A quantum dipolar spin liquid

N. Y. Yao, M. P. Zaletel, D. M. Stamper-Kurn, A. Vishwanath

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Quantum spin liquids are a class of magnetic ground states reliant on non-local entanglement. Motivated by recent advances in the control of ultracold polar molecules and the development of dipolar quantum materials, we show that dipolar interactions between S = 1/2 moments stabilize spin liquids on the triangular and kagome lattices. In the latter case, the moments spontaneously break time-reversal, forming a chiral spin liquid with robust edge modes and emergent semions. We propose a simple route toward synthesizing a dipolar Heisenberg antiferromagnet from lattice-trapped polar molecules using only a single pair of rotational states and a constant electric field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalNature Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Yao, N. Y., Zaletel, M. P., Stamper-Kurn, D. M., & Vishwanath, A. (2018). A quantum dipolar spin liquid. Nature Physics, 14(4), 405-410. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-017-0030-7