TY - JOUR
AU - Franco Lisandrini
AU - Alejandro Lobos
AU - Ariel Dobry
AU - Claudio Gazza
PY - 2016/09/30
Y2 - 2019/04/20
TI - Topological quantum phase transition in strongly correlated Kondo insulators in 1D
JF - Papers in Physics
JA - PIP
VL - 8
IS - 0
SE - Articles
DO - 10.4279/pip.080005
UR - https://www.papersinphysics.org/papersinphysics/article/view/336
AB - We investigate, by means of a field-theory analysis combined with the density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method, a theoretical model for a strongly correlated quantum system in one dimension realizing a topologically-ordered Haldane phase ground state. The model consists of a spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain coupled to a tight-binding chain via two competing Kondo exchange couplings of different type: a ``$s$-wave'' Kondo coupling ($J^s_{K}$), and a less common ``$p$-wave'' ($J^p_{K}$) Kondo coupling. While the first coupling is the standard Kondo interaction studied in many condensed-matter systems, the latter has been recently introduced by Alexandrov and Coleman [Phys. Rev. B 90, 115147 (2014)] as a possible mechanism leading to a topological Kondo-insulating ground state in one dimension. As a result of this competition, a topological quantum phase transition (TQPT) occurs in the system for a critical value of the ratio $J^s_{K}/J^p_{K}$, separating a (Haldane-type) topological phase from a topologically trivial ground state where the system can be essentially described as a product of local singlets. We study and characterize the TQPT by means of the magnetization profile, the entanglement entropy and the full entanglement spectrum of the ground state. Our results might be relevant to understand how topologically-ordered phases of fermions emerge in strongly interacting quantum systems. Received: 1 July 2016, Accepted: 30 August 2016; Edited by: K. Hallberg; Reviewed by: D. C. Cabra, Instituto de Física La Plata, La Plata, Argentina; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4279/PIP.080005Cite as: F T Lisandrini, A M Lobos, A O Dobry, C J Gazza, Papers in Physics 8, 080005 (2016)This paper, by F T Lisandrini, A M Lobos, A O Dobry, C J Gazza, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
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