Energy dynamics in the Heisenberg-Kitaev spin chain

Autor(en): Steinigeweg, Robin 
Brenig, Wolfram
Stichwörter: Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Physics; Physics, Applied; Physics, Condensed Matter; THERMAL-CONDUCTIVITY; TRANSPORT
Erscheinungsdatum: 2016
Herausgeber: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Journal: PHYSICAL REVIEW B
Volumen: 93
Ausgabe: 21
Zusammenfassung: 
We study the Heisenberg-Kitaev spin chain in order to uncover the interplay between two qualitatively different integrable points in the physics of heat transport in one dimension. Focusing on high temperatures and using analytical as well as numerical approaches within linear response theory, we explore several directions in parameter space including exchange-coupling ratios, anisotropies, and external magnetic fields. We show the emergence of purely ballistic energy transport at all integrable points, manifest in pronounced Drude weights and low-frequency suppression of regular-conductivity contributions. Moreover, off integrability, we find extended quantum chaotic regions with vanishing Drude weights and well-defined dc conductivities. In the vicinity of the Kitaev point, we observe clear signatures of the topological gap in the response function. This gap coexists with a nonzero Drude weight in the Kitaev chain.
ISSN: 24699950
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.214425

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