J; Williams, James R; Kong, Desheng; Meister, Stefan; Peng, Hailin; Bestwick, Andrew J; Gallagher, Patrick; Goldhaber-Gordon, David; Cui, Yi

    2010-03-10

    A simple surface band structure and a large bulk band gap have allowed Bi2Se3 to become a reference material for the newly discovered three-dimensional topological insulators, which exhibit topologically protected conducting surface states that reside inside the bulk band gap. Studying topological insulators such as Bi2Se3 in nanostructures is advantageous because of the high surface-to-volume ratio, which enhances effects from the surface states; recently reported Aharonov-Bohm oscillation in topological insulator nanoribbons by some of us is a good example. Theoretically, introducing magnetic impurities in topological insulators is predicted to open a small gap in the surface states by breaking time-reversal symmetry. Here, we present synthesis of magnetically doped Bi2Se3 nanoribbons by vapor-liquid-solid growth using magnetic metal thin films as catalysts. Although the doping concentration is less than approximately 2%, low-temperature transport measurements of the Fe-doped Bi2Se3 nanoribbon devices show a clear Kondo effect at temperatures below 30 K, confirming the presence of magnetic impurities in the Bi2Se3 nanoribbons. The capability to dope topological insulator nanostructures magnetically opens up exciting opportunities for spintronics.

  2. Two-dimensional Fermi surfaces in Kondo insulating SmB6

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    Li, Gang

    There has been renewed interest in Samarium Hexaboride, which is a strongly correlated heavy Fermion material. Hybridization between itinerant electrons and localized orbitals lead to an opening of charge gap at low temperature. However, the resistivity of SmB6 does not diverge at low temperature. Former studies suggested that this residual conductance is contributed by various origins. Recent theoretical developments suggest that the particular symmetry of energy bands of SmB6 may host a topologically non-trivial surface state, i.e., a topological Kondo insulator. To probe the Fermiology of the possible metallic surface state, we use sensitive torque magnetometry to detect the de Haas van Alphen (dHvA) effect due to Landau level quantization on flux-grown crystals, down to He-3 temperature and up to 45 Tesla. Our angular and temperature dependent data suggest two-dimensional Fermi Surfaces lie in both crystalline (001) and (101) surface planes of SmB6.

  3. Nonequilibrium spatiotemporal formation of the Kondo screening cloud on a lattice

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    Nuss, Martin; Ganahl, Martin; Arrigoni, Enrico; von der Linden, Wolfgang; Evertz, Hans Gerd

    2015-02-01

    We study the nonequilibrium formation of a spin screening cloud that accompanies the quenching of a local magnetic moment immersed in a Fermi sea at zero temperature. Based on high-precision density matrix renormalization-group results for the interacting single-impurity Anderson model, we discuss the real-time evolution after a quantum quench in the impurity-reservoir hybridization using time-evolving block decimation. We report emergent length and time scales in the spatiotemporal structure of nonlocal correlation functions in the spin and the charge density channel. At equilibrium, our data for the correlation functions and the extracted length scales show good agreement with existing results, as do local time-dependent observables at the impurity. In the time-dependent data, we identify a major signal which defines a "light cone" moving at the Fermi velocity and a ferromagnetic component in its wake. Inside the light cone we find that the structure of the nonequilibrium correlation functions emerges on two time scales. Initially, the qualitative structure of the correlation functions develops rapidly at the lattice Fermi velocity. Subsequently the spin correlations converge to the equilibrium results on a much larger time scale. This process sets a dynamic energy scale, which we identify to be proportional to the Kondo temperature. Outside the light cone we observe two different power-law decays of the correlation functions in space, with time- and interaction-strength-independent exponents.

  4. New developments in power semiconductors

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    Sundberg, G. R.

    1983-01-01

    This paper represents an overview of some recent power semiconductor developments and spotlights new technologies that may have significant impact for aircraft electric secondary power. Primary emphasis will be on NASA-Lewis-supported developments in transistors, diodes, a new family of semiconductors, and solid-state remote power controllers. Several semiconductor companies that are moving into the power arena with devices rated at 400 V and 50 A and above are listed, with a brief look at a few devices.

  5. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Anomalous Kondo-Switching Effect of a Spin-Flip Quantum Dot Embedded in an Aharonov-Bohm Ring

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    Chen, Xiong-Wen; Shi, Zhen-Gang; Song, Ke-Hui

    2009-11-01

    We theoretically investigate the Kondo effect of a quantum dot embedded in a mesoscopic Aharonov-Bohm (AB) ring in the presence of the spin flip processes by means of the one-impurity Anderson Hamiltonian. Based on the slave-boson mean-field theory, we find that in this system the persistent current (PC) sensitively depends on the parity and size of the AB ring and can be tuned by the spin-flip scattering (R). In the small AB ring, the PC is suppressed due to the enhancing R weakening the Kondo resonance. On the contrary, in the large AB ring, with R increasing, the peak of PC firstly moves up to max-peak and then down. Especially, the PC phase shift of π appears suddenly with the proper value of R, implying the existence of the anomalous Kondo effect in this system. Thus this system may be a candidate for quantum switch.

