Signatures of Dirac cones in a DMRG study of the Kagome Heisenberg model

Yin Chen He, Michael P. Zaletel, Masaki Oshikawa, Frank Pollmann

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The antiferromagnetic spin-1=2 Heisenberg model on a kagome lattice is one of the most paradigmatic models in the context of spin liquids, yet the precise nature of its ground state is not understood. We use large-scale density matrix renormalization group simulations (DMRG) on infinitely long cylinders and find indications for the formation of a gapless Dirac spin liquid. First, we use adiabatic flux insertion to demonstrate that the spin gap is much smaller than estimated from previous DMRG simulation. Second, we find that the momentum-dependent excitation spectrum, as extracted from the DMRG transfer matrix, exhibits Dirac cones that match those of a π-flux free-fermion model [the parton mean-field ansatz of a Uð1Þ Dirac spin liquid].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031020
JournalPhysical Review X
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 28 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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