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Multiple symmetry sustaining phase transitions in spin ice

Instituto de Física de Líquidos y Sistemas Biológicos

Multiple symmetry sustaining phase transitions in spin ice

Fecha: Martes 16/07/2019 – 11:00 AM

Expositor: Peter C. W. Holdsworth – Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

We present the full phase diagram of the dumbbell model of spin ice as a  function of temperature, chemical potential and staggered chemical  potential which breaks the point group symmetry of the underlying  diamond lattice in favor of a magnetic charge crystal. We observe a  double winged structure with five possible phases, monopole fluid (spin  ice), fragmented single monopole crystal phases, and double monopole crystal, the zinc-blende structure. Our model provides a skeleton for liquid-liquid phase transitions and for the winged structures observed for itinerant magnets under pressure and external field. We relate our results to recent experiments on Ho2Ir2O7 and propose a wide ranging set of new experiments that exploit the phase diagram, including high-pressure protocols, dynamical scaling of Kibble-Zurek form, and  universal violations of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem.

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