  6. Kondo interactions from band reconstruction in YbInCu4

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    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.

  7. Electrodes for Semiconductor Gas Sensors

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Sung Pil

    2017-01-01

    The electrodes of semiconductor gas sensors are important in characterizing sensors based on their sensitivity, selectivity, reversibility, response time, and long-term stability. The types and materials of electrodes used for semiconductor gas sensors are analyzed. In addition, the effect of interfacial zones and surface states of electrode–semiconductor interfaces on their characteristics is studied. This study describes that the gas interaction mechanism of the electrode–semiconductor interfaces should take into account the interfacial zone, surface states, image force, and tunneling effect. PMID:28346349

  8. Electrodes for Semiconductor Gas Sensors.

    PubMed

    Lee, Sung Pil

    2017-03-25

    The electrodes of semiconductor gas sensors are important in characterizing sensors based on their sensitivity, selectivity, reversibility, response time, and long-term stability. The types and materials of electrodes used for semiconductor gas sensors are analyzed. In addition, the effect of interfacial zones and surface states of electrode-semiconductor interfaces on their characteristics is studied. This study describes that the gas interaction mechanism of the electrode-semiconductor interfaces should take into account the interfacial zone, surface states, image force, and tunneling effect.

  9. Method of passivating semiconductor surfaces

    DOEpatents

    Wanlass, Mark W.

    1990-01-01

    A method of passivating Group III-V or II-VI semiconductor compound surfaces. The method includes selecting a passivating material having a lattice constant substantially mismatched to the lattice constant of the semiconductor compound. The passivating material is then grown as an ultrathin layer of passivating material on the surface of the Group III-V or II-VI semiconductor compound. The passivating material is grown to a thickness sufficient to maintain a coherent interface between the ultrathin passivating material and the semiconductor compound. In addition, a device formed from such method is also disclosed.

  10. Method of passivating semiconductor surfaces

    DOEpatents

    Wanlass, M.W.

    1990-06-19

    A method is described for passivating Group III-V or II-VI semiconductor compound surfaces. The method includes selecting a passivating material having a lattice constant substantially mismatched to the lattice constant of the semiconductor compound. The passivating material is then grown as an ultrathin layer of passivating material on the surface of the Group III-V or II-VI semiconductor compound. The passivating material is grown to a thickness sufficient to maintain a coherent interface between the ultrathin passivating material and the semiconductor compound. In addition, a device formed from such method is also disclosed.

  11. Semiconductor cooling apparatus

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    Banks, Bruce A. (Inventor); Gaier, James R. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    Gas derived graphite fibers generated by the decomposition of an organic gas are joined with a suitable binder. This produces a high thermal conductivity composite material which passively conducts heat from a source, such as a semiconductor, to a heat sink. The fibers may be intercalated. The intercalate can be halogen or halide salt, alkaline metal, or any other species which contributes to the electrical conductivity improvement of the graphite fiber. The fibers are bundled and joined with a suitable binder to form a high thermal conductivity composite material device. The heat transfer device may also be made of intercalated highly oriented pyrolytic graphite and machined, rather than made of fibers.

  12. Power semiconductor controlled drives

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    Dubey, Gopal K.

    This book presents power semiconductor controlled drives employing dc motors, induction motors, and synchronous motors. The dynamics of motor and load systems are covered. Open-loop and closed-loop drives are considered, and thyristor, power transistor, and GTO converters are discussed. In-depth coverage is given to ac drives, particularly those fed by voltage and current source inverters and cycloconverters. Full coverage is given to brushless and commutatorless dc drives, including load-commuted synchronous motor drives. Rectifier-controlled dc drives are presented in detail.

  13. Chemically Derivatized Semiconductor Photoelectrodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-01-04

    as Si, Ge, and GaAs derivatized with reagents based on ferrocene such as those represented by I and II. Work with p-type semiconductor photoelectrode...Concerning n-type Si it was found that EtOH/0.1 M En-Bu4N)C104 solutions containing A = ferrocene and A+ = ferri-- cinium result in a constant output of...electrical energy from an illuminated photoelectrochemical device configured as in Scheme II.(20) The ferrocene captures the photogenerated h+ at a rate -4

  14. Semiconductor Eutectic Solar Cell.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1986-12-01

    InSb - NiSb Es an... InSb - NiSb , InSb -FeSb, InSb -MnSb und InSb -CrSb", J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 26, 2021 (1965). 11. A. Muller and M. Wilhelm, "Das Eutektikum InSb -Mg 3 Sb’" Z...infant stages for use. In semiconducting eutectics, efforts were paid to eutectic systems which consist of III-V semiconductor phases, such as GaAs, InSb

  15. Layered semiconductor neutron detectors

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    Mao, Samuel S; Perry, Dale L

    2013-12-10

    Room temperature operating solid state hand held neutron detectors integrate one or more relatively thin layers of a high neutron interaction cross-section element or materials with semiconductor detectors. The high neutron interaction cross-section element (e.g., Gd, B or Li) or materials comprising at least one high neutron interaction cross-section element can be in the form of unstructured layers or micro- or nano-structured arrays. Such architecture provides high efficiency neutron detector devices by capturing substantially more carriers produced from high energy .alpha.-particles or .gamma.-photons generated by neutron interaction.

  16. Semiconductor Terahertz Technology

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-06-15

    COVERED (From - To) 15-June-2009 Final Report 12 Apr 07 - 15 Apr 09 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Sa. CONTRACT NUMBER FA8718-07-C-0030 Semiconductor Terahertz ...and the other for the phononic waveguides. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Quantum cascade laser, gennanium, gennanium-tin, terahertz 16. SECURITY CLASStFICATION OF...7 Figure 7 lllustration of a GaAs-based active region waveguide with either Ga or Au as cladding operating in the Restrahlen band of GaN . 10 Figure 8

  17. Electrowetting on semiconductors

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    Palma, Cesar; Deegan, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Applying a voltage difference between a conductor and a sessile droplet sitting on a thin dielectric film separating it from the conductor will cause the drop to spread. When the conductor is a good metal, the change of the drop's contact angle due to the voltage is given by the Young-Lippmann (YL) equation. Here, we report experiments with lightly doped, single crystal silicon as the conductive electrode. We derive a modified YL equation that includes effects due to the semiconductor and contact line pinning. We show that light induces a non-reversible wetting transition, and that our model agrees well with our experimental results.

  18. Microwave semiconductor devices

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    Sitch, J. E.

    1985-03-01

    The state of the art of microwave semiconductor design is reviewed, with emphasis on developments of the past 10-12 years. Consideration is given to: varistor diodes; varactor diodes; and transit time negative diodes. The design principles of bipolar and unipolar transistors are discussed, with reference to power FETs, traveling-wave FETs, and camel or planar-doped barrier transistors. Recent innovations in the field of fabrication technology are also considered, including: crystal growth; doping; and packaging. Several schematic drawings and photographs of the different devices are provided.

  19. Semiconductor superlattice photodetectors

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    Chuang, S. L.; Hess, K.; Coleman, J. J.; Leburton, J. P.

    1984-01-01

    A superlattice photomultiplier and a photodetector based on the real space transfer mechanism were studied. The wavelength for the first device is of the order of a micron or flexible corresponding to the bandgap absorption in a semiconductor. The wavelength for the second device is in the micron range (about 2 to 12 microns) corresponding to the energy of the conduction band edge discontinuity between an Al/(sub x)Ga(sub 1-x)As and GaAs interface. Both devices are described.

  20. Skyrmion defects and competing singlet orders in a half-filled antiferromagnetic Kondo-Heisenberg model on the honeycomb lattice

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    Liu, Chia-Chuan; Goswami, Pallab; Si, Qimiao

    2017-09-01

    Due to the interaction between the topological defects of an order parameter and underlying fermions, the defects can possess induced fermion numbers, leading to several exotic phenomena of fundamental importance to both condensed matter and high-energy physics. One of the intriguing outcomes of induced fermion numbers is the presence of fluctuating competing orders inside the core of a topological defect. In this regard, the interaction between fermions and skyrmion excitations of an antiferromagnetic phase can have important consequences for understanding the global phase diagrams of many condensed matter systems where antiferromagnetism and several singlet orders compete. We critically investigate the relation between fluctuating competing orders and skyrmion excitations of the antiferromagnetic insulating phase of a half-filled Kondo-Heisenberg model on a honeycomb lattice. By combining analytical and numerical methods, we obtain the exact eigenstates of underlying Dirac fermions in the presence of a single skyrmion configuration, which are used for computing the induced chiral charge. Additionally, by employing this nonperturbative eigenbasis, we calculate the susceptibilities of different translational symmetry breaking charges, bond and current density wave orders, and translational symmetry preserving Kondo singlet formations. Based on the computed susceptibilities, we establish spin Peierls and Kondo singlets as dominant competing orders of antiferromagnetism. We show favorable agreement between our findings and field theoretic predictions based on the perturbative gradient expansion scheme, which crucially relies on the adiabatic principle and plane-wave eigenstates for Dirac fermions. The methodology developed here can be applied to many other correlated systems supporting competition between spin-triplet and spin-singlet orders in both lower and higher spatial dimensions.